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Ken Russell a springboard to J J Atkins for Wisdom Of Water

By Glenn Davis

Talented colt Wisdom Of Water is set to confirm his rating as one of the State’s best chances in next month’s Group 1 J J Atkins when he tackles the Listed Ken Russell Memorial Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Wisdom Of Water is on the third line at $8 in TAB fixed betting for the J J Atkins at Eagle Farm on June 6 with stablemate The Drinks Cart a $26 chance.

The Tony Gollan-trained Isotope is the early favourite at $5 with Rob Heathcote’s Rothfire, an $8 second favourite.

Wisdom Of Water strolled home by more than five lengths when he launched his winter campaign over 1200 metres at the Gold Coast on May 1.

It was his first run since his fast finishing fourth to Away Game in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast in January.

Trent Edmonds, who trains the colt in partnership with his father Toby, is excited about Wisdom Of Water’s future prospects.

“He’s had a great preparation and his last run was super when he ran good time,” Edmonds said.

“He led that day but we feel he’ll be better off taking a sit.”

Toby Edmonds is yet to train a Group 1 winner but has finished second three times with Sagaronne in the 2015 J J Atkins, Tyzone in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap and Winter Bride in the Railways Stakes at Ellerslie in New Zealand in January.

The stable also finished third with The Virginian in the Stradbroke Handicap in 2017.

Aquis Farm has recently purchased a 50 per cent share in Wisdom Of Water whose future is undecided past the Brisbane winter program.

“We’re taking things race by race with him and we haven’t looked too seriously about the spring just yet,” Edmonds said.

“His next run is in the J J Atkins and that’s as far as we’re looking with him right now.”

Aquis Park Gold Coast

TAB QTIS Two-Years-Old Plate 1200m

Edmonds was reluctant to compare Wisdom Of Water with former stable star, Magic Millions Classic winner Houtzen, who campaigned with distinction overseas.

“Wisdom Of Water ran fourth in the Magic Millions but he should have finished a lot closer and would have made it an interesting finish had he not got shuffled back on the home turn,” he said.

“He also had been in the barriers a long time and missed the start.

“I don’t like to compare the two as Houtzen was very sharp like Wisdom Of Water and she was unlucky not to win a Group 1 during her career.”

Team Edmonds have a massive team entered for the meeting and are hopeful of claiming the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) with either Ruuca, Baroda or Zac Attack.

“Ruuca has got to show us he’s as good as we think he is while Baroda and Zac Attack have a stack of ability,” Edmonds said.

“It’s a very hard race with a lot of chances.”

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