TJ Smith Stakes

The TJ Smith Stakes is a Group 1 sprint run at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Trapeze Artist
  • 2nd: #1 Redzel
  • 3rd: #8 In Her Time



The TJ Smith Stakes is a Group 1 race held towards the end of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick. A 1200m sprint, the TJ Smith Stakes is a weight-for-age event worth a lucrative $2.5 million in prize money.

This race should not be confused with former The TJ Smith, a Group 1 race run in June during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival for two-year-olds, now called the JJ Atkins.

The TJ Smith Stakes takes place on Doncaster Mile Day alongside three other Group 1 races: the $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m), $2 million Australian Derby (2400m) and $1 million ATC Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).

The 2018 TJ Smith Stakes ran on Saturday April 7, 2018 and was won in an upset by Trapeze Artist who defeated the hot favourite Redzel.

TJ Smith Stakes 2018
Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,500,000
Inaugurated: 1997

Because of the position of the TJ Smith Stakes towards the end of the autumn carnival, punters have a range of lead-up races to gauge the fitness and form of the runners before placing their TJ Smith bets. Good preparation races include the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) run in Melbourne the month before as well as the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens a fortnight earlier. The last horse to complete the Newmarket Handicap – TJ Smith Stakes interstate double was Lankan Rupee (2014).

The subsequent two TJ Smith Stakes winners following Lankan Rupee also came off a lead-up run in the Newmarket Handicap with back-to-back champion Chautauqua running 2nd in 2015 and 3rd in 2016. Chautauqua made TJ Smith Stakes history in 2017 when successfully defending his dual titles to become the first three-time winner of the sprint classic.

Horses may finish up their autumn campaign in Sydney by running in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) held two weeks after the TJ Smith Stakes is run and won. Recent All Aged Stakes winners to come off a TJ Smith Stakes start include English (3rd in 2016), Hay List (2nd in 2011) and Hot Danish (2nd in 2010). The latest sprinters to complete the double were Bentley Biscuit (2007) and Shamekha (2005) both trained by Gai Waterhouse.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Trapeze Artist
  • 2nd: #1 Redzel
  • 3rd: #8 In Her Time

See below for the full TJ Smith Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the lucrative sprint win by Gerald Ryan’s gun three-year-old Trapeze Artist who charged home late enjoying the drop in distance off a Randwick Guineas third over the mile to run past the hot favourite Redzel.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 12 TRAPEZE ARTIST Gerald Ryan Tye Angland 8 56.5kg $8
2 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2L 6 58.5kg $2.30F
3 8 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Damian Lane 4L 3 56.5kg $4.40
4 2 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 4.7L 10 58.5kg $41
5 14 THE MISSION Paul Perry Zac Purton 5.2L 5 56.5kg $151
6 9 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 5.7L 11 56.5kg $15
7 3 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 6.7L 2 58.5kg $6.50
8 7 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Jay Ford 8.4L 4 58.5kg $101
9 10 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9.1L 9 56.5kg $15
10 5 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Blake Shinn 9.8L 1 58.5kg $101
11 4 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 10.7L 7 58.5kg $91
6 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 0
13 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 0
11 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 0

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #3 Brave Smash
  • 3rd: #10 Global Glamour

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2018 TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide

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2018 TJ Smith Stakes Betting Odds

Early all-in 2018 TJ Smith Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au on the hopeful sprinters heading towards the Group 1 classic sprint will be listed below as soon as available.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Field

The TJ Smith Stakes field attracts the autumn’s best sprinters shooting for a share in the lucrative prize money on offer in the Group 1 feature on the opening day of April’s ‘The Championships’ and is released on the Tuesday before Doncaster Mile Day.

The official 2018 TJ Smith Stakes field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday April 3, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2018 Final Field & Barrier Draw is now out with 14 sprinters in the mix including the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained favourite Redzel in barrier six returning to the track and distance he won the spring’s The Everest at.

Read more on the official 2018 TJ Smith Stakes Field featuring Redzel in Barrier 6.

Update: Two pre-race day scratchings from the TJ Smith Stakes 2018 field sees 12 horses left in the mix. All remaining runners retain their original TJ Smith Stakes barriers with the withdrawn runners – #11 Missrock (13) and #13 Showtime (14) – drawn the outside two alleys in the $2.5 million feature.

Update: On race day the Lindsay Park-trained #6 Thronum (8) has come out of the TJ Smith Stakes field with 11 runners remaining and Redzel the steady $2.35 favourite.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x1111x21 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.5kg 118
2 1202x250x7 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 11 58.5kg 114
3 x2123x5312 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 2 58.5kg 112
4 6875113×20 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 7 58.5kg 108
5 47x5400x78 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Blake Shinn 1 58.5kg 108
6 06x13x1402 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 8 58.5kg 104
7 639x680x59 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Jay Ford 4 58.5kg 106
8 x523x112x1 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 3 56.5kg 112
9 66x4269x52 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 12 56.5kg 112
10 02x19x6422 GLOBAL GLAMOUR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 56.5kg 107
11 1449729×37 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 13 56.5kg 104
12 3x6410x143 TRAPEZE ARTIST Gerald Ryan Tye Angland 9 56.5kg 105
13 x21510x237 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 14 56.5kg 100
14 1x70600x85 THE MISSION Paul Perry Zac Purton 5 56.5kg 90

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations

The TJ Smith Stakes nominations are taken two months out from the race in early February and attract around 100 hopefuls heading towards the autumn classic run over 1200m at Randwick Racecourse.

The early 2018 TJ Smith Stakes nominations will be published below as soon as released around Monday February 12, 2018.

The official TJ Smith Stakes 2018 Nominations attracted 82 entries including two from the stables of legendary Irish horseman Aidan O’Brien – Spirit Of Valor and Washington DC. The spring’s The Everest – Darley Classic double winning star Redzel though is the standout sprinter in the TJ Smith Stakes nominations, which also feature the race’s historic three-time champ Chautauqua.

View the Redzel-dominated 2018 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations by following the link.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

After nominations are taken the list of potential runners is narrowed down with TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances taken in the first week of March, around four weeks before race day.

The 2018 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances are due to be released on Tuesday March 13, 2018 and will be listed in full below.

The official TJ Smith Stakes 2018 First Acceptances feature just 39 hopeful sprinters dominated by the hot favourite Redzel, Team Snowden’s super sprinter back to winning form in the Challenge Stakes after a first-up loss in the Black Caviar Lightning. Triple TJ Smith Stakes winner Chautauqua remains in the mix despite a cloud of doubt hanging over his immediate racing future with the ‘Grey Flash’ refusing to trial three times this season.

View the full Redzel-Dominated 2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances.

TJ Smith Stakes History

The TJ Smith Stakes is one of the youngest Sydney races, first run in 1997. Mahogany won the inaugural race, which was then called the Endeavour Stakes and only held listed status. The following year in 1998, the race was renamed in honour of the renowned trainer Tommy Smith and also received Group 3 status. The event worked its way up quickly, elevated to Group 2 status in 2003 and only two years later in 2005 gained Group 1 status.

A host of champion sprinters have won the TJ Smith Stakes over the years including Black Caviar (2011 and 2013) and triple hero Chautauqua (2015-17).

A new TJ Smith Stakes record was set in 2018 by the three-year-old winner Trapeze Artist who flew home in 1 minute 8.29 seconds, surpassing the previous best time in the event from Black Caviar in 2011.

See below for the full TJ Smith Stakes results dating back to 2000.

TJ Smith Stakes Records
Race Record: 1:8.29 seconds – set by Trapeze Artist (2018)
Most Successful Jockey: Tommy Berry – 3 wins on Chautauqua (2015-17)

Recent TJ Smith Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
TJ Smith Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Trapeze Artist 1 minute 8.29 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd In  Her Time
2017
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Chautauqua 1 minute 12.44 seconds
2nd English
3rd Fell Swoop
2016
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Chautauqua 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Fell Swoop
3rd Chautauqua
2015
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Chautauqua 1 minute 11.04 seconds
2nd Lord Of The Sky
3rd Terravista
2014
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Lankan Rupee 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Rebel Dane
3rd Buffering
2013
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Epaulette
3rd Bel Sprinter
2012
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Master of Design 1 minute 8.8 seconds
2nd Rain Affair
3rd Hallowell Belle
2011
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Hay List
3rd Triple Honour
2010
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Melito 1 minute 9.2 seconds
2nd Hot Danish
3rd Mic Mac
2009
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Takeover Target 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd Northern Meteor
3rd Apache Cat
2008
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Apache Cat 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Reigning To Win
3rd Takeover Target
2007
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Bentley Biscuit 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Black Ink
3rd Virage De Fortune
2006
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Red Oog 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Glamour Puss
3rd Snitzel
2005
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Shamekha 1 minute 12.1 seconds
2nd Fastnet Rock
3rd Only Words
2004
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Dilly Dally 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Legally Bay
3rd Mistegic
2003
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Yell
3rd Bel Esprit
2002
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Phoenix Park 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Spinning Hill
2001
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Century Kid 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Flavelon
2000
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Shy Hero 1 minute 39.3 seconds
2nd Easy Rocking
3rd High Rolling

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