The Missile Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age event held each year in August at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and offers $200,000 in prize money. The 2019 Missile Stakes was won by Alizee from Invincible Gem with Le Romain third.
Typically the first group race of the new racing season in Sydney, the Missile Stakes signals the onset of the Sydney spring racing carnival in New South Wales.
|Date:||Saturday 8th August 2020|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Sydney|
The Missile Stakes is usually contested by solid winter sprinters or quality horses returning from a spell and heading for a spring campaign. The race can be won by a fit, honest type who excels on the day or a fresh classy type who is simply too good. Some of the better gallopers to have won the Missile Stakes include Rain Affair (2011 & 2013), Dance Hero (2005), Lonhro (2002) and Guineas (1997).
Many gallopers contesting this event will consider tackling upcoming weight-for-age races such as the Gr2 Winx Stakes at Randwick later in the month or the Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick in September. Pinwheel (3rd in 2011) went on to win the Warwick Stakes at his next start and then returned here to win this race the following year.
In recent times, Danleigh (2nd in 2010) finished runner-up in the Warwick Stakes after running second in this event, while Gold Trail (2nd in 2009) took out the Gr2 The Shorts later in the spring after finishing second here. The Missile Stakes can quite often provide a springboard to future spring success.
Alizee (2019) resumed from a spell to win this event in narrow style for trainer James Cummings and recent Missile Stakes winners include Pierata (2018) and Invincible Gem (2017).
1. $1.30 Alizee 56.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $17.00 Invincible Gem 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
3. $7.50 Le Romain 58.5 James McDonald
4. $101.00 Dissolute 58.5 Ms Jenny Duggan
5. $6.00 Vegadaze 58.5 Tommy Berry
Margins: 0.2 len, 4.5 len
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|2019||Alizee||Invincible Gem||Le Romain||1:11.2|
|2017||Invincible Gem||Le Romain||The Monstar||1:11.8|
|2016||Tycoon Tara||Rebel Dane||Mount Nero||1:15.6|
|2015||Burbero||Weary||Temple Of Boom||1:09.1|
|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||Razor Sharp||Yir Tiz||Bemboka Yacht||1:06.6|
|1982||Nordic Prince||Flash Doll||Latin Saint||1:05.6|
|1981||Race Not Run||-||-|