2015 Missile Stakes Nominations Released

August 3rd, 2015

Only six runners have been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick; highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Burbero has been included in 2015 Missile Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Burbero has been included in 2015 Missile Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Burbero charged home for a close second in the July Sprint (1100m) first-up on July 25th and has reportedly trained on well in the lead-up to the 2015 Missile Stakes.

Posting 12 wins and a further ten minors through 38 career starts so far, Burbero was a strong and consistent performer for Bjorn Baker through the recent Autumn Carnival; running second in each of the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and Listed Canberra Cup (2000m) before taking out the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) on March 14th.

Having boxed on for a credible sixth in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) on March 21st, the O’reilly gelding has clearly taken huge benefit from his freshen-up and will be hard to beat in the 2015 Missile Stakes.

Chris Waller was pleased with Weary’s performance in a strong Randwick barrier trial last week and has included in the import in 2015 Missile Stakes nominations.

Stamping his claims as one to watch over an impressive maiden Australian campaign through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Weary comfortably won the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) before claiming minors in each of the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m).

Having returned this year for success in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m), the Astronomer Royal gelding was unable to figure in two Group 1 targets through autumn but was last seen finishing second to Pornichet in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9th.

Messene has not been seen at the races since failing to fire and ninth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) in September last year but has trialled well in the lead-up to the 2015 Missile Stakes.

Claiming nine wins and three minors through only sixteen competitive starts so far, returned last spring for a close second behind Sweet Idea in the Missile Stakes; progressing to ninth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in his only other start prior to the Makybe Diva Stakes.

A proven performer over course and trip, the Hawkes are thrilled with Messene’s condition and confident of first-up success.

Joe Pride has saddled many of the country’s leading sprinters to notable success in recent seasons and is offered a great chance of early spring success in the Missile Stakes via See The World.

Returning this time for a credible fourth amongst talented company in the Sydney Markets Foundation Handicap (1100m) on May 23rd, the Danzero gelding placed third in the Listed Civic Stakes (1350m) on July 4th but was unlucky to be blocked for a run when sixth in the Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) last time out on July 18th.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Liberty’s Choice and Team Corstens runner Judicial Rock complete 2015 Missile Stakes nominations.

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2015 Missile Stakes Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 21122169×2 BURBERO (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 103
2 2267×62504 JUDICIAL ROCK M 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 73
3 223x0276x4 LIBERTY’S CHOICE G 5 Gai Waterhouse 90
4 1x117x299x MESSENE G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
5 7567×47336 SEE THE WORLD G 9 Joseph Pride 98
6 60x130082x WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 107