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King Colorado rules JJ Atkins

Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace earn 11th seasonal Group 1 win in the JJ Atkins Stakes.

KING COLORADO winning the LADBROKES J.J. ATKINS
KING COLORADO winning the LADBROKES J.J. ATKINS Picture: Michael McInally/Racing Queensland

From two-year-olds to stayers, Ciaron Maher openly admits to having had a phenomenal 2023 in races at the highest level and King Colorado provide another group one win for the stable in the JJ Atkins Stakes (1600m) for juveniles at Eagle Farm.

Backed from $51 into a starting price of $15, Jason Collett steered the colt by Kingman to victory ny a length over the Paul Messara-trained Miracle Of Love ($7.50), with race favourite Tannhauser ($4.80) a quarter-of-a-length away in third.

"It's unbelievable," Maher said.

"It's Dave (Eustace) and I with our name there but it is the team behind us, too."

Also admitting that this was a roll of the dice challenge for King Colorado who won this event at this third start, Maher was confident that he would conquer the mile journey.

"He's just started to do things right. I know it was only a maiden win last start but early on in his trials he used to do things wrong, he used to light up and switch off," he added.

"Jason Collet, an unbelievable ride. He was back further than what I thought. I was cursing him a bit early but the team have done a fantastic job. This whole year has been unbelievable and I'm very proud of them."

For Collett, calling Queensland home has been one his most positive career moves.
"I'm loving it up here," he said.

"I'm having a lot of success so it's great. 

:He got into a lovely rhythm. When I clicked him, the amount of horse I had, I was kind of surprised as I wasn't anticipating that."

James McDonald said of the Tannhauser, "He ran so well. He just got a bit too far back but made a good run".


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Eagle Farm Saturday, 10th June 2023

7f210y TURF GOOD
AUD $1,000,000

LADBROKES J.J. ATKINS (G1)

AUD $1,000,000
Age: 2yo Type: OPEN
7f210y TURF GOOD
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. KING COLORADO (AUS) 2yo C
KINGMAN (GB) - MORE ASPEN (USA)
JASON COLLETT
CIARON MAHER & DAVID EUSTACE
$14
57kg
SOS / WEI Partnership 2 (Mgr: G R Williams), Sheikh M B K Al Maktoum, J H Scaresbrook, J W Schumacher, B C Stubbs, Mrs H A Evans & G C Waters
2nd 17. MIRACLE OF LOVE (AUS) 2yo F
DUNDEEL (NZ) - MISS FINLAND (AUS)
MICHAEL DEE
PAUL MESSARA
$7.5
55kg
Arrowfield Pastoral Pty Ltd (Mgr: J M Messara), Belford Productions (Mgr: A Jones) & Planette Thoroughbreds (Mgr: J Leaver)
3rd 6. TANNHAUSER (AUS) 2yo C
DUNDEEL (NZ) - LUQYAA (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
CHRIS WALLER
$4.8
57kg
Newgate Bloodstock, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Trilogy, Newgate S F, Horse Ventures, Go Bloodstock Australia, Starlight Racing, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Carpe Diem, Aston Bloodstock, Nick Vass Bloodstock, G1G Colts & Breeding Pty Ltd & Aristia Park Bloodstock Pty Ltd

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4th 15. MISS JOELENE (AUS) 2yo F
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (AUS) - CELLARGIRL (AUS)
JAMES ORMAN
KELLY SCHWEIDA
$41
55.5kg

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5th 3. SNAPBACK (AUS) 2yo C
SNITZEL (AUS) - LATER GATOR (NZ)
MARK ZAHRA
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$6.5
57kg

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6th 1. CIFRADO (AUS) 2yo C
ENCRYPTION (AUS) - MADAME FLY (AUS)
DAMIEN THORNTON
R G LIPP
$11
57kg

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7th 2. CHRYSAOR (AUS) 2yo C
BETTER THAN READY (AUS) - NEW WINGS (AUS)
NASH RAWILLER
CHRIS WALLER
$16
57kg

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8th 5. CONGREGATION (AUS) 2yo C
SNITZEL (AUS) - RESPONSE (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
CHRIS WALLER
$15
57kg

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9th 4. MAKE A CALL (AUS) 2yo C
EXTREME CHOICE (AUS) - TO DUBAWI GO (AUS)
SAM CLIPPERTON
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$17
57kg

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10th 11. PURVEYOR (AUS) 2yo C
MERCHANT NAVY (AUS) - MYSTIQUE (NZ)
MICHAEL CAHILL
S B LAMING
$101
57kg

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11th 10. SOLIDIFY (NZ) 2yo C
REDWOOD (GB) - THE WARRIOR WOMAN (AUS)
RYAN ELLIOT
TEAM ROGERSON
$19
57kg

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12th 14. AZULA (AUS) 2yo F
MAURICE (JPN) - SHUTOUT (AUS)
TIM CLARK
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$5.5
55kg

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13th 13. TRIFLING (AUS) 2yo F
BETTER THAN READY (AUS) - WABEEL (AUS)
BEN THOMPSON
HELEN PAGE
$61
55kg

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14th 8. CHEVRON (AUS) 2yo C
SPIETH (NZ) - GREAT GAL (AUS)
CRAIG WILLIAMS
KRISTEN BUCHANAN
$51
57kg

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15th 7. FELIX THE SCAT (AUS) 2yo C
MENDELSSOHN (USA) - MISS POCKET ROCKET (AUS)
MARK DU PLESSIS
P & W HULBERT
$201
57kg
16th 9. CALIFORNIAN (AUS) 2yo C
JUSTIFY (USA) - LA POMME DE PIN (AUS)
RYAN MALONEY
G RYAN & S ALEXIOU
$17
57kg

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17th 16. WITHIN REASON (AUS) 2yo F
SPIRIT OF BOOM (AUS) - ARROWETTE (AUS)
LINDA MEECH
DESLEIGH FORSTER
$201
55kg

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