Missile Stakes

The Missile Stakes is a Group 2 sprinting event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in August as a lead-up to the Group 1 middle distance spring sprint races.

2020 Missile Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Eduardo
  • 2nd: #5 Flit
  • 3rd: #3 Imaging



The 2020 Missile Stakes is a Group 2 sprinting event raced over a distance of 1200m. The Missile Stakes is now held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, having previously been conducted at Royal Randwick, 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 2016 Missile Stakes winner Tycoon Tara also went on to win a Group 1 the following year taking out Brisbane’s Tatt’s Tiara in 2017.

The Missile Stakes form was further franked in 2018 with the winner Pierata going on to win the 2019 All Aged Stakes after a number of other Group 1 placings.

The event now serves as a possible early spring lead-up for horses chasing a slot in the coveted $15 million The Everest field at Randwick in October.

The Missile Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday August 8, 2020 at Rosehill Gardens and was won by Joe Pride’s The Everest hopeful Edurado. 

Missile Stakes
Date: Saturday August 8, 2020
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-for-age
Status: Group Two
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Missile Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Eduardo
  • 2nd: #5 Flit
  • 3rd: #3 Imaging

The Missile Stakes 2020 results saw the Joe Pride-trained Eduardo ($2.30), last start winner of the July Sprint, make it two from two at Rosehill Gardens for his new trainer with a gutsy 1.5 length win for the punters. Pride is now chasing a slot in the $15 million The Everest on October 17 with the Host seven-year-old who held off Flit (2nd) and Imaging (3rd) in the Missile Stakes trifecta.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 2 56kg $2.30F
2 5 FLIT James Cummings James McDonald 1.5L 1 57kg $4
3 3 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1.9L 4 57.5kg $11
4 11 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 2L 5 56kg $15
5 2 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Adam Hyeronimus 2.6L 3 57.5kg $13
6 4 MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 4.6L 6 57kg $4.60
13 SAVATIANO James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0
12 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 0
9 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Jason Collett 0
6 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 0
1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 0
8 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 0
7 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Missile Stakes Odds

The season’s latest Missile Stakes 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

Alizee ($1.30 in 2019) and Eduardo ($2.30 in 2020) are the latest favourites in Missile Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2020 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 1 Winx 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 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be released and published in full below on the Wednesday of race week.

The 2020 Missile Stakes field features 13 hopefuls led in betting by 10-time Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Melody Belle drawn wide in barrier 11 and Godolphin’s Thousand Guineas winner Flit who came up trumps with barrier one for her first-up run of the new season.

Click here for more on the top fancies in the Missile Stakes 2020 field and betting markets.

2020 Missile Stakes Field Update: Hightail (3) has been scratched from the race in favour of a Melbourne run in Flemington’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap on Saturday.

Race Day Update: Just six runners are left in the mix for the Missile Stakes with a Heavy (9) Rosehill track seeing a total of seven horses scratched from the event including the well-fancied Savatiano.

Scratched: #1 Kolding (7), #6 Cascadian (12), #7 Special Reward (13), #8 Hightail (3), #9 Le Romain (4), #12 Signore Fox (8), #13 Savatiano (5).

Click here for more on the official Missile Stakes 2020 Scratchings.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Glen Boss 7 59kg 110
2 x6101x300x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Adam Hyeronimus 6 57.5kg 110
3 2x20x8100x IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 9 57.5kg 108
4 1112x3346x MELODY BELLE (NZ) Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 11 57kg 115
5 2914x1602x FLIT James Cummings James McDonald 1 57kg 105
6 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 12 56.5kg 107
7 11x56x211x SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 13 56.5kg 105
8 8x213x1108 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 3 56.5kg 94
9 6x30x30x4x LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Jason Collett 4 56kg 111
10 03x37x07x1 EDUARDO Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 2 56kg 102
11 60123250×3 GLENALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brock Ryan (a) 10 56kg 100
12 x1515x0801 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 8 56kg 98
13 101x12766x SAVATIANO James Cummings Ms Rachel King 5 55.5kg 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Missile Stakes Nominations

The early Missile Stakes 2020 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to the race and will be available below as soon as released.

The 2020 Missile Stakes nominations attracted 16 potential runners including 10-time Group 1 winning Kiwi mare Melody Belle looking to return to her better form, the promising Godolphin-raced Thousand Guineas winner Flit to make her four-year-old debut and last start July Sprint winner Eduardo.

Click here to read more on the key Missile Stakes 2020 nominees.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 243182×472 BOOM QUEEN M 5 Tony Ball 57
2 713x25319x CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 107
3 03x37x07x1 EDUARDO G 7 Joseph Pride 102
4 2914x1602x FLIT M 4 James Cummings 105
5 60123250×3 GLENALL G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
6 8x213x1108 HIGHTAIL G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 94
7 24720×3734 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 9 James Cummings 104
8 2x20x8100x IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 108
9 111x45778x KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 110
10 6x30x30x4x LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 111
11 1112x3346x MELODY BELLE (NZ) M 6 Jamie Richards 115
12 x6101x300x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
13 17359x RETURN WITH HONOUR C 3 Gerald Ryan 70
14 101x12766x SAVATIANO M 6 James Cummings 110
15 x1515x0801 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
16 11x56x211x SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 105

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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, before Randwick from 2013 – 2018.

The 2019 edition of the Missile Stakes saw the event move back to Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

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

Year Place Horse Time
 
2020
Missile Stakes
1st Eduardo 1 minute 12.01
2nd Flit
3rd Imaging
 
2019
Missile Stakes
1st Alizee 1 minute 11.25 seconds
2nd Invincible Gem
3rd Le Romain
 
2018
Missile Stakes
1st Pierata 1 minute 8.41 seconds
2nd Kementari
3rd The Monstar
 
2017
Missile Stakes
1st Invincible Gem 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd The Monstar
 
2016
Missile Stakes
1st Tycoon Tara 1 minute 15.6 seconds
2nd Rebel Dane
3rd Mount Nebo
 
2015
Missile Stakes
1st Burbero 1 minute 09.1 seconds
2nd Weary
3rd Temple Of Boom
 
2014
Missile Stakes
1st Sweet Idea 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Messene
3rd Rebel Dane
 
2013
Missile Stakes
1st Rain Affair 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Mic Mac
3rd Title
 
2012
Missile Stakes
1st Pinwheel 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Rolling Pin
 
 
2011
Missile Stakes
1st Rain Affair 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Winter King
3rd Pinwheel
 
2010
Missile Stakes
1st Love Conquers All 1 minute 12.4 seconds
2nd Danleigh
3rd Sniper’s Bullet
 
2009
Missile Stakes
1st Teasing 1 minute 104.4 seconds
2nd Gold Trail
3rd Typhoon Zed
 
2008
Missile Stakes
1st Captain Bax 1 minute 05.4 seconds
2nd Typhoon Zed
3rd Interfere
 
2007
Missile Stakes
1st German Chocolate 1 minute 04.6 seconds
2nd La Montagna
3rd Vionneto
 
2006
Missile Stakes
1st Imprisoned 1 minute 06.3 seconds
2nd Crimson Reign
3rd Mac’s Tune
 
2005
Missile Stakes
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 02.8 seconds
2nd Snippetson
3rd Spark Of Life
 
2004
Missile Stakes
1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 02.8 seconds
2nd Into The Night
3rd Dane Shadow
 
2003
Missile Stakes
1st Pompeii 1 minute 03.7 seconds
2nd Academe
3rd Our Egyptian Raine
 
2002
Missile Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 03.5 seconds
2nd Ancient Song
3rd Notoire
 
2001
Missile Stakes
1st Sportsbrat 1 minute 06.7 seconds
2nd Air She Goes
3rd Lonhro
 
2000
Missile Stakes
1st Padstow 1 minute 03.8 seconds
2nd Wynciti
3rd Celestial Choir

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