Smart Missile's barrage of August winners

Smart Missile has attacked the new season with a barrage of winners, most notably Special Missile, who recorded his fifth consecutive win at Rosehill on Saturday.

And he made it look easy. Settled close to the pace in the Benchmark 80 race over 1500 metres, the 4YO gelding rounded the turn just behind The Pharoah then edged closer  before jockey Blaike McDougall loosened his hold at the 250-metre mark. Special Missile made light of his 59kg and dashed clear to score by 1.3 lengths from Mapmaker and The Pharoah, cutting out the final 600 metres in 34.23.

Watch Special Missile win at Rosehill, 26 August.

A $180,000 Bill Mitchell buy for owner Kenneth Chung from the 2015 Magic Millions Sale, Special Missile was bred by Vinery Stud shareholder Greg Perry, also the breeder of Group 1-winning sisters Atlantic Jewel and Commanding Jewel. Special Missile’s dam Quiet Meadow (by Sadler’s Wells’ son El Prado) won three races in the US including a Listed event and counts Champion Sprinter Drefong and Champion 2YO Colt Action This Day among her relatives.

Trainer John Thompson said of Special Missile, “He’s a real little gutsy bugger that gives his all every time he goes around. You can’t instil that in horses and it’ll take him a long way.”

Special Missile’s win came after successes by 3YO Smartedge at Warwick Farm last Wednesday, and 4YO Malkara & 3YO Island Missile the previous Saturday, and was followed by 4YO Gadfly & 3YO Masculino, who scored on Sunday at Wyong and Cranbourne.

That takes Smart Missile’s Australian tally for August to eleven winners of 15 races, with earnings of more than $400,000 giving him an early lead on the 3rd Season Sires’ table. 

Smart Missile's fast start to new season

Smart Missile’s plentiful store of talent is making the most of the new season’s early opportunities. He’s already posted six winners of seven races, including Saturday’s two-state double.

The John Thompson-trained Special Missile extended his record to four consecutive wins with a powerhouse performance over 1500 metres at Rosehill. He led the field into the straight and simply out-gunned his rivals to score by 1.5 lengths from Mapmaker and Nat King Cu.

Watch Special Missile win at Rosehill
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Special Missile’s likely next start will be in either the Rowley Mile LR at Hawkesbury on 24 August or the Premier’s Cup LR over 1900m at Rosehill on 26 August. 

The son of Quiet Meadow (by El Prado) was bred by Vinery Stud partner Greg Perry and bought for $180,000 by Bill Mitchell from the Stud’s draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Sale.

Another member of Smart Missile’s second crop Malkara validated trainer Michael Costa’s decision to take the short back-up from last weekend, and seek a second Gold Coast win. He won with even more authority this time and is clearly beginning to fill the promise he showed last year. 

Watch Malkara win at the Gold Coast.

A product of John & Trish Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud, Malkara (ex Midnight Wine by Black Minnaloushe) was a $90,000 Inglis Classic buy for New Breed Racing from Rheinwood Pastoral.

Smart Missile’s other winners in the first fortnight of the 2017/18 Australian season are Bombardier, Liffy and Missile Coda and 3YO Island Missile. As a result, the brilliant son of Fastnet Rock has compiled almost $200,000 prizemoney in the first fortnight of the season.  

Six winners in 29 days for Smart Missile

Last season’s Champion First Season Sire Smart Missile has kept up his good work in the first month of 2016/17 with six new winners since 1 August.

The latest additions to his record are the colts Revolver last Saturday, and Malkara on Monday.

Star Thoroughbreds’ Revolver has clearly benefited from his two educational runs as a juvenile and bounced out smartly from the inside gate in the 1250-metre maiden on Newcastle’s Beaumont track to take up a comfortable lead.

On the home-turn Chad Lever sent him to better ground in the centre of the track and opened the throttle at the 200-metre mark, sending Revolver to an easy four-length win.

Watch Revolver’s win at Newcastle.

Revolver is the fourth foal and second winner of the Canny Lad mare Sneakerella, a winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Danglissa. Trained by Chris Waller, he was bought for $120,000 from Bylong Park Thoroughbreds at Magic Millions by Star Thoroughbreds, whose principal Denise Martin was inducted as an Associate to the Tasmanian Racing Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.  

Michael Costa produced Malkara at Bathurst eight days after the colt’s fast-finishing debut fifth at Nowra.  This time he jumped well, but was forced to settle near the rear, before making ground 400 metres out and collaring The Veal Thing in the straight to score a soft win.

The stable commented after the race on Instagram, “He has some better races in store, but is still learning his racing craft.”

Watch Malkara’s win at Bathurst.

Malkara, a $90,000 Inglis Classic buy for Costa’s New Breed Racing from Rheinwood Pastoral, is the first foal of Midnight Wine (by Black Minnaloushe), a Group-placed, city-winning grand-daughter of the good New Zealand racemare and producer Peat. 

It’s interesting to note that Black Minnaloushe’s sire Storm Cat also appears close-up in the pedigrees of Smart Missile’s stakes-winning daughter Sassy ‘N’ Smart, the Group-placed filly Smart Manoeuvre and the city-winning colt Cadogan.

The combination of Smart Missile with mares by Storm Cat’s sons duplicates the blazingly fast American filly Crimson Saint – a potent cross that has produced Group 1 winners Irish Lights and Foxwedge.

Smart Missile leads the Australian Second Season Sires’ list on winners, and is second to Dream Ahead by earnings.