2022 T.J. Smith Stakes Betting Tips & Predictions

We have expert betting tips for the TJ Smith Stakes this Saturday at Randwick which features a quality field of 11 world class sprinters.

It’s a stacked field for the feature sprint of The Championships, including Nature Strip, Eduardo and the recent sensation Shelby Sixtysix.

We have a runner-by-runner betting guide available for the TJ Smith Stakes, which runs at 4:35 pm.

All odds are with Neds – our No. 1 rated bookmaker. You can join Neds by clicking HERE.

Best bets for T.J. Smith Stakes 2022


Best Bet:

Eduardo @ $3.60 Bet @ Neds


Best Each Way Bet:

Shelby Sixtysix @ $5.50 Bet @ Neds


Best Roughie:

Paulele @ $14 Bet @ Neds


T.J. Smith Stakes Trifecta Tips

Punters should have five runners on their ticket for the TJ Smith Stakes trifecta.

  • Eduardo
  • Shelby Sixtysix
  • Paulele
  • Nature Strip
  • Masked Crusader

T.J. Smith Stakes First-Four Tips

We have included six runners for our TJ Smith Stakes first-four.

  • Eduardo
  • Shelby Sixtysix
  • Paulele
  • Nature Strip
  • Masked Crusader
  • Overpass

T.J. Smith Stakes Form Guide & Tips

1. Nature Strip ($2.80) Bet @ Neds

Nature Strip is the class runner of the field, but the extremely heavy conditions could play against him.

He likes the sting out of the surface, but he floundered late last start and that’s not a good sign, especially with a trip to Royal Ascot approaching.

He goes into the mix, but $2.80 is too short.

2. Eduardo (Best Bet – $3.60) Bet @ Neds

Eduardo is our top pick because he never runs a bad race and he enjoys running on heavy tracks.

The 11-time winner owns three wins from four starts in the heavy and he was too classy for Shelby Sixtysix last time out.

That form looks good and he should push forward and get the run of the race.

3. Masked Crusader ($9.50) Bet @ Neds

Masked Crusader hasn’t shown up this preparation but this is the time of the year when he produces.

Making ground in the tough conditions isn’t easy, so he’ll need to be good. He’s a first four chance given his current form.

4. Zoutori ($81) Bet @ Neds

He isn’t running well enough and this would be a huge upset. We can’t see him figuring in the finish at any stage.

5. Count de Rupee ($34) Bet @ Neds

It’s tough to ignore Count de Rupee’s failure at Flemington. He didn’t do much, but he is a four-time winner at the distance.

They might outsprint him here, but watch for him late.

6. Shelby Sixtysix (Best Each Way – $5.50) Bet @ Neds

Recent racing has improved Shelby Sixtysix and he’s now a Group 1 winner after winning The Galaxy.

It was a tremendous effort, and despite being only a fivet-time winner, he’s in the form of his life and can’t be overlooked.

Four of his wins have come in heavy conditions.

7. Rule of Law ($67) Bet @ Neds

Rule of Law looked good when winning four on the bounce earlier this preparation but he was found out last start.

This is no easier and he should struggle to keep up with them.

8. Roch ‘n’ Horse ($23) Bet @ Neds

The Kiwi scored a huge upset when winning the Lightning Stakes at $101. It was a massive boil over and we don’t think he can repeat it.

It’s a vastly different race, but the heavy conditions could play into his hands being from across the Tasman.

9. Overpass ($16) Bet @ Neds

Overpass has two wins already this campaign and he wasn’t far behind Shelby Sixtysix last start.

However, he will need to find a couple of lengths based on that effort. The wet track isn’t a worry and he could run into a minor placing at odds.

10. Belluci Babe ($27) Bet @ Neds

We would be surprised if the five-year-old mare was able to keep up with the talent in this field.

She finished fourth last time out, but she carried a much lighter weight, so she’s not helped by the rise to 56.5kg.

11. Paulele (Best Roughie – $11) Bet @ Neds

Paulele didn’t have all favours in The Galaxy at Rosehill but he could bounce back.

He’s unbeaten in five starts at Randwick, which can’t be ignored, and the course specialist is paying value odds.

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After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
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