Missile Stakes 2020

Saturday August 8, 2020

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 Royal Randwick Racecourse in early August. It is the headline race at the meeting that also features the $140,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m) for three-year-olds heading towards the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

Run under weight-for-age conditions, the Missile Stakes is contested over 1200m and offers $200,000 in total prize money. 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 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) in Sydney.

The latest edition of the Missile Stakes took place on Saturday August 8, 2020 and was won by potential The Everest-bound Eduardo. 

2020 Missile Stakes Results

The official Missile Stakes 2020 results and finishing order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 8, 2020.

  • 1st: #10 Eduardo
  • 2nd: #5 Flit
  • 3rd: #3 Imaging

Eduardo saluted for the punters as the $2.30 favourite in the Missile Stakes 2020 results, the potential $15 million The Everest hopeful handing his new trainer Joe Pride with a third win in the event when holding out Flit ($4) for a 1.5 length victory.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 2 56kg $2.30F
2 5 FLIT James Cummings James McDonald 1.5L 1 57kg $4
3 3 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1.9L 4 57.5kg $11
4 11 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 2L 5 56kg $15
5 2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Adam Hyeronimus 2.6L 3 57.5kg $13
6 4 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 4.6L 6 57kg $4.60
13 SAVATIANO James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0
12 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 0
9 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Jason Collett 0
6 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 0
1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 0
8 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 0
7 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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) was the latest first-up champion 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) as the latest favourites to get the job done.

2020 Missile Stakes Odds

The top Missile Stakes 2020 odds will be provided below as soon as betting on the Group 2 race at Rosehill Gardens opens.

Missile Stakes Field

The Missile Stakes 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).

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.

2020 Missile Stakes Field

The official Missile Stakes 2020 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.

Ten-time Group 1 winning Kiwi Melody Belle is favourite in a 13-horse Missile Stakes field for 2020 drawn in gate 11, while the resuming Godolphin-raced Thousand Guineas champ Flit jumps from the inside alley.

Scratchings: #1 Kolding; #6 Cascadian (12); #7 Special Reward (13); #8 Hightail (3) runs at Flemington on Saturday instead in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap; #9 Le Romain (4); #12 Signore Fox (8); #13 Savatiano (5).

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 7 59kg 110
2 x6101x300x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Adam Hyeronimus 6 57.5kg 110
3 2x20x8100x IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 57.5kg 108
4 1112x3346x MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 11 57kg 115
5 2914x1602x FLIT James Cummings James McDonald 1 57kg 105
6 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 12 56.5kg 107
7 11x56x211x SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 13 56.5kg 105
8 8x213x1108 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 3 56.5kg 94
9 6x30x30x4x LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Jason Collett 4 56kg 111
10 03x37x07x1 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 2 56kg 102
11 60123250×3 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 10 56kg 100
12 x1515x0801 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 8 56kg 98
13 101x12766x SAVATIANO James Cummings Ms Rachel King 5 55.5kg 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Missile Stakes Nominations

The Missile Stakes 2020 early nominations close the Monday of race week with the full list of potential runners to be published below.

Sixteen hopefuls are nominated for the Missile Stakes in 2020 including a host of Group 1 winners led by 10-time elite level mare from NZ Melody Belle.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 243182×472 BOOM QUEEN M 5 Tony Ball 57
2 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 107
3 03x37x07x1 EDUARDO G 7 Joseph Pride 102
4 2914x1602x FLIT M 4 James Cummings 105
5 60123250×3 GLENALL G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
6 8x213x1108 HIGHTAIL G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 94
7 24720×3734 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 9 James Cummings 104
8 2x20x8100x IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
9 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 110
10 6x30x30x4x LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 111
11 1112x3346x MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 6 Jamie Richards 115
12 x6101x300x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
13 17359x RETURN WITH HONOUR C 3 Gerald Ryan 70
14 101x12766x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 110
15 x1515x0801 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
16 11x56x211x SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 105

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 Randwick 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.

2020 Missile Stakes Tips

Our insider Missile Stakes 2020 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.

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 placegetter 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.

2020 Missile Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed Missile Stakes 2020 form guide will be available below after the field is announced for the $200,000 August feature.

Missile Stakes Results

The Missile Stakes results have been dominated by local Sydney sprinters running first-up for the season. Notable recent Missile Stakes winners include Godolphin’s classy mare Alizee (2019), Pierata (2018), Sweet Idea (2014), Rain Affair (2013 and 2011), Pinwheel (2012) and Dance Hero (2005).

Missile Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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