2015 TJ Smith Stakes Nominations Released

February 10th, 2015

69 talented sprinters have been included in nominations for the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Day 1 of The Championships, highlighted by the inclusion of several of the world’s leading short distance specialists.

Chautauqua, Terravista and Lankan Rupee have all been included in 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes nominations. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Chautauqua, Terravista and Lankan Rupee have all been included in 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes nominations. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Undoubtedly the standout performer over the 2014 edition of the Autumn Carnival, trainer Mick Price has included defending champion Lankan Rupee in 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes nominations.

Unable to secure much of a consistent run of form prior to his gelding at the conclusion of the 2013 autumn season, Lankan Rupee returned in career best form last year; winning the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) first-up before completing an exceptional run of victories in each of the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and T.J. Smith Stakes.

Suffering a shock defeat to fellow 2015 TJ Smith Stakes nominee Angelic Light in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) upon resuming in spring, the son of Redoute’s Choice again ran second to Buffering in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) on September 26th before returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 24th.

Placing third in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) last time out, Price is confident of further success at the highest level of racing for Lankan Rupee this season.

Breaking through for a maiden Group 1 victory in the Darley Classic, trainer Joe Pride has understandably been thrilled with the meteoric rise to prominence of Terravista over the last 12 months and has included him in 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes nominations.

Claiming nine wins and one minor places from his 13 competitive starts so far, Terravista returned in spring in typically scintillating form; taking out the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) by more than two lengths first-up on August 23rd.

Continuing his impressive form through the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) on September 20th, the Captain Rio gelding was unlucky to finish fifth in a fanning end to the Manikato Stakes, but responded in the best way possible in taking out the Darley Classic.

Chautauqua followed Terravista through the field in the late stages of the Darley Classic, and has been included in 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes nominations by Team Hawkes.

Running second in the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) and winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) most notably over autumn, Chautauqua returned to exceptional form in spring; easily taking out both the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) and Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) before his Darley Classic second.

Team Hawkes are set to be spoiled for choice in the 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes, having also included the undefeated Deep Field in nominations.

Taking out two minors during the 2014 winter before returning to the paddock, the Northern Meteor entire returned for an easy win in an 1100m minor at Canterbury before taking out each of the Listed Lightning Quality (1100m) and Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) most recently.

Several three-year-old prospects have also been included in 2015 T.J. Smith Stakes nominations, including standout Brazen Beau.

Confirmed to head to a career as a stud following his 2015 Autumn Carnival campaign, Brazen Beau was unlucky to finish second in the Group 1 J.J. Atkins (1600m) over winter, but returned in spring for success in both the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and major Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) most notably.

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2015 T.J. Smith Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Trainer Benchmark
1 2147x2208x A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody N/A
2 6x121119x AFLEET ESPRIT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
3 512x31425x ANGELIC LIGHT Robbie Griffiths N/A
4 02x090x5x9 ARINOSA Chris Waller N/A
5 35x15844x ARMADA Peter G Moody N/A
6 1811x1x AS NEEDED Anthony Cummings 80
7 94800x167x BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren N/A
8 954x91106x BOSS LANE Ron Quinton 87
9 5x122x511x BRAZEN BEAU Chris Waller N/A
10 313x18740x BRING ME THE MAID Peter G Moody N/A
11 7333x1746x BUFFERING Robert Heathcote N/A
12 6x4x1233x1 CATKINS Chris Waller N/A
13 12715x112x CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
14 32x52x1 CHLOE IN PARIS Ciaron Maher N/A
15 30x112150x CLUSTER Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
16 53303x960x CORNROW Mick Price N/A
17 11x111x DEEP FIELD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
18 111x4342x2 DELECTATION Chris Waller N/A
19 20x620642x DRIEFONTEIN Gai Waterhouse 107
20 1112x3318x EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea N/A
21 714x31162x ELOPING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison N/A
22 5190x3136x FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith N/A
23 85x14131x3 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
24 0x9214x02x FONTELINA Anthony Cummings 108
25 10110x GALAXY PEGASUS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
26 113x11226x GIRL GUIDE David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
27 111x GOLD SEVENTY SEVEN Kris Lees 75
28 434x11650x GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
29 5x114x GUN CASE Liam Birchley N/A
30 205x12497x ICONIC Tony McEvoy N/A
31 0x46x5229x I’M ALL THE TALK Gary Portelli N/A
32 2x2270x69x JABALI Mick Price N/A
33 x11133250x KNOYDART John O’Shea N/A
34 3x20340x0x KUMAON John O’Shea N/A
35 165x11113x KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride N/A
36 1111x2213x LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price N/A
37 1144x4227x LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing N/A
38 000x32212x LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir N/A
39 x62210x17x MIRACLES OF LIFE Peter & Paul Snowden N/A
40 x119330x3x MISSY LONGSTOCKING Liam Birchley N/A
41 34x6323x MORE RADIANT Mick Price N/A
42 1x1121x MOSSFUN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
43 13x1428x NORDIC EMPIRE Mick Price N/A
44 147x17520x NOSTRADAMUS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes N/A
45 1x OF THE BRAVE Mark Riley N/A
46 x1511x111x OUR BOY MALACHI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 105
47 227x85040x PERON Peter G Moody N/A
48 47x416744x PRESS REPORT Lee Curtis 75
49 136x090x3x RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride 105
50 2547x3347x REBEL DANE Gary Portelli N/A
51 112x1x ROYAL SNITZEL Mick Price N/A
52 0x8 ROYALIC Mark Riley N/A
53 114x10x RUBICK Gerald Ryan N/A
54 16533x300x RYKER Gai Waterhouse N/A
55 60x211x89x SIDESTEP John O’Shea N/A
56 14x6x313 SINGLE DAYS Jason Warren N/A
57 11x SISTONIC David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
58 6x2113D11x SMART CASH Barry Lockwood N/A
59 212x SUPARA Gai Waterhouse 71
60 729x12412x SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse N/A
61 x113213x1x TAWTEEN David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A
62 x110x1151x TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride N/A
63 113x THINKING OF YOU (NZ) Peter G Moody 76
64 91437x112x TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride 112
65 262x12111x TRUST IN A GUST Darren Weir N/A
66 114540x25x VA PENSIERO Jason Coyle 95
67 1×2 VEZALAY Leon & Troy Corstens N/A
68 0x1384x69x VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings 104
69 1x11x1x WAWAIL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig N/A