TJ Favourites Fight it Out on Oaks Day

May 31, 2011

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

TJ Favourites Fight it Out on Oaks Day

A field of the season’s top two-year-olds will stake their TJ Smith claims this weekend with the dominant Darley duo of Benfica and Free Wheeling headlining the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes entries.

Peter Snowden

Peter Snowden will saddle up two horses in the BRC Sires' Produce Stakes on Saturday

This Saturday the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival action moves around the corner from Doomben to Eagle Farm Racecourse with an action packed line-up running for Queensland Oaks Day.

One of the premier features at the meeting will be the $250,000 Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m), the final lead-up for juveniles heading towards Saturday week’s $500,000 Group 1 The TJ Smith (1600m).

The two early TJ Smith favourites are stablemates Benfica and Free Wheeling, who will be out to give leading Sydney trainer Peter Snowden a whitewash in the two-year-old Group 1’s this year.

Snowden has already claimed a quartet of Group 1 wins in the juvenile features thanks to Sepoy winning the Blue Diamond Stakes and Golden Slipper, and Helmet scoring victory in both the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.

Now Snowden has the two top chances to complete the clean sweep.

Smart Lonhro colt Benfica will start the BRC Sires Produce Stakes favourite on Saturday having won two of their three starts including their most recent three and a half length win in the Listed Hampden Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on May 14.

Free Wheeling also stormed into both BRC Sires Produce and TJ Smith contention when the son of Ad Valorem scored an upset win in the Group 2 Champagne Classic (1200m) at Doomben on May 21.

The pair will face off for the first time on Saturday in the Sires Produce.

In a sidenote, if Benfica is successful his sire Lonhro will become the first “Horse of the Year” in over four decades to win Australia’s Champion Sire title.

Last Saturday Beaded’s win in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 took Lonhro within reach of surpassing current leader High Chaparral.

Fellow two-year-olds out to stop the dominance of Darley this weekend include Tim Martin’s Fastnet Rock filly Cindarockinrella who ran an eye-catching third in the Listed The Phoenix (1350m) at Doomben last Saturday and the Gerald Ryan-trained Hot Snitzel.

Rosehill-based trainer Ryan remains hopeful that his Snitzel gelding Hot Sintzel will be the one to finally get the better of a Snowden-trained two-year-old this weekend.

To date Hot Snitzel has started seven times for two wins and three placings.

After winning the Listed Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on May 7, most recently they were beaten less than half a length when third to Free Wheeling in the Champagne Classic.

“Obviously the Darley horses are the ones to beat,” Ryan said.

“But Hot Snitzel is well.

“I was up there (in Brisbane) on the weekend and was pleased with how he looked.

“But he would have to be finishing off strongly at the end of the 1400m metres to warrant going on to the TJ Smith.”

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Pierata heads up final field f...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fan...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fancies hoping for middle of the field barriers

Connections of the two favourites for the 2018 $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 K...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 Kingston Town Classic

Prominent Perth owner Bob Peters has four runners to try to give him his fifth...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field