The 2024 TJ Smith Stakes, a highlight of “The Championships,” promises a thrilling clash of sprinters this Saturday at Royal Randwick.

William Reid Stakes 2024 winner Imperatriz

Imperatriz is narrow favourite to extend her Group 1 tally to 11 this weekend in Sydney’s 2024 TJ Smith Stakes. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The $3 million Group 1 race (1200m) features a field of fifteen elite short-distance horses.

Mark Walker‘s exceptional mare Imperatriz headlines the field as the narrow $3 favourite at Ladbrokes.

The I Am Invincible five-year-old boasts a remarkable record, having won ten Group 1 races to date.

While Moonee Valley might be her happy hunting ground, her sheer class makes her a force to be reckoned with.

Opie Bosson stays aboard Imperatriz, who has drawn well in barrier six.

Last year’s winner, I Wish I Win, is the main danger at $3.60.

Trained by Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman and partnered by big race specialist James McDonald, this Savabeel gelding has a strong fresh record and looks poised for a successful title defence.

Drawn barrier four, I Wish I Win aims to become the latest horse to achieve multiple wins in the TJ Smith Stakes since three-time champions Chautauqua (2015-17) and Nature Strip (2020-22).

Several other horses have the potential to cause an upset.

Annabel Neasham‘s consistent mare Sunshine In Paris ($8) is a reliable contender with a good record at Randwick and a step-up in distance to suit.

Chris Waller‘s Espiona ($11) is another to watch.

Drawn a wide barrier (13), she is seeking her first win in the race but comes in fit after a string of placings.

Trainer Joe Pride has three runners, including last year’s third-place finisher Mazu.

Witness top-flight sprinting at its finest! The 2024 TJ Smith Stakes takes place at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

2024 TJ Smith Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 51x231x32x I WISH I WIN (NZ) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman James McDonald 4 58.5kg 117
2 05x132x260 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Blake Shinn 14 58.5kg 112
3 363x9054x5 MAZU Joseph Pride Tim Clark 12 58.5kg 109
4 x3441x2545 COAL CRUSHER Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller 10 58.5kg 108
5 x154149x30 AFT CABIN James Cummings Zac Purton 8 58.5kg 106
6 7x1382x490 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Ben Melham 15 58.5kg 106
7 7x244x2712 JOHNNY ROCKER Nick Ryan Mark Zahra 3 58.5kg 106
8 1x1111x121 IMPERATRIZ Mark Walker Opie Bosson 6 56.5kg 119
9 x33315x454 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher Craig Williams 11 56.5kg 113
10 7x21714x33 ESPIONA Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 13 56.5kg 113
11 13121x1x2 SUNSHINE IN PARIS Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 9 56.5kg 111
12 x11350x610 CYLINDER James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 7 56.5kg 109
13 x13x5131x6 MAGIC TIME Grahame Begg Michael Dee 1 56.5kg 109
14 464x370x01 CHAIN OF LIGHTNING Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 2 56.5kg 106
15 x5x46555x2 WILLINGA BEAST Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 5 56.5kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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