JJ Atkins

The Group 1 JJ Atkins field of two-year-olds faces off in June on Stradbroke Handicap Day each Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.



The JJ Atkins, formerly called The TJ Smith, is the premier event for two-year-olds at the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. Traditionally held on the highly anticipated Stradbroke Handicap Day in June at Eagle Farm Racecourse, this Group 1 race is run over a middle distance of 1600m under set weight conditions. Worth $600,000 it is one of the most lucrative races conducted during the carnival and shares the day with a host of other Group status races including the Group 1 $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m).

The 2017 JJ Atkins and other Stradbroke Handicap Day races were moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben Racecourse and Doomben will be host to the 2018 JJ Atkins again due to the ongoing track upgrades at Eagle Farm.

There are a number of quality races the two-year-old runners in the JJ Atkins field may have contested earlier including the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) a fortnight before. The BRC Sires Produce Stakes / JJ Atkins is a popular betting double at the carnival and horses that have won both races include Sizzling (2012), Pressday (2010), Lovely Jubly (2002), Juanmo (2001), Al Mansour (1997), Anthems (1996), Mahogany (1993) and Slight Chance (1992).

Many J.J. Atkins winners and placegetters will continue on to bigger and better races later in their careers.

The 2018 JJ Atkins Plate runs on Saturday June 9, 2018 .

JJ Atkins 2018
Date: Saturday June 9, 2018
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben for 2018)
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 2YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000
Inaugurated: 1897

2018 JJ Atkins Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2018 JJ Atkins Betting Odds

The top JJ Atkins 2018 odds and Group 1 Brisbane racing odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.

2018 JJ Atkins Field

The two-year-olds in the JJ Atkins field traditionally come off a lead-up run in Brisbane earlier during the winter with the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes the key preparatory run into the Group 1 mile feature. Interstate raiders also make-up a bulk of the JJ Atkins field each year and have a high strike rate beating home the local youngsters.

The official 2018 JJ Atkins Field & Barriers will be out on Wednesday June 6, 2018 and published in full below.

2018 JJ Atkins First Acceptances

First acceptances for the JJ Atkins 2018 are taken on Wednesday May 30, 2018 and will be published in full below once released by Racing Queensland.

2018 JJ Atkins Nominations

The early JJ Atkins 2018 nominations close on a Tuesday in early May and will be available right here as soon as announced by Racing Queensland.

The official 2018 JJ Atkins Nominations attracted a bumper 127 two-year-old winter hopefuls including the Chris Waller-trained pre-field favourite The Autumn Sun, stablamate Lean Mean Machine and recent Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic winning Sebring colt Sesar for local trainer Steven O’Dea.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 41 A MAN TO MATCH C 2 Tony Gollan
2 210×35 AL NAIFA F 2 Tony McEvoy
3 ALLUSION C 2 Tony McEvoy
4 9x AMORITA F 2 Matthew Dunn
5 APPLESANDBISCUITS F 2 Melissa Leitch
6 4x8x AWESOME MO G 2 Liam Birchley
7 1x AXELLA F 2 Matthew Dunn
8 BE MY STAR F 2 Tony McEvoy
9 BIG BAD BRUCE C 2 Bjorn Baker
10 111×3 BLUE BOOK G 2 Kelly Doughty
11 BONDI BOY C 2 Richard Freedman
12 151x BOOMSARA G 2 Chris Munce
13 BRILLIANT MIND C 2 Gary Moore
14 P BRING ME SHOWERS F 2 John P Thompson
15 6×4 BRITISH MEDIUM C 2 Mick Price
16 226x BURBANK C 2 Chris Waller
17 50x CAPITULATE G 2 Toby Edmonds
18 9×0 CEOL NA MARA F 2 Chris Munce
19 CHAMPAGNE DAISY F 2 David Vandyke
20 2×2 CHAMPAGNE GARDEN G 2 John Zielke
21 6 COMMANDER G 2 John P Thompson
22 COPS AND ROBBERS C 2 Matthew Dunn
23 23 COTERIE G 2 Gerald Ryan
24 164x COUNTERCURRENT F 2 Bjorn Baker
25 4 CRITICAL REACTION F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
26 36 DALSWINTON C 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
27 DEALMAKER C 2 Chris Waller
28 25×7 DRAM OF DELAGO F 2 Matthew Dunn
29 28351x DREAMING OF BISCAY F 2 Nick Olive
30 1x DYNAMITED C 2 James Cummings
31 557 DYNASTY DI F 2 John W Ramsey
32 34×1 EAWASE F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
33 5 EXCLUSIVE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
34 1×4 FAROOQ C 2 Tony McEvoy
35 FAT MAX C 2 Kevin Kemp
36 544×33322 FISH ’N’ SNITZ F 2 Stuart Kendrick
37 2×112 FUNDAMENTALIST F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 5×2 GALINA F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
39 1 GEM SONG C 2 Kris Lees
40 11 GRAFF C 2 Kris Lees
41 4225×1 GRANNY RED SHOES F 2 Toby Edmonds
42 GREAT KEPPELL C 2 Toby Edmonds
43 234×6 GRIM REAPER G 2 Steven O’dea
44 GUNZEL C 2 Kristen Buchanan
45 HAZAR G 2 Matthew Dunn
46 4 HOME GROUND G 2 John Sargent
47 81 HOME MADE G 2 John Sargent
48 81 HOME WIN C 2 John Sargent
49 18 INVINCORE C 2 Toby Edmonds
50 1x37x IRISH BET C 2 John O’Shea
51 JACK DERIPPA C 2 Toby Edmonds
52 KEVIKKI F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
53 13x LEAN MEAN MACHINE C 2 Chris Waller
54 LEARDO (NZ) G 2 Richard Freedman
55 LIGHT UP THE ROOM F 2 Tony Gollan
56 50 LILIERO F 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy
57 2x MAGIC MYSTERY (NZ) C 2 Liam Birchley
58 5 MANDAYANA F 2 Ciaron Maher
59 2 MICKEY BLUE EYES C 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
60 80×2 MISCHIEVOUSMARILYN F 2 Kelly Schweida
61 14111 MISHANI HUSTLER C 2 Ben Currie
62 36×2723 MISHANI ROMAN G 2 Ben Currie
63 32×2 MISHANI RULER G 2 Ben Currie
64 8×4 MISS EARTH F 2 Kris Lees
65 28 MISS LOUISIANA F 2 Anthony Freedman
66 322×341543 MISS SARA F 2 Les Ross
67 43 NERO CHIN CHIN G 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
68 ON THE WHITE TURF (NZ) F 2 Richard Freedman
69 25×124 ONLY WANNA SING G 2 Robert Heathcote
70 OR ELSE G 2 Kurt Goldman
71 324×6 ORCEIN C 2 Chris Waller
72 31611 OUR LONG SALI F 2 Stuart Gandy
73 63×4 PEMBROKE CASTLE C 2 Chris Waller
74 211×1 PENNINO F 2 Darryl Hansen
75 7x PEPPI LA FEW G 2 Liam Birchley
76 PHOENIX GLOBAL C 2 Toby Edmonds
77 29x PHONEME C 2 Chris Waller
78 PIERRE BIZEL C 2 Stuart Kendrick
79 9 PISTOLERO C 2 Tony Gollan
80 1 PIZONIE G 2 Tony Gollan
81 1212x PLUMARO F 2 Kevin Kemp
82 1x09x PONY POWER F 2 Chris Munce
83 PRESS BOX F 2 Chris Waller
84 17 RACECOURSE ROAD C 2 Chris Munce
85 3335×130 RAINS APLENTY C 2 John Zielke
86 6 REVEL C 2 Tony Gollan
87 0 REXX C 2 Tony Gollan
88 43x RIVER BIRD F 2 Jason Coyle
89 ROCKNAVAR F 2 Matthew Dunn
90 1x ROOSEVELT C 2 James Cummings
91 2 ROYAL CELEBRATION C 2 Ron Quinton
92 ROYAL FACTOR C 2 Matthew Dunn
93 7x5x RUSSIAN ROMEO G 2 Ciaron Maher
94 SAY I CEE YOU C 2 Liam Birchley
95 44×214 SECRET BLAZE G 2 Tony McEvoy
96 0x SERLINA F 2 Billy & Dale Healey
97 72 SESAR C 2 Steven O’dea
98 112 SHAMURT F 2 Tony Gollan
99 462×3 SIZZLING ACE F 2 Toby Edmonds
100 11129x SIZZLING BELLE F 2 Nick Olive
101 SKI BUNNY (NZ) F 2 Liam Birchley
102 0x23x37 SOKUDO C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
103 SPILIA C 2 Danny O’Brien
104 SPOT ON SPUD G 2 Liam Birchley
105 425 STARVIRGO C 2 Anthony Freedman
106 79×804 STRAWBERRY BLONDE F 2 Kelly Schweida
107 1 THE AUTUMN SUN C 2 Chris Waller
108 THE BIG HOUSE C 2 Tony Sears
109 THE FIRE TRAP G 2 Matthew Dunn
110 THE PINES F 2 Toby Edmonds
111 TURMOIL F 2 Toby Edmonds
112 46x ULTIMATE RING G 2 Kelly Schweida
113 UNGUARDED F 2 Richard Freedman
114 USMANOV C 2 Toby Edmonds
115 851 VASSILATOR (NZ) C 2 Colin Little
116 VIRAL G 2 Toby Edmonds
117 VO RIVER GIRL F 2 Darryl Ward
118 22x WAGNER C 2 James Cummings
119 WE CONCUR C 2 Matthew Dunn
120 WHYMELO F 2 Toby Edmonds
121 8x WILLING FORCE (NZ) C 2 Stuart Kendrick
122 WILLO TITTO F 2 David Vandyke
123 WINDERMERE F 2 Toby Edmonds
124 2x WINNING PARTNER C 2 Tony McEvoy
125 30×3 YAMAZAKI F 2 Chris Anderson
126 11 ZOOM BY F 2 Liam Birchley
127 146x ZOUSAIN C 2 Chris Waller

J.J. Atkins History

First run in 1897, the event was originally known as the Claret Stakes and Common won the inaugural race. The event was then named The TJ Smith after legendary trainer Tommy Smith. In 2013 the race was renamed the J.J. Atkins in honour of legendary Queensland trainer Jim Atkins.

The JJ Atkins began as a principal race run over six furlongs but was increased to seven furlongs in 1905. The race was not held between 1942 and 1945 but recommenced in 1946 under the same conditions. Nearly a decade later the race distance was increased to eight furlongs before changing to the metric conversion of 1600m in 1973. Not long after in 1980 the event reached Group 2 status before finally being elevated to its current Group 1 status in 1985.

Just A Printer holds the race record of 1:33.0 set in 1994.

Recent JJ Atkins Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
JJ Atkins
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
JJ Atkins
1st Capital Gain 1 minute 36.21 seconds
2nd Aloisia
3rd Taking Aim
2016
JJ Atkins
1st Sacred Elixir 1 minute 37.82 seconds
2nd Charnley River
3rd Heart Skipt A Beat
2015
JJ Atkins
1st Press Statement 1 minute 35.40 seconds
2nd Sagaronne
3rd Look To The Stars
2014
JJ Atkins
1st Almalad 1 minute 35.39 seconds
2nd Brazen Beau
3rd Lookslikethecat
2013
JJ Atkins
1st Romantic Touch 1 minute 36.54 seconds
2nd Zoustar
3rd Paximadia
2012
The TJ Smith
1st Sizzling 1 minute 37.01 seconds
2nd Kabayan
3rd Academus
2011
The TJ Smith
1st Benfica 1 minute 36.0 seconds
2nd Hot Snitzel
3rd Playtime
2010
The TJ Smith
1st Pressday 1 minute 39.09 seconds
2nd Ringa Ringa Rosie
3rd American Crew
2009
The TJ Smith
1st Linky Dink 1 minute 39.9 seconds
2nd Spot On Target
3rd Southport
2008
The TJ Smith
1st Rockdale 1 minute 40.3 seconds
2nd Baci Amore
3rd Fravashi
2007
The TJ Smith
1st Apercu 1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd Tripitz
3rd Masked Assassin
2006
The TJ Smith
1st Reigning To Win 1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Danleigh
3rd Carry To Glory
2005
The TJ Smith
1st Darci Brahma 1 minute 34.9 seconds
2nd Ready As
3rd Daemons
2004
The TJ Smith
1st Outback Prince 1 minute 34.1 seconds
2nd Star Shiraz
3rd Lords A Leaping
2003
The TJ Smith
1st Picaday 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Promoted
3rd Ambulance
2002
The TJ Smith
1st Lovely Jubly 1 minute 35.3 seconds
2nd Top Echelon
3rd Big Breakfast
2001
The TJ Smith
1st Juanmo 1 minute 35.1 seconds
2nd Barawin
3rd Evander
2000
The TJ Smith
1st Show A Heart 1 minute 36.8 seconds
2nd Lady Mulan
3rd Rapid Man

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