Missile Stakes Race Information

The Missile Stakes is a 1200 metre set weights plus penalties race run by the Australian Turf Club. It is held at Randwick in August for horse aged three years and older and is the first Group race in the NSW racing calendar. Prior to 2020 it was a weight-for-age race.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $300,000
  • Date: Saturday 5 August 2023

Missile Stakes Race History

View the 2023 Missile Stakes preview and results.

View the 2022 Missile Stakes preview and results.

View the 2021 Missile Stakes preview and results.

View the 2020 Missile Stakes preview and results.

The Missile Stakes was first held as a Principal Race at Rosehill over 1100m in 1978 and was won by a horse called Idol. In 1980 the race became a Group 3 race, it was not run in 1981 and from 2010 onwards the distance was increased to 1200m. In 2012 it was moved from Rosehill to Warwick Farm, but was only run there for one year. From 2013 it was run at Randwick and it became a Group 2 race from 2014 onwards. In 2019 the race returned to its original home of Rosehill, where it currently remains. In 2020 it was changed to set weights plus penalties for the first time, as all previous races were at weight-for-age. In 2021 it was moved from Rosehill to Randwick due to Covid-19 lockdowns in Sydney.

In 2023 tragedy struck as Big Parade broke down during the race and caused a lot of interference, with one runner nearly being pushed through the running rail. Sadly Big Parde had to be euthanised.

Taking place at the start of the racing year, it is the first Group race in Sydney and usually attracts horses that are starting their spring campaign off. Many horses run in the Missile Stakes first-up and continue on to tougher assignments in the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnivals Some horses are finishing a successful winter campaign.

The Missile Stakes is the main race of the meeting which has no other black-type races. Horses that run well in the Missile Stakes may go on to contest the Group 1 1400m Winx Stakes at Randwick two weeks later, the Group 2 1600m Chelmsford Stakes in September or the Group 2 1200m Premiere Stakes in early October.

Missile Stakes Facts

Last mare to win; Alizee (2019)

Multiple winners: Rain Affair (2013 and 2011); Klokka (1993 & 1994); Joanne (1991 & 1992); Campaign King (1987 & 1988)

Fastest time (1100m): Guineas (1997) 1:02:68

Missile Stakes & Premiere Stakes: German Chocolate (2007); Spark Of Life (2004); Legal Agent (1996); Klokka (1993);  Joanne (1991-92}; Campaign King (1987)

Interesting trivia: It was previously run at the end of the racing season and two-year-olds could run. Lonhro ran in the 2001 and 2002 Missile Stakes but because of the dates it was as a 2YO and a 4YO. In 1999 Commands came home 2nd behind Padstow but won the race on protest. The following year (2000) Padstow won.  In 1984 it was run with a flag start and first-starter Plus Vite won at 100-1 for Bart Cummings. 2011 Missile Stakes winner Rain Affair was sired by Commands who won in 1999. Hard Empire won at 100-1 in 2022.

Past winners of the Missile Stakes

Winners of past Missile Stakes include horses that go on to win major spring races.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 I Am Me Dragonstone Deepour
2022 Hard Empire Wandabaa Gem Song
2021 Phobetor Chat Fasika
2020 Eduardo Flit Imaging
2019 Alizee Invincible Gem Le Romain
2018 Pierata Kementari The Monstar
2017 Invincible Gem Le Romain The Monstar
2016 Tycoon Tara Rebel Dane Mount Nebo
2015 Burbero Weary Temple Of Boom
2014 Sweet Idea Messene Rebel Dane
2013 Rain Affair Mic Mac Title
2012 Pinwheel Centennial Park Rolling Pin
2011 Rain Affair Winter King Pinwheel
2010 Love Conquers All Danleigh Sniper’s Bullet
2009 Teasing Gold Trail Typhoon Zed
2008 Captain Bax Typhoon Zed Interfere
2007 German Chocolate La Montagna Vionneto
2006 Imprisoned Crimson Reign Mac’s Tune
2005 Dance Hero Snippetson Spark Of Life
2004 Spark Of Life Into The Night Dane Shadow
2003 Pompeii Academe Our Egyptian Raine
2002 Lonhro Ancient Song Notoire
2001 Sportsbrat Air She Goes Lonhro
2000 Padstow Wynciti Celestial Choir
1999 Commands Padstow Techniques
1998 Mr. Victory Masked Party Juggler
1997 Guineas Spartacus Moss Rocket
1996 Legal Agent Our Lance Moss Rocket
1995 Brawny Spirit Light Up The World Masked Party
1994 Klokka Stormy Regent Double Your Bet
1993 Klokka All Our Mob Spanish Mix
1992 Joanne Spanish Mix Hula Grey
1991 Joanne Dr. Grace All Archie
1990 Potrero Dance Band Rise ‘N’ Shine
1989 Select Prince Targlish Temple Front
1988 Campaign King High Regard Wong
1987 Campaign King Plum Shore Targlish
1986 Shankhill Lass Manuan Riverdale
1985 Row Of Waves Real Dream Vari’s Ace
1984 Plus Vite Buena Gold Real Dream
1983 Young Blood Sabre Dancer Flash Doll
1982 Nordic Prince Flash Doll Latin Saint
1982 Razor Sharp Yir Tiz Bemboka Yacht
1981  ** Race not run **
1980 Macho High Adventure Blockbuster
1979 Salaam Steel Blade Goreham
1978 Idol Leonotis Mondiso