The Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse annually in April and is one of Australia’s premier sprint races.
The Open Weight-for-age race takes place on Australian Derby Day during the Sydney Autumn Carnival and is one of four Group 1 features on the day.
Mahogony won the inaugural TJ Smith Stakes in 1997 when the race was known as the Listed Endeavour Stakes.
In 1998 the race was elevated to Group 3 status and was again given an upgrade when becoming a Group 2 in 2002 until receiving its current Group 1 status in 2005.
In 1999 the race was renamed the TJ Smith Stakes in honour of Thomas John Smith who won 33 trainers premierships.
With $2.5 million in prizemoney the TJ Smith Stakes attracts the country’s best sprinters, and is fast becoming one of the most highly-regarded races on the Australian racing calendar.
The Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse two weeks earlier and the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) held at Mooney Valley are the most reliable guides to the TJ Smith, with champion mare Black Caviar winning the William Reid before both of her TJ Smith victories.
In recent years some of Australia’s most talented sprinters have won the premiere weight-for-age event with the most notable being Black Caviar (2011 & 2013).
Winners of the TJ Smith Stakes have recently gone on to win the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) held on the final day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Other notable winners of the Queen Elizabeth Stakes include: Mahogany (1997), La Baraka (1998), Phoenix Park (2002), Spinning Hill (2003), Shamekha (2005), Apache Cat (2008) and Takeover Target (2009).