Bargain Buy Delivers Smart Missile a 14th Stakes-Winner

Group III placed twice previously, progressive Smart Missile mare Smart Coupe finally scored a well-deserved first Black Type success when resuming from a spell to win the $140,000 Listed The Breeze Retirement Stakes at Geelong on Wednesday.

Trained by Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra, Smart Coupe charged home from off the pace to score a length and a quarter win in the 1200 metre sprint.

A modest $22,000 Magic Millions Tasmania purchase for First Light Racing/Ellerton Zahra Racing from the Grenville Stud draft, Smart Coupe has proven a saleyard gift winning five races and placing six times from 20 starts earning prizemoney in excess of $315,000.

First Light Racing’s Catherine O’Dea was on hand to greet Smart Coupe as she returned to scale.

“She’s come back bigger and better and has been spot on in her trials, so we should be in for a good preparation,” she said.

“Spring is a great time of year so we’ll try and pick out a race in Cup Week for her,”

Smart Missile is the sire of Smart Coupe 

Smart Missile is the sire of Smart Coupe

Bred by SF Bloodstock, Smart Coupe was foaled and raised initially at Newgate Farm, but was passed in as a weanling before finally being sold in Tasmania as a yearling. She is the best of four winners from Group II winner Coupe, a half-sister by Spinning World (USA) to Group I winner Coupe de Grace.

The family is a very familiar one as Coupe is a grand-daughter of Group I winner Spirit of Kingston, whose family includes Australian Horse of the Year Rose of Kingston as well s Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule and Victoria Derby winner Portland Player.

Smart Coupe is the 14th stakes-winner for Twin Hills Stud’s Smart Missile, who stands this spring at a fee of $22,000.

Article courtesy of Breednet/ Tara Madgwick

Smart Missile in upcoming sales:

The Breeze Retirement Stakes LR 1200m

Geelong Track: Good(3) Time: 1:11.00
Smart Coupe
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: Damian Lane 56
5m Smart Missile (AUS) x Coupe (AUS) (Spinning World (USA))

MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $22,000
V:Grenville Stud Whitemore Tas
B: First Light Racing/Ellerton Zahra Racing
Gina’s Hope
T: Mitchell Freedman J: B Melham 56
5m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Elle Of A Westerly (AUS) (El Moxie (USA))
Into The Abyss
T: John Thompson J: K Mc Evoy 56
4m Foxwedge (AUS) x Moonboat (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $240,000
V:Vinery Stud Scone NSW
B: DGR Thoroughbred Services P/L (FBAA)
Nicconi Poni
T: Mitchell Beer J: J Mallyon 56
5m Nicconi (AUS) x World Guide (NZ) (Defensive Play (USA))
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale Select Session $22,000
V:Widden Stud, Widden Valley
B: Rushton Park
Super Hussey
T: Andrew Noblet J: D W Stackhouse 56
5m Hussonet (USA) x Super Bucks (AUS) (Dash For Cash (AUS))
Island Daze
T: G M Begg J: Clayton Douglas 56
5m Written Tycoon (AUS) x Pontington (AUS) (Delago Brom (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $60,000
V:Armidale Stud, Carrick, Tas
B: MBH Racing
Doves Cry
T: Henry Dwyer J: Ben Allen 56
5m Street Cry (IRE) x Family Crest (NZ) (Fastnet Rock (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Tyreel Stud, Agnes Banks
B: Henry Dwyer Racing