Under-rated filly Starosa has shortened dramatically in markets on the Group One J J Atkins after her easy win at Doomben.
Starosa made it two wins in a row when she strode to a five length-victory in Saturday’s Two-Year-Old Handicap (1350m).
Before the win bookmakers were freely offering $51 about Starosa in the J J Atkins (1400m) on June 6 but she was as short as $6 on Sunday.
Trainer Tony Gollan admits a Group One tilt for Starosa was far from his mind last month after the filly failed at her first two starts.
“I was keen to win a maiden with her. But we took the blinkers off her and she has just improved lengths,” Gollan said.
“In normal times I would be looking at a Listed or Group Three race for her. But these aren’t normal times and she just keeps improving.
“The J J Atkins is back in distance to 1400 metres and that will suit her perfectly.”
Gollan also has Isotope set for the J J Atkins Stakes and she is the current $4.50 favourite.
Isotope will probably have a jump-out or trial before she tackles the Group Two Champagne Classic on May 23 at the reopening of Eagle Farm.
The Robert Heathcote-trained juvenile Rothfire will have a jump-out before he also returns in the Champagne Classic.
Rothfire has not run since suffering his first defeat in five starts when second in the $500,000 The Jewel 2YO on March 14.
Wisdom of Water made a brilliant return to racing with a win at the Gold Coast on Friday in faster time for 1200m than the Class Six winner.
Both Rothfire and Wisdom of Water are headed to the J J Atkins.