Four stakes performers for Smart Missile

Thanks to a pair of South Australian farms, Smart Missile now boasts four stakes performers from his first crop of juveniles – more than Not A Single Doubt & Snitzel managed between them at the same stage of their careers.

The Phillip Stokes-trained filly Smart Manoeuvre can be counted unlucky not to be a Group winner after putting up a valiant effort in Saturday’s  $120,000 SAJC Sires’ Produce S. 1400m G3 at Morphettville. 

Despite getting back early and coming wide around the turn, she was still able to launch a big finish that brought her within centimetres of the victory claimed by a resolute Flying Jess, with 1.4 lengths back to third-placed Morvada. Smart Manoeuvre’s sectional times, 34.45, 22.27 and 11.25 were the best of the race.

Watch Smart Manoeuvre’s 2nd in the SAJC Sires’ Produce S. G3.

It was Smart Manoeuvre’s second black type performance following another late-burst third in the SAJC Breeders’ S. G3 on 16 April, and her fourth weigh-in appearance in four starts.

Raced by a partnership including her breeders Mill Park Stud, Mills Breeding & Wayne Raven, Smart Manoeuvre is the first foal of stakes-placed city winner Furline (by Tale of the Cat), a daughter of two-time Group 2 winner Umaline, from the family of Group 1 winner Captain Sonador.

Mill Park also bred last Saturday’s impressive debut 2YO stakeswinner Modern Wonder (by Snitzel) whose stablemate, another daughter of Smart Missile, Fromparis Withlove finished third in the $120,000 MRC Redoute’s Choice S. 1200m LR at Caulfield.

After settling a little worse than midfield, Fromparis Withlove showed plenty of verve at the business end of the race, finishing just under two lengths from the winner Oregon’s Day.

Watch Fromparis Withlove’s 3rd in the MRC Redoute’s Choice S. LR.

Noting on Twitter that a scope had revealed a clod of dirt the filly had swallowed during the race, co-trainer Troy Corstens added, “Look forward to the Spring!”

Fromparis Withlove was bred by Kambula Stud, from the stakes-winning mare Umaquest, a daughter of Umatilla, who also features as the second dam-sire of Smart Manoeuvre.

Purchased by Malua Racing and Bahen Bloodstock for $140,000 from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Fromparis Withlove is her dam’s second stakes performer in the past fortnight. Her half-sister Yattarna won the ATC James H.B. Carr S. G3 on 16 April. Umaquest has a weanling filly by Written Tycoon catalogued for the Magic Millions National Sale, and is in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

Smart Manoeuvre and Fromparis Withlove join Sassy ‘N’ Smart (CJC Welcome S. LR and 2nd, Matamata Breeders’ S. G2) & Smart Amelia (2nd, ATC Widden S. G3) to give Smart Missile a quartet of first-crop 2YO stakes performers – so far.  (At the same stage of their careers Not A Single Doubt and Snitzel each had one stakes performer, Regal Flame & Chance Bye.)

Sassy first stakeswinner for Smart Missile

Te Akau Racing’s 2YO filly Sassy ‘N’ Smart has given her sire Smart Missile a fairytale start as his first runner & winner, and now first stakeswinner with a dominant victory in Saturday’s $50,000 CJC Welcome S. 1000m LR.

An impressive debut winner three weeks ago at Riccarton, Sassy ‘N’ Smart jumped more promptly today for jockey Matt Cameron, sat just off the pace and put the result beyond doubt with a decisive turn of foot. She won by 2.75 lengths from What Choux Want and Dontpokethetiger (by Beneteau) in 57.41.

Watch Sassy ‘N’ Smart’s CJC Welcome S. LR win.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart was part of a splendid day for the new training partnership of Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards, who turned out four winners on Riccarton’s marquee day, including Risque, successful in the NZ 1000 Guineas G1 for The Oaks Stud.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros with Arrowfield and purchased for $150,000 by Te Akau Racing from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale. 

She is the second foal of the US-bred mare Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker), a daughter of French Oaks G1 winner Nebraska Tornado. Panorama Ridge also has a 3YO son King’s Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) in the Hawkes stable, a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice, a colt foal by Snitzel and is once again in foal to Snitzel.

Sassy ‘N’ Smart’s stakes victory sealed a good week for Smart Missile, also represented by a pair of strong trial winners last Tuesday, the colt Jericho at Rosehill for Triple Crown Syndications, and the filly Strike For Victory at Hobart for Prime Thoroughbreds.

Smart Missile has 37 yearlings on offer at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, ten of them in the Arrowfield draft.

First runner, first winner for Smart Missile

First season sire Smart Missile posted his first winner when debutante Sassy ‘N’ Smart scored in dashing style on Saturday at the Riccarton Park metropolitan meeting in New Zealand.

The 2YO filly’s performance was all the more impressive because she missed the start by three lengths, then quickly closed the gap on the field, challenged the leader, last-start winner What Choux Want and pressed on to win by three-quarters of a length. Lord Ascot was three lengths away in third place. Sassy ‘N’ Smart winning time for the 800-metre trip was 45.99 on the Good3 track.

Watch Smart ‘N’ Sassy’s debut win.

Sassy “N’ Smart was bred by Matt & Jo Cloros with Arrowfield and purchased for $150,000 by Te Akau Racing from the Arrowfield Stud draft at the Inglis Easter Sale. 

She is the second foal of the US-bred mare Panorama Ridge (by Empire Maker), a daughter of dual French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado. Panorama Ridge also has a 3YO son King’s Choice (by Redoute’s Choice) in the Hawkes stable, a yearling colt by Redoute’s Choice, and a colt foal by Snitzel.