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TJ Smith Confirmed for Voodoo Lad
Talented sprinter Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible-O'Fortuna, by Gilded Time) will get the chance to secure that elusive Gr1 victory when he runs in Saturday's $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick. A winner of 9 of his 19 starts, including the Listed MRC Regal Roller Stakes, Listed SAJC Fruit Supply Stakes and Gr3 MRC Moonga Stakes, the 5YO has proven himself highly competitive in top-flight company with a second in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in the spring, before resuming with a slashing second in the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington. "He showed he was up to them in the Newmarket and he's just going great so he's going for the T.J. Smith," trainer Darren Weir told racing.com. "He never seems to run a bad race and he's going as good as ever." Voodoo Lad certainly possesses the bloodlines to be a top-class sprinter as he hails from the same female line as champion grey sprinter and 8-time Gr1 winner Schillaci.