The JJ Atkins is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds and takes place at Eagle Farm Racecourse each June on Stradbroke Handicap Day.
Formerly known as the TJ Smith before changing names in 2013 to honour legendary Queensland trainer Jim Atkins, it is run over the 1600m distance and sees two-year-old carrying set weights as they chase a share of the $500,000 prize fund.
The JJ Atkins was first run back in 1897 when known as the Claret Stakes and won by Common, and was elevated to Group 2 status in 1980. Five years later it was upgraded to a Group 1 and since a number of horses have gone on to great things after running in the JJ Atkins during their debut seasons.
The route to the JJ Atkins typically takes in the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes, held at Eagle Farm a week earlier over 1400m, with the two races forming a popular betting double each year. Among those to complete the double are Slight Chance (1992), Mahogany (1993), Anthems (1996), Al Mansour (1997), Juanmo (2001), Lovely Jubly (2002) and Sizzling, who won both in 2012.
It forms part of the richest day of the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, joining the $1million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, Group 1 Queensland Derby, Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes, Group 2 Brisbane Cup and four other listed races.