Missile Launch Takes Off – 16th Stakes Winner for Smart Missile

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When Missile Launch reeled off six wins in seven starts as a 4-year-old few would have thought it would take him over a year and 15 starts to earn his first black-type.

The now 6-year-old son of Smart Missile set the record straight at Ascot on Saturday when Patrick Carbery coaxed him to victory in the Listed Magic Millions Tattersall’s Cup (2100m).



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Congratulations to the connections of Missile Launch – the $40,000 Perth Yearling Sale buy for trainer Vaughn Sigley from @yarradale_stud – winner of today’s listed Magic Millions Tattersall’s Cup at Ascot @PerthRacing. Great to see a locally bred, sold and owners runner salute!

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In a slogging finish, Missile Launch defeated the Fred Kersley-trained Taxagano (Rogano) by a long-neck with Grant and Alana Williams-trained Forceful (Hard Spun) a short-neck back in third.

Missile Launch did the right thing by the sponsors as he was purchased by his trainer for $40,000 from the Yarradale Stud draft at 2015 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

His maiden stakes success advances the record of Missile Launch to 8 wins, 3 seconds 3 thirds from 24 starts with earnings of $365,850.

Missile Launch is the best of four winners from as many to race out of the10-time winning Opening Verse mare Takeiteasyedye (USA).

While she is an import, Takeiteasyedye (USA) is out of one of Western Australia’s favourite daughters, Jungle Dawn (Jungle Boy), whose 10 wins included the 1987 Group 1 WATC Railway Stakes a race her brother Jungle Hero finished third.

Bred by Allen E Paulson, Takeiteasyedye (USA) was sold at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale for $30,000 when carrying Missile Launch. She did not have another foal before dying in 2015.

Missile Launch becomes the 16th stakes-winner for Twin Hills Stud’s Smart Missile who has two entered for the Magic Millions in January and six catalogued for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

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WATCH: Missile Launch (Smart Missile-Takeiteasyedye) won R5 @mmsnippets-Tattersall’s Cup at on Saturday 30 November @TAB_touch @TABradio @theracesWA

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Magic Millions – Tatt’s Cup LR 2100m Ascot Track: Good(4) Time: 2:11.66
1st 0.4 – Missile Launch
T: Vaughn Sigley J: P Carbery 56.5

6g Smart Missile (AUS) x Takeiteasyedye (USA) (Opening Verse (USA))

MM Perth Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Yarradale Stud, Gidgegannup, WA
B: Vaughn Sigley
2nd 0.4 – Taxagano
T: F R Kersley J: P Hall 59
6g Rogano (AUS) x Taxa (AUS) (Carry A Smile (AUS))
3rd 0.6 – Forceful
T: G & A Williams J: W Pike 57.5

5g Hard Spun (USA) x Our Millster (AUS) (Marooned (GB))

Article courtesy of Breednet