Nominations for the eight races included in this year’s The Championships closed on Monday afternoon, including the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
Running at Royal Randwick Racecourse across two consecutive Saturdays in April, The Championships is one of the most lucrative race meetings. $2.5 million is on offer for the TJ Smith Stakes alone, which has attracted 69 nominations.
The country’s best sprinters and then some are featured in the race’s nominations, including the top three highest sprinters in the world – Lankan Rupee, Chautauqua, and Terravista.
The three went head-to-head in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on November 8 at the end of last spring with Joseph Pride’s Terravista emerging victorious just a head in front of Chautuaqua, while Lankan Rupee rounded out the top three.
The five-year-old gelding previously lost to Mick Price’s Lankan Rupee in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and with a couple of meetings scheduled between now and the TJ Smith Stakes on April 4, it’ll be interesting to see how the one-all tally changes.
Team Hawkes’ Chautauqua has delivered two impressive four length victories in the past year, last of which was in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) in October. He stepped up to Group One racing for the first time in the Darley Classic and did not disappoint with his second place run.
Chautauqua won’t be the only classy sprinter representing Team Hawkes however. The brothers are not limited in their possibilities with both Deep Field and Our Boy Malachi also nominated.
Deep Field won his three spring starts, which included the Group 2 Tab.com.au Stakes (1200m), while Our Boy Malachi continued his fantastic winning streak when he stepped up to black-type racing in the summer.
The six-year-old gelding has won 16 of his total 18 starts, including the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) and Listed Razor Sharp (1200m).
Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) winner Brazen Beau is one of four horses nominated by Chris Waller along with Arinosa, Catkins, and Delectation.
Catkins began her autumn campaign one week earlier than most to defend her Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) title while Delectation finished second in the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m), both of which ran on Saturday.
Other notable nominees for the 2015 TJ Smith Stakes include John O’Shea’s Earthquake, Eloping, Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) winner Galaxy Pegasus, Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) runner-up Lucky Hussler, and dual Group One winner Trust In A Gust.
Check out the complete TJ Smith Stakes nominations below.
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2015 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations
|1||2147x2208x||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|2||6x121119x||AFLEET ESPRIT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|3||512x31425x||ANGELIC LIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||N/A|
|5||35x15844x||ARMADA||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|6||1811x1x||AS NEEDED||Anthony Cummings||80|
|7||94800x167x||BEL SPRINTER||Jason Warren||N/A|
|8||954x91106x||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||87|
|9||5x122x511x||BRAZEN BEAU||Chris Waller||N/A|
|10||313x18740x||BRING ME THE MAID||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|13||12715x112x||CHAUTAUQUA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|14||32x52x1||CHLOE IN PARIS||Ciaron Maher||N/A|
|15||30x112150x||CLUSTER||Peter & Paul Snowden||N/A|
|17||11x111x||DEEP FIELD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|21||714x31162x||ELOPING||Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison||N/A|
|22||5190x3136x||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||N/A|
|23||85x14131x3||FAST ’N’ ROCKING||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|25||10110x||GALAXY PEGASUS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|26||113x11226x||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|27||111x||GOLD SEVENTY SEVEN||Kris Lees||75|
|28||434x11650x||GREGERS||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|29||5x114x||GUN CASE||Liam Birchley||N/A|
|31||0x46x5229x||I’M ALL THE TALK||Gary Portelli||N/A|
|35||165x11113x||KURO (NZ)||Joseph Pride||N/A|
|36||1111x2213x||LANKAN RUPEE||Mick Price||N/A|
|37||1144x4227x||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||N/A|
|38||000x32212x||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||N/A|
|39||x62210x17x||MIRACLES OF LIFE||Peter & Paul Snowden||N/A|
|40||x119330x3x||MISSY LONGSTOCKING||Liam Birchley||N/A|
|41||34x6323x||MORE RADIANT||Mick Price||N/A|
|42||1x1121x||MOSSFUN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|43||13x1428x||NORDIC EMPIRE||Mick Price||N/A|
|44||147x17520x||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||N/A|
|45||1x||OF THE BRAVE||Mark Riley||N/A|
|46||x1511x111x||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||105|
|47||227x85040x||PERON||Peter G Moody||N/A|
|48||47x416744x||PRESS REPORT||Lee Curtis||75|
|49||136x090x3x||RAIN AFFAIR||Joseph Pride||105|
|50||2547x3347x||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||N/A|
|51||112x1x||ROYAL SNITZEL||Mick Price||N/A|
|56||14x6x313||SINGLE DAYS||Jason Warren||N/A|
|57||11x||SISTONIC||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|58||6x2113D11x||SMART CASH||Barry Lockwood||N/A|
|60||729x12412x||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||N/A|
|61||x113213x1x||TAWTEEN||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|
|63||113x||THINKING OF YOU (NZ)||Peter G Moody||76|
|64||91437x112x||TIGER TEES (NZ)||Joseph Pride||112|
|65||262x12111x||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||N/A|
|66||114540x25x||VA PENSIERO||Jason Coyle||95|
|67||1×2||VEZALAY||Leon & Troy Corstens||N/A|
|68||0x1384x69x||VILLA VERDE||Anthony Cummings||104|
|69||1x11x1x||WAWAIL||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||N/A|