Better Days Ahead for Smart Missile Filly

A good start to the day at Flemington for Twin Hills stallions Denman and Smart Missile with Denman’s 1000m straight track specialist Prezado making light of his 59kgs in the opener to capture his third consecutive race at Flemington before Smart Missile chimed in with the talented two-year-old filly Standoff who opened her account at her second start.

Smart Missile filly Standoff powers home to open her winning account (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Smart Missile filly Standoff powers home to open her winning account (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Ridden by Dwayne Dunn for trainers and part-owner’s Grant and Peter Dalziel, Standoff was well back in the field early but was withing striking distance at the 300 metres.

She really built into her work and was very strong over the final 100 metres to defeat the Akeed Mofeed (GB) filly Sunshines by three-quarters of a length with Denman filly Zesty Belle a half-length back in third.

Standoff was unplaced at her career debut over 1000 metres at Moonee Valley however Dunn said he was encouraged by the run.

“She ran terrific at the Valley. She was slowly away was wide on the corner and found the line nicely,” Dunn said.

“She has since trialled up well, so it wasn’t a shock to the stable. She still looked very immature in the yard, she’s just doing it all on natural ability, which is fantastic.

“I think she will get over further. She’s got a turn of foot and she looks more like a yearling than a two-year-old.”

Bred by Kooringal Stud, Standoff was consigned to the 2018 Great Southern Weanling Sale where she was pinhooked by Elle’s Lodge for $21,000 before being reoffered her at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to Peter Dalziel Professional Horsebreaking for $30,000.

She is the seventh foal and seventh winner out of the Encosta de Lago mare Fidele who was purchased by Kooringal for $40,000 out of the Attunga Stud draft at the 2017 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

From the family of the crowd-pleasing So Si Bon (So You Think), Fidele has done a great job at stud and her seven winners include one of our favourites, the multiple stakes-placed Not A Single Doubt mare Fidelia.

Kooringal Stud consigned a Bobby’s Kitten – Fidele colt to this year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where he was purchased by M Imai for $25,000.

After foaling a filly by The Brothers War (USA) last spring, Fidele was bred back to Kooringal’s new stallion Prized Icon.

STANDOFF storms through to score at long odds ⚫🔴 @TwinHillsStud

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Schweppes Bagotville Hcp 1100m

Flemington Track: Soft(5) Time: 1:04.57
1st – 0.8 lengths
STANDOFF
T: Grant & Peter Dalziel J: D Dunn 57

2f Smart Missile (AUS) x Fidele (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))

MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2 $30,000
V:Elle’s Lodge Warral NSW
B: Peter Dalziel Professional Horsebreaking
Inglis Great Southern Sale – Weanlings $21,000
V:Kooringal Stud, Wagga Wagga, NSW
B: Elle’s Lodge
2nd – 0.8 lengths
SUNSHINES
T: Nick Ryan J: R Mc Leod 57
2f Akeed Mofeed (GB) x Saramenha (AUS) (Snitzel (AUS))
3rd – 1.3 lengths
ZESTY BELLE
T: M Ellerton & S Zahra J: L Nolen 56.5
2f Denman (AUS) x Autumn Zest (AUS) (King’s Best (USA))
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $35,000
V:Two Bays Farm, Flinders
B: First Light Racing / Ellerton Zahra Racing Pty Ltd \ Paul Willets