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 2013 TJ Smith Stakes was won by Black Caviar from Epaulette with Bel Sprinter 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.
Black Caviar (2013) claimed the Gr1 William Reid Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley prior to winning this race for the second time in three years and recent TJ Smith Stakes winners have been Master Of Design (2012) and Black Caviar (2011).
2013 TJ Smith Stakes result
1. $1.14 Black Caviar 56.5 Luke Nolen
2. $41.00 Epaulette 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $13.00 Bel Sprinter 58.5 Hugh Bowman
4. $51.00 Rain Affair 58.5 Corey Brown
5. $31.00 Sea Siren 56.5 Jim Cassidy
6. $101.00 Decision Time 58.5 James McDonald
7. $151.00 Howmuchdoyouloveme 58.5 Brenton Avdulla
8. $151.00 Title 58.5 Michael Rodd
9. $201.00 Atomic Force 58.5 Joshua Parr
10. $41.00 Hay List 58.5 Glyn Schofield
11. $401.00 Onthelookout 58.5 Carl Spry
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