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 2017 The TJ Smith was won by Capital Gain from Aloisia with Taking Aim third.
|Date:||Saturday 9th June 2018|
|Track:||Doomben racecourse, Brisbane|
|Race Type:||2yo - Set Weights|
|2017 Winner:||Capital Gain|
The JJ Atkins 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.
Capital Gain (2017) ran fifth in the Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Eagle Farm before winning this event in stylish fashion and recent JJ Atkins Stakes winners include Sacred Elixir (2016) and Press Statement (2015).
1. $19.00 Capital Gain 57.0 Jim Byrne
2. $17.00 Aloisia 55.0 Mark Zahra
3. $7.50 Taking Aim 57.0 Hugh Bowman
4. $151.00 Mishani Bullitt 57.0 Brad Stewart
5. $18.00 Sambro 57.0 Tommy Berry
6. $26.00 Lord Cecil 57.0 Craig Williams
7. $21.00 Pierata 57.0 Corey Brown
8. $71.00 Eminent 57.0 Michael Cahill
9. $91.00 Up Trumpz 57.0 Noel Callow
10. $1.75 Melody Belle 55.0 Damian Lane
11. $10.00 Tangled 57.0 Kerrin McEvoy
12. $91.00 Magnufighter 57.0 Jeff Lloyd
13. $61.00 Silky Brown 55.0 Larry Cassidy
14. $51.00 Charlie Chap 57.0 Damian Browne
Margins: 0.3 len, 0.8 len
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|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 TJ Smith Stakes was held at Doomben.