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The 2018 Missile Stakes is a Group 2 sprinting event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in August as a lead-up to the Group 1 middle distance spring sprint races.
Missile Stakes News
The 2018 Missile Stakes is a Group 2 sprinting event raced over a distance of 1200m. The Missile Stakes is held at Royal Randwick Racecourse every year around early August. The Missile Stakes is worth $200,000 and is open to horses aged three years and older.
Contested under weight-for-age conditions, the Missile Stakes field usually attracts a decent selection of sprinters looking to kick their spring racing campaign off with some black-type success. Many horses run first-up in the Missile Stakes and could move towards a tougher run south during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
In 2016 Rebel Dane ran second in the Missile Stakes and went on to win that October’s Group 1 Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Eve.
The Missile Stakes 2018 will be run on Saturday August 4, 2018.
|Date:||Saturday August 4, 2018|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Weight-for-age|
2018 Missile Stakes Odds
The season’s latest Missile Stakes 2018 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.
2018 Missile Stakes Field
The Missile Stakes field often attracts top class sprinters heading towards the Group 1 sprints of the spring. Following a run in the Missile Stakes field, gallopers may back-up in another Sydney feature including the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later back at the track. In 2014 Sweet Idea won the Missile Stakes before finishing second next-up in the Memsie Stakes in Melbourne. She also placed fourth in that year’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), won the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) and ran second in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The official Missile Stakes 2018 Final Field & Barriers are now released and are published in full below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||50100x1x0x||MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Hugh Bowman||7||58.5kg||111|
|2||320x11130x||KEMENTARI||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||4||58.5kg||109|
|3||510x23723x||SHOWTIME||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||6||58.5kg||106|
|4||37x121122x||PIERATA||Gregory Hickman||James McDonald||8||58.5kg||105|
|5||34430×5104||THE MONSTAR||Brett Cavanough||Tye Angland||3||58.5kg||104|
|6||1x1x31117x||LANCIATO (NZ)||Mark Newnham||Ms Rachel King||10||58.5kg||103|
|7||400x78056x||TAKEDOWN||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||9||58.5kg||103|
|8||01Dx0230x9||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Andrew Adkins||5||58.5kg||101|
|9||1x10x1085x||SHE WILL REIGN||Gary Portelli||Kerrin McEvoy||1||56.5kg||108|
|10||5278x1327x||EGYPTIAN SYMBOL||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||2||56.5kg||103|
Missile Stakes Nominations
The early Missile Stakes 2018 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to the race and will be available below as soon as released.
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||9x4113x125||BOLERO KING||G||5||Clarry Conners||73|
|2||887x0x7101||BOSS LANE||G||7||Ron Quinton||104|
|4||521113×444||DORF STAR||G||5||Clarry Conners||71|
|5||x31212652x||HARPER’S CHOICE||H||4||Gerald Ryan||89|
|6||42272151×6||HE’S A GIVEN||G||6||Clarry Conners||74|
|7||2x1541112x||INVINCIBLE GEM||M||4||Kris Lees||94|
|8||8×53135120||JUNGLE EDGE||G||7||Mick Bell||108|
|9||251x11202x||LE ROMAIN||G||5||Kris Lees||116|
|11||4x6548x2x6||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||G||8||Peter & Paul Snowden||101|
|12||6618×03122||THE MONSTAR||G||7||Brett Cavanough||105|
|13||1412×05771||TYCOON TARA||M||7||Peter & Paul Snowden||110|
Missile Stakes History
The Missile Stakes was inaugurated in 1978 as a Principal Race, prior to being reclassified as a Group 3 event in 1980. For the 2014 edition, the race was upgraded to Group 2. The Missile Stakes has been held at a few different venues over time, with Rosehill playing host until 2011, then Warwick Farm stepping in for 2012, and plans now to keep the race at Randwick where it has been since the 2013 edition.
The Missile Stakes was initially raced over 1100m. In 2010, the race began to be raced over 1200m and has remained at that distance since. The Missile Stakes forms a popular double with the Premiere Stakes at Rosehill, which German Chocolate (2007) and Spark of Life (2004) have both managed to achieve.
Notable Missile Stakes winners include Commands (1999), Lonhro (2002) and Pompeii (2003). Missile Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.
Missile Stakes Results
|1st||Invincible Gem||1 minute 11.8 seconds|
|1st||Tycoon Tara||1 minute 15.6 seconds|
|1st||Burbero||1 minute 09.1 seconds|
|3rd||Temple Of Boom|
|1st||Sweet Idea||1 minute 09.4 seconds|
|1st||Rain Affair||1 minute 10.8 seconds|
|1st||Pinwheel||1 minute 09.7 seconds|
|1st||Rain Affair||1 minute 10.7 seconds|
|1st||Love Conquers All||1 minute 12.4 seconds|
|1st||Teasing||1 minute 104.4 seconds|
|1st||Captain Bax||1 minute 05.4 seconds|
|1st||German Chocolate||1 minute 04.6 seconds|
|1st||Imprisoned||1 minute 06.3 seconds|
|1st||Dance Hero||1 minute 02.8 seconds|
|3rd||Spark Of Life|
|1st||Spark Of Life||1 minute 02.8 seconds|
|2nd||Into The Night|
|1st||Pompeii||1 minute 03.7 seconds|
|3rd||Our Egyptian Raine|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 03.5 seconds|
|1st||Sportsbrat||1 minute 06.7 seconds|
|2nd||Air She Goes|
|1st||Padstow||1 minute 03.8 seconds|