JJ Atkins 2019

DateSaturday, June 8, 2019
TrackEagle Farm 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

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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
2018The Autumn Sun
2019Prince Fawaz


Eagle Farm Racecourse is an even oval-shaped track with sweeping bends on either side of the straight. Races are conducted in a clockwise direction.

The course proper has a circumference of 2027m and the home straight is 434m long. 


Eagle Farm Racecourse is one of Queensland’s premier racecourses and was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2004. 

The Eagle Farm Racecourse was established in 1863 and had its main grandstand completed in 1890. Hunter and Corrie and architect John H. Buckeridge jointly designed the grandstands which are known as the Paddock Stands. 

In 1941 Eagle Farm Racecourse was taken over by the military authorities to house thousands of American troops during the Pacific War. It was then known as U.S. Camp Ascot. 

Eagle Farm has undergone a major redevelopment spanning almost two years and reopened during the 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival.

It is located at one end of Racecourse Road in the suburb of Ascot, approximately 7km from the Brisbane CBD. Doomben Racecourse is located nearby in the same suburb.

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