Missile Stakes

Missile Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Missile Stakes.

Established in 1978 as a Group 2 race, the 1200 metre Missile Stakes is hosted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick Racecourse in August during the Sydney spring racing carnival.

The Missile Stakes is run under weight for age conditions and offers $200,000 to the winning connections. 

It is the first group race of the carnival, and as such garners a lot of attention. The event is open to horses three years and above and always attracts a good field in different stages of preparation.

Horses that compete in the Missile Stakes are often having their first outing after a winter spell and look to start their spring campaign in Sydney and Melbourne on a good note. Sometimes, contestants come off a successful winter campaign, using the Missile Stakes as the last race before a spell.

History indicates that horses coming in from their winter campaign usually have an advantage over rested horses. In 2010, Love Conquers All used the June Stakes held at Randwick as a lead up event to the Missile Stakes, winning both races. The key to making sense of the field is to look at horses with a balance of fitness and freshness.

After this many horses will often compete in the 1400 M Group 2 Warwick Stakes held at Warwick Farm Racecourse, the 1600 M Chelmsford Stakes at the Randwick track, or the 1200 M Group 2 Premiere Stakes at the same venue. All the three events are weight for age events although distances vary.

Some horses such as German Chocolate in 2007 and Spark of Life in 2004 have gone on to win the Missile Stake and Premiere Stake double.

Some Missile Stakes winners have gone on to stamp their authority on the Australian race tracks. These include Commands in 1999, Lonhro in 2002, Pompeii in 2003, Dance Hero in 2005, and Love Conquers All in 2010.

Campaign King in 1987 and 1988, Joanne in 1991 and 1992, and Klokka in 1993 and 1994, are the notable gallopers with back to back victories.

The 2011 Missile Stakes was won by Rain Affair, who was sired by Commands. Rain Affair finished his season here with six wins in six handicaps he contested in. Winter King who came in second, just came out of his winter spell, and went on to finish runner up in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Warwick Farm, and finished third in the Group 2 The Shorts at Rosehill Garden Racecourse.

Year Missile Stakes Winner
2017 Invincible Gem
2016 Tycoon Tara
2015 Burbero
2014 Sweet Idea
2013 Rain Affair
2012 Pinwheel
2011 Rain Affair
2010 Love Conquers All
2009 Teasing
2008 Captain Bax
2007 German Chocolate
2006 Imprisoned
2005 Dance Hero
2004 Spark Of Life
2003 Pompeii
2002 Lonhro
2001 Sportsbrat
2000 Padstow
1999 Commands
1998 Mr. Victory
1997 Guineas
1996 Legal Agent
1995 Brawny Spirit
1994 Klokka
1993 Klokka
1992 Joanne
1991 Joanne
1990 Potrero
1989 Select Prince
1988 Campaign King
1987 Campaign King
1986 Shankhill Lass
1985 Row Of Waves
1984 Plus Vite
1983 Young Blood
1982 Nordic Prince
1982 Razor Sharp
1981 not held
1980 Macho
1979 Salaam
1978 Idol
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