TJ Smith Stakes

TJ Smith Stakes

The Championships Day 1 – Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Location: Royal Randwick, Sydney
Prize Money: $2,500,000
Distance: 1,200m

THE Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes is held at Royal Randwick under weight for age conditions over the 1200m journey as part of a massive day one of The Championships.

Originally entitled the Endeavour Stakes, the race name was changed to honour famous Sydney horse trainer Thomas John Smith.

Notable winners of the TJ Smith are three-time winner Chautauqua (2015-2017), Lankan Rupee (2014), Nature Strip (2020), Santa Ana Lane (2019) and the queen of the turf Black Caviar (2011).

2021 TJ Smith Stakes betting odds

Nature Strip
Can Nature Strip bring up back to back wins in the TJ Smith Stakes?

The 2020 TJ Smith Stakes champ Nature Strip is the current $5 favourite for the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes, helped by the autumn form he has already displayed that includes a win in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.

Nature Strip’s sparring partner over the last 12 months in Bivouac is on the second line of betting, as the Godolphin sprinter brings his racing career to an end over the autumn carnival. Odds of $7 are available for Bivouac to take out the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes.

Haut Brion Her is the only other runner in single figures with $9 available for the ever improving sprinter.

Best TJ Smith Stakes bookmakers

The TJ Smith Stakes is one of the showpiece events of The Championships and as such the bookmakers come early with the markets surrounding the group one race.

Bookmakers such as Ladbrokes install their markets up months in advance of the start date, showing their dedication to the $2,500,000 race.

The online agencies we put our trust in are listed below, and we recommend anyone interested in placing a bet on the TJ Smith Stakes journey over to any of these sites:

United States TJ Smith Stakes Betting

TJ Smith Stakes Betting


Betting on the TJ Smith Stakes

Australia Stakes betting
Favourites, like champion mare Black Caviar, have made the TJ Smith Stakes their own since its inception. Picture: Racing Photos

The TJ Smith Stakes is not a race for the young brigade.

In its relatively infantile history, only five three-year-olds have taken out the group one event.

The race has been a favourite backers paradise in recent years. Five of the last eight winners of the TJ Smith Stakes have jumped as clear cut favourites.

Alongside that, only two horses in the race’s history have won the race more than once. Superstar sprinter Black Caviar (2011, 2013) and Chautauqua (2015, 2016 & 2017) are the only multiple winners of the TJ Smith Stakes, whilst Nature Strip will attempt to join them in 2021.

2020 T.J. Smith Stakes result


1stNature Strip ($4.20)
2ndSanta Ana Lane ($2.70)
3rdRedzel ($4.40)

Recent TJ Smith winners

  • On his day, there is no doubt that Nature Strip is the best sprinter in the country, and on rain affected grown he clearly relishes the going. Nature Strip ran his rivals ragged and gave nothing else a chance when sustaining a genuine sprint over the 1200m and despite peaking over the last 100m the result was never in doubt. One of the market movers on the day Bivouac threw away any chance he had when jumping in the air when the field was released and could do no better than a fouth placed finish.
  • It was again Santa Ana Lane that saluted in a Group 1 sprint event, this time on day one of The Championships. Settling towards the back of the field, Santa Ana Lane was unleashed in the straight and absolutely destroyed the field, finishing several lengths in front of the hot favourite Osbourne Bulls and the Tony McEvoy-trained
  • No one wanted to oppose Redzel heading into the TJ Smith Stakes, and the big push looked a good thing as The Everest winner pulled away from the field. It wasn’t to be however, as Trapeze Artist leveled up and eventually flashed past the star sprinter to record a memorable victory.
  • Champion sprinter Chautauqua wowed the world when producing one of the highlight runs of the season. The popular grey was last coming around the turn and looked to be going nowhere, but Tommy Berry found a path through the field and the champion did the rest. It gunned down English over the concluding stages to set up what was truly an amazing last-to-first comeback win. Read report here.
  • Chautauqua went back-to-back in stunning fashion in the 2016 edition of the TJ Smith. Spotting the leaders an enormous margin, Tommy Berry took the grey to the outside and the horse did the rest.
  • In what would become a predictable racing pattern for star runner Chautauqua, the horse settled at the rear of the field, leaving itself a mountain of work to get the job done, but it did exactly that as it ran down Lord Of The Sky in the shadows of the post to win its maiden group one title.
  • A rain-soaked Randwick greeted horses for the 2014 Doncaster Mile and Lankan Rupee was a drifting favourite. Jumping at $3.50 the Rupee torched the field from the front to record one of the most dominant wins in the race’s history.

TJ Smith Stakes Past Winners List

TJ Smith Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2020 Nature Strip James McDonald Chris Waller
2019 Santa Ana Lane Mark Zahra Anthony Freedman
2018 Trapeze Artist Tye Angland Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
2017 Chautauqua Tommy Berry Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2016 Chautauqua Tommy Berry Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2015 Chautauqua Tommy Berry Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2014 Lankan Rupee Craig Newitt Mick Price
2013 Black Caviar Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2012 Master Of Design Craig Williams David Payne
2011 Black Caviar Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2010 Melito Blake Shinn Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
2009 Takeover Target Nash Rawiller Joe Janiak
2008 Apache Cat Corey Brown Greg Eurell
2007 Bentley Biscuit Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
2006 Red Oog Hugh Bowman Joseph Pride
2005 Shamekha Darren Beadman Gai Waterhouse
2004 Dilly Dally Kerrin McEvoy Leon Macdonald
2003 Spinning Hill Danny Beasley Guy Walter
2002 Phoenix Park Brian York Gai Waterhouse
2001 Century Kid Lenny Beasley Graeme Rogerson
2000 Shy Hero Jackson Morris Patrick Webster
1999 Ab Initio Larry Cassidy John Hawkes
1998 La Baraka Kevin Moses Patrick Hayes

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