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.

2021 JJ Atkins Results

  • 1st: #2 Converge
  • 2nd: #11 Giannis
  • 3rd: #1 Tiger Of Malay



The JJ Atkins Plate, 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. Currently worth $1,000,000 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 the new-look $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m).

For 2020 the prize money for the J.J. Atkins was cut to $350,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the race distance reduced from a mile to 1400m before returning to a mile and boosted to $1 million in stakes in 2021.

The 2017 JJ Atkins and other Stradbroke Handicap Day races were moved from Eagle Farm to Doomben Racecourse and Doomben hosted 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 2021 JJ Atkins Plate ran on Saturday June 12, 2021 and was won by the favourite Converge ($2.90). 

JJ Atkins 2021
Date: Saturday June 12, 2021
Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Conditions: 2YOs – Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1897

2021 JJ Atkins Results

  • 1st: #2 Converge
  • 2nd: #11 Giannis
  • 3rd: #1 Tiger Of Malay

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Frankel gelding Converge ($2.90F) relished a step back-up to a mile second-up to demolish his rivals by over three lengths in the official 2021 JJ Atkins results at Eagle Farm.

Click here to read more on the JJ Atkins win by the favourite Converge.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 57kg $2.90F
2 11 GIANNIS Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.25L 8 57kg $26
3 1 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 3.35L 11 57kg $9.50
4 14 INVINSIBLE TEARS Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 3.45L 14 55kg $61
5 3 SUBTERRANEAN Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 5.7L 4 57kg $26
6 5 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 7.7L 13 57kg $3.10
7 8 BLUSHING TYCOON Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jye McNeil 7.8L 12 57kg $61
8 12 DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Ben Thompson 8.1L 1 57kg $81
9 13 THREE WISE MEN Edward Cummings Jim Byrne 10.1L 9 57kg $81
10 6 VOLCANIC ROCK Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Opie Bosson 10.3L 6 57kg $31
11 7 RANCH HAND Chris Waller James McDonald 11.05L 2 57kg $14
12 10 CAPE BRETON Chris Waller Glen Boss 11.15L 10 57kg $31
13 9 OVERMANN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 13.4L 7 57kg $21
14 4 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 16.15L 3 57kg $17

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 JJ Atkins Betting Odds

The top JJ Atkins 2021 odds and Group 1 Brisbane racing odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released

Rothfire ($3.50 in 2020) followed the next year by Converge ($2.90 in 2021) are the latest favourites in JJ Atkins betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Barriers will be released by Racing Queensland the Tuesday leading-up to Stradbroke Handicap Day and published in full below.

Fourteen promising two-year-olds make-up the JJ Atkins 2021 final field led in betting by Converge drawn a treat in gate five and Port Louis with work to do from gate 13. Those two come off placings in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, with the winner of that lead-up Tiger Of Malay chasing the double on Saturday from barrier 11 with Craig Williams aboard.

Click here to read more on the key juveniles in the 2021 JJ Atkins field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1×52751 TIGER OF MALAY Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 11 57kg
2 1×62132 CONVERGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 57kg
3 313×5318 SUBTERRANEAN Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 4 57kg
4 21114 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3 57kg
5 3253 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 13 57kg
6 18×21 VOLCANIC ROCK Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Opie Bosson 6 57kg
7 135×20 RANCH HAND Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg
8 8321 BLUSHING TYCOON Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jye McNeil 12 57kg
9 4×421 OVERMANN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 7 57kg
10 11 CAPE BRETON Chris Waller Glen Boss 10 57kg
11 53×75 GIANNIS Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg
12 10 DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Ben Thompson 1 57kg
13 273 THREE WISE MEN Edward Cummings Jim Byrne 9 57kg
14 42×229 INVINSIBLE TEARS Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 14 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 JJ Atkins First Acceptances

First acceptances for the JJ Atkins 2021 are taken on a Wednesday about a week and a half out from the race and will be published below once released by Racing Queensland.

The 2021 JJ Atkins first acceptances will be taken on the 2nd of June, 2021.

Just 16 two-year-olds remain in the mix following the JJ Atkins 2021 first acceptances, all-in betting led by Converge and Port Louis who ran second and third respectively behind Tiger Malay in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ last start.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8321 BLUSHING TYCOON C 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2 1 CAPE BRETON C 2 Chris Waller
3 1×62132 CONVERGE G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
4 10 DARK REBEL C 2 Edward Cummings
5 53×75 GIANNIS C 2 Chris Waller
6 42×229 INVINSIBLE TEARS F 2 Gillian Heinrich
7 5 LONDON BELL (NZ) G 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy
8 4×421 OVERMANN G 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 21114 OVERPASS C 2 Bjorn Baker
10 3253 PORT LOUIS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
11 135×20 RANCH HAND C 2 Chris Waller
12 13 SINBA G 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
13 313×5318 SUBTERRANEAN C 2 Matthew Dunn
14 273 THREE WISE MEN G 2 Edward Cummings
15 1×52751 TIGER OF MALAY C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
16 18×2 VOLCANIC ROCK G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 JJ Atkins Nominations

The early JJ Atkins 2021 nominations close on a  Monday or Tuesday in early May and will be available right here as soon as announced by Racing Queensland.

The official 2021 JJ Atkins nominations attracted 124 juveniles including the undefeated Prince Of Boom for last year’s winning trainer Robert Heathcote.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6x ALFANO C 2 Anthony Cummings
2 AMERICAN ACTRESS (NZ) F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
3 ANYTHINK GOES C 2 Matthew Smith
4 27×512 APPLE TART F 2 Stuart Kendrick
5 ARMOUR FORCE C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
6 14 ASLAV C 2 Chris Waller
7 3x54x2 ASTROLOGER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
8 42328×1 BABY WONG C 2 Stephen Jones
9 12×4 BERDINI’S GIRL F 2 Chris Munce
10 4 BERENIB F 2 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
11 BLUE HOUR C 2 Kacy Fogden
12 83 BLUSHING TYCOON C 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
13 BRONZE DRAGON G 2 Billy Healey
14 14 BULLOO F 2 Stuart Kendrick
15 5 CANNY IMPACT C 2 Stuart Kendrick
16 CAPE BRETON C 2 Chris Waller
17 2 CARDIGAN QUEEN F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
18 1x CARRIBEAN KING (NZ) C 2 Stuart Kendrick
19 CELTIC HARP C 2 Chris Waller
20 53 CINQUE TORRI C 2 Bjorn Baker
21 442×4 CLAIRVUE LADY F 2 Stuart Kendrick
22 COMMANDS THE FIELD F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
23 5x COMPLETION F 2 Annabel Neasham
24 21x0x CONEXY G 2 Chris Waller
25 1×6213 CONVERGE G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
26 2 COOL LAD C 2 Matthew Smith
27 4×1 CORK HARBOUR C 2 Chris Waller
28 1 COTEHELE (NZ) C 2 John O’Shea
29 0x DARCEANDERMILL C 2 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
30 DARK REBEL C 2 Edward Cummings
31 7x DASH DASH DASH C 2 Glen Thompson
32 1 DEBUSSY C 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
33 DECISIVE MOVE F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
34 DREAM WITNESS F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
35 0 DUNDAS G 2 Scott Morrisey
36 6×1 EAGLE HAWK STAR G 2 Peter G Moody
37 ENDORSEMENT G 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
38 8×2 EVERLAST C 2 Chris Munce
39 5×5 FABRIKKA F 2 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
40 2 FASHION AVENUE F 2 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
41 25x FRONTMAN C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman
42 1 FUMIKO F 2 Kristen Buchanan
43 GALACTIC ANGEL F 2 Anthony Cummings
44 1 GENERATION C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
45 53x GIANNIS C 2 Chris Waller
46 25×11 GLENEAGLES C 2 David Payne
47 1x69x2 GOLDEN EIGHTY G 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy
48 GOLDEN GUNNERS C 2 Richard Litt
49 2 GREATER HARLEM C 2 Chris Waller
50 29x HEADLINER F 2 Chris Waller
51 32 HOOVER LUCY F 2 Chris Waller
52 I AM GOOD AT THIS C 2 Matthew Dunn
53 I LOVE ROCK’N’ROLL C 2 Anthony Cummings
54 IN THE CONGO C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
55 INFINITE TALENT F 2 Anthony Cummings
56 42×2 INVINSIBLE TEARS F 2 Gillian Heinrich
57 2×3514 I’VE BEAN THERE G 2 Stuart Kendrick
58 19x KALINO C 2 Chris Waller
59 45x KAYTEE REINADO G 2 Daiki Chujo
60 5 KING HIGH C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
61 1 KING KAPA C 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
62 KING SHALAA C 2 Stuart Kendrick
63 9 KOONDEEMAN G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
64 LAFARGUE C 2 Danny O’Brien
65 60×6 LE FORCE C 2 Darryl Hansen
66 9×350 LEASE C 2 Anthony Cummings
67 23x LEBANESE TRADER C 2 Tony Pike
68 2 LET FLY F 2 Matt Cumani
69 LINAS LEGEND C 2 Danny O’Brien
70 LONDON BELL (NZ) G 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy
71 LONELY ROCK C 2 Glen Thompson
72 LUNA CAT F 2 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
73 1 MAOTAI C 2 Kacy Fogden
74 7×3 MAURICE’S CHOICE C 2 Gary Portelli
75 1 ME ME LAGARDE F 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
76 2 MENAZZI G 2 Stuart Kendrick
77 9126 MILITARY GAMBLER C 2 Chris Munce
78 04x MILLWARD C 2 Chris Munce
79 1139×1 MISS HIPSTAR F 2 Kelly Schweida
80 61 MISTER LARRABEE C 2 Stuart Kendrick
81 3×3 MORIOKA F 2 Chris Waller
82 MORNINGTON GLORY C 2 Matt Laurie
83 3 MURRAMI EXPRESS (NZ) G 2 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
84 NOTIONS F 2 Kacy Fogden
85 4×4 OVERMANN G 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
86 211 OVERPASS C 2 Bjorn Baker
87 PARK AVENUE G 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
88 5 PENTITO C 2 Jason Edwards
89 2 PICK ZA BEANS F 2 Stuart Kendrick
90 325 PORT LOUIS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
91 PREEMPTORY C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
92 5×41 PRINCE ALEXANDER C 2 Archie Alexander
93 PRINCE OF BOOM G 2 Robert Heathcote
94 PROFONDO C 2 Richard Litt
95 8×4 RAFFALLI C 2 Billy Healey
96 135x RANCH HAND C 2 Chris Waller
97 REGINALD G 2 Anthony Cummings
98 3136x RHAPSODY ROSE F 2 Chris Munce
99 RIVER BOBO C 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
100 SAGAZZA F 2 Anthony Cummings
101 SANTORINI SUN F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
102 2 SHIHONKA F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
103 2 SILENT THEORY G 2 Leon & Troy Corstens
104 SINBA G 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
105 2 SPINNING F 2 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes
106 4x STRAY F 2 Anthony Cummings
107 313×53 SUBTERRANEAN C 2 Matthew Dunn
108 217 THE STIFMEISTER G 2 Stuart Kendrick
109 5211 THREE KINGS C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
110 2 THREE WISE MEN G 2 Edward Cummings
111 21 TIGER HEART G 2 Tony Gollan
112 TIGER LENY F 2 Scott Morrisey
113 1x527x TIGER OF MALAY C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
114 2 TUTUKAKA (NZ) G 2 Tony Pike
115 4 UNCAGED G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
116 21x UNDER THE DUNES F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
117 3 VANTAN EXPRESS C 2 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted
118 4x VERBEK (NZ) G 2 Robert & Luke Price
119 VERNE C 2 Annabel Neasham
120 18x VOLCANIC ROCK G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
121 28 WARRIOR HERO C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
122 WENET F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
123 611 WHY WE DRINK G 2 Jan Pritchard
124 65x WINTER VIOLET F 2 Kacy Fogden

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

The 2020 race ran over 1400m due to COVID-19.

Recent JJ Atkins Winners

Year Place Horse Time
 
2021
JJ Atkins
1st Converge 1 minute 35.86 seconds
2nd Giannis
3rd Tiger Of Malay
 
2020
JJ Atkins
1st Rothfire 1 minute 21.06 seconds (over 1400m)
2nd Gotta Kiss
3rd The Drinks Cart
 
2019
JJ Atkins
1st Prince Fawaz 1 minute 35.61 seconds
2nd Kubrick
3rd Reloaded
 
2018
JJ Atkins
1st The Autumn Sun 1 minute 38.89 seconds
2nd Zousain
3rd Fundamentalist
 
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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