Missile Stakes

The Missile Stakes is a Group 2 sprinting event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Randwick in 2021 due to COVID) in August as a lead-up to the $15 million The Everest held in October.

2021 Missile Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Phobetor
  • 2nd: #6 Chat
  • 3rd: #7 Fasika



The 2021 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.

*Note: The 2021 Missile Stakes Day program moved to Royal Randwick due to COVID. 

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 2020 Missile Stakes champion Eduardo continued on to secure Group 1 wins in the 2021 The Galaxy and Doomben 10,000 the following year.

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 2021 ran on Saturday August 7, 2021 at Royal Randwick (moved from Rosehill) and was won by Phobetor.  

Missile Stakes
Date: Saturday August 7, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Royal Randwick in 2021 due to COVID)
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Missile Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Phobetor
  • 2nd: #6 Chat
  • 3rd: #7 Fasika

The Michael Costa-trained Ramornie Handicap runner-up Phobetor ($5.50) was ridden to perfection by Tommy Berry to settle third the fence before taking a narrow split on the straight to beat July Sprint winner Chat ($13) and beaten favourite Fasika ($3.20) home in the 2021 Missile Stakes trifecta.

Click here to read more on the strong win by Phobetor in the Missile Stakes 2021 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 PHOBETOR Michael Costa Tommy Berry 2 56kg $5.50
2 6 CHAT John Thompson Ms Rachel King 0.65L 4 56kg $13
3 7 FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 0.91L 1 55.5kg $3.20EF
4 2 VIRIDINE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1.1L 3 56.5kg $8
5 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 1.48L 7 59kg $3.20EF
6 3 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 1.78L 6 56.5kg (cd 57kg) $21
7 4 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3.02L 5 56kg $12
8 HELLENISM Aiden St Vincent 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Missile Stakes Odds

The season’s latest Missile Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be released and published in full below on the Wednesday of race week.

Chris Waller’s returning All Aged Stakes winner Kolding heads a small 2021 Missile Stakes field at Randwick this weekend that is down to just seven runners following the early withdrawal of Hellenism. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 110x22501x KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 8 59kg 116
2 3425×46365 VIRIDINE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 3 56.5kg 104
3 086x6673x8 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 6 56.5kg 92
4 123x9230x8 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 56kg 100
5 1x810x1x12 PHOBETOR Michael Costa Tommy Berry 2 56kg 95
6 8x142355x1 CHAT John Thompson Ms Rachel King 4 56kg 91
7 823x86x14x FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 1 55.5kg 107
8 11x33x2716 HELLENISM Aiden St Vincent 7 54kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Missile Stakes Nominations

The early Missile Stakes 2021 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to the race and will be available below as soon as released.

The 2021 Missile Stakes nominations drew just 10 early entries (subsequently extended until 11:00am Tuesday) and feature the likes of returning Sapphire Stakes winning mare Fasika and the Chris Waller-trained All Aged Stakes champ Kolding.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8x142355x1 CHAT G 5 John Thompson 91
2 823x86x14x FASIKA M 6 Joseph Pride 107
3 1x152243x1 FROSTY ROCKS G 5 Bjorn Baker 93
4 11x33x2716 HELLENISM M 6 Aiden St Vincent 71
5 086x6673x8 HIGHTAIL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 92
6 110x22501x KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 116
7 1x810x1x12 PHOBETOR G 6 Michael Costa 95
8 123x9230x8 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
9 3425×46365 VIRIDINE G 7 James Cummings 104
10 x08x26353x WISDOM OF WATER H 4 Annabel Neasham 92

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, while in 2021 the event will take place at Randwick due to COVID-19.

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
 
2021
Missile Stakes
(Run at Royal Randwick)
1st Phobetor 1 minute 08.54 seconds
2nd Chat
3rd Fasika
 
2020
Missile Stakes
1st Eduardo 1 minute 12.01 seconds
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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