The Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick on Saturday is the first Stakes race of the new 2018 – 2019 racing season and has attracted a high class field of sprinters.
Several of the ten runners in the Missile Stakes, including Kementari, Pierata and She Will Reign, are vying for a slot in the $13m The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on October 13 and a good performance could see them catch the eye of one of the remaining three slot holders who are still looking to sign up a runner for the world’s richest race on turf.
Group 1 winners Music Magnate, Kementari, Takedown and She Will Reign are all kicking off their 2018 Spring Carnival campaign in the Missile Stakes while the Magic Millions 3yo Guineas winner Pierata is also facing the starter for the first time after a spell.
We have analysed every horse in the field and our 2018 Missile Stakes tips can be found below.
Music Magnate was the winner of the 2016 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) at Doomben and will be having his first run back since finishing eleventh in the Group 1 US$1m Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) at Meydan in Dubai on March 31. Music Magnate has shown that he has recovered from the trip to the Middle East with two recent Rosehill barrier trial wins and has won first up in the past. Hugh Bowman takes the ride and any on course betting moves should be noted.
The James Cummings trained Kementari has been installed the early favourite for the Missile Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au for his first up assignment. Kementari joined the Group 1 winner’s club with a victory in the Randwick Guineas over 1600m at Randwick during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival and is certain to be very competitive over the 1200m while fresh. A dominant win by the Lonhro stallion could see him snapped up by one of the remaining slot holders for The Everest.
Showtime is yet to salute at the highest level but has been Group 1 placed on two occasions in the past and he is certain to be very competitive in many races throughout the Spring. Showtime has had one official barrier trial since finishing third in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on April 21 but is yet to win first up with his record showing three seconds from four first up attempts.
Pierata was the star three year old of the 2017 – 2018 Queensland Summer Racing Carnival with a win in the $2m Magic Millions 3yo Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast in January but found one better during the Sydney Autumn Carnival in Kementari. Pierata was runner up to Kementari twice in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) and in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and will be lining up alongside of the James Cummings trained four year old again in the Missile Stakes.
The Brett Cavanough trained The Monstar was a Group 2 winner three starts back in the Moreton Cup (1200m) at the Sunshine Coast during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival but will be facing a much stronger field in the Missile Stakes. The Monstar will race with the blinkers back on and has been installed as one of the outsiders of the field and a win would be a major upset.
Lanciato is another at double figure odds and will be better suited later in the Spring Carnival over more ground. The Mark Newnham trained six year old is having his first run since finishing seventh to Happy Clapper in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on day one of The Championships on April 7.
Takedown hasn’t found the winner’s stall since his victory in the 2016 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot in Perth and we would like to see him perform at his best on the race track before considering him as a threat. The Gary Moore trained six year old will be facing the starter for the time since finishing sixth in the Listed Luskin Stakes (1300m) at Scone on May 12 and in early markets for the Missile Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au is listed as a $41 chance.
Boss Lane is the outsider of the field and will find it hard to keep up with some of these going on his last start ninth in the 1100m July Sprint at Randwick a fortnight ago.
She Will Reign
2017 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign has a perfect four from four first up record and has a great chance to keep that record intact in the Missile Stakes. Kerrin McEvoy is back in the saddle and has had one ride on the Gary Portelli trained mare for a win in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley during the 2017 Melbourne Spring Carnival. Another first up win could see her find a slot in The Everest.
Egyptian Symbol has shown plenty of potential in the past but is facing a slick field of sprinters in the Missile Stakes and is hard to recommend on her latest form during the 2018 Autumn Carnival against the fillies and the mares.