Quality & value in Arrowfield's Classic yearlings

There is a compelling reason to buy at the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale, especially if the budget is tight.

Twenty of the last 32 stakeswinners offered at Inglis Classic were sold or passed in for $50,000 or less. That includes Group 1 winners I Am A Star ($40,000), She Will Reign ($20,000), and Yankee Rose ($10,000).

There’s also a good reason to make sure the 33-strong Arrowfield consignment is on the inspection list. An outlay of $115,000 at the 2014 Classic Sale would have bought Arrowfield graduates Spill The Beans, Odyssey Moon & Untamed Diamond, all by Snitzel.  Their earnings total a cool $1.5 million, and that’s not including their combined residual value. 

Spill The Beans was passed in at $45,000, and $60,000 would have secured him. With sale options exhausted, he raced in Arrowfield’s silks from the Gerald Ryan stable, winning five of his 11 starts including three Group races and $560,000 before retiring to stud at Aquis Farm.

Adam Cook had to bid only $25,000 to buy Odyssey Moon, subsequently sold for $120,000 to James Harron on behalf of Edmund & Belinda Bateman.  The colt won the $250,000 ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR, then proved competitive in 2YO Group company, finishing second in the ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1. He sealed his $720,000 career with a Group 3 sprint success at Flemington before retirement to Twin Hills Stud.

Untamed Diamond was knocked down to New Zealand trainer Richard Collett for $30,000, about $5000 less than the Sale average and an investment her owners, Richard among them, have no cause to regret. She’s won 7 races including this season’s Waikato Racing Club Sprint LR and three races in Sydney for prizemoney of almost $300,000.

Yes, it’s true that the Classic Sale has strengthened considerably since 2014, supported by greatly improved rewards for racing in New South Wales. The 2017 Sale average was more than twice the figure achieved three years earlier.

Yet Arrowfield’s 2017 draft still offered attractive options for buyers on a budget, with 15 lots sold for $50,000 or less. One of those purchases, the Zoustar-Jessica Rose colt bought by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, has already turned a handy profit, selling for $150,000 at October’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale.

What can value-seekers find in Arrowfield’s 2018 Classic draft, the first to be presented by the Stud at the spectacular new Inglis Riverside Stables?

First season, emerging and progressive stallions with good numbers in leading stables offer the same opportunity presented by those three Snitzel yearlings in 2014. Happily, Arrowfield has a strong collection of yearlings by four young sires in those categories.

Freshman sire Olympic Glory is not only a close physical match for Snitzel, he also had a similar racing profile as a precocious, high-class sprinter. However, he was an even better racehorse, achieving Champion status at two, winning four European Group 1 races at two, three & four and retiring with a Timeform rating of 130. Olympic Glory has five colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s draft, with Group 1 winners Bonneval, Macedon Lady, Malaguerra, Tawqeet, Tycoon Lil & Victory Vein among their relations.

Dundeel, already off the mark with his first 2YO winner Cutadeel and placegetter Sunreel, has three fillies & two colts in Arrowfield’s Classic consignment out of mares by Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Encosta de Lago and Dehere.

Animal Kingdom’s ten 3YO winners this season include Group-placed Peaceful State, Melbourne winner Shalya and impressive debutante I Am Queen. He has two fillies and two colts on offer under Arrowfield’s banner.

Smart Missile has shot to the top of the current Third Season Sires’ table, thanks to his fourth 2YO stakeswinner Irish Bet and a host of city winners, among them Jane’s Angel, Memory Bank, Sparky Lad, Stylish Missile and The Avenger. Fully booked in his first five seasons at stud, Smart Missile is represented in major stables from Baker, Freedman, Hawkes & Hayes to Lees, Price, Ryan, Snowden & Waller, and has more than enough firepower to maintain his upward mobility.  Arrowfield will present five colts and a filly by Smart Missile at Inglis Classic, including relatives of Serenade Rose, Gunnison & Heatherly, and a son of Group 1 winner Clean Sweep. 

View the Arrowfield draft here.

Smart Missile 2YO pleases Triple Crown

Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications have a knack for spotting stallion talent early.

They did it with Snitzel, buying Hot Snitzel in 2010, Flying Snitzel a year later & Redzel in 2014. The rewards for their owners have been spectacular: almost $9.5 million prizemoney and 22 wins, 13 of them at Group level, including three Group 1 victories and, with Redzel still racing, surely more to come.

They have taken a similar approach to Smart Missile, backing up their first-crop purchase of 2YO stakes-placed city winner Jericho with city winner Smartedge and stakes-placed winner Island Missile, all still in training with Peter & Paul Snowden. 

In 2017, they bought a $40,000 Inglis Classic filly from Davali Thoroughbreds that may turn out to be their best Smart Missile buy. Named Ballistica, she has made a big impression with two trial wins, at Warwick Farm on 22 January and today at Gosford, where she defeated another Smart Missile filly, Elenara. Both fillies are trained by Bjorn Baker.

Watch Ballistica’s trial win at Gosford.

Soon after the trial quinella, Baker tweeted enthusiastically about the Smart Missile-Whatevs filly he and Hughes Bloodstock purchased for $NZ80,000 from the Koru Thoroughbreds draft at Karaka. The top-priced Smart Missile yearling at the Sale, a colt out of Petrushka, was sold by the same vendor for $NZ170,000 to Tartan Meadow Bloodstock & Edmond Wong.

Smart Missile, who leads the current Third Season Sires’ list, has a strong line-up of 35 yearlings in the Inglis Classic Sale including five colts & a filly in Arrowfield’s draft.

And if you’re interested in the next Arrowfield stallion Triple Crown has ear-marked for success….Chris & Michael bought Arrowfield’s Olympic Glory-Hussterics filly for $85,000 at the Magic Millions Sale.   

Smart Missile assembles firepower for 2018

Smart Missile’s consistent success through the Spring and early Summer propelled him to the top of the Third Season Sires’ table and into the leading group of 2YO Sires by mid-December.

Now, as the new year begins, he appears for the first time in Australia’s top 20 sires on the General Premiership with $2.4 million prizemoney and 52 winners.

That’s no mean feat when the top 20 includes three of the world’s reigning Champion Sires (Snitzel, Galileo and Savabeel), and five past Australian Champion Sires (Fastnet Rock, Street Cry, Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice and Exceed and Excel). It is possibly the strongest collection of leading stallions ever seen in Australia and all of them, bar the deceased High Chaparral and Street Cry, are active. 

December saw Smart Missile put up 18 winners of 19 races, headed by 2YO colt Irish Bet who landed the $500,000 TC Inglis Nursery (R) LR on 16 December. Skyray, second in the Wyong Magic Millions Classic (R) LR, and Queensland debut winner Clockwise further strengthened Smart Missile’s presence on the 2YO Sires’ table, where he’s now third behind Spirit of Boom and Not A Single Doubt. 

With Caulfield placegetter Anthemoessa (14th in the ballot order) and Skyray (23rd) still Magic Millions-bound, Smart Missile is among the stallions with a chance of claiming that coveted No. 1 spot on the 2YO Sires’ premiership on 13 January.

Several recent 3YO winners look likely to keep adding wins to Smart Missile’s record. Sparky Lad (with Chris Waller in Sydney) and Memory Bank (with the Lindsay Park stable in Melbourne) have each won twice already this season and Memory Bank is 24th on the ballot list for the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (R) LR.

Peter and Paul Snowden have trained six winners by Smart Missile, among them Triple Crown’s 3YO Smartedge who posted his second success from five starts at Kembla Grange on 16 December. He’s also on the Magic Millions Guineas trail and added another $9,900 to his qualifying prizemoney with a very close second over 1400 metres at Randwick on New Year’s Day. 

A day later Bryan & Daniel Guy’s 3YO filly Protest broke her maiden at her third start and will now work through the grades in Queensland alongside her stablemate and paternal half-brother Luna Missile who won twice in November.

The John McArdle-trained Strela, a record-breaking debut 2YO winner last season, scored by 2.5 lengths at Mornington on 27 December. A fortnight earlier the same stable sent 4YO Missile Boom to Cranbourne for his third career win.

Luke Oliver is sure of 4YO mare Millie the Missile’s city class ability and after her second win, at Kilmore on 19 December, he’s nominated her for a 1500-metre race at Sandown on 3 January.

Over in Perth a pair of talented 4YOs have continued their good work in Smart Missile’s corner. Missile Launch bolted in by 3 lengths on 23 December, his third consecutive win from five starts, and No Say In It posted his third career win on 20 December.

Smart Missile also has solid representation in Hong Kong which produced his first winner of 2018, 3YO Super Missile who overcame a difficult run and flew late over 1200 metres to score on New Year’s Day for trainer Frankie Lor. Super Missile made an early impression in Hong Kong when third in a November trial behind subsequent Hong Kong Sprint G1 winner Mr Stunning and he looks capable of doing plenty more this season. 

Super Missile, one of Smart Missile’s five Hong Kong winners, has a year-older full brother, Sacred Missile, racing in Macau where he’s a stakes-placed four-time winner.

With quality performers in leading stables across Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong, and more than 260 yearlings and foals on the ground, Smart Missile has the firepower to maintain his upward mobility. 

Magic Millions will auction Smart Missile’s first 22 yearlings of 2018 on the Gold Coast, including three fillies and two colts in Arrowfield’s consignment

Smart Missile 2YO wins Inglis Nursery

Smart Missile’s fourth 2YO stakeswinner Irish Bet made a more-than-usual impact with his convincing debut win in Saturday’s $500,000 ATC Inglis Nursery 1000m (R) LR. 

Watch Irish Bet win the ATC Inglis Nursery (R) LR.

Most obviously, the $291,000 winner’s prizemoney is an exceptional, and early return on the $55,000 that agent Mick Flanagan bid for him on behalf of the China Horse Club at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

The Club’s International Racing & Breeding Manager Michael Wallace said of Irish Bet, “He showed us a lot of ability from day one but two-year-olds off one trial, you never know until you see them in action.

“He was a lovely horse, was always going to be a good two-year-old type, he just had everything we look for in a two-year-old type.”

The win was more than usually significant as the first stakes success for John O’Shea on his own account since leaving Godolphin earlier this year.

He described Irish Bet, “He is a classic two-year-old. He is a compact horse, a running horse with a great attitude.

“He will be straight to the paddock for a short break and then we will get him ready for a race like the Skyline Stakes to get him to the Slipper.”

Race bonuses of $50,000 are uncommon and welcome rewards for breeders Barry Broomhead and Jim Knox who sent the unraced O’Reilly mare Dublin Me Bet to Smart Missile, and for the colt’s well-regarded vendor Middlebrook Valley Lodge.

Mr Broomhead explained his stallion selection, “I just liked Smart Missile, he was well priced, he had great sectionals in some of his racing, he was very fast and I just thought he would work for us.” Dublin Me Bet also has a yearling filly by Smart Missile.

Irish Bet and the filly Anthemoessa, second at Caulfield on Saturday, have propelled Smart Missile into third spot, behind Choisir and Not A Single Doubt, on the Australian 2YO Sires’ premiership. He has also moved past Sepoy to head the Third Season Sires’ table, with $2.2 million and 46 winners.

It’s a strong performance featuring a large cast of talent beyond Irish Bet. In fact, it was a four-win weekend for Smart Missile, thanks to Smartedge (Kembla Grange), Missile Boom (Cranbourne) & Protest (Sunshine Coast). 

They join a long list of Smart Missile performers since 1 August, including Group-placed 3YO fillies I’ll Have A Bit and Smart Coupe, and progressive city winners Sparky Lad, Special Missile, The Avenger and Missile Coda in Sydney, and Club Tropicana, Masculino, Memory Bank and Ultra Smart in Melbourne. 

Backed by sustained breeder support, large foal crops and leading owners & stables, the Champion First Season Sire of 2015/16 is on track to make 2017/18 his best season yet.

Twenty-two yearlings by Smart Missile will be offered at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, followed by 36 lots catalogued for February’s Inglis Classic Sale. Arrowfield’s consignments for these sales include 7 colts and 4 fillies by Smart Missile. 

 

Smart Missile 2YOs in demand at Karaka

Such was the demand for Smart Missile’s progeny at this week’s New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale that he shaded his illustrious barn-mate Snitzel on the sire averages.

Three 2YOs by Smart Missile averaged $NZ266,667 – almost $NZ40,000 more than Snitzel’s four lots – and two of them sold for $NZ350,000.

Lot 80, out of city winner Cyclone Stacey (by Encosta de Lago), attracted brisk bidding before being knocked down to agent George Moore, buying for the champion Hong Kong stable of his father John.  The gelding, an outstanding type from the highly successful Princess Tracy family, breezed up in 10.78 and was offered by Mark & Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm.

Moore said, “Dad has a quality Smart Missile in the stable named Rocketeer who we think could be a Hong Kong Derby candidate so when this horse breezed up so well he was definitely on our radar.”

Mark Treweek credited the sale to the gelding’s progress through the year and his sire’s recent success. “The Smart Missiles have been performing well of late, especially in Hong Kong which is where he’s going.”

Rocketeer is one of four winners from Smart Missile’s first seven runners in Hong Kong. 

On the second day of the Sale, Diamond Lodge offered Lot 305, the Smart Missile colt from Queen of Troy (by Storm Cat), with a breeze-up time of 11.18. He was one of four purchases by Tauranga couple Lou & Val Te Keeti and Matamata trainer Graham Richardson, so will remain in New Zealand.

Richardson said, “He really is a super type and just fits the bill in so many ways.

“He’s a lovely mover with a great attitude. Once the bidding got going I knew we were in for a fight, but Lou was determined we’d be taking him home.”

The two Smart  was among the ten top-priced lots of the two-day auction which set fresh Australasian 2YO sale records across the board, completing transactions worth more than $NZ31 million at an average price of $NZ107,638.

The third Smart Missile entry was Lot 400, a gelding out of the Zeditave mare Tiffinco who breezed up in 10.80, was bought for $NZ100,000 by leading Singapore trainer Stephen Gray from the Kilgravin Lodge consignment. 

Other notable sales for Arrowfield stallions were the $NZ300,000 Snitzel-Passiflora colt, bought by Busuttin Racing, the $NZ200,000 Not A Single Doubt-Je T’Aime colt, purchased by Victoria Peak Bloodstock and the $NZ100,000 Animal Kingdom-Only Roses colt sold to Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker.

John Street’s Lincoln Farms Bloodstock paid $NZ200,000 for the stylish Dundeel-Causeway Queen colt, presented by JK Farm for Nearco Stud.

The colt will be trained by Lisa Latta who already has an eye on his 3YO career. “He’s a really nice horse, a good walker and a lot like his Dad. He’ll go to the paddock now for a month and hopefully he’ll trial in the Autumn.”   

Smart Missile, currently second on the Australian 3rd Season Sires’ list with $1.4 million prizemoney, has 22 yearlings catalogued for January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. They include two colts, one of them a half-brother to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, and three fillies in the Arrowfield draft. 

New stakes performers for Smart Missile

While Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt power on at the head of the Australian Sires’ premiership, third season sire Smart Missile has also been busy, boosting his record with two new stakes performers this week, one of them on Oaks Day at Flemington.

First Light Racing’s 3YO filly Smart Coupe had impressed with two late-season juvenile wins and stepped up to run third behind Jorda and Snitzel’s daughter I Am Excited in the $150,000 VRC Red Roses S. 1100m G3. 

Smart Coupe, a $22,000 buy from Grenville Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale, is the first stakes performer out of Coupe, a Group 2-winning daughter of Spinning World. Her female family has enjoyed great Cup Week success over the years, thanks to VRC Oaks G1 winners Rose Of Kingston & Spirit Of Kingston, Kingston Rule (VRC Melbourne Cup G1) & Portland Player (Victoria Derby G1).

Smart Missile, holding second on the  Australian Third Season Sires’ list with $1.2 million, has also been represented this week by Sacred Missile (2nd, Macau Autumn Trophy LR), and 3YO gelding Luna Missile who broke his maiden at the Gold Coast in very impressive fashion on Cup Day.

Watch Luna Missile win at the Gold Coast.

A $120,000 purchase by Dalziel Racing & Aquis Farm from Arrowfield’s draft at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale, Luna Missile is the third winner out of Lunasong (by Unbridled’s Song). He counts among his relatives Hong Kong Group 1 winner Lucky Bubbles, and Group 2 winners Colorado Claire, Moonovermanhattan, Gunnison & Selenia.

Demand for Smart Missile’s 2YOs in training has been strong this year, with five lots averaging $192,500 at Magic Millions in October. They include three of the five top-priced horses, among them the sale-topping $320,000 colt out of County Mayo. Three Smart Missile 2YOs will be offered at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale later this month. 

Smart Missile colt is Guineas-bound

Mick Price is looking ahead with some confidence to the Bill Stutt Stakes and the Caulfield Guineas after Masculino’s all-the-way win over 1509 metres at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

It was the first try in city company for the son of Smart Missile after his 2YO debut win last April, and an easy victory over 1400 metres at Cranbourne on 27 August. 

Jake Noonan took advantage of Masculino’s ace draw to roll forward and take up the lead where the colt settled comfortably, despite being pressed in the middle stages by Sheer Madness.

Coming round the turn, Masculino had all his rivals in trouble except the top-weighted Eshtiraak who emerged quickly to challenge, but was held at bay by Masculino who rallied gamely to win by a long neck with Sunquest third.

Watch Masculino win at Moonee Valley.

Mick Price said, “I was happy that he won, he does have some improvement in him, I think he’s going to be a nice big Flemington horse if he trains on after the Caulfield Guineas.

“He handled Moonee Valley well, the Bill Stutt will be a little bit tougher but that will be the way he’s going.”

Bred by Grant Ahearn & David Yu, Masculino is the second winner left by Special Melody (by Encosta de Lago), an unraced daughter of three-time Group 1 winner Special Harmony and sister to multiple stakeswinner Little Surfer Girl. Special Melody is due to foal this Spring to Not A Single Doubt. 

Masculino was offered by Glastonbury Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale where Mick Price & Luke Wilkinson bought him for $120,000.

Already 2015/16’s Champion First Season Sire  and the 2016/17 Leading Second Season Sire by winners, Smart Missile is off to an excellent start this season. His 15 winners and more than $600,000 prizemoney give him an early lead among Australia’s stallions with three crops of racing age, and 15th spot on the General Sires’ table.  

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. 

Thank you for visiting Arrowfield!

Arrowfield was among several Hunter Valley stud farms that opened their gates last weekend to welcome hundreds of clients, guests and other visitors for the annual stallion parades.

Glorious Spring weather, a stunning line-up of stallions, plus the warm hospitality and hard work of Team Arrowfield all helped to make the Stud’s 2017 Stallion Open House a resounding success.

Increased numbers of new and returning breeders were a feature of the weekend, so much so that Arrowfield added full parades to the Stud’s schedule on Friday and Saturday afternoons.

Described by John Messara as “probably the best collection of stallions we’ve assembled in Arrowfield’s 37-year history”, the 2017 roster is shaped around three major themes: the Best of Danehill (Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Smart Missile, Panzer Division & Scissor Kick);  Japanese Champions (Maurice, Mikki Isle & Real Impact); and Global Superstars (Animal Kingdom, Dundeel & Shalaa). 

Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice, dual Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Mikki Isle and Champion British & French 2YO Shalaa are the new boys on Arrowfield’s 2017 roster and they all attracted plenty of admiration. Mikki Isle and Maurice join the returning Real Impact to complete a powerful triumvirate offering fresh genetic options for Australian mares.

Newly crowned Champion Sire Snitzel is in fine fettle for his upcoming busy season, and required a little more parade time to review his history-making 2016/17, and the rocketing start he’s made this season, with five stakeswinners already on the board.

Perfect Spring weather, a beautiful setting, gorgeous stallions and warm hospitality made for a busy & enjoyable weekend at Arrowfield.

John Messara with New Zealand visitors Sarah & Marc Devcich who cared for Dundeel between his racing campaigns.

Scissor Kick, led by Jarryd Stennett, certainly lived up to his tag as “Australia’s top model stallion”…

…and his gorgeous two-week-old son, with his mother Serenade Lily, was an instant hit with the crowd!

Former NSW Premier, now Racing Australia’s Barry O’Farrell & his wife Rosemary, and former NSW Minister for Racing George Souris & his wife Vassy were among the guests at the Arrowfield Stallion Open House.

Origami horse decorations celebrated the three Japanese stallions on the 2017 Arrowfield roster.

With Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt now among Australia’s most sought-after stallions, Scissor Kick and Panzer Division represent the next cohort of Redoute’s Choice sons poised to make their mark at stud. Panzer Division is very much in his celebrated sire’s mould, while the top model looks of Scissor Kick and his two lively, lookalike foals, paraded with their mothers, drew “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowds.

Dundeel, whose first crop are 2YOs this season, was frequently mentioned by guests asked for their pick of the parade, and Animal Kingdom’s dynamic presence is evident in his first-crop Australian runners, now 3YOs. 

A couple of race results from the Saturday meeting at Rosehill were duly noted at Arrowfield’s final parade on Sunday morning. The John Thompson-trained Special Missile posted his fifth consecutive win in great style, taking Smart Missile to an early lead on the 3rd Season Sires’ table, with 15 wins and more than $400,000 prizemoney.

Three sons in last season’s top 10 might signal time to ease up for three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice, but he’s having none of it. He was represented by 18 winners of 22 stakes races in 2016/17, sired the year’s top-priced $2.5 million yearling and a rare Group 1 double by full brothers Mustaaqeem & Rafeef in South Africa.

Redoute’s Choice colt Pariah drove the point home with a splendid victory in the ATC San Domenico S. G3, cheered on from the farm by the Arrowfield team whose excitement was caught on video by Paul Messara and posted on Twitter. Pariah, bred, sold and once again part-owned by Arrowfield, which bought into him in April, now heads to the Run to the Rose G2 on 9 September and, all going well, the Golden Rose G1 a fortnight later.

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.