TJ Smith Stakes 2020

Saturday April 4, 2020

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.

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 latest edition of the TJ Smith Stakes ran on Saturday April 4, 2020 and was won by the brilliant sprinter Nature Strip for trainer Chris Waller. 

TJ Smith Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 4, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2.5 million ($1.25 million in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic)
  • First Run: 1997

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Results

The full TJ Smith Stakes 2020 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 4, 2020 and announced below.

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip
  • 2nd: #3 Santa Ana Lane
  • 3rd: #4 Redzel

Trainer Chris Waller enjoyed his first win in the TJ Smith Stakes 2020 results at Randwick with his now four-time Group 1 winning speed star Nature Strip ($4.20) dominating the race with a brilliant all-the-way victory over last year’s winner Santa Ana Lane (2nd) and the always-honest champ Redzel (3rd).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 1 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg $4.20F
2 3 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 2L 2 58.5kg $9
3 4 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.2L 3 58.5kg $15
4 2 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 2.4L 9 58.5kg $5.50
5 10 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 3L 8 56.5kg $26
6 7 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3.4L 6 56.5kg $4.80
7 5 TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 5.1L 4 58.5kg $31
8 8 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5.4L 5 56.5kg $71
9 9 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 5.6L 10 56.5kg $10
10 11 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.9L 7 56.5kg $151
11 13 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 11.6L 12 54.5kg $7
12 6 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 18.3L 11 58.5kg $71
12 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 0

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.

2020 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 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.

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Field

The TJ Smith Stakes 2020 field and barrier draw is released on Tuesday March 31, 2020 and will be provided below.

The 2020 TJ Smith Stakes final field features 13 runners with Nature Strip drawn the rails coming off a Challenge Stakes win by three lengths at the track, while William Reid Stakes winning filly Loving Gaby is drawn the opposite end of the field in 13.

  • Scratchings: #12 Standout (11)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 14x4141x41 NATURE STRIP Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5kg 118
2 251x2151x5 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 9 58.5kg 118
3 x514x225x6 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 2 58.5kg 118
4 862x138x22 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg 117
5 131x81324x TREKKING James Cummings Joshua Parr 4 58.5kg 114
6 25x5x61261 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 12 58.5kg 103
7 121162×613 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 56.5kg 116
8 72x16x93x6 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5kg 114
9 13x1331x66 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 10 56.5kg 108
10 x41011x773 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 8 56.5kg 107
11 610190×324 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 7 56.5kg 107
12 1112×16 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 11 56.5kg 104
13 2x1212x321 LOVING GABY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 13 54.5kg 116

2020 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

The TJ Smith Stakes 2020 first acceptances closed on March 10, 2020 leaving 39 potential runners including star Group 1 winning three-year-olds Loving Gaby and Bivouac.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 121162×613 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings
2 5x2255x497 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
3 218x216x20 COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
4 13x156x2 DAWN PASSAGE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 83
5 1x12714x54 DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 107
6 x32441x548 DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 69
7 1350x2790x EASY EDDIE G 5 Joseph Pride 103
8 13x1331x66 EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 0x1487x010 FAATINAH G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
10 111x229x18 FASIKA M 4 Joseph Pride 106
11 2x2914x160 FLIT F 3 James Cummings 105
12 x21322x105 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 94
13 x440x3440x GRAFF H 4 Kris Lees 105
14 70x524720x HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 8 James Cummings
15 72x16x93x6 IN HER TIME M 7 Kris Lees 114
16 226x7x1330 JUNGLE EDGE G 9 Mick Bell 106
17 42439x27x3 KEMENTARI G 5 James Cummings 109
18 496x30x30x LE ROMAIN G 7 Kris Lees 112
19 11x1133x49 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 100
20 2x1212x321 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
21 22x41011x9 MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller 105
22 121x3x6132 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 104
23 8×77182624 MISS FABULASS M 4 Kris Lees 102
24 446x11133x MIZZY M 4 Anthony Cummings 108
25 14x4141x41 NATURE STRIP G 5 Chris Waller 118
26 251x2151x5 PIERATA H 5 Gregory Hickman 118
27 862x138x22 REDZEL G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 117
28 3011×181 SANGRIA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
29 x514x225x6 SANTA ANA LANE G 7 Anthony Freedman 118
30 3x4101x127 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 112
31 1112×16 STANDOUT C 3 Gerald Ryan 104
32 3x1651x127 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 107
33 0x05120x84 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 6 Kris Lees 105
34 x41011x773 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 107
35 131x81324x TREKKING G 5 James Cummings
36 25x5x61261 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 103
37 3x13x422x7 VITAL SILVER G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce
38 610190×324 WHITE MOSS M 6 Jason Coyle 107
39 11x1x624x7 ZOUSTYLE G 4 Tony Gollan 97

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).

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive TJ Smith Stakes 2020 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

2020 TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive TJ Smith Stakes 2020 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