Lex Piper Stakes Race Information

The Lex Piper Stakes is a 1600 metre set weights plus penalties race for three-year-old colts and geldings run by the Western Australian Turf Club in February or early March. It is held at Ascot as one of the feature events of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1600 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights & penalties, 3YOs C&G
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
  • Prizemoney: $125,000
  • Date: Saturday 2 March 2024

Lex Piper Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Lex Piper Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Lex Piper Stakes Preview and results.

The registered race name is the TJ Smith Trophy and over the years it has been run over different distances and at different times of the year. In the 2007/2008 season it was moved to the start of the autumn carnival  to be used as a lead up to the WA Derby and the distance became 1600m. It has been run as the Lex Piper from 2014.

Useful Facts

Fastest time (1600m): Blueclase (2008) 1:35:02

Lex Piper Stakes & WA Derby winners: Herocity (1991), Firing Range (1993), Respondent (2014), Regal Power (2019), Western Empire (2021).

Interesting trivia: On the same day Heart Starter won this race in 2016, Real Love out of the same dam (Flaming Heart) won the Listed Roy Higgins Quality at Flemington.

Past winners of the Lex Piper Stakes

Winners of past Lex Piper Stakes include many horses who go on to become good milers and middle distance horses.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Russian To The Bar A Lot Of Good Men Odinaka
2023 All The King’s Men Demolish Playhouse Patron
2022 Trix Of The Trade Hear Me Sing Henchard
2021 Western Empire Flash Ducati Castillo Del Lago
2020 Money Matters Cryptic Wonder Divide the Sea
2019 Regal Power Fred Dag Final Hearing
2018 Miracle Man Action Media Baron
2017 Gangbuster Western Temple Final Salute
2016 Heart Starter Who Dat Singa Mulga
2015 Battle Hero Say Geronimo Tonto
2014 Respondent Itsahymn Black Heart Bart
2013 Sireeze Western Blaze Saturday Skies
2012 Flag Officer Dash For Home Lord Hatras
2011 Veracious The Tenby Friar Big Josh
2010 Yabigorse Morant Ranger
2009 Dominicano Liquidation Shajezar
2008 Blueclase Broome Time Proart
2007 Guyno Real Cheeky Trochee
2006 Scenic Shot Lock The Vault Torrid Affair
2004 Happy Johnson Mystic Force Black Tom
2003 Wool Zone Zoometric Kennedy
2002 Dexian Mr Tambourineman Cent Dancing
2001 Grand Turismo Eutectic Storm Shot
2000 Donizetto Silver Sim Noble Cavalier