A TJ Smith for the Youngsters
After Takeover Target's win as a 9yo, it was Melito at the younger end of the scale last year.
The legend of TJ Smith at Randwick has rightly been immortalised with the only G1 1200m WFA sprint in Sydney. It was first called the Endeavour Stks and appropriately was taken out by the most versatile galloper of our time Mahogany. Upgraded to elite status in 2005, it was aptly won in that first year by Gai with Shamekha. Last few wins have been high rating.
• 2006 – RED OOG 6g (Brief Truce x Mary Julia) ($17)
Jockey: Hugh Bowman, Trainer: Joe Pride
Barrier: 4, Weight: 57.5kg
Gross Time: 1:09.72, 600m Sectional: 34.39
Margin: 0.1L, Track: Good, Starters: 6
2nd: Glamour Puss (55.0kg), 3rd: Snitzel (55.5kg)
• 2007 – BENTLEY BISCUIT 5g (Peintre Celebre x Tycoon Joy) ($4.50)
Jockey: Nash Rawiller, Trainer: Gai Waterhouse
Barrier: 7, Weight: 58.5kg
Gross Time: 1:10.62, 600m Sectional: 38.36
Margin: 1.3L, Track: Heavy, Starters: 9
2nd: Black Ink (58.5kg), 3rd: Virage de Fortune (56.0kg)
• 2008 – APACHE CAT 5g (Lion Cavern x Tennessee Blaze) ($2.25 fav)
Jockey: Corey Brown, Trainer: Greg Eurell
Barrier: 5, Weight: 56.5kg
Gross Time: 1:11.80, 600m Sectional: 37.19
Margin: 3L, Track: Heavy, Starters: 7
2nd: Reigning to Win (58.5kg), 3rd: Takeover Target (58.5kg)
• 2009 – TAKEOVER TARGET 9g (Celtic Swing x Shady Stream) ($5.50)
Jockey: Nash Rawiller, Trainer: Joe Janiak
Barrier: 6, Weight: 58.5kg
Gross Time: 1:09.09, 600m Sectional: 34.29
Margin: 3L, Track: Dead, Starters: 6
2nd: Northern Meteor (56.5kg), 3rd: Apache Cat (58.5kg)
• 2010 – MELITO 3f (Redoute's Choice x Cloister) ($10)
Jockey: Blake Shinn, Trainer: Gerald Ryan
Barrier: 7, Weight: 54.5kg
Gross Time: 1:09.21, 600m Sectional: 34.33
Margin: 0.8L, Track: Dead, Starters: 7
2nd: Hot Danish (56.5kg), 3rd: Mic Mac (58.5kg)
o Race went from non black type in 1997 to G1 in 8 years.
o Small fields have meant barriers have been of little importance.
o Ladies have won five of the 14 runnings.
o Gai Waterhouse has honoured TJ taking it 3 times (Phoenix Park, Shamekha & Bentley Biscuit).
o Upsets have occurred here which is unusual for a WFA contest.
o Last 10 Winners Most Prevalent Age of winner – 3yo (3 times)
o Last 10 Years Winningest Barrier Range <5-8> - 5 times
o Last 10 Winners Average Price of winner – $17
o Breakdown of winners – 2 fillies, 6 geldings & 2 mares
o Last 10 Years Australia Stks / TJ Smith Stks double – Apache Cat ('08)
o Last 10 Years Lightning Stks / TJ Smith Stks double – Apache Cat ('08)
o Last 10 Years Schweppes Stks / TJ Smith Stks double – Dilly Dally ('04)
o Last 10 Years Darby Munro Stks / TJ Smith Stks double – Century Kid ('01)
o Last 10 Years South Pacific / TJ Smith Stks double – Century Kid ('01)
o Last 10 Years Winterbottom Stks / TJ Smith Stks double – Takeover Target ('08/09)
o Last 10 Years Scahill Stks / TJ Smith Stks double – Takeover Target ('08/09)
SUMMARY & SELECTIONS
This won't take long to preview. C'mon Sydney – get excited about the champ running here.
A horse coming away from home for the first time, going clockwise first time and meeting a G1 field would normally be reason for the bookies to start laying but not this one.
Black Caviar should jump out, camp on the speed or lead and once up the rise give them a surge they won't handle.
She deserves every accolade afforded her to date.
On the very unlikely chance that she is vulnerable, the best Randwick horse in this is a Queenslander.
Shoot Out is 3 for 3 at Randwick with 2 x G1s and 1 x G2. He should get a lovely run in behind and showed enough pace in his barrier trial win to think he'll keep up somewhat early and rattle late. But hard to see him winning.
Thought Demerit's run in the Canterbury Stks was a cracker. And take note. The form around him looks superb after last week.
More Joyous won a G1 and Love Conquers All with Rangirangdoo quinellad the George Ryder. Makes it all sound like a win in a normal race bar for the foe here.
Selection: (7) BLACK CAVIAR
Hardest to Beat: (2) SHOOT OUT
Best Roughie: (6) DEMERIT
|R5 RANDWICK||9 April 2011|
|Darley T J Smith Stakes G1, 1200m|
Age & Sex
|7. BLACK CAVIAR (AUS)|
|BEL ESPRIT (AUS) - HELSINGE (AUS)|
|G J & Mrs K J Wilkie, Werrett Bloodstock P/L Synd (Mgr: N Werrett), C & Mrs J Madden, P Hawkes & D M & Mrs J Taylor|
|Mar 08, 2008 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Nagambie, $210000, Moody Racing Pty Ltd, VIC|
|1. HAY LIST (AUS)|
|STATUE OF LIBERTY (USA) - SING HALLELUJAH (AUS)|
|T J Davenport, Mrs E A Davenport, Miss J Davenport, Miss K M Davenport & P A Davenport|
|4. TRIPLE HONOUR (NZ)|
|HONOURS LIST (IRE) - MYRRH (NZ)|
|P Ng, K Li & Mrs E Ng|
|Feb 06, 2006 Classic Yearling Sale, Widden Valley NSW, $50000, C Waller, NSW|
|4th||8. ALVERTA (AUS)|
|5th||10. HINCHINBROOK (AUS)|
|6th||9. RESPONSE (AUS)|
|MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA|
|7th||11. CRYSTAL LILY (AUS)|
|MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA|
|8th||3. ALL SILENT (AUS)|
|9th||2. SHOOT OUT (AUS)|
|10th||5. SHELLSCRAPE (AUS)|
|11th||6. DEMERIT (AUS)|
KERRIN MC EVOY