Aussie Stock Horse Trainers
Born in Jembaicumbene, New South Wales, Thomas John Smith AM MBE was a tough working child who aided his daddy in breaking in horses from an early age. Although he lacked a formal education, he went on to turned into one of the most lookinged after trainers in Australia.
As a kid, Tommy took pleasure in riding horses for his father at picnic races. In 1955 was the beginning of Tommy Smith’s 33 succeeding Sydney training premierships. However, Tommy yearned to become a jockey, a desire that took him to Melbourne and afterwards Sydney. During this time, he likewise worked at Wagga for Mark Sawyer, a nation nobleman. A bad fall throughout while riding over hurdles led to a damaged hip, which marked completion of his career as a jockey.
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With his dream to become top jockey short lived, Smith acquired a fitness instructor’s license in 1941, which brought him virtually instant success with Bragger, a steed that he broke in as well as had. His hard work continued while he rented 2 horses boxes in Kensington, living in one, and housing Bragger in the other. Bragger verified to be much even more than a ‘brag’, winning 13 races consisting of the Tramway Stakes at Department level. His success established Smith’s credibility as a trainer, success that he flaunted with flashy fits, worked with vehicles and drinking. Nevertheless, it was Bragger who pertained to the rescue when again, who, until he was ten continued his winning streak. Sadly, Bragger eventually died in a float fire.
Playboy continued from where Bragger left off, winning the 1949 AJC Derby, which was Smith’s first Group 1 winner, as well as the first of 35 derby winners that Smith trained. Playboy at 100/1, brought his horse trainer a substantial sum of money. A big controversy for Tommy Smith in December of 1950 resulted in a 5 years suspension which was later promoted by the AJC. Smith got away with a reprimand and had his license reinstated in January 1951.
Smith’s 33 successive Sydney training premierships started in 1953. Success continued with Australia’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup, coming his method where Toparoa in 1955 beat Rising Quickly. His next Melbourne Cup was to come from Simply a Dash in 1981. The other high class horses to stand out from Smith’s steady in the 1950s were Redcraze and the invincible Tulloch, whose significant success consisted of the Caulfield Cup in 1957 and
Apart from a stable run of 33 consecutive premierships, Smith’s next training premiership came in the 1987-88 season. His long list of prizes consisted of a record breaking 16 Chelmsford Stakes, 7 Cox Plates, and 6 Golden Slippers. Not to forget, 35 derby wins throughout the continent. During his exemplary profession, Smith had 279 Group 1 winners to his credit. The champ trainer left his mark on every track throughout Australia, leaving his tradition to his little girl Gai Waterhouse. The T J Smith Stakes, while his records will unquestionably last an extremely long time, this race run at Randwick Racecourse yearly is held in his memory.