TJ Smith Stakes


TJ Smith Stakes Winners - Chautauqua (2016) | Photo: Steve Hart | Neds.com.au

Looking for early info on this year’s TJ Smith Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

The TJ Smith Stakes is one of the premier sprint races of the autumn held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’. Run alongside the likes of the Doncaster Mile and Australian Derby, the 1200m event offers $2.5 million in prize money.

A weight-for-age clash run and won since 1997, it is one of the younger features of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival but attracts a class line-up of short distance horses each season.

Holding its Group 1 status since 2005, the TJ Smith Stakes has been won by the likes of Takeover Target (2009), the undefeated champion mare Black Caviar (2011, 2013), the ‘Grey Flash’ Chautauqua (2015, 2016, 2017) who made history with his trio of victories, and Nature Strip (2020, 2021, 2022) who repeated the three-peat.

The winner of the previous year’s Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) in the spring are exempt from TJ Smith Stakes ballot. The other races offer a TJ Smith Stakes ballot exemption held earlier in the same year are the: Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) and the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

In 2021 Nature Strip successfully defended his TJ Smith Stakes title, the 2019/20 Australian Racehorse of the Year going on to take out that spring’s $15 million The Everest race. Nature Strip returned to post his record-equalling third TJ Smith Stakes victory in 2022 with a runaway success for the Waller stable.

TJ Smith Stakes 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, April 2, 2022
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Qualification: No restrictions
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $2,500,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1997
  • 2022 TJ Smith Stakes Winner: Nature Strip

TJ Smith Stakes 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 TJ Smith Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 2, 2022.  

  1. #1 Nature Strip
  2. #2 Eduardo
  3. #11 Paulele

The Chris Waller-trained champion sprinter Nature Strip ($2.30F) was back to his best third-up and fit powering home in a dominant TJ Smith Stakes 2022 victory to equal Chautauqua with three victories in the famous Randwick sprint.

TJ Smith Stakes Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the TJ Smith Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s TJ Smith Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s TJ Smith Stakes. 
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s TJ Smith Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the TJ Smith Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the TJ Smith Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the TJ Smith Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the TJ Smith Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the TJ Smith Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the TJ Smith Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The TJ Smith Stakes in 2022

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on TJ Smith Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

TJ Smith Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 TJ Smith Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Which Horse Will Win The TJ Smith Stakes?

The best way to pick which horse will win the TJ Smith Stakes in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up autumn racing form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry and back the proven Group 1 sprinters in the mix. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the TJ Smith Stakes winner include: 

  • Interstate Invasion – Horses coming off a lead-up Group 1 race in Melbourne have a good record in the TJ Smith Stakes.
  • Single-Figure Fancies – Sprinters under $10 in betting have dominated the recent TJ Smith Stakes results.

TJ Smith Stakes Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 TJ Smith Stakes betting include dual defending champion Nature Strip and last year’s third place-getter Eduardo

From 2008-22 seven TJ Smith Stakes favourites won including most recently Nature Strip ($4.20 in 2020, $3.10 in 2021 and $2.30 in 2022) for his trio of victories.

TJ Smith Stakes 2022 Field

The official 2022 TJ Smith Stakes field of final acceptances is announced on the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

Nature Strip from the outside barrier (11 of 11) will dually defend his title chasing a third straight victory emulating Chautauqua in Saturday’s 2022 TJ Smith Stakes final field.

TJ Smith Stakes 2022 Tips

Favourite: #1 Nature Strip ($2.80 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #6 Shelby Sixtysix ($5.50 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #9 Overpass ($17 at time of publish)

Our insider 2022 TJ Smith Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2022 TJ SMITH STAKES PREVIEW &TIPS

TJ Smith Stakes Race Day 2022

The 2022 TJ Smith Stakes takes place on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. There are four Group 1 races in total held that day at the track with the TJ Smith Stakes run alongside the:

TJ Smith Stakes Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 TJ Smith Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above TJ Smith Stakes Field section. 

TJ Smith Stakes Nominations 2022

Nominations close at midday on Tuesday the 8th of February, 2022. 

The 2022 TJ Smith Stakes nominations drew 63 sprinters with Chris Waller’s dual defending champion and The Everest winner Nature Strip headlining the early entries out to join Chautauqua (2015-17) on a record equalling three victories.

TJ Smith Stakes first acceptances 2022

First acceptances closed at midday on Tuesday the 8th of March, 2022. 

TJ Smith Stakes Weights 2022

The TJ Smith Stakes is a weight-for-age event. Weights must be declared by 4:00pm (AEST) on Tuesday the 29th of March, 2022 with weights on the final acceptances to be published in our above TJ Smith Stakes Field section. 

TJ Smith Stakes Acceptances 2022

Acceptances must be declared before 8 AM on Tuesday the 29th of March, 2021 and will be published in our above TJ Smith Stakes Field section. 

TJ Smith Stakes Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday the 30th of April, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above TJ Smith Stakes Field section. 

TJ Smith Stakes Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. 

TJ Smith Stakes Prize Money 2022

The TJ Smith Stakes prize purse is worth $2,500,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,145,000
2nd $470,000
3rd $245,000
4th $115,000
5th $60,000
6th $25,000
7th $25,000
8th $25,000
9th $17,500
10th $17,500

TJ Smith Stakes Race Number 2022

The 2022 TJ Smith Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 2nd of April, 2022. There are 10 races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.

TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 TJ Smith Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2022 TJ SMITH STAKES FORM GUIDE

TJ Smith Stakes Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 TJ Smith Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Free-to-air television: Seven Network

Streaming: Racing NSW

TJ Smith Stakes Winners

Winners of the TJ Smith Stakes going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below. For a full list of winners going back to 1997, please check our TJ Smith Stakes winners page.

YEAR WINNER 2ND 3RD TIME
2022 Nature Strip Eduardo Paulele 1:12.3
2021 Nature Strip Masked Crusader Eduardo 1:10.0
2020 Nature Strip Santa Ana Lane Redzel 1:11.1
2019 Santa Ana Lane Osborne Bulls Sunlight 1:10.6
2018 Trapeze Artist Redzel In Her Time 1:08.2
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