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Record Entries For TJ Smith Stakes
The $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) has received a record number of first acceptances following the closing deadline. The number of entries for the feature sprint have steadily risen from 46 in 2014 to 54 first acceptances this year. The $1 million Inglis Sires' (1400m) also rose from 70 in 2015 to 78 this year, along with the $2 million Australian Derby (2400m) which is a couple up from last year (46 first acceptances). "The TJ Smith Stakes has become an iconic race and interest grows each year," said Mr Peter V'landys AM, Racing NSW's Chief Executive. "In just two editions we have seen some outstanding sprinters contest the race with superstars Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee winning." He added: "This year's TJ Smith will be another great race with Chautauqua back to defend his crown in what will be a star-studded couple of days racing during The Championships." The $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) attracted 74 first acceptances with some outstanding talent set to compete in the time-honoured event including Press Statement, Turn Me Loose, Happy Clapper, Victorian visitor Azkadellia, last year's winner Kermadec and the 'find' of the autumn, Le Romain. The $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) has 60 first acceptances and is led by ruling favourite Winx, along with 2015 Australian Derby winner Mongolian Khan, last year's victor Criterion, Bow Creek and highly-regarded Japanese galloper, Tosen Stardom. Australian Turf Club's CEO, Darren Pearce, said: "The strong number of entries across all races is further evidence of the growing stature of The Championships. The Star Doncaster Mile, with a greater spread of weights this year, is shaping as one of the races of the Sydney Autumn Carnival, continuing in the great tradition of the famous Royal Randwick mile. Click here to view first acceptance for Day One of The Championships featuring the Doncaster, TJ Smith, Australian Derby and Sires' Produce. Click here to view first acceptances for Day Two of The Championships featuring the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sydney Cup and Australian Oaks.