TJ Smith Stakes 2023 Race Details

Race 7 at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday the 1st of April 2023.

The TJ Smith Stakes is a Group 1 race held at Randwick Racecourse and is run over 1200 metres. It is run under weight for age conditions and is for horses of all ages. The total prize money is $3,000,000 this year.

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

TJ Smith Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good Weather: Fine

A high quality affair where a lot of these meet again from The Everest. Giga Kick leads the market and ran super first up it. It will be hard to hold out in this. Nature Strip needs no introduction and has undeniable claims in this field. In Secret was excellent winning The Newmarket and can go on with things here. I Wish I Win hasn’t been missed by the handicapper but should run well and Private Eye will be pouncing on them late.

TJ Smith Stakes 2023 Runner by Runner

1. Nature Strip (7)

The king of sprints who comes into this off three losses. He won this race in 2020, 2021 and 2022. If he finds his best he beats these, its take on trust and the $5.50 seems about the right price. Hard to beat as always.

2. Lost And Running (15)

Up to these form wise. Will need some luck from the gate but has the class and quality to give this a real shake.

3. Private Eye (2)

Hasn’t been missed on the weights but has a case here. Sets up nicely from the draw and more than capable of steaming over the top of them late. Hard to beat and goes on top with the kind map.

4. Mazu (1)

In the mix and up to these. Wants a bit of give in the ground and a query from barrier 1 where it lands to in the run. Capable of winning.

5. Paulele (3)

Outclassed in this.

6. I Wish I Win (14)

Having a very good prep and has claims but 2 queries are it may want further than this trip and how it will handle the track. Needs luck from the draw but has to go in the mix.

7. Overpass (4)

Can’t have.

8. Rocketing By (8)

No luck up the straight 2 weeks back as our best of the day and should have run at least a placing. Not hopeless at all in this at $101.

9. Shelby Sixtysix (5)

Not racing well enough to figure.

10. Giga Kick (9)

Brilliant return and looks nicely placed against these. Should get a tow into the race from barrier 9 and Zac Purton is a strong booking. Hard to beat.

11. Lofty Strike (10)

Best roughie in this race. Due for a change of luck this prep and wouldn’t shock at all. Up to these and handy odds.

12. Mariamia (13)

Prefer others.

13. Passive Agressive (6)

Building a super record and can give this a shake coming off beating Eduardo. Keep safe.

14. Shades Of Rose (11)

Can’t have.

15. In Secret (12)

Untapped and mighty impressive last start. Goes in the mix off the back of that effort and suited to this trip. Large claims and nicely weighted.

TJ Smith Stakes 2023 Tips

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

Bryce Parker’s Tips
Jo Jackson’s Tips
3 Private Eye 6 I Wish I Win
1 Nature Strip 10 Giga Kick
10 Giga Kick 1 Nature Strip
15 In Secret 15 In Secret

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Doncaster Mile 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 1 Australian Derby 2023 (Randwick 2400m)

Group 1 Inglis Sires’ 2023 (Randwick 1400m)

Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap 2023 (Randwick 2600m)

Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes 2023 (Randwick 2000m)

Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1600m)

Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1100m)

Group 3 P J Bell Stakes 2023 (Randwick 1200m)

Group 3 Roma Cup 2023 (Ascot 1100m)

Group 3 WATC Gimcrack Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1100m)

Listed Perth Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1100m)

Listed Bendigo Guineas 2023 (Bendigo 1400m)

Listed Golden Mile 2023 (Bendigo 1600m)

Listed Clare Lindop Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)

Listed Manihi Classic 2023 (Morphettville 1100m)

Listed Pinjarra Cup 2023 (Pinjarra 2300m)

TJ Smith Stakes 2023 Race Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 6 I Wish I Win
2nd 10 Giga Kick 0.58 length
3rd 4 Mazu 1.39 lengths
4th 1 Nature Strip 3.44 lengths

The track was rated as Heavy 9.

Scratchings: 5. Paulele, 7. Overpass.