2021 TJ Smith Stakes Betting Odds at Randwick racecourse

Saturday, 10 April 2021

The TJ Smith Stakes was inaugurated as the Endeavour Stakes in 1997 and is therefore a relatively modern horse race in Australia, although this is one of the high-profile encounters that form part of the ATC Championships series, with this being a Weight For Age contest where the prize money regularly exceeds $1,000,000 in Australian dollars.

2021 TJ Smith Stakes Betting Tips

The winner of this race not only lands a large sum of prize money and the prestige that goes with it, but there is automatic qualification when it comes to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, with this having been a Listed Race in 1997 before becoming a Group 3 race and that was the case until 2001.

Between 2002-2003, the TJ Smith Stakes was a Group 2 encounter before getting Group 1 accreditation from 2005 onwards, with Nature Strip and Rapid Ruby among the most recent winners, although a number of high-profile horses have also won.

Mahogany was the first ever winner of the TJ Smith Stakes, while Black Caviar is probably the most famous horse to take the glory in this race and this horse was successful in 2011 and 2013 before competing overseas, while Chautauqua claimed a consecutive hat-trick of titles between 2015-17.

Can Nature Strip Win a Second TJ Smith Stakes Title?

Nature Strip landed the spoils in this race twelve months ago and that was actually the horse’s fourth Group 1 success, with the thoroughbred winning the Galaxy at Randwick Racecourse, the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse and the Darley Sprint Classic in 2019.

Therefore, there’s plenty to like about a horse trained by Chris Waller and the six-year-old has to be considered as a leading contender this time around, with the runner winning the Black Caviar Lightning which was another Group 1 success for a horse that could potentially get even better with age.

Interestingly, Bivouac was sent off as favourite to win the Black Caviar Lightning and James Cummings will have high hopes of an improved performance in the 2021 TJ Smith Stakes after previously winning the Darley Sprint Classic and we should also point out that the horse has run in plenty of other big races.

This includes The Everest where Bivouac finished second behind Classique Legend and landed an enormous share of the spoils, with September Run the other horse in the race that needs to be respected and this could be a high-grade tussle in 2021.