JJ Atkins 2018

DateSaturday, June 9, 2018
TrackDoomben Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet Weights

JJ Atkins Betting Selections and Tips

Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and JJ Atkins betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key JJ Atkins pointers are:

  • The Sires Produce Stakes is traditionally the best guide
  • Favourites have a strong record in the race
  • Barriers 2-6 hold the best recent record

Where to bet on the JJ Atkins

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JJ Atkins History and Guide

The JJ Atkins is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds and takes place 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. 

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 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 $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, Group 1 Queensland Derby, Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes, Group 2 Brisbane Cup and four other listed races.

JJ Atkins Winners (Since 2000)

2000Show A Heart
2002Lovely Jubly
2004Outback Prince
2005Darci Brahma
2006Reigning To Win
2009Linky Dink
2013Romantic Touch
2015Press Statement
2016Sacred Elixir
2017Capital Gain


Races are run in a clockwise direction, while the track is a turf track and is banked at varying degrees around the course proper. 

Front runners have a distinct advantage at Doomben, especially when the track is rain-affected.


Doomben Racecourse is located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia and is the smaller of Brisbane’s two metropolitan tracks. 

It is situated in the suburb of Ascot, approximately 7 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.

The racecourse’s construction was completed in 1933 and was subsequently shut down during the Second World War, when it was used by allied troops during the Pacific War. 

The course reopened in 1946 when the TM Ahern Cup and the Doomben Cup were held for the first time. The Doomben Cup is now considered to be one of the best middle-distance racing events in the country.

Doomben received a major upgrade in 1982, and is now home to world class facilities. 


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