J.J. Atkins

J.J. Atkins

Group One Betting Guide
Date: June 10, 2023
Location: Eagle Farm Racecourse – Brisbane, Queensland
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.

2023 J.J. Atkins Betting Odds

Sheeza Belter grabs Group 1 glory in the JJ Atkins. (Photo: Darren Winningham)

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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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.

2023 J.J. Atkins Final Field

No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 Silks
Rex Lipp
Damien Thornton
2 Silks
Chris Waller
Nash Rawiller
3 Silks
Peter & Paul Snowden
Mark Zahra
4 Silks
Make A Call
Peter & Paul Snowden
Sam Clipperton
5 Silks
Chris Waller
Kerrin McEvoy
6 Silks
Chris Waller
James McDonald
7 Silks
Felix The Scat
Peter & Will Hulbert
Mark Du Plessis
8 Silks
Kristen Buchanan
Craig Williams
9 Silks
Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
Ryan Maloney
10 Silks
Graeme & Deborah Rogerson
Ryan Elliot
11 Silks
Bevan Laming
Michael Cahill
12 Silks
King Colorado
Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
Jason Collett
13 Silks
Helen Page
Ben Thompson
14 Silks
Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
Tim Clark
15 Silks
Miss Joelene
Kelly Schweida
James Orman
16 Silks
Within Reason
Desleigh Forster
Linda Meech
17 Silks
Miracle Of Love
Paul Messara
Michael Dee

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

1stSheeza Belter ($4.20)
2ndPolitcal Debate ($2.10)
3rdBrosnan ($6.10)

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
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
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
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
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