The TJ Smith Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held each year in April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $2,500,000 in prizemoney. The 2014 TJ Smith Stakes was won by Lankan Rupee from Rebel Dane with Buffering third.
The TJ Smith Stakes is a good quality weight-for-age race over the sprint distance of 1200m and tends to attract the best sprinters going around at this time of year. It has grown to become a race for good horses and is named after legendary Sydney trainer, and father of Gai Waterhouse, Tommy Smith.
The level weight conditions favour the best horses in the race and more often than not, with any luck in running, the best horses will figure in the finish due to the weight advantage. The Gr2 Canterbury Stakes and Gr1 George Ryder Stakes are typical lead up races.
A number of classy gallopers have won the TJ Smith Stakes over the years including champion mare Black Caviar (2013 & 2011), plus Takeover Target (2009) and Apache Cat (2008)
The upcoming Gr1 All Aged Stakes on the final day of the Sydney autumn racing carnival may be on the cards for horses contesting this event and the most recent horses to claim the TJ Smith Stakes & All Aged Stakes double are Bentley Biscuit (2007) and Shamekha (2005).
Classy mare Melito (2010) travelled to Eagle Farm in Brisbane after winning this race and finished second in the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap before winning the Gr1 Winter Stakes.
Lankan Rupee (2014) won the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m in Melbourne before making the trip to Sydney to blow his rivals away in this event and recent TJ Smith Stakes winners have been Black Caviar (2013) and Master Of Design (2012).
2014 TJ Smith Stakes result
1. $3.80 Lankan Rupee 58.5 Craig Newitt
2. $9.00 Rebel Dane 58.5 Glen Boss
3. $10.00 Buffering 58.5 Damian Browne
4. $19.00 Tiger Tees 58.5 Nash Rawiller
5. $61.00 See The World 58.5 Christian Reith
6. $5.50 Gordon Lord Byron 58.5 Craig Williams
7. $26.00 Shamexpress 58.5 Damien Oliver
8. $10.00 Villa Verde 54.5 James McDonald
9. $8.50 Sweet Idea 54.5 Tommy Berry
10. $26.00 Sessions 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
11. $41.00 Famous Seamus 58.5 Tim Clark
12. $16.00 Snitzerland 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
13. $21.00 Steps In Time 56.5 Blake Shinn
14. $51.00 Bel Sprinter 58.5 Chad Schofield
15. $101.00 Aeronautical 58.5 John Kissick
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