JJ Atkins 2020

Saturday June 6, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes is a key lead-up to the JJ Atkins each winter carnival

The JJ Atkins, formerly the TJ Smith, is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds traditionally held at Eagle Farm Racecourse on Stradbroke Handicap Day during the annual Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Conducted on a Saturday in early – mid June, the classic is one of three Group 1 features at the meeting along with the Queensland Derby for three-year-olds and the lucrative $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).

The 2017 JJ Atkins and other Stradbroke Handicap Day races were moved from a rain-affected Eagle Farm track to Doomben Racecourse and in 2018 the JJ Atkins also took place at Doomben with continued track issues at Eagle Farm.

Run at set weights, the colts and geldings carrying 57kg in the JJ Atkins field while the fillies carry 55kg. Conducted over a mile (1600m) the JJ Atkins offers $600,000 in total prize money including $360,000 to the winner.

For 2020 the J.J. Atkins Stakes was reduced to $350,000 with $203,000 for the winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the race distance from 1600m to 1400m.

Three races a ballot exemption to the winner/s into the JJ Atkins with New Zealand’s Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes, the BRC Champagne Classic and the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes. The last horse to complete the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes – JJ Atkins double was Sizzling (2012).

The latest edition of the JJ Atkins ran on Saturday June 6, 2020 and was won by the Robert Heathcote-trained favourite Rothfire. 

The JJ Atkins Race Info

  • Date: Saturday June 6, 2020
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m (1400m in 2020)
  • Conditions: 2YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $600,000 ($350,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • First Run: 1893

2020 The JJ Atkins Results

  • 1st: #1 Rothfire
  • 2nd: #13 Gotta Kiss
  • 3rd: #5 The Drinks Cart

The official JJ Atkins 2020 results & finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday June 6, 2020.

Robert Heathcote’s promising young star Rothfire was far too good in the JJ Atkins 2020 results, the Champagne Classic winner backing-up to win the Group 1 by over three lengths head of a potential spring run in the $15 million The Everest race in Sydney.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 13 57kg $3.50F
2 13 GOTTA KISS Steven O’Dea Ms Stephanie Thornton 3.3L 15 55kg $20
3 5 THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 3.5L 8 57kg $21
4 11 OVERLORD Chris Waller Boris Thornton 3.9L 17 57kg $13
5 3 WISDOM OF WATER Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 4.1L 10 57kg $11
6 6 THUNDER MANIA John Symons & Sheila Laxon Taylor Marshall 4.2L 7 57kg $41
7 14 MACROURA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Andrew Mallyon 4.4L 2 55kg $7
8 2 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 4.6L 14 57kg $11
9 10 TICK TOCK BOOM David Vandyke Jake Bayliss 4.8L 9 57kg $41
10 17 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 5L 12 55kg $5
11 18 STAROSA Tony Gollan James Innes Jnr 5.2L 11 55kg $151
12 15 COSMIC GOSSIP Stuart Kendrick Dale Smith 5.4L 16 55kg $201
13 7 SPOKESMAN Chris Waller Luke Dittman 5.6L 5 57kg $101
14 8 SAFFIANO Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 5.9L 4 57kg $61
15 9 WAY BEYOND Stuart Kendrick Ryan Wiggins 6L 6 57kg $201
16 16 MINJEE Robert Heathcote Blake Spriggs 8.7L 18 55kg $101
17 12 SUPERARE Stuart Kendrick James Orman 10L 1 57kg $101
18 4 NOT AN OPTION Richard & Michael Freedman Michael Cahill 12.2L 3 57kg $18
20e SEA BOSS Kristen Buchanan 0
19e SEE MARIE Desleigh Forster Taylor Marshall 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

JJ Atkins Betting & Odds

Futures JJ Atkins odds on the likely runners open weeks in advance of the race offering generous ante-post or pre-field prices for the punters.

The markets firm once the JJ Atkins final field is released and provides more security and betting options for the Stradbroke Handicap Day feature. Sydney raiders often dominate JJ Atkins betting as the visitors have dominant recent results including two winners for Gai Waterhouse and three for Chris Waller from 2010 – 2018.

Favourites in JJ Atkins betting have a strong recent record in the race with six winning since 2010 including Sacred Elixir ($5 2016), The Autumn Sun ($2.45 in 2018) and most recently Rothfire ($3.50 in 2020).

Horses that run well in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes a fortnight earlier also feature highly in markets for the Group 1 over a mile at the Eagle Farm track, with the 2017 JJ Atkins winner Capital Gain improving on a lead-up fifth in the Sires.

2020 JJ Atkins Odds

The season’s best JJ Atkins 2020 betting odds and Group 1 Brisbane racing markets will be available below so make sure you bookmark this page for access to the top prices on your JJ Atkins betting selections.


The JJ Atkins Field
The JJ Atkins betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au

Sacred Elixir (2016) was the last favourite in The JJ Atkins betting to salute for the punters. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The JJ Atkins field attracts a line-up of the winter’s most promising young milers. The two-year-olds come off a number of different runs, but the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) held a fortnight before is the key lead-up for JJ Atkins-bound two-year-olds.

The final acceptances feature many interstate-trained visitors who have a dominant recent record in the race winning six of the editions from 2011 – 2020, while the New Zealand raider Sacred Elixir won the race in 2016.

The largest field in recent history saw 19 runners in 2004 when Outback Prince won. The smallest field to date was just five runners in 2008, the race won by Rockdale from the outside alley.

The JJ Atkins nominations are taken in early May five weeks before the final acceptances are released along with the barrier draw on the Tuesday before the race runs on the Saturday.

2020 JJ Atkins Field

The official JJ Atkins Plate 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be posted here once released on the Tuesday of Stradbroke Handicap Day.

The 2020 JJ Atkins field has drawn a capacity line-up of 18 two-year-olds led by last start Group 2 Champagne Classic winner Rothfire out in gate 14 and the filly that ran second in the same lead-up, Isotope in barrier 13.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11x112x1 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 14 57kg
2 1×23 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 15 57kg
3 4x14x11 WISDOM OF WATER Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 10 57kg
4 1x120x36 NOT AN OPTION Richard & Michael Freedman Michael Cahill 3 57kg
5 143×11 THE DRINKS CART Toby & Trent Edmonds Brad Stewart 8 57kg
6 16×11 THUNDER MANIA John Symons & Sheila Laxon Larry Cassidy 7 57kg
7 31×18 SPOKESMAN Chris Waller Luke Dittman 5 57kg
8 517 SAFFIANO Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 4 57kg
9 3227×62 WAY BEYOND Stuart Kendrick Ryan Wiggins 6 57kg
10 43×221 TICK TOCK BOOM David Vandyke Jake Bayliss 9 57kg
11 322 OVERLORD Chris Waller Boris Thornton 19 57kg
12 5121 SUPERARE Stuart Kendrick James Orman 1 57kg
13 12x10x313 GOTTA KISS Steven O’Dea Ms Stephanie Thornton 16 55kg
14 111 MACROURA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Andrew Mallyon 2 55kg
15 227166×1 COSMIC GOSSIP Stuart Kendrick Dale Smith 17 55kg
16 31167 MINJEE Robert Heathcote Blake Spriggs 20 55kg
17 112 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft (a) 13 55kg
18 4×6114 STAROSA Tony Gollan James Innes Jnr 11 55kg
19e 6132 SEE MARIE Desleigh Forster Taylor Marshall 18 55kg
20e Px539 SEA BOSS Kristen Buchanan TBA 12 57kg

2020 JJ Atkins First Acceptances

The first acceptances for the JJ Atkins 2020 are taken on a Wednesday, 10 days out from the event and will be available in full below.

There are 30 two-year-olds left in the mix following the 2020 JJ Atkins first acceptances with Rob Heathcote’s Group 2 Champagne Classic winner Rothfire the early favourite in betting.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight
1 11x112x1 ROTHFIRE G 2 Robert Heathcote 1 57kg
2 1×23 WILD RULER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 57kg
3 4x14x11 WISDOM OF WATER C 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds 3 57kg
4 12x10x31 GOTTA KISS F 2 Steven O’Dea 4 55kg
5 1x120x36 NOT AN OPTION C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman 5 57kg
6 111 MACROURA F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 55kg
7 227166×1 COSMIC GOSSIP F 2 Stuart Kendrick 7 55kg
8 143×11 THE DRINKS CART G 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds 8 57kg
9 3116 MINJEE F 2 Robert Heathcote 9 55kg
10 112 ISOTOPE F 2 Tony Gollan 10 55kg
11 4×6114 STAROSA F 2 Tony Gollan 11 55kg
12 16×11 THUNDER MANIA C 2 John Symons & Sheila Laxon 12 57kg
13 31×18 SPOKESMAN C 2 Chris Waller 13 57kg
14 517 SAFFIANO C 2 Chris Waller 14 57kg
15 322 OVERLORD C 2 Chris Waller 15 57kg
16 436×21 ANDERS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 57kg
17 3227×6 WAY BEYOND C 2 Stuart Kendrick 17 57kg
18 43×22 TICK TOCK BOOM C 2 David Vandyke 18 57kg
19 1327 UNCOMPLICATED F 2 Stuart Kendrick 19 55kg
20 512 SUPERARE C 2 Stuart Kendrick 20 57kg
21 9×14 BELLEVUE STAR F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 21 55kg
22 3319 NEUTRON C 2 Kacy Fogden 22 57kg
23 12 MACLEAY G 2 Gerald Ryan 23 57kg
24 613 SEE MARIE F 2 Desleigh Forster 24 55kg
25 1 JOHNNY BOSS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 25 57kg
26 21 CORVO G 2 Tony Gollan 26 57kg
27 24 ALWAYS ON SHOW (NZ) F 2 Kris Lees 27 55kg
28 Px539 SEA BOSS C 2 Kristen Buchanan 28 57kg
29 2x LE HEROS C 2 Paul Duncan 29 57kg
30 I AM A BEAUTY G 2 Stuart Kendrick 30 57kg

2020 JJ Atkins Nominations

The early JJ Atkins 2020 nominations close at the start of May followed by first acceptances later that month with the full entries to be announced below once released by Racing Queensland.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 24 ACHIEVER C 2 Chris Waller
2 ACROPHOBIC C 2 John O’Shea
3 2 ALWAYS ON SHOW (NZ) F 2 Kris Lees
4 ANDERMATT C 2 James Cummings
5 436×2 ANDERS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 1 AVIEMORE F 2 Barry Lockwood
7 BABYDAZE G 2 Anthony Cummings
8 2×4 BALLISTIC LOVER F 2 Joseph Pride
9 61x BANGERS AND MAYO G 2 Tony & Maddysen Sears
10 42 BATANGAS ENTRY G 2 Kelly Schweida
11 253 BECKFORD C 2 Kacy Fogden
12 9×1 BELLEVUE STAR F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
13 BELTARIA C 2 John Symons & Sheila Laxon
14 04 BETTER LAD G 2 Trevor Miller
15 3x3x BEYLIKS C 2 James Cummings
16 2 BLACK BOLT (NZ) C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
17 0x BLESSED AWARD C 2 Lloyd Kennewell
18 8x BOLSON G 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
19 BOOM RANGA C 2 Robert Heathcote
20 4 BURDEKIN C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
21 0 CAESARS PALACE C 2 Anthony Cummings
22 CALM SEEKER (NZ) C 2 Matt Kropp
23 COAT OF ARMS C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
24 CONCEALED C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
25 2 CORVO G 2 Tony Gollan
26 227166x COSMIC GOSSIP F 2 Stuart Kendrick
27 44x COUNT THE COIN C 2 Kevin Kemp
28 4 CROSS THE RUBICON F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
29 38x DANCE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
30 DEFENCE MEDAL C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
31 DICKIN MEDAL C 2 James Cummings
32 110×5 DUSTY TYCOON F 2 Robert Heathcote
33 5 ELEMENTARY HOLMES C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
34 EQUATION C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
35 FALCON C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
36 FOSCOLO C 2 Chris Waller
37 FOXY RIPPA F 2 Tony Gollan
38 GLITTER STRIP F 2 Tony Gollan
39 12x10x3 GOTTA KISS F 2 Steven O’Dea
40 GUNNERSIDE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
41 6 GYPSY ROZAY F 2 Paul H Duncan
42 HEAT G 2 Anthony Cummings
43 1335×5 HINCHBEAST G 2 Bjorn Baker
44 I AM A BEAUTY C 2 Stuart Kendrick
45 3x IMPORTANT PRODUCT G 2 Kurt Goldman
46 1 IRISH THUNDER G 2 Kris Lees
47 11 ISOTOPE F 2 Tony Gollan
48 3 JERONIMOS (NZ) C 2 James Cummings
49 1x JOEY’S GIFT F 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
50 1 JOHNNY BOSS C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
51 KABOOM F 2 Darryl Hansen
52 KAHAYLAAN C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
53 KARAUNA F 2 Anthony Cummings
54 1220×4 KAVAK C 2 Chris Munce
55 KAZUHIKO C 2 Lloyd Kennewell
56 KELLERS SHELTER C 2 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
57 6×9 KERRISDALE F 2 Matthew Smith
58 911 KHOEKHOE C 2 Matt Cumani
59 1 KINLOCH C 2 Kris Lees
60 1 KUKERACHA (NZ) C 2 Chris Waller
61 LALVANI C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
62 2x LE HEROS C 2 Paul H Duncan
63 9x LIZA WITH A ZEE F 2 Tony Gollan
64 LONDON SKIES (NZ) C 2 Anthony Cummings
65 5×221 LOVING MISS F 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
66 1 MACLEAY G 2 Gerald Ryan
67 11 MACROURA F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
68 10x MARNIX C 2 James Cummings
69 2x MEADOW LAND C 2 Kris Lees
70 2 MIDLAND C 2 Kris Lees
71 311 MINJEE F 2 Robert Heathcote
72 MIRAVALLE F 2 Mark Newnham
73 23x MOONAN ME G 2 Brian J Smith
74 8x NAMAZU C 2 James Cummings
75 NARRATED F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
76 1 NATIONAL CHOICE C 2 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
77 NAVALHA C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
78 331 NEUTRON C 2 Kacy Fogden
79 NICKS F 2 Stuart Kendrick
80 1x120x36 NOT AN OPTION C 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
81 1 OCEAN EMPEROR C 2 Bjorn Baker
82 OREGON C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
83 OUTBURST G 2 Paul Messara
84 3 OVERLORD C 2 Chris Waller
85 29 PALLADAS C 2 Tony Gollan
86 4×1 PANNA COTTA F 2 Mark Newnham
87 1 PELTZER C 2 Gerald Ryan
88 PERFECT RADIANCE F 2 Kris Lees
89 PROHIBITION C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
90 PROMPT PRODIGY (NZ) C 2 Edward Cummings
91 QUEEN DAZZLER F 2 Tony & Maddysen Sears
92 415x READY FOR MAGIC G 2 Robert Heathcote
93 19x RED STILETTO F 2 David Vandyke
94 6x33x REMORSELESS C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
95 11x112x ROTHFIRE G 2 Robert Heathcote
96 51 SAFFIANO C 2 Chris Waller
97 SAMMY C 2 Kris Lees
98 SAN ANTONIO C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
99 Px5 SEA BOSS C 2 Kristen Buchanan
100 61 SEE MARIE F 2 Desleigh Forster
101 35x SETANTA C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
102 SHARPSHOOTER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
103 SILENT THUNDER C 2 Anthony Cummings
104 36×3 SIP IT SLOW F 2 Stuart Kendrick
105 31×1 SPOKESMAN C 2 Chris Waller
106 SPORTSMAN C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
107 4×611 STAROSA F 2 Tony Gollan
108 2x STRATEGIST C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
109 STREET DANCER C 2 Anthony Cummings
110 SUNNY EKCELS C 2 Les Kelly
111 5 SUPERARE C 2 Stuart Kendrick
112 SUPREMO C 2 John Thompson
113 5×3 THE ACTUARY F 2 Tony Gollan
114 1 THE BOPPER G 2 Kris Lees
115 15x THE BROTHERHOOD C 2 Stuart Kendrick
116 143x THE DRINKS CART G 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
117 16×1 THUNDER MANIA C 2 John Symons & Sheila Laxon
118 43x TICK TOCK BOOM C 2 David Vandyke
119 4453x TOSCANINI C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
120 027x TRAMONTO C 2 Kacy Fogden
121 5 TRANSPLANT F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
122 TRUE FAITH F 2 Kris Lees
123 2×71312 TUMBLER RIDGE C 2 Steven O’Dea
124 132 UNCOMPLICATED F 2 Stuart Kendrick
125 UNLIKELYOCCURRENCE F 2 Stuart Kendrick
126 URBAN WARRIOR C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
127 18x VALAQUENTA C 2 James Cummings
128 4 VIOLINIST F 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
129 2x5x VOLTERRA C 2 Chris Waller
130 3227x WAY BEYOND C 2 Stuart Kendrick
131 1×2 WILD RULER C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
132 4x14x1 WISDOM OF WATER C 2 Toby & Trent Edmonds
133 WOLF MOON C 2 David Vandyke
134 WRITTEN BEAUTY F 2 Bryan & Daniel Guy
135 YANGTZE RAPIDS C 2 Chris Waller
136 YIYI C 2 Chris Waller
137 3x11x ZEFTABROOK F 2 Kris Lees
138 15 ZINGALONG C 2 Trevor Miller
139 ZOOMARATTA C 2 Stuart Kendrick
140 ZOUFLU F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

The JJ Atkins Form Guide

The JJ Atkins form guide provides all the key information such as jockeys, trainers, barriers and the lead-up runs of the two-year-olds in the field.

Sydney trainers have dominated the JJ Atkins results in recent years so check the form guide for Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse-trained juveniles in good form.

The BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes form has stacked up in the JJ Atkins more than any other lead-up over history, but interestingly all three winners from 2013 – 15 didn’t come off a black-type run. Again in 2018 the hot favourite in JJ Atkins betting who went on to salute for the punters was The Autumn Sun whose lead-up run was a Randwick win in a 2YOs SWP event.

The JJ Atkins form has stacked up in bigger races later on over the years including in 2015 when Press Statement won the Caulfield Guineas in the spring. One of the best recent examples of the J.J. Atkins form holding up in future Group 1 events was the 2018 champion The Autumn Sun who took out that spring’s Golden Rose – Caulfield Guineas interstate double and also the following autumn’s Randwick Guineas – Rosehill Guineas Group 1 double in Sydney.

JJ Atkins Form Facts

  • The BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes a fortnight before has proved the key JJ Atkins form line to follow into the Group 1
  • Favourites have a strong record saluting for the punters
  • The last filly to beat home the boys in the JJ Atkins was Linky Dink (2009)
  • Sydney-trained raiders have an outstanding record in the race in recent years

2020 JJ Atkins Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive JJ Atkins 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The JJ Atkins Tips

JJ Atkins race tips include looking for promising miler types from Sydney’s leading stables, watching for the Brisbane runners coming off a strong BRC Sires’ Produce performance and the runner drawn in barrier six.

Barrier six produced three past winners from 2009 – 2011 and is one of the most successful barriers in the past 30 plus years.

2020 JJ Atkins Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive JJ Atkins 2020 betting tips and exotic Group 1 winter racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the juveniles to back and sack.

The JJ Atkins Results

Overall single-figure hopes have dominated the recent  JJ Atkins results.

The longest-priced winner in recent years was Linky Dink ($26 in 2009), who was also the last filly to beat home the boys in the JJ Atkins.

Recent JJ Atkins winners of note include The Autumn Sun (2018), Press Statement (2015), Sizzling (2012), Pressday (2010) and Reigning To Win (2006).

JJ Atkins Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Rothfire Gotta Kiss The Drinks Cart 1:21.0 (Over 1400m)
2019 Prince Fawaz Kubrick Reloaded 1:35.6
2018 The Autumn Sun Zousain Fundamentalist 1:38.8
2017 Capital Gain Aloisia Taking Aim 1:36.2
2016 Sacred Elixir Charnley River Heart Skipt A Beat 1:37.8
2015 Press Statement Sagaronne Look To The Stars 1:35.4
2014 Almalad Brazen Beau Looks Like The Cat 1:35.3
2013 Romantic Touch Zoustar Paximadia 1:36.5
2012 Sizzling Kabayan Academus 1:37.0
2011 Benfica Hot Snitzel Playtime 1:36.0
2010 Pressday Ringa Ringa Rosie American Crew 1:35.0
2009 Linky Dink Spot On Target Southport 1:39.9
2008 Rockdale Baci Amore Fravashi 1:40.3
2007 Apercu Tripitz Masked Assassin 1:37.9
2006 Reigning To Win Danleigh Carry To Glory 1:37.4
2005 Darci Brahma Ready As Daemons 1:34.9
2004 Outback Prince Star Shiraz Lords A Leaping 1:34.1
2003 Picaday Promoted Ambulance 1:35.8
2002 Lovely Jubly Top Echelon Big Breakfast 1:35.3
2001 Juanmo Barawin Evander 1:35.1
2000 Show A Heart Lady Mulan Rapid Man 1:36.8