Russian Revolution one of 3 3yos in 2017 T J Smith Stakes

March 28th, 2017

Last start Group 1 Galaxy winner Russian Revolution is one of three three-year-olds in the fifteen horse final field for the Group 1 $2.5m Darley T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on day one of ‘The Championships’ on Saturday.

3yo Russian Revolution, above, will take on the older horses again in the T J Smith Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

3yo Russian Revolution, above, will take on the older horses again in the T J Smith Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Peter and Paul Snowden trained Russian Revolution earned his place in the T J Smith Stakes field with a hard fought win over his stablemate Redzel in the Group 1 $700,000 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 18.

The Snitzel colt will be joined by fellow three year olds Astern and Derryn in taking on the older horses in ‘The Championships’ premier weight for age race for the sprinters.

The Lindsay Park trained Derryn is coming off a last start win in the Listed $125,000 Quickway Constructions Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on March 18 while the John O’Shea trained Astern is first up since running second to Flying Artie in the Group 1 $500,000 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington during the 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival.

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy gets the ride again on Russian Revolution who has drawn worse than midfield at barrier ten while Derryn will jump one from out wide at barrier fourteen with Regan Bayliss in the saddle again.

Golden Rose winner Astern has drawn nicely at barrier four with English jockey James Doyle taking the mount.

T J Smith Stakes title holder Chautauqua will be chasing his third straight win in the $2.5m sprint and Team Hawkes have decided to drop the grey flash back to a sprinting distance after stepping him up trip last start for a third to Winx in the Group 1 $1m China Horse Club George Ryder (1500m) at Rosehill on March 18.

Tommy Berry steered Chautauqua to his two victories in his 2015 and 2016 T J Smith Stakes wins and has been aboard the six year old at his last two starts which included a nose second to Le Romain two starts back in the Group 1 $500,000 BMW Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 4.

Also included in the T J Smith Stakes field are Group 1 winners Malaguerra (Barrier 7), Terravista (12), Rebel Dane (15), Japonisme (5) and English (1).

2017 T J Smith Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 311x47x323 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 11 58.5kg 118
2 619x215x16 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 7 58.5kg
3 x296x20x10 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Corey Brown 12 58.5kg 113
4 4x236710x9 REBEL DANE Gary Portelli Craig Williams 15 58.5kg
5 13x6039x65 JAPONISME Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 58.5kg 108
6 156x323x66 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Joao Moreira 6 58.5kg 107
7 0111x12x29 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Hugh Bowman 13 58.5kg
8 12311210×2 VOODOO LAD Darren Weir Damian Lane 3 58.5kg 104
9 x3221123x4 ROCK MAGIC Chris Gangemi Jarrad Noske 8 58.5kg
10 42x256Px1x TARGET IN SIGHT Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 2 58.5kg 105
11 1x26330x15 TIVACI Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 9 58.5kg 102
12 31x5470x17 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 1 56.5kg 110
13 x101x1122x ASTERN John O’Shea James Doyle 4 56.5kg 107
14 11114×1 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 10 56.5kg 104
15 x12037x431 DERRYN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 14 56.5kg 84