TJ Smith Stakes 2021

Saturday April 3, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Last start winners have a top TJ Smith Stakes record in recent years.

The TJ Smith Stakes is one of four Group 1 races held at Royal Randwick Racecourse as part of Doncaster Mile Day on Day 1 of The Championships. A highlight of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival The Championships runs across two Saturdays in early April and features eight top level races.

Along with the sprinters facing off in the TJ Smith Stakes the other Group 1 races on the Randwick card for Doncaster Day are the Doncaster Mile, Australian Derby and ATC Inglis’ Sires Produce Stakes.

There are no age restrictions for the TJ Smith Stakes that is run over 1200m and offers a total of $2.5 million in prize money. The event is run under weight-for-age conditions and the winner takes out $1.4 million.

The prizemoney for the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes was reduced to $1.25 million with $725,000 reserved for the winner due to the growing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian racing before being reinstated at $2.5 million for the 2021 edition.

Each autumn the winners of the Premiere Stakes, Roman Consul Stakes, Challenge Stakes and The Galaxy are exempt from TJ Smith Stakes ballot.

Often sprinters come off Melbourne form in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight to tackle the TJ Smith Stakes and the double was last achieved by Lankan Rupee (2014).

The next edition of the TJ Smith Stakes runs on Saturday April 3, 2021. 

TJ Smith Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 3, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2.5 million
  • First Run: 1997

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Results

The full TJ Smith Stakes 2021 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 3, 2021 and announced below.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

TJ Smith Stakes Odds

TJ Smith Stakes betting favours the season’s top sprinters that have proven Group 1 form over the 1200m in either Sydney or Melbourne.

No TJ Smith Stakes winner had come off a run worse than fourth since Red Oog (2006) until Santa Ana Lane (2019) whose last start was a Newmarket Handicap fifth, and in that time five last start winners have taken it out.

Newmarket Handicap and William Reid Stakes winners often top the TJ Smith Stakes odds and favourites have a gun record in the Sydney feature.

Five of the TJ Smith Stakes favourites from 2008 – 2020 got the job done including Nature Strip (2020) as well as Lankan Rupee (2014) and superstar mare Black Caviar who jumped odds-on in both 2011 and 2013.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Betting

Our all-in TJ Smith Stakes odds and futures betting on the possible sprinters heading towards the Randwick feature in April are listed below.

TJ Smith Stakes 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

TJ Smith Stakes Field

The TJ Smith Stakes field attracts various numbers each season with the largest in recent years being 15 starters in 2014 when Lankan Rupee saluted for the punters and 2016 when Chautauqua won his second on the trot. In 2017 Chautauqua made history with a third straight victory, again defeating 14 rivals in the TJ Smith Stakes field.

TJ Smith Stakes odds were short on the winner Chautauqua (2015 and 2016)

Chautauqua is a triple TJ Smith Stakes winner taking out the race three times from 2015-17. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Horses come into the field via many different autumn sprint lead-ups including the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap and Group 1 William Reid Stakes in Melbourne; those two races producing six of the TJ Smith Stakes winners from 2011 – 2020.

TJ Smith Stakes nominations close in the first week of February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

Final TJ Smith Stakes acceptances attract a fee of $55,000 to connections and close on the Tuesday before the race when the field and barrier draw is released by Racing NSW.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Field

The TJ Smith Stakes 2021 field and barrier draw is released on Tuesday March 30, 2021 and will be provided below.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes close at midday on Tuesday the 9th of February, 2021.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2021 nominations drew 77 sprinters including the defending Chris Waller-trained champion Nature Strip, VRC Sprint Classic winner Bivouac and the always-honest Godolphin-raced Trekking.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 58x647x61x AIM G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
2 1114x1111x ANCESTRY G 4 Phillip Stokes
3 x211x1130x ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
4 1x1322x11x AVANTAGE M 5 Jamie Richards
5 114215x23x AWAY GAME F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
6 61365x321x BIVOUAC H 4 James Cummings
7 x535x1344x BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 4 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 100
8 3x310x215x CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
9 611x12122x CELEBRITY QUEEN M 4 Grant & Alana Williams
10 174x1114x4 DAME GISELLE F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 96
11 1x1x DANON SMASH (JPN) H 6 Takayuki Yasuda
12 81117x332x DAWN PASSAGE H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
13 x5465x358x DEPRIVE G 6 James Cummings 103
14 09x60x755x DESPATCH G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
15 8111x3413x DIRTY WORK H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16 308x85220x DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 8 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 104
17 11x5134x DOUBTLAND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
18 x07x11204x EDUARDO G 7 Joseph Pride 108
19 x573x6111x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 4 Gregory Hickman
20 110111x50x FARNAN C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
21 2092x3117x FIESTA M 5 Chris Waller 104
22 x1x3311x1x FLAT HEAVEN (FR) G 6 Bjorn Baker
23 2x29010x5x FLIT M 4 James Cummings 108
24 3x1331319x FORBIDDEN LOVE F 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
25 x12456679x FULL OF BEAUTY G 6 Gary & John Moore
26 1x1412x7x4 GREYWORM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
27 59x1117x5x HALVORSEN G 5 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock
28 x1120x492x HANSEATIC C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman
29 1221x1752x HAUT BRION HER M 5 Chris Waller 108
30 3129x8415x HEY DOC G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy
31 1919x6130x HOLYFIELD C 3 Annabel Neasham 85
32 00x34303x2 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller
33 x0753x121x JONKER H 5 Tony Gollan 103
34 33x49x183x LIBERTINI M 4 Anthony Cummings
35 423x26462x LYRE M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman
36 9702x6741x MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 107
37 133x36607x MAMARAGAN C 3 John Thompson
38 51x11x238x MASKED CRUSADER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 79
39 11133x0x6x MIZZY M 5 Anthony Cummings 107
40 25208x125x MUNTASEERA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 82
41 x411x2472x NATURE STRIP G 6 Chris Waller
42 3x1132x4 NORTH PACIFIC C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
43 343x2211x3 OLE KIRK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
44 5x112723x5 ON THE LEAD C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 77
45 1153x3722x ORDER OF COMMAND G 6 Danny O’Brien
46 7x62442x20 OSAMU C 3 Annabel Neasham
47 2310×1 POLAND C 3 Michael Moroney
48 16162x48x3 PRAGUE C 3 Annabel Neasham 90
49 x42315149x PRIME CANDIDATE G 6 Bjorn Baker 95
50 21x71222x2 PRIME STAR G 3 Richard & Michael Freedman
51 23x25318x RANTING (NZ) C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
52 11x ROCKET TIGER G 2 Scott Spackman
53 915x11624x SAMADOUBT G 7 Bjorn Baker 111
54 66x1801x1x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 112
55 4x11x5111x SEPTEMBER RUN F 3 Chris Waller
56 4116x SHELBY COBRA G 3 Michael Moroney
57 1210x110x9 SIERRA SUE (NZ) M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
58 113x21x SKINS G 5 David Vandyke
59 635x9x1 SNAPPER (NZ) G 3 Michael Moroney
60 1911x5658x SPLINTEX H 4 Mark Newnham
61 x160x5528x STANDOUT H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 104
62 0x22095x4x STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 107
63 243x46160x SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 99
64 10x2112x SWATS THAT F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens
65 124x360x3x TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
66 1x1211x21x TAILLEUR M 4 James Cummings 92
67 11x21x47 THE BOPPER G 3 Kris Lees 78
68 27x102921x THE ODYSSEY H 4 Kelly Schweida
69 7351x3597x TOFANE (NZ) M 5 Michael Moroney
70 7219x2424x TREKKING G 6 James Cummings
71 243216x19x TRUMBULL (NZ) G 5 Kim Waugh 105
72 814x2x010x VICTOREM G 6 Jenny Graham 107
73 WHASIR G 3 Glen Thompson
74 1x238x113x WILD RULER C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
75 14x115x08x WISDOM OF WATER C 3 Annabel Neasham
76 21x111x1 WRITTEN BEAUTY F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
77 x2400x114x ZOUTORI G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

The TJ Smith Stakes 2021 first acceptances close on March 9, 2020. 

TJ Smith Stakes Tips

TJ Smith Stakes tips include looking for last start winners in the Group 1 autumn lead-up sprints and locking in betting doubles like the Newmarket – TJ Smith Stakes double.

Last start winners dominate the TJ Smith Stakes tips as do the favourites who have a tidy record in the classic in recent years.

In-form fillies and mares proven at elite level are also a good TJ Smith Stakes betting tip with three beating home the boys from 2010 – 2020 and plenty finishing in the money including Sunlight (3rd in 2019).

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive TJ Smith Stakes 2021 betting tips will be detailed below with the sprinters to back and sack for the season the week of the race.

TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide

The TJ Smith Stakes form guide shows the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and trainers of all the runners in the field. Also doing the lead-up TJ Smith Stakes form can be helpful with last start Group 1 winners dominating the race in recent years.

There is a wide spread of winners across all the TJ Smith Stakes barriers however the standout gate producing five winners since 1998 is barrier five. Barrier 11 follows with four victories from 1998 – 2019 including Chautauqua (2016-17). Barrier eight produced back-to-back TJ Smith Stakes winners in 2018 and 2019 with both Trapeze Artist and Santa Ana Lane saluting from the gate.

TJ Smith Stakes Form Facts

  • Horses coming off a Group 1 Melbourne run have a dominant record in the TJ Smith Stakes results
  • The best TJ Smith Stakes form line is to back a sprinter that ran top three in their lead-up start
  • The Newmarket Handicap has produced more TJ Smith Stakes winners than any other race in the past decade
  • Single-figure hopefuls in TJ Smith Stakes betting are the best bet to make looking at the form and history

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive TJ Smith Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

TJ Smith Stakes Results

Favourites may have a strong recent record in the race but upset TJ Smith Stakes results have still occurred in recent years including the win by Master Of Design ($31 in 2012). The other longest priced TJ Smith Stakes winners include Shy Hero ($31 in 2000), Phoenix Park ($61 in 2002) and Shamekha ($26 in 2005).

Other notable TJ Smith Stakes champions in that time include the brilliant speed horse Nature Strip (2020), the current race record holder Trapeze Artist (2018), historic three-time champion Chautauqua (2015, 2016, 2017), Black Caviar (2011 & 2013), Takeover Target (2009) and Apache Cat (2008).

TJ Smith Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Nature Strip Santa Ana Lane Redzel 1:11.1
2019 Santa Ana Lane Osborne Bulls Sunlight 1:10.6
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