2023 Hill Smith Stakes Race Details

Race 6 at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday 14th October 2023.

The Hill Smith Stakes is a Listed race held at Morphettville racecourse over 1800 metres. It is for three-year-olds and is run under set weights conditions. The total prizemoney is $120,000 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Hill Smith Stakes page.

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Hill Smith Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

A small field of 8 runners have accepted for the 2023 Hill Smith Stakes with 4 geldings one colt and 3 fillies. Three runners had their last start in a 3YO BM 66 Handicap over 1550m at Morphettville Parks on 30th September, while the rest all came through different races. Three runners are sired by So You Think. Matt Cumani has 2 runners.

The early favourite is Sentimental Flame who won over 1550m at Morphettville Parks last start. Second favourite is Diamonds Choice who ran 0.5 length 2nd in that race after leading to the 250m. Third favourite is Air Assault who finished 4th over 1200m at Morphettville last outing. Ruminate has a win and 2 places from his 4 starts. The rest of the runners are currently $20 or more.

2023 Hill Smith Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Air Assault (6)

Has shown early speed in his races. Rises in trip and is untested at this distance range but has Zabeel in his pedigree which suggests he will handle the distance. Place chance.

2. Ruminate (7)

One of 3 runners sired by So You Think (the others are Think Tank and Diamonds Choice). Has a win and 2 places from his 4 starts and won’t be far away in the run. Chance.

3. Thorny Path (5)

Won a maiden plate at Echuca then was 7th in the Derby Trial over 1800m at Flemington after being slowly away. Should take improvement from that run.

4. Think Tank (8)

Won at Murray Bridge before 4 lengths 4th over 1550m at Morphettville Parks. Blinkers come off for the first time. In the mix.

5. Mercury Flyer (3)

He’s had 4 starts and his best result is 4th so he’s still a maiden. Having his first run for a new trainer and prefer to watch him going round.

6. Sentimental Flame (1)

She has 2 wins and a close runner-up from her 3 starts. Won over 1550m at Morphettville Parks last start and has drawn the rails. Looks the likely winner.

7. Diamonds Choice (4)

Has had 2 starts this campaign for a win at Strathalbyn then a 0.5 length 2nd to Sentimental Flame. Serious player.

8. Lady Tempest (2)

Unplaced in her 2 starts. Looking to others.

Hill Smith Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo Jackson’s Tips
6 Sentimental Flame
7 Diamonds Choice
2 Ruminate
4 Think Tank

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Caulfield Guineas 2023 (Caulfield 1600m)

Group 1 Caulfield Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 2000m)

Group 1 Toorak Handicap 2023 (Caulfield 1600m)

Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 2400m)

Group 2 Schillaci Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1100m)

Group 3 Northwood Plume Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1200m)

Group 3 Ladies Day Vase 2023 (Caulfield 1600m)

Listed Weekend Hussler Stakes 2023 (Caulfield 1400m)

The Everest 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 1 King Charles III Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 3 Sydney Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

The Kosciuszko 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

The Silver Eagle 2023 (Randwick 1300m)

Group 3 Gloaming Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1800m)

Group 3 Angst Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Listed Reginald Allen Quality 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

ATC St Leger Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2600m)

2023 Hill Smith Stakes Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 1 Air Assault
2nd 7 Diamonds Choice 3.3 lengths
3rd 6 Sentimental Flame 4.3 lengths
4th 4 Think Tank 10.1 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratching: 8. Lady Tempest.