Timely Win for Smart Missile’s Special Missile

Out of the winner’s circle since August 2017, Special Missile led at every call in Friday’s $180,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) to credit the newly formed training partnership of Michael and Richard Freedman with its first stakes-winner.

Given a positive ride by Sam Clipperton, Special Missile clung to a desperate nose victory over the favourite Fierce Impact (JPN) (Deep Impact) with Goldstream (ITY) one and a quarter back in third.

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G3 winner for Denman

As is the nature of things, the progeny of two stallions relocating to new homes in 2019 fought out of the finish of Saturday’s Group III Hong Kong Jockey Club J H B Carr Stakes at Randwick.

It was won by Godolphin’s Denman filly Laburnum who given a positive ride by Kathy O’Hara to nose out the favoured Foxwedge filly Into The Abyss with the Street Boss (USA) filly So Taken a long-head back in third.

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Denman to stand at Twin Hills

Denman (Lonhro – Peach (Vain)) will stand at Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra for the 2019 season. His fee has been set at $8,800 (inc GST).

With 79 winners already this season, Denman ranks in the top 20 stallions in Australia. His percentage of winners to runners is superior to that of fellow proven sires, Fastnet Rock, Not A Single Doubt, Nicconi and Star Witness. Denman is also in the top 20 active stallions on the Australian General Sires list.

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Smart Missile’s fee for 2019 set

Smart Missile has had his fee set for the 2019 breeding season. He will stand at Twin Hills Stud, Cootamundra at a fee of $22,000 (inc GST).

The performance of the progeny of Smart Missile over the past year has placed him in the upper ranks of Australia’s proven stallions. He is currently fifth of all stallions in terms of the number of winners produced for the season, placing him behind only I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Written Tycoon and Sebring. He is eighth of all active sires in Australia on the General Sires list, by prizemoney.

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100 for Smart Missile

Twin Hills Stud’s prolific winner getter Smart Missile has joined the century club of sires with over 100 winners this season.

He passed the mark earlier this week with a Seymour victory for four year-old mare Josephine Sea and kept up the good work at Muswellbrook on Friday with lightly raced four year-old Bid’n’Bare claiming her third win this season from just seven starts.

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The 200 Club

The Australian Studbook released covering statistics earlier this month for the 2018 breeding season revealing some 13 stallions covered books of 200 or more mares which was more than double the number from last year, so we thought we’d take a closer look at just why these guys were popular.

Stallions that cover super size books are those who are physically capable of doing it (and that’s not all stallions) and those that the market believes are priced right.

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Smart Missile’s Final Award Strikes in Canberra Guineas

Making just his fourth trip to the races, the Mark Newnham-trained Final Award came from last to win the Listed Canberra Guineas (1400m) last weekend.

With Josh Parr in the saddle the son of Smart Missile powered down the centre of the track to defeat Laburnum (Denman) by half a length with Major Wager (Exceed And Excel) a further three lengths back in third.

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Over the Moon

New recruit Smart Missile has been making all the news for Twin Hills Stud this spring, but the arrival of some stunning first foals by his barn mate Odyssey Moon has put the dashing young son of Snitzel firmly in the spotlight.

Odyssey Moon

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Another Beauty for Smart Missile

The Tony McEvoy-trained filly Beauty kept her record at a perfect three for three when coming from midfield to capture Saturday’s Listed William Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

Luke Curry put the 3yo daughter of Smart Missile into a challenging position on the home turn and she did best in the run to the line to defeat the Pierro filly Rainbow Girl by half a length with All Too Hard’s Illuminaire a half-head back in third.

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Smart Missile Filly Wins G1 Spring Champion Stakes

Many bloodstock followers believed Smart Missile would sire his first Group I winner this spring with his unbeaten filly Smart Melody favourite for the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas next Saturday, but in the end his supporters didn’t have to wait that long.

Up and coming trainer Mark Newnham tasted his first Group I victory when talented Smart Missile filly Maid of Heaven took a quantum leap to beat quality colts Aramayo and Thinkin’ Big to win the Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.

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