Rothfire bolsters J.J. Atkins claims

24 May 2020 03:36:51 GMTPlus10

Rothfire enhanced his creditinals for the success in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Plate after he scooted home to win the Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic at Eagle Farm.

The Robert Heathcote-trained juvenile now boasts a resume of five wins from six career outings, with his only defeat coming at the Gold Coast on his penultimate start when he was beaten just two lengths into second.

He bounced back to form with an impressive all-the-way success in the Group 2 contest under Jim Byrne and is now expected to perform well in the seven furlong J.J. Atkins in two weeks' time.

"He’s beaten a couple of pretty good horses there," said Heathcote. "He raced a touch fresh today and Jimmy [Byrne] confirmed that when he came in, he was just charging a little up on the bridle more than we would have liked.

"That’s just freshness more than anything. He’s such a laid-back cool customer and that’s going to bring him on super for that 1400m in two weeks."

His victory in the Group 2 Champagne Classic took Rothfire's record at Eagle Farm to four wins from four starts, which bodes well for the crack at a top-level prize at the track on June 6.

Rothfire is 3.60 to win the J.J. Atkins Plate, with Isotope 6.00.

Byrne added: "He still raced a bit keen today. He will get better. You see it in his work, you see it in his races. The further he gets into his prep, the better he gets."

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