TJ Smith Stakes 2013 Field & Barriers – Rails Draw and 10 Rivals for Black Caviar

Australian racing’s benchmark horse Black Caviar has had her chances of posting win number 25 on the trot increased drawing barrier one in an 11-horse field for the 2013 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick on Australian Derby Day this Saturday.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar has come up trumps with barrier one for the TJ Smith Stakes 2013 this Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The 14-time Group 1 champion Bel Esprit mare races third-up for the autumn this weekend after back-to-back victories in the Lightning Stakes and William Reid Stakes in Melbourne, her first Sydney run in a year being the $1 million Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

The now six-year-old won last year’s TJ Smith Stakes when mowing down the always-honest Hay List to win the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival sprint classic by three lengths.

She will face her toughest field of rivals in a long while when she looks to defend her TJ Smith Stakes crown on Saturday, including five other individual Group 1 winners, with the only real concern being the current track conditions at Randwick.

The course proper is currently rated a Heavy (8) and if it doesn’t dry into the Dead range by race day Moody has admitted they will be scratching the day’s drawcard contender.

“At least the rain is falling now and not at the end of the week,” Moody said.

“The weather is tipped to be fine on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, so we’ll worry about it then.”

Should she run Black Caviar will again come face-to-face with the injury-prone Hay List who was a surprise acceptor, John McNair’s Statue Of Liberty seven-year-old drawn in barrier nine with Glyn Schofield engaged.

Along with Black Caviar the only other last-start winner in this year’s TJ Smith Stakes field is then the Jason Warren-trained Bel Sprinter who looks her main rival having drawn one beside her in barrier two with Hugh Bowman to ride.

Sharing the same sire as Black Caviar the Bel Esprit five-year-old enjoyed their breakthrough Group 1 victory first-up at Rosehill last month when overcoming barrier 11 of 13 to win The Galaxy (1100m) by an impressive 3.5 lengths over Snitzerland and Decision Time.

While Group 1 winning Snitzel filly Snitzerland has not been accepted to back-up this weekend, The Galaxy runner-up Decision Time has with Clarry Conners’ Foreplay gelding, runner-up in the 2010 Golden Slipper, drawn nicely in barrier four.

The other major players looking to give the raging favourite a go then include the Joe Pride-trained Rain Affair (barrier five) coming off a fourth to Pierro in the Canterbury Stakes, triple Group 1 winning mare Sea Siren and Peter Snowden’s young Commands colt Epaulette who returns to racing here having last run third to Black Caviar’s half-brother All Too Hard in the Caulfield Guineas back in October.

Check out the full 2013 TJ Smith Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2013 TJ Smith Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Royal Randwick Race 9 – 5:10pm (AEST) – 13/04

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1212x212x4 HAY LIST John McNair Glyn Schofield 9 58.5kg 117
2 649x1579x1 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Hugh Bowman 2 58.5kg 112
3 16122x48x4 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Corey Brown 5 58.5kg 110
4 1x1x150x23 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners James McDonald 4 58.5kg 108
5 112x466x07 ATOMIC FORCE Darren Smith Joshua Parr 6 58.5kg 105
6 714x423x06 TITLE Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 3 58.5kg 105
7 111x185x30 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis Brenton Avdulla 7 58.5kg 104
8 1223x6x383 ONTHELOOKOUT Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones Carl Spry 11 58.5kg 90
9 111x111x11 BLACK CAVIAR Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1 56.5kg 130
10 x119x129x8 SEA SIREN John O’Shea Jim Cassidy 10 56.5kg 114
11 x120x3113x EPAULETTE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5kg 107