, JJ Atkins Stakes - Eagle Farm Racecourse - Brisbane Winter Carnival
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JJ Atkins Stakes

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 prize money. The 2020 The TJ Smith was won by Rothfire from Gotta Kiss with The Drinks Cart third.

Formerly known as the 'The TJ Smith', it takes place on Stradbroke Day at Eagle Farm's major race meeting of the year, alongside the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap and Group 1 Queensland Derby.

The TJ Smith info

Date: Saturday 12th June 2021
Track: Eagle Farm racecourse, Brisbane
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 2yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000
2020 Winner: Rothfire

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.

Prince Fawaz (2019) took out a 2YO Handicap race over 1400m at Randwick in Sydney before travelling north to Brisbane to win this event in impressive fashion for the Anthony Cummings stable.

Recent JJ Atkins Stakes winners include The Autumn Sun (2018) and Capital Gain (2017).

2020 JJ Atkins Stakes result

1. $3.50 Rothfire 57.0 Jim Byrne
2. $20.00 Gotta Kiss 55.0 Ms Stephanie Thornton
3. $21.00 The Drinks Cart 57.0 Brad Stewart

then followed
4. $13.00 Overlord 57.0 Boris Thornton
5. $11.00 Wisdom Of Water 57.0 Robbie Fradd
6. $41.00 Thunder Mania 57.0 Taylor Marshall
7. $7.00 Macroura 55.0 Andrew Mallyon
8. $11.00 Wild Ruler 57.0 Ryan Maloney
9. $41.00 Tick Tock Boom 57.0 Jake Bayliss
10. $5.00 Isotope 55.0 Baylee Nothdurft
11. $151.00 Starosa 55.0 James Innes Jnr
12. $201.00 Cosmic Gossip 55.0 Dale Smith
13. $101.00 Spokesman 57.0 Luke Dittman
14. $61.00 Saffiano 57.0 Mark Du Plessis
15. $201.00 Way Beyond 57.0 Ryan Wiggins
16. $101.00 Minjee 55.0 Blake Spriggs
17. $101.00 Superare 57.0 James Orman
18. $18.00 Not An Option 57.0 Michael Cahill

Margins: 3.3 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:21.06

The Gr2 Brisbane Cup and Gr2 Dane Ripper Quality also take place on the same day as The TJ Smith.

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The TJ Smith winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Rothfire Gotta Kiss The Drinks Cart 1:21.0
2019 Prince Fawaz Kubrick Reloaded 1:35.6
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
2013 Romantic Touch Zoustar Paximadia 1:36.5
2012 Sizzling Kabayan Academus 1:37.0
2011 Benfica Hot Snitzel Playtime 1:36.0
2010 Pressday Ringa Ringa Rosie American Crew 1:35.0
2009 Linky Dink Spot On Target Southport 1:39.9
2008 Rockdale Baci Amore Fravashi 1:40.3
2007 Apercu Tripitz Masked Assassin 1:37.9
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
2003 Picaday Promoted Ambulance 1:35.8
2002 Lovely Jubly Top Echelon Big Breakfast 1:35.3
2001 Juanmo Barawin Evander 1:35.1
2000 Show A Heart Lady Mulan Rapid Man 1:36.8
1999 Freemason Perfect Paradise I Realise 1:37.4
1998 Mossman Lease Curio Jade 1:34.6
1997 Al Mansour Evader Freedom Road 1:37.0
1996 Anthems Tambour Dayton 1:34.7
1995 Ravarda Isolda Donar 1:35.1
1994 Just A Printer Aragen Chief De Beers 1:33.0
1993 Mahogany Waikikamukau Seascay 1:35.2
1992 Slight Chance Palate Salcantay 1:34.5
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.