Jericho earns black type at Doomben

Jericho joined Smart Missile’s growing list of stakes performers when he rocketed home for second in Saturday’s $100,000 BRC Hampden S. 1200m LR.

It was a big run from the Triple Crown Syndications colt, who drew 9 and ended up at the back of the field, but stormed home when space opened up for him in the straight. Victory was momentarily in his grasp, but inexperience cost him the critical final metre, and he conceded the win to the Godolphin colt Archives, who proved resolute on the rail.  Spendthrift Australia’s promising Redoute’s Choice colt Redouble finished third.

The $250,000 Sires’ Produce S. G2 on 28 May and the $600,000 J.J. Atkins G1 on 11 June are both on Jericho’s horizon. Given that he’s progressed from city maiden winner to Carnival stakes performer in two starts, they look within his capability.

Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, Jericho is the fifth stakes performer from Smart Missile’s first crop 2YOs, after Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart, Group 3 placegetters Smart Amelia & Smart Manoeuvre, and stakes-placed Fromparis Withlove.

Jericho, the second foal of the Red Ransom mare Advance To Go, was bred by Jonathan Andrews, Louis Le Metayer & partners and initially sold under the Willow Park banner at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to agent Sheamus Mills for $75,000. Re-offered by Rosemont Stud at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, he was knocked down to Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward for $180,000.

Smart Missile is third in a tightly packed bunch at the top of an Australian First Season Sires’ list that will be fascinating to watch over the next two months. With six Group & Listed Races for 2YOs worth more than $1.2 million scheduled between 28 May and 9 July, this is one Premiership that remains very much undecided.

Smart Missile's month of metro winners

First season sire Smart Missile is on a mission in May and it’s all about winning – so far he’s added three new city-class winners to his CV in a fortnight.

The latest landed at Randwick on Wednesday when Bob & Fiona Guth’s home-bred colt Cadogan sprinted brilliantly in the straight to down the favourite Flow by 1.8 lengths over 1400 metres.

Watch 2YO colt Cadogan win at Randwick.

The good-looking colt first attracted attention with a trial win last October. He was fifth on debut in April and then third to another Smart Missile colt, Jericho, at Warwick Farm on 4 May.

Between Jericho and Cadogan, first-starter Blazing Steel contributed a smart debut win to Smart Missile’s May mission when he defeated older rivals at Scone’s Cup meeting last Friday. Bearing the same name as a very good 1990s sprinter, and prepared by Kris Lees for Ron & Judy Wanless, Blazing Steel is out of Beebop (by Success Express), a half-sister to Sydney stakeswinner More Than Great.

Watch 2YO gelding Blazing Steel win on debut at Scone.

Cadogan and Jericho may meet again in Queensland where the Sires’ Produce S. G2 on 28 May and the J.J. Atkins G1 on 11 June are live targets for both colts.

Trainer Bjorn Baker said after Cadogan’s win, “Winning Rupert and this fellow are the two clear leaders of my two-year-olds.

“It’s nice to see him [Cadogan] put his hand up. Winning Rupert is off for a spell and this one will go up to Queensland for the Sires’ Produce on Saturday week.

“The way he handled the 1400 metres today shows he should be suited in the Sires’.”

Cadogan is the result of an exercise that began for the Guths when bloodstock agent Vin Cox bought the Malibu Moon filly Cadazzle for $US115,000 at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale. Imported to Australia the following year, she was trained by Grahame Begg to win at Wyong, but was retired to her new home at Newhaven Park in August 2012 and served the following month by Smart Missile.

Bob & Fiona decided to race Cadogan themselves after his sale as a yearling fell through, but have continued to give Cadazzle good opportunities, resulting in a 2013 Pierro colt and 2014 Smart Missile filly. The mare is currently in foal to Snitzel.

Smart Missile has now had five winners, including Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart, and the stakes performers Smart Amelia (Sydney), Smart Manoeuvre (Adelaide) & Fromparis With Love (Melbourne).

New city winner for Smart Missile

Smart Missile’s productive week continued at Warwick Farm on Wednesday when 2YO colts Jericho and Cadogan ran first and third over 1100 metres.

Watch Jericho’s win at Warwick Farm.

Jericho landed in the middle of the field and settled there, covering plenty of extra ground, with Cadogan tracking him until the home turn when Cadogan peeled out and both colts pushed forward. Jericho kicked at the 200-metre mark and pegged back Virgilio who was relentless on the fence, while Cadogan finished strongly for third, a length away. 

It was the second start for both colts, after Jericho’s good debut fourth at Rosehill behind subsequent Group 1 winner Yankee Rose in November, and Cadogan’s fifth at Canterbury last month.

Co-trainer Paul Snowden said of the stable’s 100th winner this season, “He’s always shown great talent at home but we didn’t come here today thinking it was a given, he still needed to go out there and do it – and thankfully he did with a bit of determination.

“There are more wins in store for this horse and we’ll give him every opportunity to get up to Brisbane this campaign.”

Jericho was bred by Astute Bloodstock’s Louis Le Metayer and partners from Advance To Go (by Red Ransom), whose siblings include Group 1 winner Miss Danehill, multiple Group winner Pentastic and Listed winner Point Made. This is a branch of the wonderful family of Denise’s Joy, through her daughter Clifton Gardens.

Advance To Go has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt, already named Canaletto, and a weanling colt by All Too Hard.

Initially sold to agent Seamus Mills at as a Magic Millions weanling for $75,000, Jericho was offered again as a yearling at Magic Millions where Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward paid $180,000 for him.

Cadogan, the first foal of US-bred mare Cadazzle (by Malibu Moon), is raced by his breeders Bob & Fiona Guth and trained by Bjorn Baker. Cadazzle has a yearling colt by Pierro and is in foal to Snitzel.

Jericho joins Listed winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart and Missile Coda on the winners’ list for Smart Missile, who also added two new stakes performers, Fromparis Withlove at Caulfield and Smart Manoeuvre at Morphettville, to his record last Saturday.

Smart Missile remains one of Australia’s most popular young sires, and his second crop averaged more than six times his fee at this year’s Magic Millions, Inglis Easter & Inglis Melbourne sales.