The Missile Stakes is one of the premier weight-for-age Group 3 races in the Sydney Spring Carnival. The event takes center stage at Sydney’s Randwick racecourse every year in September and is worth up to $125,000 in prize money. The Missile Stakes is an ideal sprint race for speedy horses and is run over a 1200M distance.
The 2013 race was one of the most exciting ones in the Spring Carnival with Rain Affair doing remarkably well to win it ahead of Mic Mac and Title who both finished second and third respectively. The Missile Stakes is actually the first Group Race in the Sydney Spring and always presents a great build up for other big events in the carnival. For the better part of its proud history, the Missile Stakes has featured some of Australia’s solid and most talented sprinters.
Some of the notable talents to grace this race include among others Lonhro back in 2002, The Dance Hero in 2005 and Guineas in 1997. The Missile Stakes is a great lead up for other sprint races or weight for age events that come later in the Carnival. Horses that perform well in the event can consider running in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes or the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes.
Back in 2013, Pinwheel came so close to a Missile Stakes and Warwick Stakes double after finishing third in the Missile Stakes on course towards a spectacular victory in the Warwick Stakes. Jockeys and horse trainers consider the Missile Stakes as a perfect springboard towards future success later. Horses can build a good momentum from the race and in even in 2014, the event is expected to open the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival in pomp and Style.
Missile Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Sweet Idea||Messene||Rebel Dane||1:09.4|
|2013||Rain Affair||Mic Mac||Title||1:10.8|
|2012||Pinwheel||Centennial Park||Rolling Pin||1:09.7|
|2011||Rain Affair||Winter King||Pinwheel||1:10.7|
|2010||Love Conquers All||Danleigh||Sniper’s Bullet||1:12.4|
|2009||Teasing||Gold Trail||Typhoon Zed||1:04.4|
|2008||Captain Bax||Typhoon Zed||Interfere||1:05.4|
|2007||German Chocolate||La Montagna||Vionneto||1:04.6|
|2006||Imprisoned||Crimson Reign||Mac’S Tune||1:06.3|
|2005||Dance Hero||Snippetson||Spark Of Life||1:02.8|
|2004||Spark Of Life||Into The Night||Dane Shadow||1:02.8|
|2003||Pompeii||Academe||Our Egyptian Raine||1:03.7|
|2001||Sportsbrat||Air She Goes||Lonhro||1:06.7|
|1998||Mr. Victory||Masked Party||Juggler||1:05.1|
|1996||Legal Agent||Our Lance||Moss Rocket||1:04.0|
|1995||Brawny Spirit||Light Up The World||Masked Party||1:03.9|
|1994||Klokka||Stormy Regent||Double Your Bet||1:03.9|
|1993||Klokka||All Our Mob||Spanish Mix||1:05.3|
|1992||Joanne||Spanish Mix||Hula Grey||1:03.4|
|1991||Joanne||Dr. Grace||All Archie||1:04.6|
|1990||Potrero||Dance Band||Rise ‘N’ Shine||1:05.9|
|1989||Select Prince||Targlish||Temple Front||1:08.0|
|1988||Campaign King||High Regard||Wong||1:03.6|
|1987||Campaign King||Plum Shore||Targlish||1:05.7|
|1985||Row Of Waves||Real Dream||Vari’S Ace||1:04.6|
|1984||Plus Vite||Buena Gold||Real Dream||1:09.8|
|1983||Young Blood||Sabre Dancer||Flash Doll||1:05.9|
|1982||Nordic Prince||Flash Doll||Latin Saint||1:05.6|