The JJ Atkins kicks off the Group 1 action at the Brisbane Winter Carnival this Saturday at Eagle Farm.
Some of Australia’s best juveniles do battle for the big prize and a quality field will take its place.
We have our best bets and value runners for the JJ Atkins.
J.J. Atkins Preview & Betting Tips
Our best bets for the J.J. Atkins
Best Bet: Macroura @ $6.50 Bet Now
Best Each Way Bet: Wisdom of Water @ $6 Bet Now
Best Roughie: Not An Option @ $14 Bet Now
J.J. Atkins Form Guide & Tips
1. Rothfire ($3.80) Bet Now
Rothfire is a deserved favourite after his win at Eagle Farm but there is much more depth to this race.
He has won five of his six starts, so his record speaks for itself. However, the $3.80 is too short and drawing barrier 14 makes it tough.
2. Wild Ruler ($15) Bet Now
He had his chance to beat Rothfire last start but was a touch disappointing in the run to the line.
The Snowden-trained colt showed plenty of potential in Sydney but at levels just below this one.
The odds are attractive but he might struggle.
3. Wisdom of Water (Best Each Way – $6) Bet Now
Wisdom of Water has been mightily impressive winning three of his five starts. He enters this race with back-to-back wins where he went to the front and kicked strongly.
His barrier speed is a massive asset and that should allow him to cross from barrier 10. We like the odds on offer for this talented type.
4. Not An Option (Best Roughie – $14) Bet Now
The Kiwi has had an interrupted autumn but connections might have found the right race. He ran sixth at Randwick last start but has since had two trials.
He won at Canterbury in heavy conditions and he’s better on a good surface. Conditions look ideal for the colt by Not a Single Doubt, which is now with the Freedman stables.
5. The Drinks Cart ($23) Bet Now
There is nothing wrong with the form of The Drinks Cart but it might need to find a length to win this race.
The $23 is a good price and we could entertain his first four chances.
6. Thunder Mania ($23) Bet Now
Thunder Mania is searching for three consecutive wins but this is a fair rise in class for the colt.
His last-start win was franked with the second horse winning next time out, but he has faced top opposition once when finishing sixth.
7. Spokesman ($51) Bet Now
Always respect a Waller-trained runner but he was well-held last time out and he would need to improve a few lengths.
His two wins prior were good but he’s better in something easier.
8. Saffiano ($26) Bet Now
Drawing barrier four is ideal for the Waller-trained runner but he’s another runner that needs to lift.
He didn’t fire at Gold Coast last start and we can’t have him in our selections.
9. Way Beyond ($151) Bet Now
Way Beyond is yet to win from six starts and that’s unlikely to change here. The odds reflect his chances of success.
10. Tick Tock Boom ($26) Bet Now
The David Vandyke-trained colt is coming off a win at Sunshine Coast and his form isn’t all too bad for this race.
He ran second behind Wisdom of Water two back as a $31 chance. It’s harder here but he seemingly has a nice future.
11. Overlord ($18) Bet Now
The talent is there for Overlord but his racing tactics play against him. He’s generally slow away and has too much ground to make up.
Once he matures, he could make a nice racehorse. However, we can’t see him winning the JJ Atkins.
12. Superare ($51) Bet Now
There is nothing wrong with the record of Superare but he’s yet to be tested. The Exceed and Excel colt would need to find lengths to win this race.
$51 is a fair price.
13. Gotta Kiss ($26) Bet Now
Not much went right for Gotta Kiss last start after being trapped on the inside of runners. She’s better with clear racing room and she’s talented at best.
Barrier 16 is a big negative and we’re not sure she has the ability from there.
14. Macroura (Best Bet – $6.50) Bet Now
Punters are getting value odds for this unbeaten filly that has looked great in Sydney. She has won all three starts, beating the likes of Wild Ruler and Marboosha.
Her turn-of-foot has been impressive and we thought she would be paying around $3.50 for the win.
Take the each-way value.
15. Cosmic Gossip ($71) Bet Now
At long odds and it would be a big upset to see Cosmic Gossip winning. Her record is good but at much lower levels.
16. Minjee ($41) Bet Now
Minjee has shown a good turn-of-foot to score twice throughout her career, but she didn’t show much at her last two starts.
Barrier 20 isn’t going to help and she should struggle to put her best foot forward.
17. Isotope ($7.50) Bet Now
Isotope is classy at best and she didn’t lose many admirers when running second behind Rothfire.
That’s a good form guide for this race and the daughter of Deep Field should have come through that run nicely.
$7.50 is a good price for value punters.
18. Starosa ($51) Bet Now
Starosa would need to lift to beat this field.
See Marie @ $151
Sea Boss @ $151