Missile Stakes News

Talented veteran Burbero has stamped his claims as a serious Spring Carnival prospect at Randwick over the weekend; producing a monumental turn of foot in the final straight to take out the featured Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m). Jumping from the gates well, apprentice hoop Rory Hutchings settled the son…


Missile Stakes

The 2015 Missile Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age contest for horses aged three years or older held annually at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

The Missile Stakes is the first of the notable events in the new racing season and usually takes place in the first or second week of August on a Saturday.

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The 2015 Missile Stakes will be held on Saturday, August 8th.

The event is run over a trip of 1200m however it has also been contest over a distance of 1100m at Rosehill.

The event always attracts a quality field seeking a piece of the $175,000 in prize money on offer.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Caulfield Cup

(2,400m)

Caulfield

$2,500,000

3YO up Handicap

Group 1

Moir Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$450,000

WFA

Group 1

Epsom Handicap

(1600m)

Randwick

$500,000

Open Handicup

Group 1

Metropolitan Handicap

(2400m)

Randwick

$400,000

3YO & up Handicap

Group 1

Flight Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$400,000

3YO Fillies

There are an exciting mix of horses battling on the day and they face off in very different stages of their prep.

Some horses may continue on to the Missile Stakes after a winter campaign and be looking for that one final win before a spell.

Others could use it as a first up assignment before embarking on a fresh spring campaign throughout Sydney and Melbourne.

It can make it tricky for punters to determine which horses may be beginning  to tire and which horses may not be quite fully fit returning early on.

They key to winning the race is therefore a mix of fitness and freshness, the horse which comes in best prepared will usually be the winner on the day.

Obviously there are a wealth of events to continue on to after this race as well as plenty beforehand too.

One of the main form guides the Missile Stakes can be used for is the Group 2 Premiere Stakes which is run across 1200m at Rosehill, also under weight-for-age conditions.

A couple of horses have managed to win the Missile Stakes & Premiere Stakes double including German Chocolate in 2007 and Spark Of Life in 2004.

The 2010 champion Love Conquers All used the June Stakes at Randwick as a lead up race, an event he also managed to win.

There have been some notable winners over the years in the Missile Stakes including Commands in 1999, Lonhro in 2002 and Pompeii in 2003.

There have also been some memorable doubles such as Campaign King in 1987 and 1988, Joanne in 1991 and 1992 and then Klokka in 1993 and 1994.

Missile Stakes Betting

As a weight-for-age event, there are quite a few factors to consider when making your Missile Stakes betting decisions. Younger horses will of course be carrying less weight, but this can be offset by their lack of development in many ways.

Older horses can often times be a stronger betting choice in these events, because they’ve had plenty of racing experience. On the other hand, betting on a particularly talented three year old can often pay good dividends, particularly over shorter distances like the Missile Stakes.

The best Missile Stakes betting tip is to take the place bet. It’s impossible to accurately weigh up the benefits of physical maturity and racing experience against a lesser weight. So, pick a horse you like that you think can get up quickly and finish strongly, and throw them on for a place bet. That way, you’re covered if a lower weight or greater experience prove to be the winning bet on the day.


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