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: #2 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #5 Masked Crusader
  • 3rd: #3 Eduardo



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.

*In 2021 the TJ Smith Stakes ran on the second Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

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 ran on Saturday April 10, 2021 and saw Chris Waller’s Australian Horse of the Year enjoy back-to-back wins. 

TJ Smith Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday April 10, 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: #2 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #5 Masked Crusader
  • 3rd: #3 Eduardo

Chris Waller’s brilliant speed horse and Australian Horse of the Year Nature Strip ($3.10F) enjoyed back-to-back wins in the TJ Smith Stakes 2021 results successfully defending his title with a big two length win over the fast-finishing Masked Crusader (2nd) and brave front runner Eduardo (3rd).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 4 58.5kg $3.10F
2 5 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 2L 6 58.5kg $7
3 3 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 2.8L 7 58.5kg $3.60
4 4 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Luke Currie 6L 9 58.5kg $26
5 1 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6.6L 2 58.5kg $5
6 8 ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Keagan Latham 7.3L 3 58.5kg $41
7 6 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damian Lane 7.6L 8 58.5kg $31
8 9 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 9.7L 1 56.5kg $12
9 7 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 12.7L 5 58.5kg $41
11 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 0
10 HAUT BRION HER Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 and $3.10 in 2021 ) was the last favourite in TJ Smith Stakes betting to salute in his dual victories.

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 April 6, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2021 final field features 11 runners including the defending champion Nature Strip for Chris Waller and the 3.5 length The Galaxy champion Eduardo.

Click here to read more on the key sprinters in the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes field and betting markets.

Scratchings Update: The Chris Waller contingent is down to two runners with #10 Haut Brion Her (4) scratched on vet’s advice.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 365x321x54 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2 58.5kg 118
2 11x2472x12 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 5 58.5kg 118
3 7x11204x11 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 8 58.5kg 116
4 400x114x71 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Luke Currie 10 58.5kg 113
5 11x238x131 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7 58.5kg 111
6 11x3413x54 DIRTY WORK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 58.5kg 107
7 53x3722x32 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 6 58.5kg 105
8 x573x6111x ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Keagan Latham 3 58.5kg 104
9 3x49x183x3 LIBERTINI Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 1 56.5kg 110
10 221x1752x5 HAUT BRION HER Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 4 56.5kg 108
11 1x5111x204 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 11 54.5kg 111

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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 closed 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.

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 closed on Tuesday March 9, 2021 leaving 45 potential runners led in betting by last year’s champion Nature Strip for Chris Waller.

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, 2021).

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 Nature Strip 1 minute 10.09 seconds
2nd Masked Crusader
3rd Eduardo
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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