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 Rosehill 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, 3YO & upwards
  • Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $200,000
  • Date: Saturday 8 August 2020

Missile Stakes Race History

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 from weight-for-age to set weights plus penalties.

Taking place at the start of the racing year, this race usually attracts horses that are starting their spring campaign off. Many horses run in the Missile Stakes first-up and many continue on to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Fun Facts

Last mare to win; Alizee (2019)

Multiple winners: Rain Affair (2013 and 2011); Klokka (1993-94); Joanne (1991 -92); Campaign King (1987-88)

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

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 Plus Vite won at 100-1.

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
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 Imprisioned 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