2017 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances Released

Some of the world’s best sprinters are poised to descend on Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships following the release of 2017 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances.

Terravista has been included in 2017 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Terravista has been included in 2017 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

The featured sprint is shaping towards being a showdown between some of the country’s best three-year-olds as Extreme Choice, Flying Artie, Star Turn and Astern have all been included in TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances.

Extreme Choice has been a standout performer throughout his entire racing career so far and broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Clearly furnishing into an even better horse in the lead-up to his three-year-old campaign, the Not A Single Doubt colt resumed in spring for a dominant win amongst open company in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m).

Having returned to the paddock after running fifth in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), Extreme Choice resumed this time for a credible third in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Stable mate Flying Artie has also experienced plenty of success through his short racing career and should relish the conditions of the TJ Smith Stakes.

Running second in the Blue Diamond Stakes and third in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) in autumn, the Artie Schiller colt resumed in spring to win the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) before posting his first Group 1 win in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Flying Artie failed to fire when seventh in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up this time and has been scratched from Saturday’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) as a result of a minor lung ailment.

Star Turn appears as though he is on the verge of a maiden Group 1 victory and that could come in the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes.

Failing to finish outside the minors in spring, which included an impressive win over open company in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m), Star Turn hit the line well for third in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes first-up this time.

Astern won the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) most notably in spring, but is yet to make an appearance at the races in 2017.

Several standout open-age horses have also been included in TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances, including Terravista and Spieth.

Terravista broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in the 2014 edition of the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) and while unable to return to the peak through four subsequent seasons, stormed home to win the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes first-up this time.

Spieth was unlucky not to break through for his first Group 1 win when second in the Darley Classic during the recent Spring Carnival and returned for second in the Lightning Stakes on February 18th.

Astern and Spieth currently occupy the top line of early 2017 TJ Smith Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au, at $6 quotes.

2017 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x101x1122x ASTERN C 3 John O’Shea 107
2 1311x47x32 CHAUTAUQUA G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 119
3 217x2602x8 COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 100
4 2x600x2117 DAL CIELO (NZ) G 4 Kris Lees 93
5 118x359x47 DANISH TWIST M 5 Kris Lees 104
6 6x12037x43 DERRYN C 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
7 525x456x44 DOTHRAKI G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
8 631x5470x1 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 110
9 1118x15x3 EXTREME CHOICE C 3 Mick Price
10 5x16225x72 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 4623036×79 FAST ’N’ ROCKING G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
12 5x447317x4 FELINES M 5 Kris Lees 101
13 2156x323x6 FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale
14 1x FERRANDO (NZ) C 3 Graeme Rogerson
15 100x98x440 FLAMBERGE G 7 Darren Weir
16 2x123x11x7 FLYING ARTIE C 3 Mick Price
17 1×22 GLENALL C 3 Les Bridge 75
18 6x1x14x320 GUARD OF HONOUR C 3 Kris Lees 79
19 x10113x344 HELLBENT H 4 Darren Weir
20 121x1212x5 ILLUSTRIOUS LAD G 5 Peter Gelagotis
21 13x3314x64 IMPENDING C 3 John O’Shea 97
22 313x6039x6 JAPONISME G 4 Chris Waller 108
23 x10x3021x8 KAEPERNICK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
24 60x221712x KURO (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 106
25 7x22251x11 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 113
26 619x215x16 MALAGUERRA G 5 Peter Gelagotis
27 L0x55402x5 MISS PROMISCUITY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
28 x1x66735x1 MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 81
29 11x1210x15 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 111
30 431160x19x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 5 Matthew Smith 98
31 11110x100x PETITS FILOUS M 4 Ciaron Maher
32 94x236710x REBEL DANE H 7 Gary Portelli
33 5120x5x21x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 99
34 3x3221123x ROCK MAGIC G 7 Chris Gangemi
35 11114x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 97
36 27024x167x SECRET AGENDA M 4 Mick Price
37 7x421152x1 SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
38 x0111x12x2 SPIETH (NZ) H 4 Bryce Heys
39 256x1213x3 STAR TURN C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
40 x11x113x93 SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 101
41 42x256Px1x TARGET IN SIGHT G 7 Joseph Pride
42 3x1442x0x TELPERION C 3 John O’Shea 87
43 3x296x20x1 TERRAVISTA G 7 Joseph Pride 113
44 61539x146x THE QUARTERBACK G 6 Robbie Griffiths
45 1x26330x1x TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 102
46 600x11412x TYCOON TARA M 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
47 212311210x VOODOO LAD G 5 Darren Weir 104
48 21438×1013 ZESTFUL M 5 Kris Lees 97

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