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TJ Smith Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The TJ Smith Stakes is one of four Group One races run on the opening day of 'The Championships'
  • Worth $2.5 million, this major is run over 1200m at Randwick
  • The 2021 edition will be run on Saturday, April 10
  • Preview and tips can be found below
TJ Smith Stakes Tips
Nature Strip is favoured to record back-to-back TJ Smith Stakes victories. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 07 Apr 2021
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The Group One TJ Smith Stakes is one the newest features in the Sydney Autumn Carnival but it isn't short on prestige in becoming one of the most sort after sprints in Australia.

Champions in Mahogany, Apache Cat, Takeover Target, Black Caviar and Chautauqua are among the famous winners of this great 1200 metre race at Royal Randwick.

The enigmatic speedster Nature Strip is the early $3.90 favourite with Palmerbet to win the TJ Smith Stakes in 2021.

TJ Smith Stakes 2021 Field & Odds

1BivouacJames CummingsHugh Bowman258.5kg$4.60
2Nature StripChris WallerJames McDonald558.5kg $3.90
3EduardoJoseph PrideBrenton Avdulla858.5kg $4.80
4ZoutoriMatthew Ellerton & Simon ZahraLuke Currie1058.5kg $41
5Masked CrusaderMichael, Wayne & John HawkesKerrin McEvoy758.5kg $8.50
6Dirty WorkMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damian Lane958.5kg $41
7Order Of CommandDanny O'BrienDamien Oliver658.5kg $81
8Eleven ElevenGregory HickmanKeagan Latham358.5kg $41
9LibertiniAnthony CummingsTommy Berry156.5kg$10
10Haut Brion HerChris WallerJamie Kah456.5kg$8.50
11September RunChris WallerCraig Williams1154.5kg$12
Odds courtesy of Palmerbet & correct at 5.30pm on 07/04/2021.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Tips

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Best Bet - Nature Strip

As a five-time Group One winner and still the most talented sprinter in Australia when he's in the mood, this speedster does receive his fair share unfair criticism considering his record but is building well towards his TJ Smith Stakes defence.

Following a disappointing Spring carnival, the six-year-old bounced back with a first-up victory in the Lightning Stakes before remaining at 1000m via the Concorde Stakes, looking home and hosed approaching the 1000m despite doing plenty of early work but was denied on the line by Eduardo.

That winner had to break a 1000m Randwick track record on that occasion from a much more favourable run and off a freshen-up/1000m to 1200m pattern that saw him win this race last year, Nature Strip is clearly open to improvement for his Autumn target.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Value Bet - Libertini

As a somewhat hot or cold performer, she's not overly dissimilar to Nature Strip in that respect but as we saw first-up last spring where she put two lengths on the subsequent Everest winner, Classique Legend, this mare certainly has the talent on her day.

Although she did go down as favourite via her fresh attempt in the William Reid Stakes, the four-year-old had excuses when racing in what was clearly the inferior going on that March 19 program at The Valley, trying to let down away from the rail's bias, so couldn't do any more under the circumstances.

While Libertini did fail second-up last Spring in the Everest, she was three-wide and back in a hard run affair whereas this time around she can camp just off leaders from gate one off a different platform (one trial and three-week between runs versus two trials and two week space).

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Roughie - Dirty Work

Does he have the class to win a WFA Group One at 1200m? That's definitely a query, hence his price but I do feel though this four-year-old is going a lot better than his recent form and opening quite suggests.

The son Written Tycoon carried 57kg and arguably should've won the Oakleigh Plate first-up where he was held-up over the last 200m before contesting The Galaxy, a feature in which he should've finished a clear second to Eduardo but was inconvenienced by Order Of Command, the eventual runner-up.

With competitive efforts last spring around Classique Legend, Eduardo, Nature Strip in Sydney, Dirty Work is clearly no slouch and with the ability to go forward or back, he isn't without a top three or four hope for the roughie/exotic players in the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes.

TJ Smith Stakes 2021 FAQs

When is the TJ Smith Stakes in 2021?

The 2021 TJ Smith Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 10 at 3.55pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 8 on the Randwick meeting

What distance is the TJ Smith Stakes?

The TJ Smith Stakes is run over a distance of 1200 metres.

How can I live stream the TJ Smith Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the TJ Smith Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

Where is the TJ Smith Stakes held?

The TJ Smith Stakes is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

Who won the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes?

Nature Strip won the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes.

What is the TJ Smith Stakes worth?

The TJ Smith Stakes is worth a total of $2,500,000.

$1,450,000 of that goes to the winner.



The TJ Smith is arguably the most competitive of all Group One's on the first day of 'The Championships' where we'll lean the way of Nature Strip.

Libertini had excuses in the William Reid and draws for soft run here.

Dirty Work is worth thought for the exotics at a big price.

Best Bet: Nature Strip To Win @290.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Libertini To Win @900.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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