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 latest edition of the TJ Smith Stakes ran on Saturday April 7, 2018 .
2018 TJ Smith Stakes Results
- 1st: #12 Trapeze Artist
- 2nd: #1 Redzel
- 3rd: #8 In Her Time
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
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.
The official 2018 TJ Smith Stakes saw the gun three-year-old Trapeze Artist fly past Team Snowden’s hot favourite Redzel for a barnstorming win in a new race record time.
|1||12||TRAPEZE ARTIST||Gerald Ryan||Tye Angland||–||8||56.5kg||$8|
|2||1||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||2L||6||58.5kg||$2.30F|
|3||8||IN HER TIME||Benjamin Smith||Damian Lane||4L||3||56.5kg||$4.40|
|4||2||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||4.7L||10||58.5kg||$41|
|5||14||THE MISSION||Paul Perry||Zac Purton||5.2L||5||56.5kg||$151|
|6||9||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Sam Clipperton||5.7L||11||56.5kg||$15|
|7||3||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||6.7L||2||58.5kg||$6.50|
|8||7||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Jay Ford||8.4L||4||58.5kg||$101|
|9||10||GLOBAL GLAMOUR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||9.1L||9||56.5kg||$15|
|10||5||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Blake Shinn||9.8L||1||58.5kg||$101|
|11||4||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||10.7L||7||58.5kg||$91|
|–||6||THRONUM||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||–||0||–||–|
|–||13||SHOWTIME||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||–||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 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 TJ Smith Stakes favourites from 2008 – 2018 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.
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 TJ Smith Stakes winners from 2011 – 2018.
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 were taken on March 13, 2018 leaving just 39 hopefuls
The 2018 TJ Smith Stakes Final Field & Barriers are now out with last start Challenge Stakes winner Redzel in barrier six the one to beat having won The Everest at the track / distance in the spring.
TJ Smith Stakes 2018 Field Update: The line-up for the autumn’s richest sprint race is down to a 11 after the two widest-drawn horses in the line-up #11 Missrock (13) and #13 Showtime (14) were scratched before race day, and the Lindsay Park-trained #6 Thronum (8) was also later withdrawn from the lucrative autumn sprint.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11x1111x21||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6||58.5kg||118|
|2||1202x250x7||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||11||58.5kg||114|
|3||x2123x5312||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||112|
|4||6875113×20||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||7||58.5kg||108|
|5||47x5400x78||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Blake Shinn||1||58.5kg||108|
|6||06x13x1402||THRONUM||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Mark Zahra||8||58.5kg||104|
|7||639x680x59||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Jay Ford||4||58.5kg||106|
|8||x523x112x1||IN HER TIME||Benjamin Smith||Corey Brown||3||56.5kg||112|
|9||66x4269x52||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Sam Clipperton||12||56.5kg||112|
|10||02x19x6422||GLOBAL GLAMOUR||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||10||56.5kg||107|
|11||1449729×37||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damien Oliver||13||56.5kg||104|
|12||3x6410x143||TRAPEZE ARTIST||Gerald Ryan||Tye Angland||9||56.5kg||105|
|13||x21510x237||SHOWTIME||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||14||56.5kg||100|
|14||1x70600x85||THE MISSION||Paul Perry||Zac Purton||5||56.5kg||90|
2018 TJ Smith Stakes First Acceptances
There are only 39 sprinters left in the mix after the official TJ Smith Stakes 2018 First Acceptances were taken. Peter & Paul Snowden have the hot favourite in futures TJ Smith Stakes betting in last start Challenge Stakes winner Redzel. Chautauqua has won the past three editions of the race and is also a first acceptor, but having failed to trial three times ahead of his autumn return could possibly be refused the chance to race.
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.
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 – 2018.
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.
- 1st: #1 REDZEL ($2.35)
- 2nd: #3 BRAVE SMASH ($3)
- 3rd: #10 GLOBAL GLAMOUR ($14)
REDZEL ($2.35) is short-priced favourite but hard to see anything other than him winning. Challenge Stakes win a month back was excellent, trial winner since by an easy margin and Tuesday morning blitzed his final piece of work at Randwick’s Breakfast With The Stars. Only loss in last eight was the narrow first-up loss to Redkirk Warrior in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m). Fit, over his pet distance at his pet track from barrier six? They can try to take him on up front but good luck. BRAVE SMASH ($3) met Redkirk Warrior last time out and was second in the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) in an impressive run behind the Flemington straight track specialist. That was after winning the Group 1 Futurity over 1400m. Back in Sydney for the first time since the spring when a length third to Redzel in The Everest. Firmer for a reason. Blowout chance that will look to go all-the-way up on the speed is the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained mare GLOBAL GLAMOUR ($14). Last start second to Happy Clapper in the Canterbury over 1300m and freshened-up since for the 1200m.
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 – 2018 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 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
|2018||Trapeze Artist||Redzel||In Her Time||1:08.2|
|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|