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Missile Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The Missile Stakes headlines the Royal Randwick meeting this Saturday
  • This Group Two is run over 1200m under set weight and penalties conditions
  • The track is currently rated a Good 4 and no rain is predicted
  • Our selections in the small field include a $6.50 chance
Missile Stakes Tips
Can Viridine bounce back to winning form in the Saturday's Missile Stakes? (Getty)
Alex Marsh 04 Aug 2021
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We get a a little look towards the spring on Saturday at Royal Randwick with the running of the Missile Stakes. a Group Two event where a small, but quality field has been assembled.
  • Missile Stakes 2021 Field & Odds
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Worth $200,000, this sprint is both a spring lead-up and a strong event in itself, with Group One winners having won the last three editions (Pierata, Alizee and Eduardo).

Fasika is the $2.60 favourite with TopSport, a mare that generally fires fresh and the daughter of So You Think was a first-up winner over this track and trip in the autumn.

Missile Stakes 2021 Field & Odds


No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerJames McDonald859kg$5
2ViridineJames CummingsKerrin McEvoy356.5kg $4.20
3HightailPeter & Paul SnowdenHugh Bowman656.5kg $12
4Riodini (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark556kg $12
5PhobetorMichael CostaTommy Berry256kg $6.50
6ChatJohn ThompsonRachel King456kg $9.50
7FasikaJoseph PrideBrenton Avdulla155.5kg $2.60
8HellenismAiden St Vincent
754kg
                                                                 
Odds courtesy of TopSport & correct at 8.30pm on 04/08/2021.

2021 Missile Stakes Tips

2021 Missile Stakes Best Bet - Phobetor

Despite being a drifting favourite first-up off a long layoff, this five-year-old was impressive at Doomben, letting go late with a big turn-of-foot on June 16 ahead of a Ramornie Handicap tilt at Grafton where he was a well-supported market elect.

Unfortunately, just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong for Phobetor who was uncharacteristically a little tardy away, before working and being posted wide the trip, beaten late by Southern Lad, albeit still managed a two-length margin on third.

With any luck, there's no doubting he wins that sprint feature very comfortably and while this a step up in class, he has threatened to be at least stakes class in only a short career so far and ideally from a better start, can be the fit on-pacer to race alongside Fasika early.

2021 Missile Stakes Next Best Bet - Viridine

Winning three of his last four attempts over the winter of 2020, this Godolphin sprinter was becoming a real model of consistency ahead of a November 28 return which was terrific against the pattern (also spotted 8kg to the first two home).

Although still racing consistently, I suspect there may have been some setbacks with Viridine following that given the spaces between many of those performances, and he was just a few lengths off his best prior to his Bletchingly Stakes run on July 24.

Visually, it looked an improved effort while the clock backed it up, with the seven-year-old recording the fastest last 200m of that entire Caulfield program, so hard fit and with the ability to sprint off any tempo, this is as good a chance as he'll get to record win number 10.

Missile Stakes 2021 FAQs

When is the 2021 Missile Stakes?

The 2021 Missile Stakes will be run on Saturday, August 7 at 2.55pm (AEST).

It will run as Race 7 on the Randwick program.

Who won the 2020 Missile Stakes?

Eduardo won the 2020 Missile Stakes.

What is the Missile Stakes worth?

The Missile Stakes is worth $200,000.

$109,350 of that goes to the winner.

What distance is the Missile Stakes?

The Missile Stakes is run over a distance of 1200 metres.

How can I live stream the Missile Stakes?

Visit our live streaming hub for all the information on how to live stream the Missile Stakes and all other Australian horse races.

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Verdict

I've always had plenty of time for Fasika and she's definitely a winning chance, but there's some holes in her autumn form, especially for what is quite a handy sprint here, so the $2.60 is certainly short enough.

At bigger prices around the favourite, we'll spec both Phobetor and Viridine.

Best Bet: Phobetor To Win @550.00 at Topsport - 1 Unit
Next Best Bet: Viridine To Win @320.00 at Topsport - 1 Unit

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