J.J. Atkins

J.J. Atkins

Group One Betting Guide
Date: June 11, 2022
Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1600m

The J.J. Atkins is a two-year-old race which usually runs at Eagle Farm in mid-June.

The set-weight race is over the 1600m journey and there has been a good mix of short-priced and long-odds winners over the past 10 years.

The top two-year-olds in the country typically target the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper Stakes, which dampens the field for the J.J. Atkins, but the race suits the late-maturing youngsters which compete well later in the spring as a three-year-old.

Some of the past winners include Sizzling, Lovely Jubly and Zeditave. The likes of Brazen Beau, Red Anchor, Melody Belle and Hot Sniztel would later evolve into top thoroughbreds, but they were unable to win as the favourite in the J.J. Atkins.

2022 J.J. Atkins Betting Odds

Who will join Converge on the honour roll in the 2022 J.J. Atkins?

The 2022 J.J. Atkins odds as of May 23 look like this:

  • Political Debate – $5.50
  • Resonator – $9.00
  • Capital Tower -$13.00
  • Brosnan – $15.00
  • Graces Secret – $15.00
  • Green Shadows – $15.00
  • Robusto – $15.00
  • Sharp N Smart – $15.00
  • Exo Lady – $17.00
  • Northern Beaches – $17.00
  • Swiss Exile – $17.00

Complete J.J Atkins odds available at Ladbrokes.

Top J.J. Atkins bookmakers

Markets for the J.J. Atkins will usually open in early May. Most bookmakers have to wait to see what nominations are received and then they will frame the market.

Once the market has been framed, the bookmakers will offer all-in markets which give punters good odds, but there is risk of the horse not starting. Many punters prefer to wait for the fixed odds market which gives you your money back if you horse doesn’t start.

The following bookmakers all have J.J. Atkins markets available.

United States Sport Table

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J.J. Atkins Betting Guide

Rothfire was breathtaking when taking out the 2020 JJ Atkins.

As the race is held in June, the juvenile horses are now more matured and are showing progression in being capable of heading towards the mile.

The race is often a tricky one to do the form around, with horses having run against “early-season” juveniles in the lead up.

The Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce run at Eagle Farm over 1400m two weeks prior, and the listed Phoenix over 1600m held the week earlier are the two key form references heading into the JJ Atkins.

Barriers 6 and 11 have proven to be the two most successful barriers drawn since 1983 with both having five winners jumped from the respective barrier. Whilst barrier one is yet to have had a winner in the JJ Atkins.

2021 J.J Atkins result

1stConverge ($2.90)
2ndGiannis ($26.00)
3rdTiger Of Malay ($9.50)

Recent J.J. Atkins winners

  • The two-year-old son of Frankel started as a firm $2.50 favourite with most Australian bookmakers and did not let the punters down, storming clear to win by three-and-a-quarter lengths over Giannis and Tiger Of Malay. Converge had caught the market’s attention with an eye-catching performance in the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes a fortnight earlier when second to Tiger Of Malay over 1400m. Jumping from barrier five in the J.J. Atkins, Tim Clark had his mount well within striking distance at the top of the straight and quickly moved up to put pain to his rivals.
  • On the back of a perfect steer from Jim Byrne, Rothfire stamped his claim as Queensland’s premier two-year-old following a dominant win in the JJ Atkins. Byrne had settled Rothfire just off the speed one off the rails, and when asked for a sustained run at the 600m the pair quickly put pain to his rivals and charged clear to win by just over three lengths.
  • Prince Fawaz looked to have been travelling a treat when Kubrick kicked clear with 300m to go. However, under the calm riding of Kerrin McEvoy the pair found a split when all seemed loss McEvoy helped weave their way through the field and eventually Prince Fawaz got the upper hand in the shadows of the winning post. The win handed McEvoy his second straight win in the JJ Atkins following his win on The Autumn Sun.
  • Chris Waller gun in the making The Autumn Sun came into the 2018 J.J Atkins as a key market elect but there were a few doubts surrounding the two-year-old colt. The gun prospect kept the unbeaten streak intact however, coming down the outside to secure a powerful win ahead of stablemate Zousain and Lindsay Park multiple time group place-getter Fundamentalist.
  • All the talk was about odds-on favourite Melody Belle, but it was Capital Gain which ran away with the J.J. Atkins victory in a stunning upset. The Paul Butterworth-trained runner was specked at odds throughout the week after Butterworth talked up his chance, but most of the punters money was lobbed onto the New Zealand filly which was a disappointing flop on the good surface. Read the race report here.
  • New Zealand two-year-old Sacred Elixir showed its class when destroying the field by 3.5 lengths. The Tony Pike-trained gelding entered the race as one of the favourites after good juvenile form and it loomed up to the opposition in the straight with ease before kicking away powerfully. Two long-shot chances finished in behind which made for big quinella and trifecta payouts.
  • Held at Doomben, the 2015 J.J Atkins featured one of the best fields as Chris Waller lined up three runners. He lined up impressive winner Press Statement which continued to win major races as a three-year-old and also Counterattack (7th) and Feast For Eyes (9th). The son of Hinchinbook paid $6.50 for the win which was a great price with the race-favourite Bassett finishing in fifth position.
  • Gai Waterhouse scored another major two-year-old win with Almalad which wasn’t the favourite, but was still well-backed in the market. The gelding paid $3.80 and defeated future champion Brazen Beau on the line. It fought back strongly after Brazen Beau took the lead and Tommy Berry continued his good run. Apart from Brazen Beau, the beaten horses didn’t amount to anything, but the win is considered one of the toughest in recent history.
  • One of the better fields in recent history, the 2013 field contained the likes of Romantic Touch, Zoustar, Vilanova, Sir Moments and Hooked. Gai Waterhouse scored another victory, this time with Nash Rawiller in the saddle, with the son of Northern Meteor which went to the front and kicked strongly to hold off the impressive Zoustar. Romantic Touch was the firm favourite to win, but Zoustar was the unlucky runner and would later have a stellar three-year-old campaign.
  • Sizzling was well-liked by punters and won as the $1.60 favourite. The son of Snitzel didn’t have all the luck in the running and was forced wide around the home turn. It chased hard and eventually ran down Kabayan on the line. The field was good with Academus, Toydini, Ninth Legion and even Boban, which finished last in the 13-horse field, all lining up. Sizzling was the shortest-priced favourite in recent history and it would take a smart two-year-old to rival that price in the coming years.
  • Benfica won for Peter Snowden in 2011 with a professional victory. The colt by Lonhro settled forward in a prominent position and it chased down Hot Snitzel and Fontelina which was found lame after leading throughout. Benfica paid $4.50 in the betting and was well-liked, but the hot favourite was Hot Snitzel which did plenty of work in the run and fought on strongly for second.

JJ Atkins winners

JJ AtkinsPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Converge Tim Clark Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2020 Rothfire Jim Byrne Robert Heathcote
2019 Prince Fawaz Kerrin McEvoy Anthony Cummings
2018 The Autumn Sun Kerrin McEvoy Chris Waller
2017 Captail Gain Jim Byrne Paul Butterworth
2016 Sacred Elixir Zac Purton Tony Pike
2015 Press Statement Tye Angland Chris Waller
2014 Friends Of Ka Ying Tommy Berry Gai Waterhouse
2013 Romantic Touch Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2012 Sizzling Chris Munce Kelso Wood
2011 Benfica Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
2010 Pressday Nash Rawiller Chris Waller
2009 Linky Dink Peter Robl Jason Coyle
2008 Rockdale Mark Zahra John Morrisey
2007 Apercu Darren Beadman Clarry Conners
2006 Reigning To Win Chris Munce John O’Shea
2005 Darci Brahma Scott Seamer Mark Walker
2004 Outback Prince Corey Brown Anthony Cummings
2003 Picaday Scott Seamer Bruce McLachlan
2002 Lovely Jubly Brett Prebble David Thorsby
2001 Juanmo Kerrin McEvoy Alan Bailey
2000 Show A Heart Stathi Katsidis Barry Miller

JJ Atkins winners pre-2000

JJ AtkinsPast Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Freemason
1998 Mossman
1997 Al Mansour
1996 Anthems
1995 Ravarda
1994 Just A Printer
1993 Mahogany
1992 Slight Chance
1991 Zinders
1990 Plush Embassy
1989 Prince Salieri
1988 Zeditave
1987 Flotilla
1986 One Guinea
1985 Tristram’s Edition
1984 Prince Frolic
1983 Regal Advice
1982 Anchor In
1981 Copperama
1980 Royal Paree
1979 Zephyr Zi
1978 Scomeld
1977 Luskin Star
1976 Romantic Dream
1975 Polenza
1974 Knight Reign
1973 Light Appeal / Dalrello
1972 Alostar / Femme Fatale
1971 Manilove / Hot Head
1970 Kursarawa / West Coast
1969 Belle Of Burgundy / Forward Pass
1968 Desert Beau
1967 Quick Dollar
1966 Rushkhana
1965 Neive’s Choice
1964 Scolvin
1963 Skeencourt
1962 Arrogant Boy
1961 Bush Belle
1960 Le Storm
1959 Greenwood Star
1958 Espalier
1957 Karunda
1956 Chilly Glance
1955 Royal Gaekwar
1954 Beau Moon / Faith Again
1953 Callide River
1952 West Lake
1951 Khazana
1950 Ninth Mark
1949 Mr. Sunray
1948 Naispear
1947 Gold Titan
1946 Gay Stand
1945-42 Race Not Held
1941 Lord Spear
1940 Rex Buzz
1939 Spearace
1938 Karait
1937 Donarium
1936 Monash River
1935 Buzzard King
1934 Linart
1933 Utterer
1932 Scottish Airs
1931 Morning Carol
1930 Monash Valley
1929 Lady Bine
1928 Ambershire
1927 The Kist
1926 Oedipus
1925 Taupo
1924 Civetta
1923 Bribie
1922 Rabisu
1921 Ademtus
1920 Litre
1919 Eudor Furly
1918 Had I Wist
1917 Rose Et Noir
1916 Amberdown
1915 Irish Colleen
1914 Lado
1913 Rose O’Merton
1912 Bronze King
1911 Yeena Lad
1910 Cowl
1909 Braw Laddie
1908 Barallan
1907 Capture
1906 Inglewood
1905 Volant
1904 Archives
1903 Fitz Grafton
1902 Ivan
1901 The Maine
1900 Araxes
1899 Arc En Ciel
1898 Boreas II
1897 Boscobel
1896 College Cap
1895 Caesar
1894 Duke Of York
1893 Common

JJ Atkins Stakes News

Twin Stars claims South Australian Sires’ Produce Stakes

Twin Stars claims South Australian Sires’ Produce Stakes

The Tony & Calvin McEvoy-trained Twin Stars will now head to Brisbane, with a start in the JJ Atkins on the agenda following a smart win in the Group 3 SA Sires' Produce Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday afternoon.
Sharp ‘N’ Smart

Sharp performance snares stakes victory for smart juvenile

Two-year-old galloper Sharp ‘N’ Smart put his best foot forward at Pukekohe when he dashed home late in the piece to capture the Listed Staphanos By Deep Impact Champagne Stakes (1600m).
Flying Ryan & Alexiou have a day out at Eagle Farm

Flying Ryan & Alexiou have a day out at Eagle Farm

Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou had a day to remember at Eagle Farm on Saturday, training three winners from three starters. The Rosehill-based stable embarked on a three-pronged attack at Brisbane racing Headquarters, with Green Shadows, Reggiewood and Flying Crazy all winning in style.

Pike ready to confirm his Queensland winter carnival team

A resolute run for second at Te Rapa on Saturday could see promising two-year-old Rudyard added to the team that Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will take to Brisbane next month for an assault on the Queensland Winter Carnival.

Rothfire stars in Doomben trials

Rothfire made his first appearance in 2022, as he prepares for the Victory Stakes on April 30. The Rob Heathcote-trained galloper was dominant in winning his trial at Doomben on Monday morning, while other Group-class Queensland gallopers also stepped out.
Slipper Island

Promising juvenile could join Pike team in Queensland

A determined win in the opening event at Trentham on Saturday may have secured promising two-year-old Slipper Island a berth in the team that trainer Tony Pike plans to take to the Queensland Winter Carnival this year.
Converge wins JJ Atkins

Bott praises ‘genuine’ Converge after JJ Atkins win

The Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) was taken out by “honest” gelding Converge for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
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