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Black Caviar wins TJ Smith 2011

The Championships T.J. Smith Stakes

It is Day 1 of the two week Sydney Racing Tips The Championships to be held at Randwick racecourse. The feature race is the Doncaster Handicap over 1600m but this is closely followed by the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes. Both of these races will be feature races covered by our Expert Sydney Racing Tips analyst Blaazing Ben Perkins aka Mr Longshot. The TJ Smith Stakes is over 1200m and has prize money of $1.25 million. Saturday Racing Tips form sheets and tips are sent out Friday afternoon the day before race day with full commentary on selected horses.

Sydney Racing Tips TJ Smith background

The T.J. Smith Stakes has very quickly established itself as the feature sprint race of the Sydney Racing Tips Autumn Carnival. It’s a meteoric rise for a race that started as a simple listed event in 1997 (originally called the “Endeavour” Stakes won by the great Mahogany). The very next year it was quickly elevated to a group 3 and in 1999 it was renamed the T.J. Smith Stakes. By 2005 it was a Group 1 and a true sign that Australian racing really embraced supporting the memory of the legendary trainer.

TJ Smith Stakes – the key stats

This race has been dominated by some champion Australian sprinters of recent times. This includes Chautauqua who won between 2015-17 and Black Caviar won in 2011 and 2013. The 2019 winner was Santa Ana Lane in a brilliant last to first performance and The Santa rolls up here again. The key lead up races are the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington and the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley. Bivouac was a brilliant winner of the Melbourne Racing Tips Newmarket whilst Loving Gaby won the William Reid and both are here.

Betting Odds TJ Smith Stakes

it is a wide open betting market for the Saturday Sydney Racing Tips TJ Smith Stakes. Nearly half the field is 7-1 or under with Nature Strip now the clear favourite with Bivouac and Santa Ana Lane the strong challengers. Single digit winners have won the last four TJ Smith Stakes with average odds of $6.10. Here is the current betting market:

$3.50 Nature Strip
$5.00 Bivouac, Santa Ana Lane
$7.00 Loving Gaby
$9.00 Piereta
$13.00 Exceedance
$17.00 Redzel
$21.00 Trekking


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