Master Of Design Wins 2012 TJ Smith Stakes – Results

April 14th, 2012

Master Of Design has overcome his leg issues to win the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Royal Randwick racecourse today April 14, 2012.

The six-year-old entire was paying odds of $31 to win the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes at bookmaker.com.au and was the least backed runner in the field.

Rain Affair finished a close second in the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes, while Hallowell Belle finished in third.

Race favourite Foxwedge didn’t come on and finished last in the six horse field.

Trainer David Payne was delighted that Master Of Design was able to put his many injuries behind him to win his first Group 1 race.

“He knocked off the big guns today which was good,” Payne said.

“He’s been a problem horse but he’s got so much ability and at least he delivered today.

“It was his day today.

“It’s good because (the owners) are good supporters for me and they bought this horse cheaply and now he’s a good stallion prospect.”

Originally purchased for $2.1 million from the 2007 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the Redoute’s Choice entire was purchased for just $150,000 by his current owners.

Part-owner Michael Virgo couldn’t believe his luck after the 2012 TJ Smith Stakes was run.

“It’s fantastic. It’s such a thrill,” Virgo said.

“We had a lot of faith in him and we gave him to David.

“He’s done a super job.

“(We) definitely knew the issues, and as you know in racing you’ve got to take the gamble.

“He’s very well bred and I’m sure he’ll be off to the barn this year.”

Craig Williams was the jockey who rode Master Of Design to his 2012 TJ Smith Stakes win.

“He delivered for us so I’m very grateful to get the ride today,” Williams said.

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2012 TJ Smith Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 3 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne Craig Williams 4 58.5kg $31
2 1 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Corey Brown 0.2L 6 58.5kg $2.70
3 6 HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 0.4L 1 54.5kg $18
4 2 NEESON Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 0.8L 5 58.5kg $11
5 5 VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan Hugh Bowman 1.6L 2 56.5kg $41
6 4 FOXWEDGE John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 3.8L 3 56.5kg $2.10F