Melody Belle remains short priced favourite after J.J. Atkins barrier draw

Kiwi filly Melody Belle remains a short priced favourite for the Group 1 $600,000 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Doomben on Saturday even though she has drawn in the second half of the fifteen horse field.

Jim Byrne, above, rides Capital Gain in the J.J. Atkins at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Jim Byrne, above, rides Capital Gain in the J.J. Atkins at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Melody Belle drew barrier nine after connections had to pay a late entry fee of $18,000 to reinstate the filly back into the field after they inadvertently miss the first acceptance pay up last week.

Ladbrokes.com.au are keeping Melody Belle safe at $2.30 and top Kiwi jockey Opie Bosson rides again after steering the Commands filly to a dominant four and three quarter lengths win over Taking Aim in the Group 2 $250,000 Mitavite BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Eagle Farm on May 27.

The second pick at $7.50 is the local two year old Capital Gain who has drawn barrier five with Doomben 10,000 winning jockey Jim Byrne in the saddle again.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Taking Aim is on the third line of betting at $8.50 after drawing near the outside at barrier thirteen with Hugh Bowman taking the ride again.

Bowman was aboard two starts back when Taking Aim won the Group 3 $125,000 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 6 and was in the saddle again last start when second to Melody Belle in the BRC Sires’ Produce.

Qiji Phoenix from the New Zealand stables of Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs and the Ciaron Maher trained Aloisai share the next line of betting at $9.50.

Kiwi jockey Leith Innes rides Qiji Phoenix who will jump from the outside gate while Mark Zahra should be able to give Aloisia a good run from barrier six.

Chris Waller will saddle up two runners in the J.J. Atkins, Tangled at $11 and Sambro at $14.

Tangles has drawn the inside gate with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle while Sambro has drawn worse than midfield at barrier ten with Tommy Berry taking over from Josh Parr.

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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