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 and 2018)
  • Date: Saturday 6 June 2020

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 and 2018 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 2018

See below for early betting odds on this years JJ Atkins.

JJ Atkins Preview & Tips 2018

Track: Soft   Weather: Showers

There is a field of 14 two-year-olds for the $600,000 2018 Jaguar Land Rover J.J. Atkins, including 4 fillies. The short-priced favourite is The Autumn Sun who has 2 runs for 2 Randwick wins. Second favourite is BRC Sires’ Produce winner Lean Mean Machine who has 2 wins and 2 places from 4 starts. Third favouritism is shared between Zousain who ran 2nd in the BRC Sires’ Produce, and Fundamentalist who charged home late for 2nd in the SA Sires Produce last outing.

Sizzling Ace and Boomsara tied for 3rd in the BRC Sires Produce, Sesar ran 5th and Plumaro was 8th.  Home Ground has won his last 2 starts but is taking a huge step up in grade. The remaining five runners are all over $46.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
5 The Autumn Sun
1 Lean Mean Machine
11 Fundamentalist
2  Zousain

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).

Year Winner Second Third
2019 Prince Fawaz Kubrick Reloaded
2018 The Autumn Sun Zousain Fundamentalist
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
2013 Romantic Touch Zoustar Paximadia
2012 Sizzling Kabayan Academus
2011 Benfica Hot Snitzel Playtime
2010 Pressday Ringa Ringa Rosie American Crew
2009 Linky Dink (NZ) Spot On Target Southport
2008 Rockdale (NZ) Baci Amore Fravashi
2007 Apercu Tripitz Masked Assassin
2006 Reigning To Win Danleigh Carry To Glory
2005 Darci Brahma (NZ) Ready As Daemons
2004 Outback Prince Star Shiraz Lords A Leaping (NZ)
2003 Picaday Promoted Ambulance
2002 Lovely Jubly Top Echelon Sir Breakfast
2001 Juanmo Barawin Evander
2000 Show A Heart Lady Mulan (NZ) Rapid Man