The JJ Atkins Stakes is a Group 1 race for two-year-olds that takes place annually in June at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Queensland. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $600,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 The TJ Smith was won by The Autumn Sun from Zousain with Fundamentalist third.
|Date:||Saturday 9th June 2018|
|Track:||Doomben racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
|2018 Winner:||The Autumn Sun|
The TJ Smith Stakes is named after legendary Sydney trainer Tommy Smith and the race has grown to become an elite race for two-year-olds during the Brisbane winter carnival. It is the final group race of the carnival for 2yo gallopers and the Gr2 Sires Produce Stakes held earlier in the carnival at the same track is the best guide to this event.
Two-year-olds may also tackle the Gr2 Champagne Classic the previous month on their way to this race and both Sizzling (2012) and Pressday (2010) have managed to take out the feature 2yo treble by winning the Champagne Classic, Sires Produce Stakes and The TJ Smith Stakes in succession.
Recent two-year-olds to win the Sires Produce Stakes & The TJ Smith double include Sizzling (2012), Pressday (2010), Lovely Jubly (2002), Juanmo (2001), Al Mansour (1997), Anthems (1996), Mahogany (1993) and Slight Chance (1992).
More often than not, winners of this race will go on to bigger and better things in their career and it's worth noting that Shoot Out (7th in 2009) ran seventh in this race before going on to win the Gr1 AJC Derby the following autumn in Sydney, while Pressday (2010) ventured to Melbourne the following spring to claim the Gr2 Sandown Guineas at Sandown.
The Autumn Sun (2018) took out a 2YO race over 1400m at Randwick in Sydney before heading north to Brisbane to win this event and recent JJ Atkins Stakes winners include Capital Gain (2017) and Sacred Elixir (2016).
1. $4.00 The Autumn Sun 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $6.00 Zousain 57.0 James McDonald
3. $5.00 Fundamentalist 55.0 Craig Williams
4. $13.00 Sesar 57.0 Damian Lane
5. $71.00 Home Ground 57.0 Travis Wolfgram
6. $51.00 Grim Reaper 57.0 Brenton Avdulla
7. $9.50 Plumaro 55.0 Tim Clark
8. $151.00 Miss Sara 55.0 Ryan Wiggins
9. $9.50 Sizzling Ace 55.0 Glyn Schofield
10. $18.00 Boomsara 57.0 Matthew McGillivray
11. $7.00 Lean Mean Machine 57.0 Corey Brown
12. $91.00 Peppi La Few 57.0 Damian Browne
13. $151.00 Champagne Garden 57.0 Tegan Harrison
14. $151.00 Home Made 57.0 Mark Zahra
Margins: 0.3 len, 1.5 len
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|2018||The Autumn Sun||Zousain||Fundamentalist||1:38.8|
|2017||Capital Gain||Aloisia||Taking Aim||1:36.2|
|2016||Sacred Elixir||Charnley River||Heart Skipt A Beat||1:37.8|
|2015||Press Statement||Sagaronne||Look To The Stars||1:35.4|
|2014||Almalad||Brazen Beau||Looks Like The Cat||1:35.3|
|2010||Pressday||Ringa Ringa Rosie||American Crew||1:35.0|
|2009||Linky Dink||Spot On Target||Southport||1:39.9|
|2006||Reigning To Win||Danleigh||Carry To Glory||1:37.4|
|2005||Darci Brahma||Ready As||Daemons||1:34.9|
|2004||Outback Prince||Star Shiraz||Lords A Leaping||1:34.1|
|2002||Lovely Jubly||Top Echelon||Big Breakfast||1:35.3|
|2000||Show A Heart||Lady Mulan||Rapid Man||1:36.8|
|1999||Freemason||Perfect Paradise||I Realise||1:37.4|
|1997||Al Mansour||Evader||Freedom Road||1:37.0|
|1994||Just A Printer||Aragen||Chief De Beers||1:33.0|
|1991||Zinders||Kinjite||Good n Fast||1:38.0|
|1990||Chime Zam||Marine Drive||Derecho||1:41.3|
|1989||Prince Salieri||Stargazer||Dr Grace||1:38.3|
|1988||Zeditave||Aces And Kings||Gold Trump||1:38.4|
The 2015 and 2018 TJ Smith Stakes were held at Doomben.