TJ Smith Stakes 2012 – Nominations Announced

April 10th, 2012

Nominations have been released for the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, which is due to run at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 14, 2012.

11 horses have been nominated for a start in the race, including Foxwedge.

Foxwedge won the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley racecourse last start ahead of Hay List and has since been sold for a speculated $13 million to stud.

The three-year-old is due to run in Australia and England before he goes to stand at stud in the spring.

Current trainer John O’Shea is confident Foxwedge can win the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes.

”The TJ has developed into the race that crowns the best sprinter and it is on his home track, which is an advantage,” O’Shea said.

The trainer felt the sale of Foxwedge was a deserved reward for owner Dr Edmund Bateman, who paid $925,000 for the young colt at the yearling sales.

”He has been sold but he will still go to Royal Ascot and hopefully can win another couple of Group 1s before he goes to stud,” trainer John O’Shea said.

”It is great for Dr Bateman, who has put a lot into the sport and is getting something out of it.”

Foxwedge has won five of his 12 race starts and has earned more than $890,000 in prize money.

Rain Affair has also been nominated for the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes after winning his last start in the 2012 Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Rosehill on March 31, 2012.

The Commands gelding will be looking to win his first Group 1 race start in the race.

Rain Affair has won 11 of his 13 race starts and has earned more than $725,000 in prize money.

Atlantic Jewel, who is also nominated for the 2012 Sapphire Stakes, is also included in the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes nominations.

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2012 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ATLANTIC JEWEL Mark Kavanagh 110
2 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea
3 GRACEFUL ANNA David Pfieffer 98
4 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse 99
5 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride 98
6 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne 102
7 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody 103
8 NEESON Joseph Pride
9 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride
10 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan
11 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan 104