JJ Atkins Plate Tips - Accession to bring up first G1 win for Brazen Beau

Jockey Tommy Berry rides Strasbourg (left) to defeat Accession in the Sires' Produce at Eagle Farm (PA Images)

One horse really caught the eye in the Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Eagle Farm and now looks extremely hard to beat in Saturday’s Group 1 JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) at the same track.

I blackbooked Strasbourg from Rosehill four starts back and stuck with him in the Sires’ Produce, so I was happy to see him get the win. 

However, even blind Freddy could have seen Accession was unlucky finishing 2nd and was clearly the one to follow into the JJ Atkins.

The Chris Waller-trained son of Brazen Beau was held up in the straight and had to push his way clear as Strasbourg had built full momentum down the outside and had put a length and a half on Accession.

Once clear, Accession switched around Strasbourg and started to lift and was doing his best work on the line as he narrowed the margin to a neck. 

Breeding is a slight concern as Accession is by gun sprinter Brazen Beau and out of the More Than Ready mare Ready As Elle who won a couple of 955m races at Moonee Valley as well as winning three times over 1000m.

Even 1400m last start was a query but seeing the way Accession hit the line after being interrupted and having to build momentum again, I can’t see 1600m being an issue on a Good-rated track. 

Prince Fawaz looms as the biggest danger following a very impressive win at Randwick where he was inconvenienced at the point of the turn and lost momentum before building again and swamping them late. 

He finished four lengths from Castelvecchio in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) and that form reads well for this. 

Blake Shinn, who has based himself in Queensland throughout the Brisbane Winter Carnival, takes the ride and has been in great form, and he’ll be looking to slot in around midfield from barrier 9 before launching late. 


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