A good week for Smart Missile

It’s been a good week for Smart Missile, with three new first-crop winners since 4 September.

First up on that day was Jonathan Munz’s home-bred filly Exocet, who showed plenty of grit to score over 1300 metres at Geelong.

Watch Exocet’s win at Geelong.

Trained by Lee & Anthony Freedman, Exocet is a half-sister to Caulfield Guineas-placed stakeswinner Ready For Victory, out of the Zabeel mare Crillon, herself a half-sister to Munz’s Champion 2YO Meurice. The third dam is  Ruby, dam of the multiple Group 1 winner and excellent sire Rubiton and his Group 1-winning brother Euclase.

Exocet is nominated for her first run in town at Caulfield on 17 September, with the Thousand Guineas G1 and the 2000-metre Caulfield Classic G3 as her October options.

Three days later, on Wednesday 7 September, Te Akau Racing sent Corporate Missile, one of their four Smart Missiles, to Matamata where she overcame a wide draw and a tardy start to drive past Saignon and Good Show close to home.

Watch Corporate Missile win at Matamata.

Corporate Missile’s dam is the unraced Mt Livermore mare Corporate, from the Best In Show family most famous in Australia for producing champion sire Redoute’s Choice.

Te Akau Racing, which turned out Smart Missile’s first stakeswinner Sassy ‘N’ Smart in New Zealand last season, bought Corporate Missile for $150,000 from the Jamieson Park draft at the 2015 New Zealand Premier Sale.  Both fillies are nominated for the New Zealand One Thousand Guineas G1 on 12 November.

Finally, on Sunday a third Smart Missile filly, Snip Missile showed the benefit of race experience when she scored over 1200 metres in fine style at Kembla Grange.

Watch Snip Missile win at Kembla Grange.

A member of the Snowden stable, Snip Missile is raced by Ron Finemore and John Leaver who bred her from the Snippets mare Snip Snip. That makes her a half-sister to four winners, including juvenile Group 3 winner Husson Lightning.

Smart Missile leads the current Australian Second Season Sires’ list by winners with eight and hold second on the earnings table with almost $225,000.

Third Group win for Not A Single Doubt mare

Gypsy Diamond made the most of her first opportunity at 2000 metres since her Spring 3YO campaign with a sparkling success in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC Japan Racing Association Plate G3.

The 4YO daughter of Not A Single Doubt missed the start but settled easily on the rail, near the back of the field. Faced with a wall of horses coming round the home bend and plenty of firepower beneath him, jockey Sam Clipperton waited patiently for space to open up in front of the mare.

The pair drove through on the inside of Index Linked and went after Leebaz who fought bravely but could not withstand the powerful finish of Gypsy Diamond who won by a half-length in 2:05.61.

Former AJC Chairman and “Wagga boy” Ron Finemore, who bred and races Gypsy Diamond with John Leaver, was delighted with the mare’s fourth success which takes her earnings close to $750,000 and seals a start in next month’s $150,000 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup LR, also over 2000 metres. 

Gypsy Diamond, Miracles of Life & The Grey Flash are all Group winners for Not A Single Doubt this season and their performances illustrate the impressive versatility of his progeny.

Like Gypsy Diamond, the 2013 Blue Diamond winner Miracles of Life is trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, but her forte is short-course sprinting. She has won two Group 2 races over 1000 and 1100 metres this season, and stormed home for third in Sweet Idea’s ATC The Galaxy G1 on 21 March.

The Grey Flash became Not A Single Doubt’s 9th juvenile stakeswinner when she won the 1400-metre SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3 on 11 April. Interestingly, she and Miracles of Life are both from mares by More Than Ready.

Gypsy Diamond’s stamina can be credited to her dam, Gypsy Tucker, a daughter of champion sire Zabeel, from the female family of champion sire Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Gypsy Diamond has two younger half-sisters by High Chaparral and a 2YO brother by Not A Single Doubt, named Not A Gyspy and also in training with the Snowdens.

Not A Single Doubt is among Australia’s top 5 sires of 2YOs this season, 11th on the General list with almost $5 million prizemoney and his 2015 yearlings have sold up to $280,000.