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.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



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.

For the 2020 edition, the TJ Smith Stakes prizemoney was reduced to $1.25 million to help reduce the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but was back up to $2.5 million again in 2021.

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 2021 TJ Smith Stakes runs on Saturday April 3, 2021. 

TJ Smith Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday April 3, 2021
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 before Trapeze Artist won the TJ Smith Stakes – All Aged Stakes double in 2018.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Betting Odds

Early all-in 2021 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.

Nature Strip ($4.20 in 2020) was the last favourite in TJ Smith Stakes betting to salute.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST ALL-IN 2021 TJ SMITH STAKES ODDS (Post-Nominations) 

RUNNER WIN* PLACE*
Bivouac
Nature Strip
Libertini
September Run
Haut Brion Her
Avantage
Danon Smash
North Pacific
Ole Kirk
Tailleur

*All-In 2021 TJ Smith Stakes odds are Top 10 only, subject to change, post-nominations and correct as of 12/02/2021

2021 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 2021 TJ Smith Stakes field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday March 30, 2021 and will be published in full below.

2021 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 TJ Smith Stakes 2021 nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021. 

Seventy-seven class sprinters make-up the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes nominations including all-in favourite Bivouac for Godolphin and the defending Chris Waller-trained champ Nature Strip.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 58x647x61x AIM G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
2 1114x1111x ANCESTRY G 4 Phillip Stokes
3 x211x1130x ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 1x1322x11x AVANTAGE M 5 Jamie Richards
5 114215x23x AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
6 61365x321x BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings
7 x535x1344x BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 100
8 3x310x215x CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
9 611x12122x CELEBRITY QUEEN M 4 Grant & Alana Williams
10 174x1114x4 DAME GISELLE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 96
11 1x1x DANON SMASH (JPN) H 6 Takayuki Yasuda
12 81117x332x DAWN PASSAGE H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
13 x5465x358x DEPRIVE G 6 James Cummings 103
14 09x60x755x DESPATCH G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 8111x3413x DIRTY WORK H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 308x85220x DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 8 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 104
17 11x5134x DOUBTLAND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 x07x11204x EDUARDO G 7 Joseph Pride 108
19 x573x6111x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 4 Gregory Hickman
20 110111x50x FARNAN C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
21 2092x3117x FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 104
22 x1x3311x1x FLAT HEAVEN (FR) G 6 Bjorn Baker
23 2x29010x5x FLIT M 4 James Cummings 108
24 3x1331319x FORBIDDEN LOVE F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
25 x12456679x FULL OF BEAUTY G 6 Gary & John Moore
26 1x1412x7x4 GREYWORM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
27 59x1117x5x HALVORSEN G 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
28 x1120x492x HANSEATIC C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
29 1221x1752x HAUT BRION HER M 5 Chris Waller 108
30 3129x8415x HEY DOC G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
31 1919x6130x HOLYFIELD C 3 Annabel Neasham 85
32 00x34303x2 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
33 x0753x121x JONKER H 5 Tony Gollan 103
34 33x49x183x LIBERTINI M 4 Anthony Cummings
35 423x26462x LYRE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
36 9702x6741x MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 107
37 133x36607x MAMARAGAN C 3 John Thompson
38 51x11x238x MASKED CRUSADER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 79
39 11133x0x6x MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings 107
40 25208x125x MUNTASEERA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
41 x411x2472x NATURE STRIP G 6 Chris Waller
42 3x1132x4 NORTH PACIFIC C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
43 343x2211x3 OLE KIRK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
44 5x112723x5 ON THE LEAD C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 77
45 1153x3722x ORDER OF COMMAND G 6 Danny O’Brien
46 7x62442x20 OSAMU C 3 Annabel Neasham
47 2310×1 POLAND C 3 Michael Moroney
48 16162x48x3 PRAGUE C 3 Annabel Neasham 90
49 x42315149x PRIME CANDIDATE G 6 Bjorn Baker 95
50 21x71222x2 PRIME STAR G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
51 23x25318x RANTING (NZ) C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
52 11x ROCKET TIGER G 2 Scott Spackman
53 915x11624x SAMADOUBT G 7 Bjorn Baker 111
54 66x1801x1x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 112
55 4x11x5111x SEPTEMBER RUN F 3 Chris Waller
56 4116x SHELBY COBRA G 3 Michael Moroney
57 1210x110x9 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
58 113x21x SKINS G 5 David Vandyke
59 635x9x1 SNAPPER (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney
60 1911x5658x SPLINTEX H 4 Mark Newnham
61 x160x5528x STANDOUT H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 104
62 0x22095x4x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 107
63 243x46160x SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 99
64 10x2112x SWATS THAT F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
65 124x360x3x TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
66 1x1211x21x TAILLEUR M 4 James Cummings 92
67 11x21x47 THE BOPPER G 3 Kris Lees 78
68 27x102921x THE ODYSSEY H 4 Kelly Schweida
69 7351x3597x TOFANE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney
70 7219x2424x TREKKING G 6 James Cummings
71 243216x19x TRUMBULL (NZ) G 5 Kim Waugh 105
72 814x2x010x VICTOREM G 6 Jenny Graham 107
73 WHASIR G 3 Glen Thompson
74 1x238x113x WILD RULER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
75 14x115x08x WISDOM OF WATER C 3 Annabel Neasham
76 21x111x1 WRITTEN BEAUTY F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
77 x2400x114x ZOUTORI G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 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 2021 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances are due to be released on Tuesday March 9, 2021 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), triple hero Chautauqua (2015-17) and the Chris Waller-trained star Nature Strip (2020).

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
2021
TJ Smith Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2020
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Nature Strip 1 minute 11.18 seconds
2nd Santa Ana Lane
3rd Redzel
2019
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Santa Ana Lane 1 minute 10.65 seconds
2nd Osborne Bulls
3rd Sunlight
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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