Redzel Dominates 2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

March 14, 2018

Redzel Dominates 2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

Peter & Paul Snowden’s $8 million earner Redzel is the standout TJ Smith Stakes 2018 first acceptor, the champion sprinter also leading updated betting on the Randwick feature this autumn.

Redzel

Redzel is the standout sprinter in the TJ Smith Stakes 2018 first acceptances for April 7 at Royal Randwick. Photo: Steve Hart.

On Tuesday Racing NSW took first acceptances for all the big ‘The Championships’ races running on the first two Saturdays in April including those for the Group 1 $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) held on April 7.

The TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances for 2018 attracted 39 hopefuls and the latest markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are dominated by Snitzel five-year-old Redzel.

Having now amassed more career prize money than Black Caviar, the bay has twice won over the TJ Smith Stakes track and distance including most notably the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in the spring.

Saluting down the Flemington straight in the Darley Classic after that, he atoned for a devastatingly close first-up second to Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) when returning to Sydney last weekend to take out the Group 2 $500,000 Challenge Stakes (1000m).

Redzel now sits as a $2.70 favourite in all-in TJ Smith Stakes odds to salute in his autumn Grand Final next month and hand Team Snowden their first victory in the weight-for-age classic.

Despite his racing career being under a cloud of doubt, triple TJ Smith Stakes champion Chautauqua has also been paid up for by Team Hawkes at first acceptance stage this week.

The ‘Grey Flash’ made history last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival posting his third victory in the race, but has refused to trial on three separate occasions leading-up to his return this time in.

He needs to twice trial for the stewards before being allowed to race giving the team a tough assignment to have the seven-year-old fit and ready to fire come the TJ Smith Stakes.

Still, the bookies are taking no chances with Chautauqua who is being kept safe at $11 in the early TJ Smith Stakes betting markets.

Along with Redzel, the only other single-figure chance in those futures markets for the lucrative sprint is Vega Magic ($9).

Prepared by the powerhouse Lindsay Park stable and one of six first acceptors for the team in the race, the Lope De Vega five-year-old is yet to race in 2018.

The chestnut was last seen finishing just over four lengths back for a mid-field seventh to Redzel in the Darley Classic having run second in The Everest two starts prior.

A gun fresh, reigning Memsie Stakes winner Vega Magic will be kept lightly raced ahead of the TJ Smith Stakes where he will look to add to a top record over the distance (15:-9-2-1).

The other top TJ Smith Stakes first acceptor for Lindsay Park looks to be Pierro filly Tulip who is also in the mix for the Group 2 $600,000 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) against her own age the Saturday after.

No three-year-old has won the TJ Smith Stakes since the filly Melito back in 2010 and Tulip is one of nine still in the mix this year.

Other top youngsters that could take on the older sprinters include last year’s Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign, Surround Stakes winner Shoals and the Golden Rose champ Trapeze Artist last seen running third in the Randwick Guineas over a mile.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2018 final field is set for release on April 3 with updated odds now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

Royal Randwick – 07/04/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 394x2531x6 BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride 105
2 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
3 113x385x66 CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 111
4 00x21172xN DAL CIELO (NZ) G 5 Kris Lees 95
5 1368x008x9 DERRYN H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 102
6 266x4269x5 ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 112
7 6639x680x5 FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 106
8 21x78192x0 FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
9 x2247x12x0 GLENALL H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 93
10 02x19x6422 GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 107
11 423x654x53 HELLBENT H 5 Darren Weir
12 196x1401x7 HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy
13 115x3179x3 HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds 97
14 5x523x112x IN HER TIME M 5 Benjamin Smith
15 41112x13x3 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
16 4x1211x70x ITTETSU (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir
17 76875113×2 JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell 108
18 5537×51419 KEN’S DREAM G 4 Darren Weir
19 11202x250x LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees 115
20 1449729×37 MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing 104
21 x14x33934x NIETA M 5 John P Thompson 99
22 1220x129x PARIAH C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 91
23 11x1111x21 REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 118
24 167x5114x1 SECRET AGENDA M 5 Mick Price
25 x121x10x10 SHE WILL REIGN F 3 Gary Portelli 112
26 11x1221x81 SHOALS F 3 Anthony Freedman 106
27 x21510x237 SHOWTIME C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
28 2121x11x22 SNITTY KITTY M 4 Henry Dwyer
29 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
30 208×613212 STELLAR COLLISION G 5 Darren Weir
31 117×1111 SUGAR BELLA M 4 Kris Lees 79
32 x930x15x45 SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent
33 847x5400x7 TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore 108
34 61x70600x8 THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry 90
35 306x13x140 THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
36 3x6410x143 TRAPEZE ARTIST C 3 Gerald Ryan 105
37 5x2450x415 TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
38 1x1x11257x VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
39 11x115x4 VIRIDINE C 3 James Cummings 87

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