TJ Smith Stakes 2012 – Final Field & Barrier Draw

April 11th, 2012

The final field and barrier draw has been released for the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, which is due to take place at Royal Randwick racecourse this Saturday April 14, 2012.

Just six horses have accepted for a spot in the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes final field and barrier draw, including Foxwedge.

Foxwedge will be preparing for his overseas campaign in Ascot later in the year and will be having his first start since being purchased as a stallion prospect by Newgate Farm.

Original owner Edmund Bateman retained a 25 per cent share in the horse and will be eagerly watching to see if he can increase his value with a win in this weekend’s 2012 TJ Smith Stakes.

“It’s always an anxiety racing these horses at that level because it’s never a given,” Bateman said.

“Group One racing is serious competition.

“I think one of the major issues is we need the horse (Foxwedge) to run this week as he’s preparing to go to Ascot.

“Clearly we would love to win the TJ as well.

“From my point of view it’s a home town, home track run and I’d just love to see him do well there for his own sake but also personally.”

Foxwedge has won five of his 12 race starts and has earned more than $900,000 in prize money during his career.

The Fastnet Rock colt was purchased from the 2010 Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $925,000 in prize money and is now trained at Royal Randwick by John O’Shea.

Foxwedge has drawn barrier three for the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes and will be ridden by jockey Nash Rawiller.

Rain Affair, Varenna Miss and Hallowell Belle are also included in the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes final field and barrier draw.

Atlantic Jewel did not accept for the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes and will instead run in the 2012 Sapphire Stakes on the same day.

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2012 TJ Smith Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1111X11161 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Corey Brown 6 58.5kg 112
2 434410X263 NEESON Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 5 58.5kg 108
3 1X1913X903 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne Craig Williams 4 58.5kg 102
4 X12412X431 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 3 56.5kg 111
5 49115X500X VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan Hugh Bowman 2 56.5kg 104
6 122224X331 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 1 54.5kg 99