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 2015 TJ Smith Stakes was won by Chautauqua from Lord Of The Sky with Terravista 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. A number of classy gallopers have won the TJ Smith Stakes over the years including champion mare Black Caviar (2013 & 2011), 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.
Chautauqua (2015) finished runner-up to Brazen Beau in the Newmarket Handicap over 1200m at Flemington in Melbourne before heading to Sydney to win this event and recent TJ Smith Stakes winners include Lankan Rupee (2014) and Black Caviar (2013).
2015 TJ Smith Stakes result
1. $4.00 Chautauqua 58.5 Tommy Berry
2. $21.00 Lord Of The Sky 58.5 Damien Oliver
3. $2.60 Terravista 58.5 Hugh Bowman
4. $71.00 Fontelina 58.5 Zac Purton
5. $21.00 Rain Affair 58.5 Craig Williams
6. $31.00 Fast ’N’ Rocking 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
7. $31.00 Famous Seamus 58.5 Tim Clark
8. $101.00 Press Report 54.5 Jason Collett
9. $3.70 Lankan Rupee 58.5 Craig Newitt
10. $21.00 Tiger Tees 58.5 James McDonald
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