Missile Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Missile Stakes is a starting point for Group 1-bound sprinters in the spring

The Missile Stakes is a Group 2 sprint race held at the very start of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival at either Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in early August.

2022 Missile Stakes winner Hard Empire

2022 Missile Stakes winner Hard Empire. Photo: Steve Hart.

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the Missile Stakes is contested over 1200m and offers $300,000 in total prize money as of 2023. Recently upgraded from its previous Group 3 status, it is the first Group race of the new racing season in Sydney.

The bulk of the runners in the race are kicking off their campaigns and heading towards tougher assignments in Sydney and Melbourne over the coming weeks / months including Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) or the new opening elite-level of the season, the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. The Show County Quality on Winx Stakes Day is also a potential next-up option for Missile Stakes graduates.

Recently the 2020 Missile Stakes winner Eduardo went on to frank the form the following year winning Sydney’s Group 1 The Galaxy and Brisbane’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 in 2021.

The Missile Stakes also now serves as a key early lead-up into the $20 million The Everest held in October.

The latest edition of the Missile Stakes took place on Saturday August 5, 2023 at Rosehill Gardens and saw the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained favourite I Am Me ($2.40F) lead all-the-way to salute for the punters. 

2023 Missile Stakes Results

The official Missile Stakes 2023 results and finishing order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 5, 2023.

  • 1st: #11 I Am Me

    2023 Missile Stakes winner I Am Me

    2023 Missile Stakes winner I Am Me was impressive sustaining her speed to salute for the punters. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 2nd: #6 Dragonstone
  • 3rd: #9 Deepour

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Group 1 performed daughter of I Am Invincible, I Am Me ($2.40F), used her sustained speed to lead all-the-way and salute for the punters in the 2023 Missile Stakes results to make it three-from-three at the Rosehill track.

The event was marred by the tragic death of the Joe Pride-trained Big Parade who went amiss mid-way down the straight and was subsequently euthanised due to a suspected fractured shoulder.

Missile Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 5, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age (Three-years-old & Upward)
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1978

Missile Stakes Betting

Horses with proven ability at the 1200m sprint distance and a good Sydney race record feature high-up the Missile Stakes odds each spring.

Of the resuming runners in the field, the best in Missile Stakes betting are those with a nice record first-up, while the in-form winter runners coming to the end of their campaigns are also handy in markets each season.

Alizee (2019) and I Am Me (2023) were the latest first-up champions in the Missile Stakes.

Alizee was also the odds-on favourite in Missile Stakes betting saluting for the punters and was joined by Eduardo ($2.30 in 2020) and I Am Me ($2.40 in 2023) as the latest favourites to get the job done.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Hard Empire saluting at Missile Stakes odds of $71.

2023 Missile Stakes Odds

The top Missile Stakes 2023 odds will be provided below as soon as betting on the Group 2 race at in Sydney opens.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Missile Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Missile Stakes Field

The Missile Stakes race field can feature a capacity of 18 starters but rarely reaches the limit. In fact, in recent years the Missile Stakes final field has drawn diminutive line-ups including just eight runners in 2017, ten in 2018, only five in 2019 and just six in 2020 following seven scratchings as the track was rated a Heavy (9). In 2021 just seven horses lined-up in small but classy Missile Stakes field.

Fit winter types can also feature in the Missile Stakes line-up and boast the edge over the resuming sprinters. Many horses make their four-year-old debuts in the Missile Stakes field having performed well over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival in races like the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) as three-year-olds. In 2018 the Missile Stakes winner Pierata won first-up after a Randwick Guineas second last time out. He would also go on to run two Group 1 placings in the VRC Classic (2018) at Flemington and The Galaxy (Rosehill) in 2019 before his Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) win at Randwick in April of 2019.

Missile Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with final acceptances and the barrier draw released on the Wednesday.

The Missile Stakes field features a classy line-up of sprinters and middle distance gallopers, the bulk of which are first-up off a winter spell. It is the first Group race of the season and many runners have bigger targets coming up including Randwick’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m), another weight-for-age event.

2023 Missile Stakes Field

The official Missile Stakes 2023 final field and barriers will be provided in full below the week leading-up to the race as soon as acceptances are taken by Racing NSW.

The 2023 Missile Stakes field features a quality line-up of spring-bound hopefuls including dual acceptor Ingratiating coming off a Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes win in Melbourne and the Group 1 performed I Am Me first-up from gate one.

2023 Missile Stakes Nominations

The Missile Stakes 2023 early nominations close the Monday of race week with the full list of potential runners to be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x13114x23x BIG PARADE G 7 Joseph Pride 1 56kg 108
2 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 2 56kg 105
3 1411x2400x GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 3= 59kg 104
4 73x1200x51 INGRATIATING H 5 James Cummings 3= 56.5kg 104
5 8915x6760x ROCKETING BY G 6 David Pfieffer 3= 56.5kg 104
6 146x11117x I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 54kg 103
7 x2910x500x ARGENTIA M 5 Joseph Pride 7 54.5kg 98
8 60332×5232 DRAGONSTONE G 5 Joseph Pride 8= 56kg 93
9 343538531x FENDER G 7 Brett Cavanough 8= 56kg 93
10 6x06441x22 MUCH MUCH BETTER G 6 Sara Ryan 10= 56kg 92
11 60455×8114 CHASSIS M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 10= 54kg 92
12 x961322x43 SWEET RIDE H 4 Annabel Neasham 12 56.5kg 91
13 x31x431231 WEWILLROCK (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 13 56kg 90
14 31111×3143 DEEPOUR G 6 Adam Campton 14 56kg 88
15 106x9998x5 RANTING (NZ) G 6 Nick Ryan 15 56kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Missile Stakes Tips

Looking for the proven first-up sprinters with form in tougher company are good Missile Stakes betting tips.

Other important tips to look at when making your Missile Stakes selections include keeping an eye out for runners with winning form at the track and those suited at weight-for-age.

Any smart three-year-olds in the Missile Stakes field that ran well over the autumn in races like the Randwick Guineas (1600m) also make a nice Missile Stakes tip. In 2018 the Missile Stakes winner Pierata finished second in the Randwick Guineas earlier that year.

2023 Missile Stakes Tips

Our insider Missile Stakes 2023 tips and Group 2 race selections will be listed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the runners to back in the spring lead-up this season.

  • To Win: #11 I Am Me ($3.80 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Resuming I Am Invincible mare from the ace Maher/Eustace stable looks a terrific first-up hope in this year’s Missile Stakes ahead of bigger, upcoming spring targets. She has a lovely record fresh and is two-from-two at the Rosehill track. A seven-time winner from 13 starts to date, the now five-year-old has looked strong in back-to-back winning trials ahead of the Missile. She was far from disgraced last time out back in February’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate in Melbourne when seventh but only two lengths beaten. Is up to this in a winnable edition of the Group 2.

Missile Stakes Form Guide

The Missile Stakes form guide features all the essential information including the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys, trainers and recent runs of the horses in the field.

The Missile Stakes form has stacked up in other good spring Group races over the years including the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), which has been recently renamed to the Winx Stakes and elevated to a Group 1 event.

In 2013 Rain Affair won the Missile Stakes before a third in the Warwick Stakes next time out. In 2011 Pinwheel ran third in the Missile before a Warwick Stakes victory and came back in 2012 to complete the Missile Stakes – Warwick Stakes double.

The best out of the Missile Stakes can also go onto Group 1 company during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. In 2014 Sweet Idea won the Missile Stakes before finishing second to Dissident in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield next time out. That same year the Missile Stakes third place-getter Rebel Dane also ran third next start in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in Victoria.

The Missile Stakes form was franked in 2018 when the champion Pierata went on to run third that spring in Melbourne’s Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) over the Cup Carnival, second in the following year’s Group 1 the Galaxy (1100m) in Sydney and first in the 2019 All Aged Stakes results at elite-level.

2023 Missile Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed Missile Stakes 2023 form guide will be available below after the field is announced for the $300,000 August feature.

Missile Stakes Results

The Missile Stakes race results have been dominated by local Sydney sprinters running first-up for the season.

Notable recent Missile Stakes winners include Eduardo (2020), Godolphin’s classy mare Alizee (2019), Pierata (2018), Sweet Idea (2014), Rain Affair (2013 & 2011), Pinwheel (2012), and Dance Hero (2005).

I Am Me (2023) was the last Missile Stakes winning mare.

There have been four multiple Missile Stakes winners throughout history: Rain Affair (2013 and 2011), Klokka (1993 & 1994), Joanne (1991 & 1992), and the first Campaign King (1987 & 1988).

Guineas holds the current Missile Stakes race record winning in 1997 in a time of 1 minute 02:68 seconds.

Past Missile Stakes Winners

Recent Missile Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 I Am Me Dragonstone Deepour 1:09.6
2022 Hard Empire Wandabaa Gem Song 1:10.7
2021 Phobetor Chat Fasika 1:08.5
2020 Eduardo Flit Imaging 1:12.0
2019 Alizee Invincible Gem Le Romain 1:11.2
2018 Pierata Kementari The Monstar 1:08.4
2017 Invincible Gem Le Romain The Monstar 1:11.8
2016 Tycoon Tara Rebel Dane Mount Nebo 1:15.6
2015 Burbero Weary Temple Of Boom 1:09.1
2014 Sweet Idea Messene Rebel Dane 1:09.4
2013 Rain Affair Mic Mac Title 1:10.8
2012 Pinwheel Centennial Park Rolling Pin 1:09.7
2011 Rain Affair Winter King Pinwheel 1:10.7
2010 Love Conquers All Danleigh Sniper’s Bullet 1:12.4
2009 Teasing Gold Trail Typhoon Zed 1:04.4
2008 Captain Bax Typhoon Zed Interfere 1:05.4
2007 German Chocolate La Montagna Vionneto 1:04.6
2006 Imprisoned Crimson Reign Mac’S Tune 1:06.3
2005 Dance Hero Snippetson Spark Of Life 1:02.8
2004 Spark Of Life Into The Night Dane Shadow 1:02.8
2003 Pompeii Academe Our Egyptian Raine 1:03.7
2002 Lonhro Ancient Song Notoire 1:03.5
2001 Sportsbrat Air She Goes Lonhro 1:06.7
2000 Padstow Wynciti Celestial Choir 1:03.8