Rain Affair Targets 2012 TJ Smith Stakes – Preview

April 3rd, 2012

The Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes is due to run at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday April 14, 2012.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the race is also run over a distance of 1,200 metres,

The 2012 TJ Smith Stakes is worth $1 million in prize money and is open to horses of all ages.

Rain Affair is headed towards the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes after winning his last start in the Group 2 Parramatta Stakes.

The four-year-old gelding has won 11 of his 13 race starts and has now warned more than $725,000 in prize money.

Trainer Joseph Pride is confident of Rain Affair’s chances in the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes.

”The TJ is very much on the agenda,” Pride said.

“I have been quite soft on him to have him primed for that and hopefully the track has some give in it.

”If he gets a wet track for the TJ, they won’t beat him.”

New Zealand galloper Choice Bro will also be aimed at the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes after winning the Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes last start.

“I think he will be well suited over a mile and the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1600m) in Queensland on June 9 would be an ideal race so we will have to sit down and discuss what we would like to do next,” trainer John Sargent said.

The 2012 TJ Smith Stakes is held on AJC Australian Derby Day and share’s its program with the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby, Group 1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes, Group 2 Sapphire Stakes, Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap, Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes, Group 3 Royal Parma Stakes, Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes and Group 3 Adrian Knox Quality Stakes.

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