New and Improved Missile Stakes Offers Element of Mystery

The decision of whether or not to run Golden Slipper Stakes winner Capitalist in the Group II 1200 m Missile Stakes at Randwick apparently is being delayed until the morning of the race by the Snowden Brothers.

Doubts surrounding the track condition, with it almost certain to be heavy, make it somewhat doubtful that Peter and Paul Snowden will run Capitalist in his first race of the 2016 – 2017 thoroughbred racing season.

Capitalist is now considered a three-year-old, even though he will not celebrate his actual birthday until 14 September. Of the five times he has run, he has always been confined to tracks rated as good.

For one of the horses committed to the field, Rebel Dane, trainer Gary Portelli would be happy to see Capitalist in the barrier, but Rebel Dane has not fared well on heavy surfaces, either, losing over 1400 m in the 2013 Hobartville Stakes on a track rated at nine to Gai Waterhouse’s colt Pierro.

If Capitalist does appear, the bookmakers favour him heavily, listing him at $1.55 in early betting. Revel Dane is priced at $4.60, with none of the other horses in the field being in single digits.

The Missile Stakes is the fifth race on the Saturday program at Randwick and was previously rated as Group III.

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