Barbaric Lad looking to strike in Group 1 JJ Atkins

Barbaric Lad
Luke Currie returns to scale on Barbaric Lad after winning at Pakenham on February 22. (Photo by Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Roll The Dice Racing hopes that stepping up to 1600 metres for the first time in this weekend’s Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m) can spark improvement in their juvenile colt, Barbaric Lad.

After finishing third on his debut at Sandown-Lakeside on February 7, the son of Brutal broke his maiden at his second attempt just a fortnight later before being sent for a spell in the paddock.

Returning last month, Barbaric Lad placed fifth in the Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) before finishing sixth in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), three lengths behind the winner Broadsiding, who will also race on Saturday.

“He’s a bit of a work in progress, but Anthony and Sam (Freedman) have got a bit of a wrap on him, and they think he’s going to make a nice kind of miler,” Roll The Dice’s Steve Travaglia told Racing.com.

“He was probably ridden a bit close last start as we were hoping to be back where the favourite Broadsiding was and just really smash the line, but he got knocked around a little bit.

“Still, the 1600 metres will sort a few out and he’s a real top three or four chance and that can set him up for a nice spring.

“The idea is to spell him up there (Queensland) as well. He can have the winter up there and he can come back down to Melbourne.

“He’s got some maturing to do but he’s got good knees and good legs, so I think we’ll have some fun in the spring with him somewhere, if we place him right.”

2024 J.J. Atkins Final Field

Broadsiding Silks

1. Broadsiding (2)

  • T: James Cummings
  • J: James McDonald
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 11133
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Too Darn Hot (GB)
  • Dam: Speedway
Zouna Silks

2. Zouna (5)

  • T: Lawrie Mayfield-Smith
  • J: Mark Zahra
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 24311
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Zousain
  • Dam: Campagna
Bittercreek Silks

3. Bittercreek (10)

  • T: Leon & Troy Corstens
  • J: Blake Shinn
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 4123
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Snitzel
  • Dam: Rose of Cimmaron
Beau Dazzler Silks

4. Beau Dazzler (14)

  • T: Tony & Maddysen Sears
  • J: Kyle Wilson-Taylor
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 400×7
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Ardrossan
  • Dam: Pwerfect
Can't Recall One Silks

5. Can’t Recall One (11)

  • T: Stuart Kendrick
  • J: Robbie Dolan
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 0x11
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Grey
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Reliable Man (GB)
  • Dam: Recollecting (NZ)
Imperialist Silks

6. Imperialist (12)

  • T: Chris Waller
  • J: TBC
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 148
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Churchill (IRE)
  • Dam: Dancing Hare
Smashing Time Silks

7. Smashing Time (4)

  • T: Robert & Luke Price
  • J: Tommy Berry
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 5313
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Brown
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Brave Smash (JPN)
  • Dam: Trick
Bosustow Silks

8. Bosustow (1)

  • T: Annabel Neasham
  • J: Ryan Maloney
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 10×32
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Blue Point (IRE)
  • Dam: Bumbasina (IRE)
Barbaric Lad Silks

9. Barbaric Lad (8)

  • T: Anthony & Sam Freedman
  • J: Luke Currie
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 65×13
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: Brutal (NZ)
  • Dam: Janast
Mr Artemisia Silks

10. Mr Artemisia (3)

  • T: Chris Waller
  • J: TBC
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 322
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Brown
  • Sex: Colt
  • Sire: The Autumn Sun
  • Dam: Sultry Dreamer
China Sea Silks

11. China Sea (9)

  • T: John Sargent
  • J: Rory Hutchings
  • W: 57kg
  • F: 1
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Gelding
  • Sire: Fastnet Rock
  • Dam: Rippled (GB)
El Morzillo Silks

12. El Morzillo (7)

  • T: Kelly Schweida
  • J: Craig Williams
  • W: 55kg
  • F: 72439
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Grey
  • Sex: Filly
  • Sire: Star Witness
  • Dam: Avocado
Aemelius Silks

13. Aemelius (6)

  • T: Annabel Neasham
  • J: Tyler Schiller
  • W: 55kg
  • F: 215
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Filly
  • Sire: Hellbent
  • Dam: Mead
Pee Bee Noir Silks

14. Pee Bee Noir (13)

  • T: Peter & Will Hulbert
  • J: Mark Du Plessis
  • W: 55kg
  • F: 08
  • Age: 2YO
  • Colour: Bay
  • Sex: Filly
  • Sire: Churchill (IRE)
  • Dam: Readyforcatherine

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