Smart Missile Gelding Wins $500,000 Country Final

The VRC Cup Carnival Country Final (1600m) at Flemington on Oaks Day did not carry Black type, but with a $500,000 pot of prizemoney was a hotly contested race with talented Smart Missile gelding Star Missile powering home to down the hot favourite Harbour Views (Fr).

Jockey chalks up treble with Star Missile

Williams continued his stellar day, landing a treble aboard Star Missile (Smart Missile) in the $500,000 Country Final (1600m), a race restricted to horses that had won their way through a series of heats on country tracks around Victoria and to trainers away from the metropolitan area.

Star Missile ridden by Craig Williams wins the Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2019 in Flemington, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

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Jericho Missile Makes it a Stakes Double for Smart Missile

The amazing last to first win by Jericho Missile in the Listed D’Orsogna-Belgravia Stakes (1200m) at Ascot rounded out another successful Saturday Twin Hills Stud’s resident stallion Smart Missile.

Following the win of Broadwayandfourth in the Listed Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley and a successful career debut by the 2yo gelding Trident at Ellerslie, Jericho Missile was the cherry on top.

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Smart Missile’s Broadwayandfourth Captures Crockett Stakes

Trainer Mitchell Freedman’s impressive stable of three-year-olds, which includes Classic hopefuls Moonlight Maid and Southern Moon, grew by one at Moonee Valley on Saturday when the Smart Missile filly Broadwayandfourth powered home to earn her first stakes win in Saturday’s Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m).

Punters let out a cheer when short-priced favourite Villami kick-clear rounding the home bend as Ben Melham darted back to the fence on  Broadwayandfourth, quickly reeling in the favourite before holding the fast-finishing Niccovi (Nicconi) by a length with Villami (Foxwedge) a further neck away in third.

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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.

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Nicks That Click – An Oldie but a Goodie

Two stakes-winners from last weekend highlighted the power of very successful nick involving a Golden Slipper winner and a champion racehorse and sire.

Canny Lad has long been regarded as an outstanding broodmare sire and two of his daughters delivered stakes-winners on Saturday in Gamay and Deprive, both of them sired by sons of Lonhro in Pierro and Denman.

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Begonia Belle for Humma Humma

Saturday’s Alinghi Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winner Humma Humma (Denman) will likely have her next engagement in the Begonia Belle Stakes (Gr3, 1100m) at Flemington on November 2. John McArdle is impressed with the way the mare has pulled up after Saturday’s victory and will now press on to Flemington. Saturday’s victory took the four-year-old’s record to five wins from 17 starts, which has seen her accumulate $472,880 in career prize-money.


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Big Day for Denman – Deprive Strikes in Sydney Stakes

Shortly after the Denman mare Humma Humma came from the tail of the field to win the Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, (read that story here) Godolphin’s 5yo Denman gelding Deprive repeated the dose in the $500,000 Group III Sydney Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

Deprive has yet to be beaten in six starts at Randwick but he was made to work for this one coming from well-back under Hugh Bowman to edge out the remarkably consistent Not A Single Doubt mare Champagne Cuddles by a long-head with the short-priced favourite Brutal (O’Reilly) a short-head back in third.

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More Stakes Success for Denman Mare

Mornington trainer John McArdle and a big team of owners have already had a lot of fun with talented Denman mare Humma Humma, who produced a personal best performance to win the Listed MRC Alinghi Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Humma Humma  wins Alinghi Stakes  - image Grant CourtneyHumma Humma wins Alinghi Stakes – image Grant Courtney

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Breeders’ The Plate Gai Craves Every Year

The Breeders’ Plate might only carry Group 3 status but to champion trainer Gai Waterhouse it’s one of the most important races on the calendar.