The TJ Smith Stakes is a 1200 metre weight-for-age race run by the Australian Jockey Club. The race is held at Randwick in April on the same day as the ATC Australian Derby.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1,200 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
The TJ Smith Stakes is one of Sydney’s youngest races. It was first held in 1997 as the Listed Endeavour Stakes when it was won by Mahogany. In 1998 it was renamed in honour of legendary trainer Tommy Smith who died later that year after dominating Sydney racing for over 30 years. It became a Group 1 race in 2005.
The race attracts top quality sprinters from across the nation. Interestingly since becoming a Group 1 race no runner has had over two runs that preparation before winning the race.
T J Smith Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early markets for this years TJ Smith Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
T J Smith Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Soft Weather: Overcast
There are 15 talented runners for the $2,500,000 Darley T. J. Smith Stakes. The favourite is Chautauqua who has won this race in 2015 and 2016. He has not been suited by heavy tracks at his last two starts where he placed in the Canterbury Stakes and George Ryder. Second favourite is three-year-old Astern who resumes here and has won all three of his first-up starts. Third favourite is Russian Revolution who is the likely leader and won the Galaxy last start.
Spieth has been performing well in Group 1 company. English is the only mare in the race and has an excellent record at Randwick – she was 3rd in this race last year. Malaguerra will be highly competitive over this distance. Voodoo Lad has only missed a place once in 19 starts and was 2nd in the Newmarket last start. Fell Swoop was 2nd in this race last year. All other runners are currently 15 to 1 or longer, including Terravista who ran 3rd in 2015 and Rebel Dane who was 2nd in 2014.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|14 Russian Revolution||8 Voodoo Lad||1 Chautauqua|
|1 Chautauqua||14 Russian Revolution||14 Russian Revolution|
|8 Voodoo Lad||1 Chautauqua||13 Astern|
|12 English||7 Spieth||7 Spieth|
Past winners of the T J Smith Stakes:
Takeover Target (2009) and Shamekha (2005) won first-up, Melito (2010) and Bentley Biscuit (2007) won second-up, while Apache Cat (2008) and Red Oog (2006) won third-up from a spell. Chautauqua was the first horse to win the race in consecutive years, and the first to win it 3 times.
Beginning in 2010 there is an added incentive to win the TJ Smith Stakes because the winner receives automatic entry to the US Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint held over 1200 metres in Kentucky, USA in November. This gives Australian owners and trainers another opportunity to compete in international racing.
Trainer Gai Waterhouse is the daughter of Tommy Smith and has won this race named in honour of her father several times with Phoenix Park (2002), Shamekha (2005) and Bentley Biscuit (2007).
|2015||Chautauqua||Lord Of The Sky||Terravista|
|2014||Lankan Rupee||Rebel Dane||Buffering|
|2013||Black Caviar||Epaulette||Bel Sprinter|
|2012||Master Of Design||Rain Affair||Hallowell Belle|
|2011||Black Caviar||Hay List||Triple Honour|
|2010||Melito||Hot Danish||Mic Mac|
|2009||Takeover Target||Northern Meteor||Apache Cat|
|2008||Apache Cat||Reigning To Win||Takeover Target|
|2007||Bentley Biscuit||Black Ink||Virage De Fortune|
|2006||Red Oog||Glamour Puss (NZ)||Snitzel|
|2005||Shamekha||Fastnet Rock||Only Words|
|2004||Dilly Dally||Legally Bay||Mistegic|
|2003||Spinning Hill||Yell||Bel Esprit|
|2002||Phoenix Park||Fair Embrace||Spinning Hill|
|2001||Century Kid (NZ)||Spinning Hill||Falvelon|
|2000||Shy Hero (NZ)||Easy Rocking||High Rolling|