The JJ Atkins is a 1600 metre race for two-year-olds run by the Brisbane Racing Club. It is held under set weight conditions during June at Eagle Farm and is on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
- Race Type: Group 1, 2YO Set Weights
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse, Brisbane, Queensland
- Date: Saturday 11 June 2016
The JJ Atkins was first run in 1893 as the Claret Stakes over 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres) and was won by Common. In 1905 the distance increased to 7 furlongs and in 1955 it increased again to 8 furlongs. It gained Group 1 status in 1985 and was a handicap race for most of its history, only becoming a set weight race in 2007.
Claret Stakes, Sir Robert Herbert Stakes, RU Sloman Claret Stakes, QTC Marlborough Stakes, QTC Castlemaine Stakes and QTC Classic are some of the names this race has gone by before becoming the TJ Smith Classic from 1999 to 2012 in honour of the great Sydney trainer Tommy Smith who died in 1998. In 2013 it became the JJ Atkins.
JJ Atkins Final Field & Odds 2016
See below for early betting odss on this years JJ Atkins.‘Odds not currently available’
JJ Atkins Preview & Tips 2016
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a full field of 18 two-year-olds plus 2 emergencies for the $600,000 2016 BMW J.J. Atkins, with only3 fillies. The betting is fairly open with New Zealand gelding Sacred Elixir the early favourite after a win over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast followed by a run from a long way back for 1.3 lengths 6th in the Sires Produce Stakes. Second favourite is Souchez who was slowly away to finish 5th in the Sires. Third in the market is Attention who hung on to win that race by 0.3 length and has drawn well in barrier 2.
Candika was the first filly home in the Sires Produce Stakes, running on strongly for 4th. Nikitas came 3rd and looks open to improvement. Cadogan has won over 1400m at Randwick and could show up. Redouble shows lots of promise but has drawn very wide. All other runners are at 16 to 1 or longer including Mornington Sires winner Jaws Of Steel who looks well suited over the mile.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|9 Sacred Elixir||16 Candika||9 Sacred Elixir|
|1 Nikitas||9 Sacred Elixir||16 Candika|
|16 Candika||8 Jaws Of Steel||8 Jaws Of Steel|
|8 Jaws Of Steel||1 Nikitas||3 Souchez|
Previous winners of the JJ Atkins:
Colts and geldings carry 57kg and fillies carry 55kg in the JJ Atkins. The major lead-up race is the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm. Winners of both races include Pressday (2010), Lovely Jubly (2002), Juanmo (2001), Al Mansour (1997), Anthems (1996), Mahogany (1993) and Slight Chance (1992).
This race is the only Group 1 event for two-year-olds in the Brisbane Winter Carnival and it is also the last Group race of the racing year (August 1 to July 31) for two-year-olds, which gives it an elite status. The winners of the JJ Atkins will normally go on to bigger and better things when they return as three-year-olds and past winners include horses like Luskin Star (1977), Tristram’s Edition (1985). Flotilla (1987) and Zeditave (1988).
|2016||Sacred Elixir (NZ)||Charnley River||Heart Skipt A Beat|
|2015||Press Statement||Sagaronne||Look To The Stars|
|2014||Almalad||Brazen Beau||Looks Like The Cat|
|2010||Pressday||Ringa Ringa Rosie||American Crew|
|2009||Linky Dink (NZ)||Spot On Target||Southport|
|2008||Rockdale (NZ)||Baci Amore||Fravashi|
|2006||Reigning To Win||Danleigh||Carry To Glory|
|2005||Darci Brahma (NZ)||Ready As||Daemons|
|2004||Outback Prince||Star Shiraz||Lords A Leaping (NZ)|
|2002||Lovely Jubly||Top Echelon||Sir Breakfast|
|2000||Show A Heart||Lady Mulan (NZ)||Rapid Man|