Fourteen sprinters have been confirmed in the TJ Smith Stakes final field and will chase the biggest sprint crown of the 2017 Autumn Carnival at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Team Hawkes did not reveal which race on Day 1 of The Championships Chautauqua would contest, but have confirmed the multiple Group 1 winner in the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes field.
Winner of each of the two most recent edition of the TJ Smith Stakes, Chautauqua has saluted at the highest level of racing on a total of five occasions; including the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m) in Hong Kong most recently last May.
While failing to come up in spring, the Encosta De Lago gelding resumed this time for third in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) and has since finished second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and third in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
Chautauqua will jumping from barrier 11 on Saturday and a number of other veterans have drawn into the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes field in wide barriers, including Terravista (barrier 12) and Rebel Dane (14).
Breaking through for his first Group 1 win in the 2014 edition of the Darley Classic (1200m), Terravista continued to produce strong and consistent results throughout the next two years, but was unable to return to winning form at the peak of racing.
Rated only an outside chance in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up this time, Terravista produced a smart turn of foot in the dying stages of the race to post an impressive win.
While failing to produce much when eleventh in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) last time out on March 11th, the Captain Rio gelding is sure to have taken benefit from the run ahead of the TJ Smith Stakes.
Rebel Dane won the 2013 edition of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and is another horse that was unable to return to winning form at the highest level until he beat many of his TJ Smith Stakes rivals in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) last spring.
The California Dane entire resumed for ninth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1100m) last Friday and will also carry benefit into the TJ Smith Stakes.
Malaguerra, Spieth and Russian Revolution have all been confirmed to take their places in the 2017 TJ Smith Stakes.
Posting his first Group 1 win in the BTC Cup (1200m) while under the care of Lee & Anthony Freedman during the 2016 Brisbane Winter Carnival, Malaguerra was transferred to the care of Peter Gelagotis in spring and capped his year with a smart win in the Darley Classic.
Having resumed this year for a classy win in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m), the Magnus gelding could only manage a mid-pack finish in the Group 1 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes (1400m) last time out and has subsequently been freshened-up for the TJ Smith Stakes.
Spieth is unlucky not to have posted a Group 1 win and will undoubtedly require luck to reverse the trend on Saturday after drawing into the TJ Smith Stakes field in barrier 13.
Finishing second to Malaguerra by the bob of a head in the Darley Classic, the Thorn Park entire returned for a similarly-close second to Terravista in the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes.
Failing to match the late pace when ninth in the Newmarket Handicap last time out, Spieth will be partnered by Hugh Bowman in the TJ Smith Stakes.
Russian Revolution was a strong and consistent performer for Peter & Paul Snowden in spring and ended his year third in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
The Sydney trainers elected to saddle Russian Revolution first-up in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) a fortnight ago and were rewarded for the decision when the colt flew home late to claim a maiden win at the highest level.
2017 TJ Smith Field and Barrier Draw
|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|