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The opening Group race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival takes place at Randwick Racecourse on Saturday with only six nominations received for this year’s Missile Stakes 2015.
Chris Waller’s Group 2 winning French import Weary is the top rated of just six early entries taken for the $175,000 Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) that headlines the Sydney racing action on the weekend.
Having won a similar race in the Expressway Stakes first-up in January, Waller’s grey six-year-old son of Astronomer Royal is looking for another resuming run on the weekend as the sole representative for his five-time Sydney Trainers’ Premiership winning trainer.
Following Weary the next highest-rated Missile Stakes nominee this season is the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Messene.
A seven-year-old son of Lonhro, Messene was runner-up behind Sweet Idea in the Missile Stakes 12 months ago before two failed ninths behind Dissident in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in September last spring.
He hasn’t raced since but trialled well at Rosehill on a Heavy (9) course on July 21 when third behind Himalaya Dream (1st) and Group 1 winner Temple Of Boom (2nd).
The other 100-plus rated Missile Stakes chance is another seven-year-old, Burbero who is prepared by former New Zealand-based Bjorn Baker.
The O’Reilly gelding won the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill in mid-March on the back of a Canberra Cup second over 2000m before finishing sixth behind Japan’s Real Impact in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m).
His last start was a first-up second over 1100m in the mud at Canterbury on July 25, an effort he’s out to improve on second-up back in black-type company this weekend at a distance he boasts an excellent record over (9-4-1-1).
Also coming off a good resuming run is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Liberty’s Choice, the five-year-old running under a length away fourth to Rugged Cross in the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) on July 18.
Waterhouse won the Missile Stakes last year with Sweet Idea who backed-up to run second in the Memsie Stakes, the season’s opening Group 1 race in Melbourne a possible target for this weekend’s Missile winner also.
Judicial Rock also ran fourth last time out, the Flemington raider beaten under four lengths by Brook Road in the July Sprint, which is the same race Burbero ran second in.
The final Missile Stakes nominee is the Joe Pride-trained See The World who is also the veteran of the group.
A nine-year-old son of Danzero, See The Word comes off a solid winter campaign that included thirds behind Timeless Prince in the Winter Dash and Haussmann in the Winter Stakes.
The 2015 Missile Stakes final field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday afternoon so stay tuned.
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2015 Missile Stakes Nominations
Randwick Racecourse – 08/08/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||21122169×2||BURBERO (NZ)||G||7||Bjorn Baker||103|
|2||2267×62504||JUDICIAL ROCK||M||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||73|
|3||223x0276x4||LIBERTY’S CHOICE||G||5||Gai Waterhouse||90|
|4||1x117x299x||MESSENE||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||106|
|5||7567×47336||SEE THE WORLD||G||9||Joseph Pride||98|
|6||60x130082x||WEARY (FR)||G||6||Chris Waller||107|
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