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TJ Smith Stakes

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 2018 TJ Smith Stakes was won by Trapeze Artist from Redzel with In Her Time 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 Group 1 Doncaster Handicap.

TJ Smith Stakes info

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $2,500,000
2018 Winner: Trapeze Artist

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).

Races such as the Gr2 Canterbury Stakes and Gr1 George Ryder Stakes are typical lead up events, while the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap in Melbourne has provided multiple recent winners in Chautaqua (2015), Lankan Rupee (2014) and Black Caviar (2011).

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. The most recent horse to win the TJ Smith Stakes & All Aged Stakes double is Trapeze Artist, with Bentley Biscuit (2007) and Shamekha (2005) prior to that.

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.

Trapeze Artist (2018) ran third in the Gr1 Randwick Guineas over 1600m at Randwick before scoring a classy victory in this event and recent TJ Smith Stakes winners include three-time champion Chautauqua (2015-2017) and Lankan Rupee (2014).

2018 TJ Smith Stakes result

1. $8.00 Trapeze Artist 56.5 Tye Angland
2. $2.30 Redzel 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $4.40 In Her Time 56.5 Damian Lane

then followed
4. $41.00 Le Romain 58.5 Glyn Schofield
5. $151.00 The Mission 56.5 Zac Purton
6. $15.00 English 56.5 Sam Clipperton
7. $6.50 Brave Smash 58.5 Craig Williams
8. $101.00 Fell Swoop 58.5 Jay Ford
9. $15.00 Global Glamour 56.5 Tim Clark
10. $101.00 Takedown 58.5 Blake Shinn
11. $91.00 Jungle Edge 58.5 Kevin Forrester

Margins: 2 len, 2 len
Time: 1:08.29

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 winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Trapeze Artist Redzel In Her Time 1:08.2
2017 Chautauqua English Fell Swoop 1:12.4
2016 Chautauqua Fell Swoop English 1:10.1
2015 Chautauqua Lord Of The Sky Terravista 1:11.0
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