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2020 TJ Smith Stakes Tips
Santa Ana Lane winning the 2019 TJ Smith Stakes. (Getty)

TJ Smith Stakes 2020 Tips

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 $3.50 favourite with Bet365 to win the TJ Smith Stakes in 2020.

TJ Smith Stakes Information

  • DateSat 03 Apr, 2021
  • Race Time05:35
  • RacecourseRandwick
  • Race Distance1200 metres
  • ConditionsWeight-for-age
  • StatusGroup 1
  • Prize Money$2,500,000

TJ Smith Stakes 2020 Betting Odds

1Nature StripChris WallerJames McDonald1$3.50
2PierataGregory HickmanTommy Berry9$9
3Santa Ana LaneAnthony FreedmanTim Clark2$6
4RedzelPeter & Paul SnowdenKerrin McEvoy3$18
5TrekkingJames CummingsJoshua Parr4$21
6VegadazeAnthony CummingsAdam Hyeronimus12$81
7BivouacJames CummingsHugh Bowman6$5
8In Her Time
Kris LeesBrenton Avdulla5$34
9ExceedanceTeam HawkesSam Clipperton10$13
10TofaneMichael MoroneyOpie Bosson8$34
11White MossJason CoyleKathy O'Hara7$151
12StandoutGerald RyanNash Rawiller11$26
13Loving GabyCiaron Maher & David EustaceGlen Boss13$7
Odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct as of 01/04/2020 at 8.00pm

TJ Smith Stakes 2020 Best Bet - Pierata @ $9.00

This five-year-old has been one of the more underrated and consistent sprinters in Australia for more than two years now.

He made his return in the Galaxy on Golden Slipper Day where he was a notable drifter ($6.50 - $8.00) and spotting weight to the rest of the field, was enormous against the pattern of the race.

Any galloper that wasn't settling handy that day was set a task from the beginning but he still managed to run the third fastest last furlong of a hot tempo affair in the worst part of the track.

With two wins and three seconds from five second-up attempts, there's a sense of perfect timing for Pierata who's at each way odds as the best bet in the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes.

TJ Smith Stakes 2020 Next Best Bet - Nature Strip @ $3.50

What a fascinating and an somewhat maligned sprinter this five-year-old is who returned to winning form in the Challenge Stakes following a flop at prohibitive odds in the Lightning Stakes.

Nature Strip delivered his famous Jekyll and Hyde impersonations in both of them attempts and simply when he's on, there's no sprinter in the world that can beat him, but there's a huge gap between his best and worst.

Whilst I'm always loathe to trust him, ignoring this enigmatic speedster from any calculations is a tough ask and he won't have any trouble rolling along early under James McDonald.

He's the saver in the TJ Smith Stakes is Nature Strip and usual, he'll be fascinating viewing in a terrific race.

TJ Smith Stakes 2020 FAQ

When is the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes?

The 2020 Sires Produce Stakes will be run on Saturday, April 4 at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

It will run as Race 8 on the program.

Who won the 2019 TJ Smith Stakes?

The TJ Smith Stakes in 2019 was taken out by superstar sprinter Santa Ana Lane.

What's the TJ Smith Stakes worth?

Due to temporary prize money cuts the 2020 TJ Smith Stakes will be worth $1.25 million.

$725,000 of that goes to the winner.

Who's won the most TJ Smith Stakes?

Chautauqua won the TJ Smith Stakes 3 times in a row from 2015 to 2017.

That's the most with Black Caviar (twice) the other multiple winner.

How to bet on the TJ Smith Stakes?

To place a bet on the TJ Smith Stakes you'll need to be signed up with an online bookmaker.

Markets open up well in advance for feature races such as the TJ Smith Stakes.

What distance is the TJ Smith Stakes?

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



Pierata looks set to peak in the TJ Smith Stakes in 2020 following an encouraging return and can be supported each way.

Saving on Nature Strip who bounced back to form in the Challenge and has been freshened-up a little.

Best Bet: Pierata To Win @9.00 at bet365 Australia - 2 Units
Next Best Bet: Nature Strip To Win @3.50 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit

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