Gai Waterhouse’s smart filly Prompt Response is out of contention for the Group 1 $600,000 BMW J.J. Atkins (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.
Prompt Response was well in the betting at $7 for the J.J. Atkins at Ladbrokes.com.au but Waterhouse has informed Racing Queensland stewards that the Beneteau filly won’t be contesting the Group 1 race for the for the two year olds.
Waterhouse told the stewards that Prompt Response had suffered a slight setback in her training but will remain in work in Queensland and the stewards released the following statement on the Racing Queensland website.
“The Waterhouse stable has advised Racing Queensland Stewards that PROMPT RESPONSE will not be accepting for the J J Atkins, on Saturday 11 June 2016, due to a setback, however would remain in Queensland to compete in other events.”
Prompt Response has won one race from her four starts and looked very impressive with a runaway four and a half lengths victory in a two year old maiden over 1200m on the Beaumont track at Newcastle on April 21.
The speedy filly had also performed well over the Sydney Autumn Carnival in tougher company with a fourth to Calliope in the Group 2 $175,000 Bede Murray Magic Night Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 12 followed by a second to Missrock in the Group 3 $500,000 IG Markets Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on the second day of ‘The Championships’ on April 9.
The John O’Shea trained Souchez remains at the top of the J.J. Atkins market order at $3.80 even though he was beaten by Winning Rupert and Attention when third in the Group 2 $175,000 Moet & Chandon Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben last Saturday.
Winning Rupert is on the second line of betting at $6 but the Bjorn Baker stable have indicated that the Written Tycoon colt is likely to be spelled before getting ready to tackle the three year old races in the Spring.
On the next line of betting at $8 is the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Attention who was beaten a neck when second to Winning Rupert.