Nominations for one of the 2012-13 Australian Racing season’s opening Group race features have now been released with 11 hopefuls currently entered for the Missile Stakes 2012 at Warwick Farm this Saturday.
Won 12 months ago by the subsequent Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes and All Aged Stakes runner-up Rain Affair, the $125,000 Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) has this year had its nominations extended until Tuesday at 11am (local time).
Of the early Missile Stakes nominees just three horses aren’t using the race as a first-up springboard into the spring, one of which is Anthony Cummings’ lightly-raced Fastnet Rock filly She’s A Fox.
Coming off a blistering four length victory over 1100m at the track on July 28, She’s A Fox is targeting the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 15 during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
She is likely to bypass the Missle Stakes then in favour of one of the traditional Golden Rose lead-ups also running at Warwick Farm this weekend, the $100,000 Listed The Rosebud (1200m).
Cummings could still be represented in the 2012 Missile Stakes field however having also entered his promising Fastnet Rock colt Ninth Legion who ran a good fifth in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm last time out on June 9, but The Rosebud is also looking a good option for them.
“It will all depend on what the nominations look like for both races,” Cummings said.
“At this stage both horses will be running (on Saturday).
“The original plan was the Rosebud but we could make a switch if we have too (with one).
“She’s A Fox came through her first-up win in very good order and will be ridden by Hugh Bowman and Peter (Robl) is going to be on Ninth Legion, a horse he has a big opinion of.”
Last year’s winning Missile Stakes trainer Joe Pride meanwhile has nominated for two from his stables with his evergreen Sandtrap seven-year-old Earnest Ernest, and multiple stakes winner Title last seen finishing fourth to Queenslander Temple Of Boom in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick in April.
Six-year-old Honours List gelding Title will be wearing blinkers in the Missile Stakes, Pride happy with their fitness after a winning 830m trial at Randwick on July 30.
“I was very happy with Title’s trial, he didn’t have the shades (blinkers) on and he is a different horse when he has them so all is going well,” Pride said.
Pride also said that Earnest Ernest was only a rough chance of lining up in the fairly weak Missile Stakes this year, depending on the weather and number of acceptors.
“Earnest is a chance, he will only run if the track is wet and the field is very small,” he said.
Other notable chances include David Vandyke’s Group winning Commands gelding Lamasery resuming off a length nine month spell, the Peter Snowden-trained Pinwheel, and the David Payne-trained duo of Centennial Park and Praecido.
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2012 Missile Stakes Nominations
Warwick Farm – 11/08/2012
|1||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||–|
|2||EARNEST ERNEST (NZ)||Joseph Pride||79|
|4||NINTH LEGION||Anthony Cummings||75|
|6||PRAECIDO (NZ)||David Payne||94|
|7||ROLLING PIN (NZ)||Gwenda Markwell||89|
|8||SHE’S A FOX||Anthony Cummings||–|
|9||TAGUS||John P Thompson||95|
|11||WELKOM GOLD||Darren Smith||–|