2023 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations Led By Three-Time Defending Champ Nature Strip

February 11, 2023

2023 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations Led By Three-Time Defending Champ Nature Strip


Chris Waller’s three-time defending champion Nature Strip headlines the TJ Smith Stakes 2023 nominations in Sydney this autumn looking for an historic fourth win in the feature sprint.

Nature Strip | Photo: Steve Hart | Races.com.au

Three-time champion Nature Strip heads all-in betting to secure a fourth TJ Smith Stakes victory this April in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

Last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival the country’s premier sprinter joined Chautauqua (2015-17) on three victories in the TJ Smith at Royal Randwick.

Nature Strip now gets the chance to surpass the ‘Grey Flash’ with another trophy in this year’s edition of the Group 1 $3 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships on April 1.

Early entries for all the upcoming autumn majors in Sydney were taken this week including the weight-for-age TJ Smith that drew 78 nominees.

Nature Strip heads the updated all-in TJ Smith Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au paying $4.60 to salute again.

Waller has a total of four entries with Nature Strip joined by Espiona, September Run and his Flight Stakes winning filly Zougotcha.

The eight-year-old son of Nicconi continues to defy his age and has amassed over $20 million in career earnings ahead of his autumn return.

Nature Strip was the winner of the 2021 The Everest and internationally crowned with his 4.5 length romp home at Royal Ascot last June in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes.

The dangers occupying the second and third line of futures markets are the James Cummings-trained Coolmore Stud Stakes winning filly In Secret ($6) who returns this weekend in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes, and Joe Pride’s The Everest runner-up and Nature Strip Stakes champ Private Eye ($7).

Pride has also nominated for Nature Strip’s regular foe Eduardo with the now nine-year-old son of Host having run third in 2021 and second in last year’s TJ Smith Stakes quinella.

Godolphin head trainer down under Cummings meanwhile has also nominated star three-year-old Aft Cabin who has a plethora of autumn options on the table, Caulfield Guineas winner Golden Mile and Winterbottom Stakes winner Paulele among his seven entries.

Last year’s upset The Everest winning three-year-old Giga Kick is also being kept safe in futures TJ Smith Stakes betting at $8.

Giga Kick is out to join Trapeze Artist (2018) and Melio (2010) as the only three-year-old TJ Smith Stakes winners since the 2004 success of filly Dilly Dally.

Other standout TJ Smith Stakes nominees out to stop the Nature Strip dynasty include the John O’Shea-trained Lost And Running, Peter & Paul Snowden’s Doomben 10,000 champ from last winter Mazu and Matthew Smith’s promising Supido colt Buenos Noches.

The 2023 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances close on Tuesday the 7th of March, 2023.

Click here for the latest all-in TJ Smith Stakes betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations   

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x12130x00x A CASE OF YOU (IRE) H 5 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
2 2121×1 AFT CABIN C 3 James Cummings 97
3 168x34913x ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
4 1227x2910x ARGENTIA M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
5 33x66x336x ARTORIUS H 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 108
6 x8815x133x BALLER G 7 Tony Gollan
7 x1020x114x BAROSSA ROSA M 5 Tracey Bartley
8 8155x1219x BELLA NIPOTINA M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
9 16123x BUENOS NOCHES C 3 Matthew Smith 94
10 4x11x4843x CANNONBALL C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
11 11x111310x CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 4 Peter G Moody 104
12 11x12x221x CLEMENCEAU G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 90
13 x11x3x315x COOLANGATTA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
14 4752x6440x DALCHINI M 4 Lee & Cherie Curtis 80
15 213x1124x DUSSE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
16 21x16x ECONOMICS C 3 Annabel Neasham
17 x312x1406x EDUARDO G 9 Joseph Pride 117
18 x2381x640x ESPIONA M 4 Chris Waller 94
19 7x1x1224x2 FIRE G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
20 11112x554x FIREBURN F 3 Gary Portelli 106
21 02x104x10x FRONT PAGE G 6 Geoff Duryea
22 1240x2436x GENERATION H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
23 1x11115x GIGA KICK G 3 Clayton Douglas
24 1x21411x2x GOLDEN MILE C 3 James Cummings 102
25 1146x1111x I AM ME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
26 x123x1151x I WISH I WIN (NZ) G 4 Peter G Moody 110
27 11x2121x IN SECRET F 3 James Cummings 111
28 x329x6272x IN THE CONGO H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 107
29 x0794x696x ISOTOPE M 5 Tony Gollan
30 3x24880x7x JAMAEA M 4 Robert & Luke Price 96
31 x140x0692x JUMP THE BROOM M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 85
32 103x54737x KEMENTARI G 8 James Cummings
33 2424x126x7 KEY LARGO G 6 Bryce Heys 82
34 66x81811x5 KOTE G 3 Anthony Cummings 79
35 11x347x LOFTY STRIKE C 3 Julius Sandhu
36 5x61621x0x LOMBARDO G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)
37 21x10x317x LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 115
38 111x11115x MARABI M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
39 631443x11x MARIAMIA M 6 Joseph Pride 105
40 67x110121x MARINE ONE H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
41 11536x315x MARS MISSION G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 75
42 579x63900x MASKED CRUSADER G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
43 1111x5232x MAZU G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 114
44 27x112370x MILITARY EXPERT H 4 Annabel Neasham 97
45 231x1x142x NATURE STRIP G 8 Chris Waller
46 38x342512x ON THE LEAD G 5 Richard & Will Freedman
47 557x26690x OVERPASS G 4 Bjorn Baker 107
48 6x230x706x OXLEY ROAD H 5 Peter G Moody
49 1111x4x PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE M 4 Grahame Begg
50 322x61801x PAULELE H 4 James Cummings
51 1x3174x16x PO KARE KARE (NZ) M 4 Bryce Heys 74
52 5082x1217x PRIVATE EYE G 5 Joseph Pride
53 2415x7109x PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) M 7 John O’Shea 108
54 x0x4111x0x QUANTICO G 6 John O’Shea 95
55 0x55x118x1 REMARQUE G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 102
56 1x3210x90x RISE OF THE MASSES C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 79
57 7210x4221x ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney
58 40x738915x ROCKETING BY G 5 David Pfieffer 105
59 75x112125x SACRED SATONO (NZ) C 3 Bruce Wallace & Grant Cooksley
60 140x760x3 SEBONACK G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
61 19x77610x8 SEJARDAN C 3 Gary Portelli 93
62 1x251x755x SEMILLION C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 84
63 4x3135x84x SEPTEMBER RUN M 5 Chris Waller 110
64 1xP211118x SHADES OF ROSE M 4 Bjorn Baker 102
65 70x709702x SHELBY SIXTYSIX G 6 Danny Williams 96
66 1111x3x10x SHOWMANSHIP (NZ) G 7 John Leek (Jnr) 103
67 40x381321x SKY COMMAND M 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 102
68 131x SUNSHINE IN PARIS F 3 Annabel Neasham 72
69 455x36008x SWATS THAT M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
70 20x961322x SWEET RIDE C 3 Annabel Neasham 90
71 6x212x397x SWISS EXILE C 3 Annabel Neasham 86
72 3x6463681x THE ASTROLOGIST G 6 Leon & Troy Corstens
73 211x111x UNCOMMON JAMES G 4 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted
74 1518x1810x VILANA H 4 James Cummings
75 1x15x1334x WEONA SMARTONE (NZ) G 6 David Vandyke 104
76 421x16144x ZAPATEO M 4 James Cummings
77 22x183x2 ZOU TIGER C 3 John O’Shea 89
78 125x111x ZOUGOTCHA F 3 Chris Waller 106

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