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 7 April 2018
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 2018
See below for early markets for this years TJ Smith Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
T J Smith Stakes Preview & Tips 2018
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There are 14 talented runners for the $2,500,000 Darley T. J. Smith Stakes. The favourite is Redzel who has won 7 of his last 8 starts. He resumed for a close 2nd in the Lightning then raced away last start to win the Challenge Stakes. Second favourite is five-year-old mare In Her Time who has three wins at this track and distance and resumed for a good win in the Galaxy two weeks ago. Third favourite is Brave Smash who followed a nice win in the Futurity Stakes with a close 2nd in the Newmarket Handicap.
English was 2nd in this race last year and was 3rd in 2016. She ran on strongly for 2nd in the Galaxy last start after jumping awkwardly, and could go well again here. Global Glamour has an excellent record at Randwick and has led at her last 2 starts for 2nd in the Apollo Stakes and 2nd in the Canterbury Stakes. Trapeze Artist is a three-year-old colt who was 3rd in the Randwick Guineas. Thronum likes this track and distance and was 2nd in the William Reid Stakes last start. Jungle Edge only beat one runner home in the Galaxy but is better than that. All other runners are currently 50 to 1 or longer, including Fell Swoop who ran 3rd in 2017 and 2nd in 2016.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 Brave Smash|
|8 In Her Time|
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).
|2018||Trapeze Artist||Redzel||In Her Time|
|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|