JJ Atkins

Previously called The TJ Smith, the Group 1 JJ Atkins will run on Saturday 11th June 2016 at Eagle Farm on Stradbroke Handicap Day.

JJ Atkins News

Waller to Prepare Nikitas for Spring Carnival Campaign

Waller to Prepare Nikitas for Spring Carnival Campaign

Chris Waller will saddle Nikitas through the forthcoming Spring Racing Carnival, after the rising three-year-old was transferred to his care from Queensland-based trainer Kelso Wood this week.

Nikitas will be set for the Giolden Rose during his Spring Carnival campaign. Photo: Daniel Costello

Nikitas has fast stamped himself as one to watch through a short but competitive racing career ...

The JJ Atkins, formerly called The TJ Smith, is the premier event for two-year-olds at the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival. 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 by the Brisbane Racing Club, and shares the day with other fantastic group races including the Group 1 $1.36 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), Queensland Derby (2400m) and the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m).

There are a number of quality races the two-year-old runners in the JJ Atkins may have contested earlier including the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) the week before. The Sires Produce Stakes / JJ Atkins is a popular betting double at the carnival and horses that have won both races include 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 2016 JJ Atkins will be run on Saturday 11 June 2016 at Eagle Farm.

JJ Atkins (The TJ Smith)
Date: Saturday 11 June 2016
Track: Doomben – Usually at Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 2YO Open – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000
Inaugurated: 1897

2016 JJ Atkins Field

The 2016 JJ Atkins Field can now be seen below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 132×83 NIKITAS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 5 57kg
2 2×71021 ATTENTION Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 2 57kg
3 1x31x35 SOUCHEZ John O’Shea James McDonald 9 57kg
4 723×212 BARBASS Cameron Crockett Damien Oliver 15 57kg
5 21320 OINK Kelly Schweida Glen Colless 11 57kg
6 1242 DREAMS APLENTY John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 18 57kg
7 9×2197 CRACK ME UP (NZ) Liam Birchley Damian Browne 3 57kg
8 4173 JAWS OF STEEL Robbie Laing Brad Rawiller 4 57kg
9 216×16 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) Tony Pike Zac Purton 13 57kg
10 31860×88 PUNISHING Liam Birchley Dwayne Dunn 10 57kg
11 13 REDOUBLE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 16 57kg
12 5319 CADOGAN Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 6 57kg
13 2×442 CHARNLEY RIVER Stuart Kendrick Kerrin McEvoy 19 57kg
14 31 VASILIEV Gai Waterhouse Adam Hyeronimus 1 57kg
15 4138 MEET AND GREET John & Chris Meagher James Orman (a) 20 57kg
16 113×364 CANDIKA Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 8 55kg
17 23266×21 HEART SKIPT A BEAT QTIS Bonus Scheme Liam Birchley Jeff Lloyd 14 55kg
18 3248×4 OUR CINDERELLA Kristie Clark-Peoples Jim Byrne 17 55kg
19e 4×610 ZENDAYE Desleigh Forster Ryan Wiggins 12 57kg
20e 45 ROYAL ATOM Darryl Hansen 7 57kg

2016 JJ Atkins Nominations

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 132×83 NIKITAS C 2 Kelso Wood 1 57kg
2 2×71021 ATTENTION C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 57kg
3 113×364 CANDIKA F 2 Steven O’dea 3 55kg
4 1x31x35 SOUCHEZ C 2 John O’Shea 4 57kg
5 723×212 BARBASS G 2 Cameron Crockett 5 57kg
6 21320 OINK G 2 Kelly Schweida 6 57kg
7 1242 DREAMS APLENTY G 2 John Zielke 7 57kg
8 9×2197 CRACK ME UP (NZ) G 2 Liam Birchley 8 57kg
9 4173 JAWS OF STEEL C 2 Robbie Laing 9 57kg
10 31 ARCHIVES C 2 John O’Shea 10 57kg
11 216×16 SACRED ELIXIR (NZ) G 2 Tony Pike 11 57kg
12 31860×88 PUNISHING G 2 Liam Birchley 12 57kg
13 4×12 JERICHO C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 13 57kg
14 23266×21 HEART SKIPT A BEAT F 2 Liam Birchley 14 55kg
15 13 REDOUBLE C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 57kg
16 5319 CADOGAN C 2 Bjorn Baker 16 57kg
17 72×1760 ENDLESS DAYS G 2 Peter & William Hulbert 17 57kg
18 2×442 CHARNLEY RIVER C 2 Stuart Kendrick 18 57kg
19 3248×4 OUR CINDERELLA F 2 Kristie Clark-Peoples 19 55kg
20 426 REAL CLASSIC C 2 Toby Edmonds 20 57kg
21 31 VASILIEV C 2 Gai Waterhouse 21 57kg
22 4138 MEET AND GREET G 2 John & Chris Meagher 22 57kg
23 4×610 ZENDAYE C 2 Desleigh Forster 23 57kg
24 4×50039 DOUMBEK G 2 Graham Pollock 24 57kg
25 45 ROYAL ATOM G 2 Darryl Hansen 25 57kg

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 (The TJ Smith) Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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