TJ Smith Stakes 2022

Saturday April 2, 2022

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.

*In 2021 the TJ Smith Stakes ran on the second Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

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 2021 TJ Smith Stakes was won by the defending champion Nature Strip who went on to win that spring’s $15 million The Everest race. Nature Strip returned in 2022 to emulate Chautauqua (2015-17) in winning a third straight edition of the TJ in Sydney.

The latest edition of the TJ Smith Stakes ran on Saturday April 2, 2022 and saw Chris Waller’s dual defending champion Nature Strip ($2.30F) win again with a runaway performance over regular rival Eduardo. 

TJ Smith Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2.5 million
  • First Run: 1997

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Results

The full TJ Smith Stakes 2022 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 2, 2022 and announced below.

  • 1st: #1 Nature Strip ($2.30F)
  • 2nd: #2 Eduardo
  • 3rd: #11 Paulele

Nature Strip ($2.30F) was huge for the punters, Chris Waller’s superstar sprinter atoning for his two lead-up defeats this campaign to win his third TJ Smith Stakes running away from Eduardo ahead of a likely international bid at Royal Ascot in the UK.

TJ Smith Stakes Betting

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.

Seven of the TJ Smith Stakes favourites from 2008 – 2022 got the job done including three-time champion Nature Strip (2020-22) as well as Lankan Rupee (2014) and superstar mare Black Caviar who jumped odds-on in both 2011 and 2013.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Odds

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

Early market betting odds on the 2022 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 – 2022.

In 2022 Nature Strip won his third consecutive TJ Smith Stakes on the back of a third in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, which was his first time finishing out of the top two since the 2020 The Everest.

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.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Field

The TJ Smith Stakes 2022 field and barrier draw is released on Tuesday March 29, 2022 and will be provided below.

The Chris Waller-trained two-time defending champion Nature Strip in barrier 11 of 11 is tipped to repeat the three-peat of super sprinter Chautauqua heading the 2022 TJ Smith Stakes field and betting markets for Saturday in Sydney.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 TJ Smith Stakes close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022.

The TJ Smith Stakes 2022 nominations drew 63 early entries including the two-time defending champion Nature Strip who won the $15 million The Everest in the spring for Chris Waller.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances

The TJ Smith Stakes 2022 first acceptances close on March 8, 2022.

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 – 2022 and plenty finishing in the money including Sunlight (3rd in 2019).

Of course, trainer Chris Waller and jockey James McDonald have the dominant recent record in the TJ Smith Stakes results with three straight wins thanks to super sprinter Nature Strip.

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive TJ Smith Stakes 2022 betting tips will be detailed below with the sprinters to back and sack for the season the week of the race.

  • To Win: #6 Shelby Sixtysix ($5.50 at time of publish)

Going for the upset with Shelby Sixtysix, Danny Williams’ autumn revelation who just continues to thrive and surprise on these wet Sydney tracks. The five-year-old came off a Highway win to run what was then the race of his life, nearly knocking off Eduardo when second in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes when defeating Nature Strip (3rd). He’s subsequently franked the form with back-to-back wins at Rosehill, including the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m). Yes, he goes up notably in weight, no on firm going he wouldn’t beat these…but….he is flying! It’s looking like a Heavy (10), not sure how Nature Strip is going honestly ahead of his shot at triple wins in this race and this is the fit horse in the mix.

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 six winners since 1998 is barrier five. Barrier 11 follows with five victories from 1998 – 2022, including Chautauqua (2016-17) and Nature Strip for his third in 2022. 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

2022 TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive TJ Smith Stakes 2022 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, 2021,2022), 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
2022 Nature Strip Eduardo Paulele 1:12.3
2021 Nature Strip Masked Crusader Eduardo 1:10.0
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