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.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #2 Eduardo
  • 3rd: #11 Paulele




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 2019/20 Australian Racehorse of the Year Nature Strip enjoyed back-to-back wins when successfully defending his title in the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes ahead of his $15 million The Everest win that spring in the world’s richest turf race.

In 2022 Nature Strip emulating Chautauqua (2015-17) becoming the second three-time TJ Smith Stakes winner with a runaway three and a half-length win.

The 2022 TJ Smith Stakes ran on Saturday April 2, 2022 and saw the Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip ($2.30F) salute for the punters for his record-equalling third win in the event. 

TJ Smith Stakes 2022
Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
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.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip ($2.30F)
  • 2nd: #2 Eduardo
  • 3rd: #11 Paulele

Chris Waller’s dual defending champion Nature Strip ($2.30F) was too good again winning the TJ Smith Stakes in 2022 by over three lengths, surging clear on the straight to defeat regular rival Eduardo and the three-year-old Paulele with ease ahead of a likely trip overseas to Royal Ascot during the UK’s summer.

Click here to read more on the runaway TJ Smith Stakes 2022 win by super sprinter Nature Strip. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 11 58.5kg $2.30F
2 2 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 3.36L 3 58.5kg $4.60
3 11 PAULELE James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 4.5L 6 56.5kg $12
4 10 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 5.27L 9 56.5kg $41
5 9 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 5.33L 2 56.5kg $16
6 4 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 6.38L 7 58.5kg $81
7 6 SHELBY SIXTYSIX Danny Williams Tommy Berry 6.51L 10 58.5kg $15
8 7 RULE OF LAW Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 9.35L 5 58.5kg $81
9 3 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 11.17L 1 58.5kg $6.50
10 8 ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Hugh Bowman 11.31L 8 56.5kg $18
11 5 COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 14.42L 4 58.5kg $61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Betting Odds

Early all-in 2022 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, $3.10 in 2021 and $2.30 in 2022) was the last favourite in TJ Smith Stakes betting to salute in his three consecutive victories.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider TJ Smith Stakes 2022 betting tips and best bets to be published below the week of the race.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2022 TJ SMITH STAKES BETTING TIPS

The Favourite: #1 Nature Strip ($2.80 At Time Of Publish) 

He’s done it twice before and now the Waller star is ready to bounce back third-up and win this race yet again. There have been excuses his past two starts. The Black Caviar was a nightmare, missing the jump and getting sandwiched early before flying home late. The Challenge Stakes was another poor start…but was that a big enough excuse? Back to six furlongs he gets the chance to atone. He is fit, loves Randwick (13:5-3-1) and the Heavy track holds zero fears (3:2-0-1). Barrier 11 of 11 in the conditions is probably spot-on. Bookies are saying he’ll do it, but he’ll need to be at his best. EACH WAY.

Best Bet: #6 Shelby Sixtysix ($6 At Time Of Publish) 

Okay, so there’s definitely a few things working against this autumn star who has secured himself something of a cult status his past three runs. That Challenge Stakes second off a Highway race? Wow. He was awesome. Good again in the Maurice McCarten and then carried 52.5kg on a Heavy (9) to win the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m). He is right up in weights at WFA and needs to beat them at 1200m in one of the country’s best races. It’s a tough ask and his price earlier was more attractive, but love a fairy-tale and this would be it. BACK DON’T SACK.

Best Roughie: #9 Overpass ($16 At Time Of Publish) 

Forgotten horse in this year’s TJ has to be Overpass. He beat the brilliant mare Forbidden Love – favourite for the Doncaster on Saturday – fresh in the Expressway and has been in good form since including his Inglis Sprint win at Flemington with 59.5kg over this distance. The Galaxy run when fifth to Shelby Sixtysix was brave only 1.34 lengths beaten. Is three-from-three in the Soft, but could be tested on the Heavy (10). Still, ticking plenty of boxes and can surprise a few. PLACE CHANCE.

*All odds quoted are provided by Ladbrokes.com.au, correct at time of print and subject to change.

2022 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 2022 TJ Smith Stakes field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday March 29, 2022 and will be published in full below.

Chris Waller’s dual defending champion Nature Strip is out to emulate Chautauqua winning a third straight edition of the TJ Smith Stakes this weekend from barrier 11 of 11 in the $2.5 million sprint.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2022 TJ Smith Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 21x1211x23 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 11 58.5kg 121
2 131x131x31 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 3 58.5kg 118
3 5x15126x57 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 1 58.5kg 114
4 40x4240x08 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 7 58.5kg 110
5 183x1321x0 COUNT DE RUPEE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 4 58.5kg 108
6 2602521211 SHELBY SIXTYSIX Danny Williams Tommy Berry 10 58.5kg 103
7 97×1111129 RULE OF LAW Bjorn Baker Brenton Avdulla 5 58.5kg 97
8 2201×42721 ROCH ’N’ HORSE (NZ) Michael Moroney Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 112
9 0x846x1215 OVERPASS Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 2 56.5kg 104
10 138×244214 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 9 56.5kg 100
11 1x12210x10 PAULELE James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 6 56.5kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 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 2022 nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022. 

Sixty-three sprinters make-up the 2022 TJ Smith Stakes nominations led by Chris Waller’s dual defending champion and $15 million The Everest hero Nature Strip.

Click here to view the full TJ Smith Stakes 2022 nominations.

2022 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 2022 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances close on Tuesday March 8, 2022.

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, 2022) who emulated the ‘Grey Flash’ as the event’s second three-time winner.

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
2022
TJ Smith Stakes
1st Nature Strip 1 minute 12.33 seconds
2nd Eduardo
3rd Paulele
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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