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The 2018 TJ Smith Stakes is a Group 1 sprint run at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.



The 2018 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 runs on Saturday April 7, 2018 .

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 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.

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.

Read more on the Redzel-dominated 2018 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1213x3x ADDICTIVE NATURE C 3 Bjorn Baker 88
2 25x124113x ALIZEE F 3 James Cummings 102
3 11×7 ARDROSSAN C 3 Mick Price
4 39x93730x8 ARTLEE G 7 Kris Lees 95
5 3394x2531x BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride
6 130x1569x6 BONNY O’REILLY (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 102
7 x32111140x BONS AWAY G 4 Aaron Purcell
8 12x2316x1 BOOKER F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
9 16111250×6 CANNYESCENT G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
10 110x21330x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 x9113x385x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 111
13 00x21172xN DAL CIELO (NZ) G 5 Kris Lees 95
14 11x214119x DEPLOY G 5 Gerald Ryan 109
15 81368x008x DERRYN H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
16 2x5278x132 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL M 5 Bjorn Baker 103
17 7266x4269x ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
18 311900821x FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
19 x6639x680x FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 106
20 98x4408x42 FLAMBERGE G 8 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
21 302x11013x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
22 x21x78192x FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
23 1x2247x12x GLENALL H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 93
24 302x19x64x GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 107
25 4×81108326 GOODFELLA C 3 Bjorn Baker 85
26 910x56685x HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin
27 4423x654x5 HELLBENT H 5 Darren Weir
28 1196x1401x HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy
29 1115x3179x HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds
30 5x523x112x IN HER TIME M 5 Benjamin Smith
31 541112x13x INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
32 P13x1711x6 INVINCIBLE QUEST G 5 Brett Partelle 77
33 4x1211x70x ITTETSU (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir
34 1x38361x JORDA F 3 James Cummings
35 076875113x JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell
36 21x4320x1 KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings 98
37 75537x514x KEN’S DREAM G 4 Darren Weir
38 11202x250x LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees 116
39 2x LIBRISA BREEZE (GB) G 6 Dean Ivory
40 15×3 LIMBO SOUL F 3 Tim Martin 71
41 3112x4F54x LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir
42 415x66x165 LORD OF THE SKY H 7 Robbie Laing
43 1351x30x3x LUCKY LIBERTY G 6 Henry Dwyer
44 12540x113x MENARI C 3 Gerald Ryan 94
45 111x101x3 MERCHANT NAVY C 3 Aaron Purcell
46 660x64314x MISHANI HONCHO G 5 Shane Edmonds 70
47 10210x430x MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
48 2x1449729x MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing
49 11x1220x28 MR SNEAKY G 4 Anthony Freedman
50 x14x33934x NIETA M 5 John P Thompson
51 OYSTER BAY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
52 2630x3735x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 6 Matthew Smith 96
53 1220x129x PARIAH C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 91
54 1x105x100x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
55 2211x1111x REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
56 14x164x10x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
57 155x341x6x SANTA ANA LANE G 5 Anthony Freedman
58 x167x5114x SECRET AGENDA M 5 Mick Price
59 1x121x10x1 SHE WILL REIGN F 3 Gary Portelli 112
60 1460x4359x SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 28x13x0x3x SHEIKHA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 71
62 111x1221x8 SHOALS F 3 Anthony Freedman
63 2x21510x2x SHOWTIME C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
64 12x SHUMOOKH F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
65 2121x11x2x SNITTY KITTY M 4 Henry Dwyer
66 x22833005x SO SI BON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
67 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
68 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
69 0208x6132x STELLAR COLLISION G 5 Darren Weir
70 117x111x SUGAR BELLA M 4 Kris Lees 79
71 13x930x15x SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent
72 x4810x950x SWEET SHERRY M 4 Brent Stanley
73 13812x326x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 4 Joseph Pride 87
74 x847x5400x TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore
75 20x100x02x TERRAVISTA G 8 Joseph Pride
76 161x70600x THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry
77 1306x13x14 THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
78 63x6410x1x TRAPEZE ARTIST C 3 Gerald Ryan 106
79 135x2450x4 TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
80 1x1x11257x VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
81 11x115x VIRIDINE C 3 James Cummings
82 WASHINGTON DC (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien

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.

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).

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

TJ Smith Stakes Records
Race Record: 1:08.7 – Set by Black Caviar in 2011
Most Successful Jockey: Tommy Berry – 3 wins on Chautauqua (2015-17)

Recent TJ Smith Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2018
TJ Smith Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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