Group One Betting Guide
|Date:||June 10, 2023|
|Location:||Eagle Farm Racecourse – Brisbane, Queensland|
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.
2023 J.J. Atkins Betting Odds
The 2023 J.J. Atkins odds as of June 9 look like this:
- Azula – $5.00
- Tannhauser – $6.00
- Snapback – $7.50
- Cifrado – $9.00
- Congregation -$11.00
- Make A Call – $11.00
Complete J.J. Atkins odds available at Neds.
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.
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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.
2023 J.J. Atkins Final Field
Previous J.J. Atkins Fields
Plenty of smart two-year-olds have competed in the J.J. Atkins, here are some of the previous fields for the J.J. Atkins.
No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Brereton Peter Moody Jamie Kah 15 57kg 2 Twin Stars Tony & Calvin McEvoy Kerrin McEvoy 6 57kg 3 Cocobrew Express Tom Button Luke Tarrant 14 57kg 4 Political Debate Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg 5 Mishani Spartan Les Ross Ben Thompson 12 57kg 6 Brosnan Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Brenton Avdulla 7 57kg 7 Green Shadows Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Nash Rawiller 19 57kg 8 Heroic Son Peter & Will Hulbert Mark Du Plessis 13 57kg 9 Owen County John Sargent Keagan Latham 17 57kg 10 Sharp ‘N’ Smart Graeme & Deborah Rogerson Hugh Bowman 5 57kg 11 Robusto Chris Waller Jason Collett 16 57kg 12 Basquiat Chris Waller Tim Clark 1 57kg 13 Ringmaster Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 11 57kg 14 Fearless Knight Kacy Fogden Ryan Maloney 2 57kg 15 Lethal Thoughts Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 18 57kg 16 Sheeza Belter Peter & Paul Snowden William Pike 10 55kg 17 Tyresa Kelly Schweida Larry Cassidy 4 55kg 18 Amati Chris Waller Craig Williams 8 55kg 19 West Of Africa (1E) Annabel Neasham Sam Clipperton 3 57kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Tiger Of Malay Richard & Michael Freedman Craig Williams 11 57kg 2 Converge Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 57kg 3 Subterranean Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 4 57kg 4 Overpass Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 3 57kg 5 Port Louis Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 13 57kg 6 Volcanic Rock Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Opie Bosson 6 57kg 7 Ranch Hand Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 8 Blushing Tycoon Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jye McNeil 12 57kg 9 Overmann Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 7 57kg 10 Cape Breton Chris Waller Glen Boss 10 57kg 11 Giannis Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 57kg 12 Dark Rebel Edward Cummings Ben Thompson 1 57kg 13 Three Wise Men Edward Cummings Jim Byrne 9 57kg 14 Invinsible Tears Gillian Heinrich Michael Cahill 14 55kg No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight 1 Rothfire Robert Heathcote Jim Byrne 14 57kg 2 Wild Ruler Peter & Paul Snowden Ryan Maloney 15 57kg 3 Wisdom Of Water Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 10 57kg 4 Not An Option Richard & Michael Freedman Michael Cahill 3 57kg 5 The Drinks Cart Toby & Trent Edmonds Robbie Fradd 10 57kg 6 Thunder Mania John Symons & Sheila Laxon Larry Cassidy 7 57kg 7 Spokesman Chris Waller Luke Dittman 5 57kg 8 Saffiano Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 4 57kg 9 Way Beyond Stuart Kendrick Ryan Wiggins 6 57kg 10 Tick Tock Boom David Vandyke Jake Bayliss 9 57kg 11 Overlord Chris Waller Boris Thornton 19 57kg 12 Superare Stuart Kendrick James Orman 1 57kg 13 Gotta Kiss Steven O’Dea Stephanie Thornton 16 55kg 14 Macroura Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Andrew Mallyon 2 55kg 15 Cosmic Gossip Stuart Kendrick Dale Smith 17 55kg 16 Minjee Robert Heathcote Blake Spriggs 20 55kg 17 Isotope Tony Gollan Baylee Nothdurft 13 55kg 18 Starosa Tony Gollan James Innes Jnr 11 55kg 19 See Marie (1E) Desleigh Forster Taylor Marshall 18 55kg 20 Sea Boss (2E) Kristen Buchanan N/A 12 57kg
2022 J.J Atkins result
Recent J.J. Atkins winners
- Not too many horses live up to their name, but the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Sheeza Belter did just that when claiming the 2022 JJ Atkins. Aided by a gun steer from Willie Pike, the Gold Standard filly managed to see out a strong mile and hold off pre-race favourite Political Debate by under a half-length. The win further solidified how good her Sires’ Produce victory was a fortnight prior and is no doubt a filly to follow in her three-year-old season.
- 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|
|2022||Sheeza Belter||William Pike||Peter & Paul Snowden|
|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|
|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|