The Final Field has been released for the 2016 JJ Atkins Stakes which is to be run at Eagle Farm racecourse on Saturday 11th, June 2016. View the JJ Atkins Stakes Field.
|1||NIKITAS||Kelso Wood||Michael Cahill||5||57kg|
|2||ATTENTION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||2||57kg|
|3||SOUCHEZ||John O’Shea||James McDonald||9||57kg|
|4||BARBASS||Cameron Crockett||Damien Oliver||15||57kg|
|5||OINK||Kelly Schweida||Glen Colless||11||57kg|
|6||DREAMS APLENTY||John Zielke||Bobby El-Issa||18||57kg|
|7||CRACK ME UP (NZ)||Liam Birchley||Damian Browne||3||57kg|
|8||JAWS OF STEEL||Robbie Laing||Brad Rawiller||4||57kg|
|9||SACRED ELIXIR (NZ)||Tony Pike||Zac Purton||13||57kg|
|11||REDOUBLE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||16||57kg|
|12||CADOGAN||Bjorn Baker||Hugh Bowman||6||57kg|
|13||CHARNLEY RIVER||Stuart Kendrick||19||57kg|
|14||VASILIEV||Gai Waterhouse||Adam Hyeronimus||1||57kg|
|15||MEET AND GREET||John & Chris Meagher||James Orman (a)||20||57kg|
|16||CANDIKA||Steven O’dea||Paul Hammersley||8||55kg|
|17||HEART SKIPT A BEAT||Liam Birchley||14||55kg|
|18||OUR CINDERELLA||Kristie Clark-Peoples||17||55kg|
|19e||ZENDAYE||Desleigh Forster||Ryan Wiggins||12||57kg|
|20e||ROYAL ATOM||Darryl Hansen||7||57kg|
Robert Smerdon doesn’t expect the one week delay to the Queensland Oaks to have any effect on his stable’s two runners.
The Group One Classic has been added to Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap program after torrential rain caused last week’s Eagle Farm meeting to be called off.
Smerdon has Chabaud and Dulverton in the 2400m-race for three-year-old fillies along with Zafiki who is the fourth emergency.
“The delay shouldn’t be a problem as everyone’s in the same boat,” Smerdon said.
“You’ve got the same competition so I don’t see how it will change things.”
The only thing that has changed is the rider for Dulverton.
With Mark Zahra having started a suspension, Dwayne Dunn, who is booked to ride stablemate Under The Louvre in the Stradbroke Handicap, will take the Dulverton mount.
Leading Queensland apprentice James Orman has the ride on Chabaud, a last-start winner of the South Australian Fillies Classic at Morphettville in May.
Smerdon stayed in Melbourne on Tuesday but said reports were good after Chabaud and Dulverton had a solid gallop at Eagle Farm in preparation for Saturday’s race.
“They haven’t missed a beat,” he said.
“They both galloped on the course proper this morning.
“I wasn’t there but those in charge were happy with what they did and the way they did it.”
Chabaud is regarded the pick of the Smerdon runners at $11 in latest Oaks markets with Dulverton a $23 chance and Zafiki one of the outsiders at $61.
A decision on whether Provocative, the $8 third favourite, takes her place or runs in Saturday’s Queensland Derby is still to be made.
Clouding the decision is the Oaks is to be the last race on Saturday’s 10-event program with the fear the track could be chopped up.
The Bjorn Baker-trained Imposing Lass heads Oaks betting at $6 with Falkenberg at $7.