Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||June 12, 2021|
|Location:||Eagle Farm Racecourse|
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.
2021 J.J. Atkins Betting Odds
Despite a narrow defeat in the BRC Sires’ Produce, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Converge is a $3.50 favourite in the 2021 JJ Atkins. With a runner-up effort in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes earlier in his campaign, the son of superstar Frankel showed he can more than handle the 1600m.
Port Louis, Tiger Of Malay and Overpass are the other runners with a single figure quote, whilst the undefeated Cape Brerton is a $17 chance from the Chris Waller stable.
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.
J.J. Atkins Betting Guide
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 havung five winners jumped from the respective barrier. Whilst barrier one is yet to have had a winner in the JJ Atkins.
2020 J.J Atkins result
Recent J.J. Atkins winners
- 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|
|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|
|1994||Just A Printer|
|1973||Light Appeal / Dalrello|
|1972||Alostar / Femme Fatale|
|1971||Manilove / Hot Head|
|1970||Kursarawa / West Coast|
|1969||Belle Of Burgundy / Forward Pass|
|1954||Beau Moon / Faith Again|
|1945-42||Race Not Held|
|1918||Had I Wist|
|1917||Rose Et Noir|
|1899||Arc En Ciel|
|1894||Duke Of York|