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.

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #3 Santa Ana Lane
  • 3rd: #4 Redzel



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.

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 2020 TJ Smith Stakes ran on Saturday April 4, 2020 and was won in a brilliant display of speed by the Chris Waller-trained Nature Strip. 

TJ Smith Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $2,500,000 ($1,250,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)
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.

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #3 Santa Ana Lane
  • 3rd: #4 Redzel

Chris Waller’s ace sprinter Nature Strip ($4.20F) ran his rivals into the ground in a brilliant display of speed to celebrate his fourth Group 1 success with a powerful two length victory over last year’s winner Santa Ana Lane ($9) in the TJ Smith Stakes 2020 results.

Click here to read more on the outstanding 2020 TJ Smith Stakes win by Nature Strip.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg $4.20F
2 3 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 2L 2 58.5kg $9
3 4 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.2L 3 58.5kg $15
4 2 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 2.4L 9 58.5kg $5.50
5 10 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 3L 8 56.5kg $26
6 7 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3.4L 6 56.5kg $4.80
7 5 TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 5.1L 4 58.5kg $31
8 8 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5.4L 5 56.5kg $71
9 9 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 5.6L 10 56.5kg $10
10 11 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.9L 7 56.5kg $151
11 13 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 11.6L 12 54.5kg $7
12 6 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 18.3L 11 58.5kg $71
12 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 0

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Betting Odds

Early all-in 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 TJ Smith Stakes field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Tuesday March 31, 2020 and will be published in full below.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2020 final field features 13 sprinters with Chris Waller’s brilliant Challenge Stakes winner last time out, Nature Strip, drawn the rails as he takes on the likes of dual The Everest hero Redzel (3), the defending champion Santa Ana Lane (2) and gun filly Loving Gaby (13) who suffered a blow drawing the far outside alley.

Click here to read more on the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes field and betting odds led by Nature Strip.

Update: Class three-year-old Standout (11) has been scratched from the TJ Smith Stakes 2020 leaving a dozen sprinters.

Full Doncaster Mile Day 2020 scratchings available here.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 14x4141x41 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg 118
2 251x2151x5 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 9 58.5kg 118
3 x514x225x6 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 2 58.5kg 118
4 862x138x22 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg 117
5 131x81324x TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 4 58.5kg 114
6 25x5x61261 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 12 58.5kg 103
7 121162×613 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 56.5kg 116
8 72x16x93x6 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 114
9 13x1331x66 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 10 56.5kg 108
10 x41011x773 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 8 56.5kg 107
11 610190×324 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 56.5kg 107
12 1112×16 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 11 56.5kg 104
13 2x1212x321 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 13 54.5kg 116

2020 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.

2020 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 2020 TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances are due to be released on Tuesday March 10, 2020 and will be listed in full below.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2020 first acceptances left 39 hopeful sprinters including William Reid Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby, the Newmarket Handicap champ Bivouac and Chris Waller’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes winner at the track by three lengths Nature Strip.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 121162×613 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings
2 5x2255x497 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
3 218x216x20 COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
4 13x156x2 DAWN PASSAGE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 83
5 1x12714x54 DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 107
6 x32441x548 DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 69
7 1350x2790x EASY EDDIE G 5 Joseph Pride 103
8 13x1331x66 EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 0x1487x010 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
10 111x229x18 FASIKA M 4 Joseph Pride 106
11 2x2914x160 FLIT F 3 James Cummings 105
12 x21322x105 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
13 x440x3440x GRAFF H 4 Kris Lees 105
14 70x524720x HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 8 James Cummings
15 72x16x93x6 IN HER TIME M 7 Kris Lees 114
16 226x7x1330 JUNGLE EDGE G 9 Mick Bell 106
17 42439x27x3 KEMENTARI G 5 James Cummings 109
18 496x30x30x LE ROMAIN G 7 Kris Lees 112
19 11x1133x49 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 100
20 2x1212x321 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
21 22x41011x9 MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller 105
22 121x3x6132 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 104
23 8×77182624 MISS FABULASS M 4 Kris Lees 102
24 446x11133x MIZZY M 4 Anthony Cummings 108
25 14x4141x41 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 118
26 251x2151x5 PIERATA H 5 Gregory Hickman 118
27 862x138x22 REDZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 117
28 3011×181 SANGRIA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
29 x514x225x6 SANTA ANA LANE G 7 Anthony Freedman 118
30 3x4101x127 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 112
31 1112×16 STANDOUT C 3 Gerald Ryan 104
32 3x1651x127 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 107
33 0x05120x84 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees 105
34 x41011x773 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 107
35 131x81324x TREKKING G 5 James Cummings
36 25x5x61261 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 103
37 3x13x422x7 VITAL SILVER G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce
38 610190×324 WHITE MOSS M 6 Jason Coyle 107
39 11x1x624x7 ZOUSTYLE G 4 Tony Gollan 97

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
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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