The 2015 Missile Stakes (1200m) experienced a pretty dismal six nominations on Monday morning, however the Australian Turf Club’s decision to extend entries has seen a further five horses entered into the mix for Saturday’s Randwick feature race.
Leading Queensland trainer Tony Gollan was pleased with the form displayed by Temple Of Boom in a strong barrier trial last week, and has included in the Group 1 winner in Missile Stakes nominations as a result.
Winner of the 2012 edition of the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), Temple Of Boom returned to standout condition through the 2014 Winter Carnival; highlighted by success in the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) and close second place finishes in each of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m).
Having produced mixed results through the recent winter carnival, the Piccolo gelding returned for a spell after finishing fourth in the Stradbroke Handicap, and Gollan is confident residual fitness will play into the sprinter strengths in the Missile Stakes.
Boss Lane has not been seen at the races since finishing a credible fourth in the Australia Handicap (1400m) on May 23rd, but Randwick-based trainer Ron Quinton is confident the conditions of the 205 Missile Stakes and smaller field will play into the four-year-old’s strengths.
Posting four wins and a minor through 19 career starts, the Dubawi gelding returned this year for fifth in the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) in mid-March, and while unable to handle the late pace in his next start, placed fourth amongst notable competition in the Egroup Security Sprint (1200m) on April 18th.
Lord Leofric will undoubtedly need to find an extra gear if to figure in the 2015 Missile Stakes but has more than earned nomination in taking out each of his two most recent starts.
Claiming three wins and a minor from only five competitive starts, the War Pass entire is sure to lay a great account for himself if allocated a favourable draw in the Missile Stakes.
Trainer Tony McEvoy was thrilled with Shiraz’s first-up performance for success in the TAB.com.au Handicap (1100m) on July 4th and is confident he can extended his winning record through the Missile Stakes.
Veteran runner Zaratone has produced four competitive performances this time in and is the final late nomination for the 2015 Missile Stakes.
The 2015 Missile Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday Wednesday.
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