Home Horse Racing 2023 J.J. Atkins Winner Is King Colorado for Maher/Eustace

2023 J.J. Atkins Winner Is King Colorado for Maher/Eustace

2023 J.J. Atkins Winner Is King Colorado for Maher/Eustace


The dynamo coaching duo of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace celebrated their twenty sixth Group 1 success in partnership with a powerful upset within the Group 1 $1 million Ladbrokes J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm with King Colorado.


Tannhauser (pictured in Sydney) ran third because the crushed favorite within the 2023 Ladbrokes J.J. Atkins leads to Brisbane. Photograph: Steve Hart.

The nicely-bred Kingman colt gave his giant possession group loads to be pleased with when making an enormous step-up in grade off a successful Kembla Grange maiden to attain victory in Brisbane’s J.J. Atkins on Stradbroke Day.

“We thought clearly he’s come off a maiden,” co-trainer Maher instructed Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“He’s at all times proven capacity, however simply he’s developed as a horse.

“We thought he’d run the gap. He’s fantastically bred.”

Jason Collett gave the up-and-coming two-year-old a peach of a trip, staying calm when getting caught again from the nice gate early to make up late floor with an enormous cost proper up the center of the observe on the straight.

“Jason Collett gave him an exquisite trip,” Maher stated.

“He acquired again additional than what I imagined, however that’s Jase, cool, calm and picked up.

“It was lovely to observe. How good.”

Proving his potential as a miler / stayer to observe within the spring the now very useful colt flew house the ultimate furlong and was capable of beat house Paul Messara‘s Dundeel filly Miracle Of Love ($7.50) by almost two lengths on the road.

Finishing the J.J. Atkins trifecta in a distant third after racing huge and again all through was Chris Waller’s crushed favorite Tannhauser ($4.80F).

“Clearly it was an enormous step-up and an unbelievable thrill,” Maher added.

“Take a look at him, a ripper!

“So pleased with the crew.

“It’s what it’s all about.”



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