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 (moved to Doomben for 2017)
- Date: Saturday 10 June 2017
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. In 2017 it was switched to Doomben because of issues with the track surface at Eagle Farm.
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 2017
See below for early betting odds on this years JJ Atkins.‘Odds not currently available’
JJ Atkins Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There is a field of 15 two-year-olds for the $600,000 2017 BMW J.J. Atkins, with only 3 fillies. The short-priced early favourite is New Zealand filly Melody Belle who was very impressive winning the BRC Sires’ Produce by 4.8 lengths at her first Australian start, following a 1.5 length win in the Group 1 Sires Produce in New Zealand. Second favourite is Taking Aim who was 2nd in the BRC Sires. Third in the market is Capital Gain who was 5th in that race.
Aloisia won over 1400m at Flemington last outing and looks suited over a mile. Qiji Phoenix won over 1600m in New Zealand before running 7th in the BRC Sires, and should improve. Tangled won two races in a row before 10th in the Sires and has the advantage of the inside barrier. Sambro has won over 1400m and could be in the finish. Pierata was 3rd in the Sires and is a very classy colt. All other runners are currently at 20 to 1 or longer including Queanbeyan runner Up Trumpz who has won 3 of his last 4 starts.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|13 Melody Belle||13 Melody Belle||13 Melody Belle|
|8 Qiji Phoenix||8 Qiji Phoenix||3 Capital Gain|
|1 Taking Aim||3 Capital Gain||1 Taking Aim|
|5 Pierata||1 Taking Aim||14 Aloisia|
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).
|2017||Capital Gain||Aloisia (NZ)||Taking Aim|
|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|