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TJ Smith Stakes

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History

SANTA ANA LANE winning the T J Smith Stakes.
SANTA ANA LANE winning the T J Smith Stakes. Picture: Racing and Sports

The TJ Smith Stakes is a Group 1 sprint race for Open Class horses conducted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick.
The TJ Smith Stakes is only a relatively new race first run in 1997 and won by the great horse Mahogany.
The TJ Smith Stakes is run over 1200m under Weight For Age conditions.
It was originally called the Endeavour Stakes, but was changed to the TJ Smith Stakes in 1999.
Seven fillies and mares have won the TJ Smith. The mare winners are Spinning Hill (2003), Shamekha (2005) and Black Caviar (2011, 2013). The filly winners are La Baraka (1998), Dilly Dally (2004) and Melito (2010).
Only six 3yos have won it - La Baraka (1998), Shy Hero (2000), Century Kid (2001), Dilly Dally (2004), Melito (2010) and Trapeze Artist (2018).
The trainers have spread the TJ around with Gai Waterhouse winning the race in her father's honour three times and the Hawkes' joined her with Chautauqua's three wins.
Same goes for the jockeys with dual successes to Luke Nolen and Nash Rawiller but again Tommy Berry leads on his three on the big grey.
Five Lightning Stakes winners won the TJ Smith in the same preparation - Mahogany (1997), Apache Cat (2008), Black Caviar (2011/2013) and Chautauqua (2016).
There have been some upsets through its existence with seven winners taking the prize at $17 or more which isn't that usual in WFA sprints.
In 2011, Hay List got three lengths clear on Black Caviar and for the first time the great mare looked in trouble but she wasn't to be denied. It was a great edition.
In 2016 Chautauqua went on to Hong Kong where he'd come from last to win the Chairman's Sprint Prize at Sha Tin. A year on, Chautauqua won in remarkable fashion to be the first three time winner.
Santa Ana Lane scored his fifth G1 win, this one at the odds of $7.50. The previous four were Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ($26), The Goodwood ($26), Stradbroke Handicap ($13) and VRC Sprint Classic ($10).
The 2018 TJ Smith quinella would repeat (in reverse order) in the 2018 Everest.
The 2019 TJ Smith Stakes was worth $2.5million.
The multiple winners of the TJ Smith Stakes are Black Caviar (2011, 2013) and Chautauqua (2015, 2016, 2017) and other notable winners include Mahogany (1997), Spinning Hill (2003), Apache Cat (2008), Takeover Target (2009), Lankan Rupee (2014), Trapeze Artist (2018) and Santa Ana Lane (2019).
The 2019 TJ Smith Stakes was won by Santa Ana Lane from Osborne Bulls and Sunlight.


Racing and Sports

Previous TJ Smith Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
SANTA ANA LANE (AUS) 6G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - FAST FLEET (AUS) FASTNET ROCK (AUS)
M J ZAHRA58.5ANTHONY FREEDMAN8
TRAPEZE ARTIST (AUS) 3C
SNITZEL (AUS) - TREPPES (AUS) DOMESDAY (AUS)
T ANGLAND56.5GERALD RYAN8
CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 6G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - LOVELY JUBLY (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY58.5MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES11
CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 5G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - LOVELY JUBLY (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY58.5MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES11
CHAUTAUQUA (AUS) 4G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - LOVELY JUBLY (AUS) LION HUNTER (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY58.5MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES8
LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) 4G
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - ESTELLE COLLECTION (NZ) STRAVINSKY (USA)
C NEWITT58.5MICK PRICE1
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 6M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN56.5PETER MOODY1
MASTER OF DESIGN (AUS) 6H
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - URGE TO MERGE (AUS) LAST TYCOON (GB)
C WILLIAMS58.5DAVID PAYNE4
BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) 4M
BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS) DESERT SUN (GB)
L NOLEN56.5PETER MOODY5
MELITO (AUS) 3F
REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS) - CLOISTER (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
B SHINN54.5GERALD RYAN7
TAKEOVER TARGET (AUS) 9G
CELTIC SWING (GB) - SHADY STREAM (AUS) ARCHREGENT (CAN)
N RAWILLER58.5J A JANIAK6
APACHE CAT (AUS) 5G
LION CAVERN (USA) - TENNESSEE BLAZE (AUS) WHISKEY ROAD (USA)
C W BROWN58.5GREG EURELL5
BENTLEY BISCUIT (AUS) 5G
PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) - TYCOON JOY (AUS) LAST TYCOON (GB)
N RAWILLER58.5MS G WATERHOUSE7
RED OOG (AUS) 6G
BRIEF TRUCE (USA) - MARY JULIA (AUS) ZOFFANY (USA)
J BOWMAN57.5JOSEPH PRIDE4
SHAMEKHA (AUS) 4M
SECRET SAVINGS (USA) - LIFETIME STORY (AUS) DON'T SAY HALO (USA)
D BEADMAN55.0MS G WATERHOUSE2
DILLY DALLY (AUS) 3F
RUBITON (AUS) - FARICCA (AUS) MILLIONAIRE (IRE)
K MCEVOY53.0LEON MACDONALD5
SPINNING HILL (AUS) 6M
DOLPHIN STREET (FR) - INCLINE (AUS) CENTURY (AUS)
D BEASLEY55.0G H WALTER11
PHOENIX PARK (AUS) 4G
ROYAL ACADEMY (USA) - BLETCHWYN (AUS) BLETCHINGLY (AUS)
B YORK57.5MS G WATERHOUSE11
CENTURY KID (NZ) 3G
CENTAINE (AUS) - ZEFFI (NZ) POMPEII COURT (USA)
L BEASLEY55.5GRAEME ROGERSON4
SHY HERO (NZ) 3G
LAST TYCOON (GB) - PRUNOTTO (AUS) PERSIAN HEIGHTS (GB)
J MORRIS56.0PATRICK WEBSTER5

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