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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.

With the introduction of The Championships to the Sydney autumn racing carnival, The TJ Smith Stakes takes its place on the first day, alongside the feature race of the day, the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap.

TJ Smith Stakes info
Date: Saturday 12th April 2014
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2,500,000
2014 Winner: Lankan Rupee

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

then followed
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

Margins: 2 len, Short 1/2 head
Time: 1:12.14

Other group races on TJ Smith Stakes Day include the Gr2 Chairmans Handicap, Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes, Gr3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes, Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes and Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes.

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TJ Smith Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Lankan Rupee Rebel Dane Buffering 1:12.1
2013 Black Caviar Epaulette Bel Sprinter 1:09.6
2012 Master Of Design Rain Affair Hallowell Belle 1:08.8
2011 Black Caviar Hay List Triple Honour 1:08.7
2010 Melito Hot Danish Mic Mac 1:09.2
2009 Takeover Target Northern Meteor Apache Cat 1:09.0
2008 Apache Cat Reigning To Win Takeover Target 1:11.8
2007 Bentley Biscuit Black Ink Virage De Fortune 1:10.6
2006 Red Oog Glamour Puss Snitzel 1:09.8
2005 Shamekha Fastnet Rock Only Words 1:12.1
2004 Dilly Dally Legally Bay Mistegic 1:09.9
2003 Spinning Hill Yell Bel Esprit 1:10.7
2002 Phoenix Park Fair Embrace Spinning Hill 1:10.3
2001 Century Kid Spinning Hill Falvelon 1:09.8
2000 Shy Hero Easy Rocking High Rolling 1:39.3
1999 Ab Initio Padstow Life Of Riley 1:10.7
1998 La Baraka Masked Party Coogee Walk 1:11.6
1997 Mahogany Ruffles Clang 1:09.1

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