Top Sprinters In 2015 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

The 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes first acceptances have been released and the majority of the best sprinters in Australia all remain on track to contest the Group 1 event at Royal Randwick on the opening day of The Championships.

Lankan Rupee is one of a number of talented horses that have been included in the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes first acceptances.  Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Lankan Rupee is one of a number of talented horses that have been included in the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes first acceptances. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Lankan Rupee stamped himself as the highest-rated sprinter in the world with an explosive victory in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) last year and he will likely have the chance to defend his title in 2015.

The Redoute’s Choice gelding recorded only one win during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but he returned to winning form with a scintillating victory in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on February 21 and he is set to return to racing in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) this weekend.

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Another sprinter that is set to contest the Newmarket Handicap on Saturday is Terravista, who has been given the task of becoming the first sprinter since 1917 to win the famous sprinter first-up.

Terravista lived up to trainer Joe Pride’s expectations when he took out the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and the trainer is confident that the Captain Rio gelding can take out the Newmarket Handicap before returning to Sydney for the T.J. Smith Stakes.

Rounding out the three leading contenders in the Newmarket Handicap this weekend is Chautauqua and the talented sprinter has been included in the T.J. Smith Stakes first acceptances as well as those for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Chautauqua returned to racing with a narrow win in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on February 7 and has the chance to record his maiden win at the highest level of racing in the Newmarket Handicap this weekend.

Team Hawkes could be well represented in the T.J. Smith Stakes and they have also included Deep Field, Mossfun, Nostradamus and Our Boy Malachi in the nominations for the $2.5 million event.

Another training partnership that could be well-represented in the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes is that of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, who have eight horses in the first acceptances.

Fast ‘N’ Rocking hit the line strongly to finish third in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes and appears to be the stables most likely winning chances, but Afleet Esprit, Galaxy Pegasus, Girl Guide, Gregers and Sistonic all remain in the first acceptances.

Melito is the only three-year-old that has won the T.J. Smith Stakes in the past decade, but there are a number of three-year-olds that remain a chance to contest the Group 1 event during The Championships.

Brazen Beau made his open racing debut with a second place finish in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes and he looms as the major danger to the three favourites in the Newmarket Handicap, while Bring Me The Maid, Delectation, Earthquake, Kumaon, Kuro, Press Report, Rubick and Wawail are other three-year-olds that remain in T.J. Smith Stakes contention.

Other notable horses in the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes first acceptances included Group 1 placegetter Angelic Light, last start winner Chloe In Paris, Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein, popular mare Miracles Of Life, Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane, veteran sprinter Tiger Tees and two-time Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust.

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2015 T.J. Smith Stakes First Acceptances

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Weight (kg) Hcp. Rating
1 954x91106x BOSS LANE Ron Quinton 58.5 87
2 2715x112x1 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 58.5 N/A
3 11x111x3 DEEP FIELD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 58.5 N/A
4 190x3136x5 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith 58.5 N/A
5 5x14131x33 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 58.5 N/A
6 0x9214x02x FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 58.5 108
7 x46x5229x6 I’M ALL THE TALK Gary Portelli 58.5 N/A
8 05x12497x0 ICONIC Tony McEvoy 58.5 N/A
9 11133250×4 KNOYDART John O’Shea 58.5 N/A
10 111x2213x1 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price 58.5 N/A
11 1144×42270 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing 58.5 N/A
12 000x32212x LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir 58.5 N/A
13 x1511x111x OUR BOY MALACHI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 58.5 105
14 36x090x3x7 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride 58.5 105
15 2547x3347x REBEL DANE Gary Portelli 58.5 N/A
16 16533x300x RYKER Gai Waterhouse 58.5 N/A
17 60x211x89x SIDESTEP John O’Shea 58.5 N/A
18 x110x1151x TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride 58.5 N/A
19 1437x112x8 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride 58.5 112
20 262x12111x TRUST IN A GUST Darren Weir 58.5 N/A
21 14540x25x2 VA PENSIERO Jason Coyle 58.5 95
22 147x2208x0 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody 56.5 N/A
23 512x31425x ANGELIC LIGHT Robbie Griffiths 56.5 N/A
24 x122x511x2 BRAZEN BEAU Chris Waller 56.5 N/A
25 4x1233x112 CATKINS Chris Waller 56.5 N/A
26 32x52x111 CHLOE IN PARIS Ciaron Maher 56.5 N/A
27 11x4342x20 DELECTATION Chris Waller 56.5 N/A
28 0x62064228 DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 56.5 107
29 10110×2 GALAXY PEGASUS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5 N/A
30 x11226x782 GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5 N/A
31 434x11650x GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5 N/A
32 3x20340x0x KUMAON John O’Shea 56.5 N/A
33 65x11113x3 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride 56.5 N/A
34 62210x17x1 MIRACLES OF LIFE Peter & Paul Snowden 56.5 N/A
35 47x17520x8 NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 56.5 N/A
36 27x85040x2 PERON Peter G Moody 56.5 N/A
37 114x10x3 RUBICK Gerald Ryan 56.5 N/A
38 729x12412x SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse 56.5 N/A
39 x1384x69x8 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings 56.5 104
40 x121119x43 AFLEET ESPRIT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5 N/A
41 313x18740x BRING ME THE MAID Peter G Moody 54.5 N/A
42 112x3318x0 EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea 54.5 N/A
43 1x1121x66 MOSSFUN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 54.5 105
44 x416744x01 PRESS REPORT Lee Curtis 54.5 75
45 114 SISTONIC David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5 N/A
46 212×02 SUPARA Gai Waterhouse 54.5 71
47 x113213x17 TAWTEEN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5 N/A
48 1x11x13 WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54.5 N/A

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