2014 T.J. Smith Stakes Market Update and Betting Preview

April 10th, 2014

A capacity field of 18 plus two emergencies has been confirmed for this weekend’s major Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on day 1 of the inaugural The Championships, offering punters real value and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Buffering is one of only three runners currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes betting markets

Buffering is one of only three runners currently offered at odds of less-than $10 in 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes betting markets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Having returned to the track in typically scintillating form this preparation, the world’s current leading sprinter Lankan Rupee has opened and maintained as clear market favourite for success in the 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes at current $3.80 odds.

Barely able to win a race prior to being gelded at the conclusion of his 2013 autumn preparation, Lankan Rupee has since finished worse than first in just one of seven proceeding events.

Claiming an impressive three wins from three starts this preparation alone, the exciting Redoute’s Choice gelding won the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1200m) by nearly four lengths first up on February 8th, following up with back-to-back Group 1 victories in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) and Newmarket Handicap (1200m) most recently.

Having drawn the ideal barrier 1 for the 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes, Lankan Rupee offers punters sensational value for money at $3.80 odds.

Securing three back-to-back wins at Group 1 level in a memorable 2013 spring preparation, Buffering is currently sole occupant of the second line up betting for the 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes at even $6 odds.

Unlucky not to claim a Group 1 victory over a strong 2013 autumn preparation, Buffering finished second to Samaready in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) first-up on September 27th before securing major wins in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).

Unable to cause much on an impact when seventh in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) first-up this season, trainer Robert Heathcote is expecting a polished performance from his stable’s star this weekend, particularly in returning to his pet distance and allocated the ideal barrier 2.

Interestingly featuring as the only other 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes entrant offered at odds of less-than $10, classy Irish raider Gordon Lord Byron offers punters sensational value for money at a current quote of $8, or $3 for a place.

Winner of the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup (1207m) in September, the talented Byron gelding produced an incredible turn of foot to win the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on the 29th of March in what was also his Australian debut.

Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Craig Williams again this weekend, Gordon Lord Byron will leave from the central barrier 11 in the T.J. Smith Stakes and is a proven performer when decreasing in race distance.

Group 1 winner this time in when claiming the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up on February 15th, Snitzerland offers punters arguably the best value for money in betting markets for the 2014 T.J. Smith Stakes at current $17 odds.

Hampered by injury over a short 2013 spring preparation, the Snitzel mare exploded from the gates to lead from start to finish in the Lightning Stakes, consolidating her position as one of the country’s leading sprinters.

Finishing second in the Challenge Stakes most recently, there is no reason why Snitzerland won’t continue her impressive run of form this weekend, other than being allocated the outside barrier.

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