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 on Saturday 6th August.It is the headline race at the meeting that also features the $100,000 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 $150,000 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).
The next edition of the Missile Stakes takes place on Saturday August 5th, 2017.
Missile Stakes Field
2017 Missile Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||251x11202x||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||8||58.5kg||116|
|2||8×53135120||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||4||58.5kg||108|
|3||6618×03122||THE MONSTAR||Brett Cavanough||Josh Adams||5||58.5kg||105|
|4||887x0x7101||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Andrew Adkins (a)||3||58.5kg||104|
|5||4x6548x2x6||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||7||58.5kg||101|
|6||x31212652x||HARPER’S CHOICE||Gerald Ryan||Jason Collett||2||58.5kg||89|
|7||1412×05771||TYCOON TARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||1||56.5kg||110|
|8||2x1541112x||INVINCIBLE GEM||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||6||56.5kg||94|
|9||32×1131121||MEMES||Jason Coyle||Ms Rachel King (a)||9||56.5kg||89|
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 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m), another weight-for-age event.
Fit winter types can also feature in the Missile Stakes line-up and boast the edge over the resuming sprinters. Missile Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with final acceptances and the barrier draw released on the Wednesday.
The other runner to win all three Brisbane Winter features was Pressday (2010), while other recent winners of the Champagne Classic – BRC Sires’ double include Virage de Fortune (2005) and Lovely Jubly (2002). BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.
Missile Stakes Odds
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.
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.
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). 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.
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 Sweet Idea (2014), Rain Affair (2013 and 2011), Pinwheel (2012) and Dance Hero (2005).
2017 Missile Stakes Results
|1||8||INVINCIBLE GEM||Kris Lees||Corey Brown||–||6||56.5kg||$6.50|
|2||1||LE ROMAIN||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||1.3L||7||58.5kg||$1.95F|
|3||3||THE MONSTAR||Brett Cavanough||Josh Adams||1.5L||5||58.5kg||$8.50|
|4||4||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Andrew Adkins (a)||2.2L||3||58.5kg||$21|
|5||6||HARPER’S CHOICE||Gerald Ryan||Jason Collett||3.5L||2||58.5kg||$31|
|6||7||TYCOON TARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||5.7L||1||56.5kg||$8|
|7||9||MEMES||Jason Coyle||Ms Rachel King (a)||6L||8||56.5kg||$12|
|8||2||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||6.6L||4||58.5kg||$13|
Missile Stakes Winners
|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|
|2001||Sportsbrat||Air She Goes||Lonhro||1:06.7|