Darley gelding Pinwheel was at his consistent best on Saturday as he produced a strong first-up effort to win the Group 3 2012 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm.
Kerrin McEvoy rode the seven-year-old aggressively and it paid dividends as he took the lead in the early part of the straight before galloping clear to score a two-length victory ahead of Centennial Park and Rolling Pin.
It was the 11th win of Pinwheel’s career from 33 starts and the son of Lonhro is now closing in on $1 million in prize money.
Speaking after the race, trainer Peter Snowden described Pinwheel as a “favourite” in the stable following what was his fifth stakes victory.
“Every campaign he delivers and he is a proven weight-for-age horse,” Snowden said.
Pinwheel will now be aimed at the Group 2 Warwick Stakes on Saturday week where he is likely to face a far tougher field including star sprinter Rain Affair.
Snowden said he never expects Pinwheel to be a Group 1 winner but praised his ability to always produce his best.
“I don’t think he’s a Group One horse except maybe in a handicap but he’s a wonderful horse to have,” he said.
Despite consistent performances, it was the first-time Pinwheel had claimed victory since last year’s Warwick Stakes.
Taking runner-up honours was Centennial Park who was impressive in his first-up start after struggling during the autumn.
Gwenda Markwell’s gelding Rolling Pin also finished off the race well and was rewarded with a third-place finish.
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Missile Stakes 2012 – Results
|1||1||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||–||5||58.5kg||$2.50F|
|2||3||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||1.8L||1||58.5kg||$7.50|
|3||7||ROLLING PIN (NZ)||Gwenda Markwell||Nash Rawiller||2.8L||3||58.5kg||$10|
|4||2||TITLE||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||3.5L||6||58.5kg||$4.60|
|5||6||WELKOM GOLD||Darren Smith||Peter Robl||5.2L||7||58.5kg||$8|
|6||4||ADNOCON||Gerald Ryan||Blake Shinn||8.2L||4||58.5kg||$11|
|7||5||TAGUS||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||10.1L||8||58.5kg||$18|
|8||8||STELLAR ACADEMY||Dale Wagstaff||Adam Hyeronimus (a)||10.5L||2||58.5kg||$201|