TJ Smith Stakes 2018

Saturday April 7, 2018

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.

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 7, 2018 .

TJ Smith Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 7, 2018
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2.5 million
  • First Run: 1997

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 has come off a run worse than fourth since Red Oog (2006) 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. Four of the ten TJ Smith Stakes favourites from 2008 – 2017 got the job done including Lankan Rupee (2014) and superstar mare Black Caviar who jumped odds-on in both 2011 and 2013.

2018 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 five of the seven TJ Smith Stakes winners from 2011 – 2017.

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.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Field

The TJ Smith Stakes 2018 field and barrier draw is released on Tuesday April 3, 2018 and will be provided below.


  • 2018 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations closed on February 12, 2018 and drew 82 early entries
  • 2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances are taken on March 13, 2018

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations

The official TJ Smith Stakes 2018 nominations attracted 82 sprinters including the three-time defending champion Chautauqua and early favourite in pre-field TJ Smith Stakes betting, Redzel, who took out The Everest – Darley Classic double in the spring.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1213x3x ADDICTIVE NATURE C 3 Bjorn Baker 88
2 25x124113x ALIZEE F 3 James Cummings 102
3 11×7 ARDROSSAN C 3 Mick Price
4 39x93730x8 ARTLEE G 7 Kris Lees 95
5 3394x2531x BALL OF MUSCLE G 7 Joseph Pride
6 130x1569x6 BONNY O’REILLY (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 102
7 x32111140x BONS AWAY G 4 Aaron Purcell
8 12x2316x1 BOOKER F 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
9 16111250×6 CANNYESCENT G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
10 110x21330x CATCHY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 3231x7644x CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 x9113x385x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 111
13 00x21172xN DAL CIELO (NZ) G 5 Kris Lees 95
14 11x214119x DEPLOY G 5 Gerald Ryan 109
15 81368x008x DERRYN H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
16 2x5278x132 EGYPTIAN SYMBOL M 5 Bjorn Baker 103
17 7266x4269x ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
18 311900821x FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
19 x6639x680x FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 106
20 98x4408x42 FLAMBERGE G 8 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
21 302x11013x FORMALITY F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
22 x21x78192x FUHRYK M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
23 1x2247x12x GLENALL H 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 93
24 302x19x64x GLOBAL GLAMOUR M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 107
25 4×81108326 GOODFELLA C 3 Bjorn Baker 85
26 910x56685x HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin
27 4423x654x5 HELLBENT H 5 Darren Weir
28 1196x1401x HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy
29 1115x3179x HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds
30 5x523x112x IN HER TIME M 5 Benjamin Smith
31 541112x13x INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
32 P13x1711x6 INVINCIBLE QUEST G 5 Brett Partelle 77
33 4x1211x70x ITTETSU (IRE) H 6 Darren Weir
34 1x38361x JORDA F 3 James Cummings
35 076875113x JUNGLE EDGE G 7 Mick Bell
36 21x4320x1 KEMENTARI C 3 James Cummings 98
37 75537x514x KEN’S DREAM G 4 Darren Weir
38 11202x250x LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees 116
39 2x LIBRISA BREEZE (GB) G 6 Dean Ivory
40 15×3 LIMBO SOUL F 3 Tim Martin 71
41 3112x4F54x LIMESTONE F 3 Darren Weir
42 415x66x165 LORD OF THE SKY H 7 Robbie Laing
43 1351x30x3x LUCKY LIBERTY G 6 Henry Dwyer
44 12540x113x MENARI C 3 Gerald Ryan 94
45 111x101x3 MERCHANT NAVY C 3 Aaron Purcell
46 660x64314x MISHANI HONCHO G 5 Shane Edmonds 70
47 10210x430x MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 94
48 2x1449729x MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing
49 11x1220x28 MR SNEAKY G 4 Anthony Freedman
50 x14x33934x NIETA M 5 John P Thompson
51 OYSTER BAY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
52 2630x3735x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 6 Matthew Smith 96
53 1220x129x PARIAH C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 91
54 1x105x100x REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
55 2211x1111x REDZEL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
56 14x164x10x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
57 155x341x6x SANTA ANA LANE G 5 Anthony Freedman
58 x167x5114x SECRET AGENDA M 5 Mick Price
59 1x121x10x1 SHE WILL REIGN F 3 Gary Portelli 112
60 1460x4359x SHEIDEL M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
61 28x13x0x3x SHEIKHA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 71
62 111x1221x8 SHOALS F 3 Anthony Freedman
63 2x21510x2x SHOWTIME C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
64 12x SHUMOOKH F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70
65 2121x11x2x SNITTY KITTY M 4 Henry Dwyer
66 x22833005x SO SI BON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
67 x290x2860x SPIETH (NZ) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
68 SPIRIT OF VALOR (USA) H 4 Aidan O’Brien
69 0208x6132x STELLAR COLLISION G 5 Darren Weir
70 117x111x SUGAR BELLA M 4 Kris Lees 79
71 13x930x15x SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent
72 x4810x950x SWEET SHERRY M 4 Brent Stanley
73 13812x326x TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 4 Joseph Pride 87
74 x847x5400x TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore
75 20x100x02x TERRAVISTA G 8 Joseph Pride
76 161x70600x THE MISSION C 3 Paul Perry
77 1306x13x14 THRONUM H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
78 63x6410x1x TRAPEZE ARTIST C 3 Gerald Ryan 106
79 135x2450x4 TULIP F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
80 1x1x11257x VEGA MAGIC G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
81 11x115x VIRIDINE C 3 James Cummings
82 WASHINGTON DC (IRE) H 5 Aidan O’Brien


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 – 2017.

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive TJ Smith Stakes 2018 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 – 2017 including Chautauqua (2016-17).

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

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive TJ Smith Stakes 2018 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 historic three-time champion Chautauqua (2015, 2016, 2017), Black Caviar (2011 & 2013), Takeover Target (2009) and Apache Cat (2008).

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Results

The full TJ Smith Stakes 2018 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 7, 2018 and announced below.

TJ Smith Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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