2016 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances Feature 54 Sprinters

March 8, 2016

2016 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances Feature 54 Sprinters

After attracting 91 nominations earlier in the season the TJ Smith Stakes 2016 is down to 54 entries, Racing NSW taking first acceptances for the Group 1 races of ‘The Championships’ this week.


Defending champion Chautauqua is the headline 2016 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptor for the April 2 classic at Randwick Racecourse. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

One of four top level races on Day 1, Saturday April 2, at Royal Randwick the $2.5 million Group 1 Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) is the headline sprint clash of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The major first acceptor for the weight-for-age classic this year and early favourite in futures TJ Smith Stakes betting at bookies across Australia is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Chautauqua.

The triple Group 1 winning five-year-old was last seen taking out the Group 1 Lighting Stakes (1000m) first-up and runs at Flemington in Melbourne again this weekend in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) ahead of his trip to Sydney.

He won the TJ Smith Stakes 12 months ago after his second in the Newmarket and will stick to the same path this autumn looking to go back-to-back in the Randwick major for the first time since the race’s inauguration in 1997.

Black Caviar (2013 & 2011) is the only dual winner of the race, but on non-successive years, to date.

Team Hawkes also paid the first acceptance fee for Our Boy Malachi despite the seven-year-old sprinter’s fifth to Holler in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) last Saturday.

He has a gun 1200m record of five wins from six starts and is also two-from-three at Randwick, plus has Group 1 placed form having run third in the BTC Cup in Brisbane last winter.

Five three-year-olds have won the TJ Smith Stakes since 1997, but not since Melito (2010).

This year Exosphere is the best fancied of the youngsters occupying the second line of all-in TJ Smith Stakes odds just ahead of fellow three-year-old English.

John O’Shea trains the Godolphin-raced Lonhro colt Exosphere, winner of the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) last September, who was far from disgraced first-up when fourth beaten under two lengths in the Lighting Stakes.

Gai Waterhouse’s Encosta De Lago filly English meanwhile was one of last autumn’s star two-year-olds running second in the Golden Slipper Stakes behind stablemate Vancouver.

She spent nearly a year on the sidelines before her return last weekend in Randwick’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), which she won first-up in fine style.

Waterhouse has trained three previous TJ Smith Stakes winners, the race named in honour of her late father and champion trainer Tommy Smith, with Phoenix Park (2002), Shamekha (2005) and Bentley Biscuit (2007).

Along with English, who Waterhouse likened to Shamekha after the filly’s Challenge Stakes win, the stable has also paid first acceptances for fellow three-year-old Speak Fondly.

Runner-up to Exosphere in last year’s Golden Rose before her Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) success in October, Northern Meteor filly Speak Fondly returned in the Challenge Stakes also but only managed to cross four lengths away ninth to her star stablemate when beating home just one other runner.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller is yet to win the TJ Smith Stakes trophy but has six of the first acceptors this autumn led by Japonisme.

The Choisir three-year-old beat home his own kind in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last year before a first-up Lighting Stakes third that he’ll be out to repeat or improve on in Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap.

Other notable hopes for Waller include Darley Classic winner from the Spring Delectation, Kermadec who is more likely to defend his Doncaster Mile title at the meeting, early Doncaster Mile favourite Press Statement and his 2016 Queen Elizabeth Stakes-bound mare Winx.

See below for the full TJ Smith Stakes 2016 first acceptances, the final field and barriers out on Tuesday March 29.

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2016 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 02/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Weight Hcp. Rating
1 221x3223x6 BALL OF MUSCLE G 5 Joseph Pride 58.5kg 106
2 40x111492x BLACK HEART BART G 5 Darren Weir 58.5kg 104
3 1120×34153 BOSS LANE G 5 Ron Quinton 58.5kg 102
4 213x1112x1 CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 58.5kg 112
5 139x6241x5 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller 58.5kg
6 3x815x13x7 DOTHRAKI G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 58.5kg
7 79x54761x0 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) G 7 Noel Mayfield-Smith 58.5kg 107
8 5x557143x0 FAST ’N’ ROCKING G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 58.5kg
9 11x41111x2 FELL SWOOP G 4 Matthew Dale 58.5kg
10 301x2617x1 FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody 58.5kg
11 31x52140x3 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 58.5kg 113
12 464240x30x KNOYDART G 6 John O’Shea 58.5kg
13 27042270×0 LORD OF THE SKY H 5 Robbie Laing 58.5kg 105
14 7x46136x12 LUCKY HUSSLER G 6 Darren Weir 58.5kg 112
15 24x11211x1 MALAGUERRA G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 58.5kg
16 111x130x15 OUR BOY MALACHI G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 58.5kg 109
17 1x450x213x PINCH RIVER G 4 Robert Heathcote 58.5kg
18 60x123x354 REBEL DANE H 6 Gary Portelli 58.5kg
19 5x111136x4 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy 58.5kg 105
20 26x1x1x11 SUPIDO H 4 Michael Kent 58.5kg 85
21 x330x173x2 TERRAVISTA G 6 Joseph Pride 58.5kg
22 66x7621x36 THE QUARTERBACK G 5 Robbie Griffiths 58.5kg
23 x80x568x4x TIGER TEES (NZ) G 8 Joseph Pride 58.5kg 107
24 27236x20x9 TURBULENT JET G 6 Lee Curtis 58.5kg 82
25 15x163x3 BASSETT (NZ) G 3 Peter G Moody 56.5kg
26 2x202x13x9 BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 56.5kg
27 x2497x380x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody 56.5kg 98
28 x171x793x2 BROOK ROAD M 5 Kris Lees 56.5kg 98
29 447x1513x3 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller 56.5kg 92
30 110x1114x4 EXOSPHERE C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg
31 11×3 FLASHING SPEED M 4 Anthony Cummings 56.5kg 70
32 1x2261x3x0 FURNACES C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg 86
33 x38221x151 HOLLER C 3 John O’Shea 56.5kg 110
34 3x23x4131x I AM ZELADY M 4 Joseph Pride 56.5kg 91
35 x1111431x3 JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller 56.5kg
36 0x112112x0 KEEN ARRAY G 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
37 21x16x2 KINGLIKE C 3 Peter G Moody 56.5kg 99
38 22813920×4 MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
39 25x1918x23 PEEPING M 4 Ron Quinton 56.5kg 101
40 1787x461x4 PITTSBURGH FLYER M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 56.5kg
41 603278×249 PRESS REPORT M 4 Lee Curtis 56.5kg 84
42 11x2511x12 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 56.5kg 108
43 116617×622 PRIVATE SECRETARY M 6 Gregory Hickman 56.5kg 89
44 140×15 PURITAN G 3 Jason Warren 56.5kg
45 7x004510x5 SCARLET BILLOWS M 5 Darren Weir 56.5kg
46 111x24111x SHEIDEL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 56.5kg
47 217x SPIETH (NZ) C 3 Bryce Heys 56.5kg 66
48 11x623x14 SPILL THE BEANS C 3 Gerald Ryan 56.5kg 85
49 211x111x11 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 56.5kg
50 1×112333 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL F 3 Bjorn Baker 54.5kg 79
51 1126×1 ENGLISH F 3 Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 103
52 4291x374x7 OTTOMAN F 3 John O’Shea 54.5kg 86
53 1x0x1221x2 SECRET AGENDA F 3 Mick Price 54.5kg
54 210x1121x9 SPEAK FONDLY F 3 Gai Waterhouse 54.5kg 105

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