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Missile Stakes 2023 Betting Tips - Mares to fire in Group 2

Last updated: 02 Aug 2023
Alex Marsh 02 Aug 2023
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  • The Missile Stakes headlines Saturday's Rosehill meeting
  • This 1200m Group 2 is run under set weight and penalties conditions
  • The track is currently rated a Good 4
  • Our feature preview is included below
Missile Stakes Tips
Argentia debuts for Joe Pride in the Missile Stakes. (Getty)

We get an early view towards the spring on Saturday at Rosehill with the running of the Missile Stakes. a 1200m Group 2 event run under set weights and penalties conditions.
  • 2023 Missile Stakes Field & Odds
  • 2023 Missile Stakes Tips

Worth $300,000, this sprint is both a spring lead-up and a strong event in itself, with Group One winners having won the last five of the last eight editions.

At $2.70 with Ladbrokes, Big Parade heads the betting for the 2023 Missile Stakes.

2023 Missile Stakes Field & Odds

1Golden MileJames CummingsJames McDonald259kg$9.50
2IngratiatingJames Cummings Zac Lloyd (a)956.5kg $11
3Rocketing ByDavid PfiefferJason Collett656.5kg $21
4Big ParadeJoseph PrideJoshua Parr 456kg $2.70
5Ucalledit (NZ)Kris LeesDylan Gibbons (a)1056kg$17
6DragonstoneJoseph Pride Tom Sherry1156kg $18
7FenderBrett CavanoughAdam Hyeronimus856kg$61
8Wewillrock (NZ)John O'SheaTyler Schiller556kg$14
9DeepourAdam CamptonRyan Maloney756kg$15
10ArgentiaJoseph Pride Regan Bayliss354.5kg$17
11I Am MeCiaron Maher & David EustaceTim Clark154kg $3.90
Odds courtesy of Ladbrokes & correct at 11pm on 02/08/2023.

2023 Missile Stakes Tips

2023 Missile Stakes Best Bet - I Am Me

While she's a rough chance of gaining an Everest slot, I Am Me would be much better placed in a second-string Group 1 like the Manikato Stakes, which Bella Nipotina (stablemate) won last year.

The Maher & Eustace-trained mare is perhaps a rung off the elite sprinters in Australia, but she's well and truly up to this level, especially with 54kg under set weights and penalties.

The five-year-old ticked the 1200m box last campaign with back-to-back summer triumphs over the trip, which includes a Listed Canterbury Sprint success and that was her first stakes win.

Staying away from wet tracks is the key, with I Am Me having won six of her last seven attempts on good ground and the one miss was a 2.15-length Oakleigh Plate defeat in February.

Arriving off two strong lead-up trials ahead of this Missile Stakes resumption, she can potentially land in the box-seat early, as taking on the speedy Big Parade could bring her undone late.

I Am Me - $3.90Missile Stakes Best Betbet now
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2023 Missile Stakes Value Bet - Argentia

Joe Pride is arguably the best in the business with a tried sprinter and he now prepares Argentia, an ex-Anthony & Sam Freedman galloper that's trialled up twice for the new yard.

After a soft hit-out behind I Am Me via a July 7 hit-out at Warwick Farm, she was keen when settling handier in her second trial, with the five-year-old looking very fresh.

First-up has generally been the time to catch her, with two of three career wins coming fresh over a sprint trip and her best performance last prep was the Sandown resumption.

Argentia has defied her breeding, as she's yet to salute past 1200m despite being by Frankel and out of a three-time Group 1 winner in Princess Coup, who did win a New Zealand Oaks.

Barriers have often dictated where she's settled in the past, as they just drop her out when she draws wide, but with gate three here on return, she can settle around midfield.

Argentia - $17.00Missile Stakes Value Betbet now
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I Am Me will get all favours in the Missile Stakes, while the talented Argentia creates some interest first-up for Joe Pride.

Best Bet: I Am Me To Win @29/10 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Value Bet: Argentia Each Way @16/1 at Ladbrokes Australia - 1 Unit
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