JJ Atkins 2018

Saturday June 9, 2018

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 will take place at Doomben again 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 $366,000 to the winner.

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 next edition of The JJ Atkins runs on Saturday June 9, 2018 .

The JJ Atkins Race Info

  • Date: Saturday June 9, 2018
  • Track: Eagle Farm Racecourse (Doomben for 2017)
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 2YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $600,000
  • First Run: 1893

The 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 each for Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller from 2010 – 2017.

Favourites in JJ Atkins betting have a strong recent record in the race with four winning since 2010 including Sacred Elixir ($5 2016). 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.

2018 JJ Atkins Odds

The season’s best JJ Atkins 2018 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 four of the seven editions from 2011 – 2017, 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 Wednesday before the race runs on the Saturday.

2018 JJ Atkins Field

The official JJ Atkins Plate 2018 Final Field & Barriers are are now released and can be seen below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 1331 LEAN MEAN MACHINE Chris Waller Corey Brown 9 57kg
2 14612 ZOUSAIN Chris Waller James McDonald 14 57kg
3 15123 BOOMSARA Chris Munce Matthew McGillivray 8 57kg
4 7215 SESAR Steven O’dea Damian Lane 13 57kg
5 11 THE AUTUMN SUN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg
6 234×612 GRIM REAPER Steven O’dea Brenton Avdulla 4 57kg
7 411 HOME GROUND John Sargent Travis Wolfgram 10 57kg
8 2×231 CHAMPAGNE GARDEN John Zielke Tegan Harrison 12 57kg
9 814 HOME MADE John Sargent Michael Walker 11 57kg
10 7×432 PEPPI LA FEW Liam Birchley Damian Browne 5 57kg
11 2×1122 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 7 55kg
12 1212×8 PLUMARO Kevin Kemp Tim Clark 3 55kg
13 2×34154394 MISS SARA Les Ross Ryan Wiggins 2 55kg
14 462×343 SIZZLING ACE Toby Edmonds Glyn Schofield 1 55kg

2018 JJ Atkins First Acceptances

The list of JJ Atkins 2018 First Acceptances will be available below once announced by Racing Queensland on May 30, 2018.

2018 JJ Atkins Nominations

Racing Queensland took 127 JJ Atkins 2018 Nominations on Tuesday May 1, 2018 and among the hopefuls are the Ken Russell Memorial Classic winner at the Gold Coast Sesar and nine for premier Sydney horseman Chris Waller including early favourite in JJ Atkins betting The Autumn Sun.

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. 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.

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 in the JJ Atkins results from 2010 on
  • 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

2018 JJ Atkins Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive JJ Atkins 2018 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.

2018 JJ Atkins Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive JJ Atkins 2018 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

The last favourite to win the JJ Atkins was Sacred Elixir ($5 in 2016) and 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 Press Statement (2015), Sizzling (2012), Pressday (2010) and Reigning To Win (2006).

2018 The JJ Atkins Results

The official JJ Atkins 2018 results & finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday June 9, 2018 .


JJ Atkins Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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