Smart Missile Gelding Wins $500,000 Country Final

Tara Madgwick - Friday November 8

The VRC Cup Carnival Country Final (1600m) at Flemington on Oaks Day did not carry Black type, but with a $500,000 pot of prizemoney was a hotly contested race with talented Smart Missile gelding Star Missile powering home to down the hot favourite Harbour Views (Fr).

Star Missile wins the $500,000 Cup Carnival Country Final - image Racing Victoria TwitterTrained by Greg Eurell, four year-old Star Missile continued the winning run for Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams when overcoming an outside gate to surge clear and win by more than a length.

A $40,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Hancox Bloodstock from the Amarina Farm draft, Star Missile has four wins and four placings from 13 starts with prizemoney in excess of $422,000.

"This was the race that we really wanted to target this time in and it's worked out well," Greg Eurell said.

"We stretched him out last time in just to see if he could get out over the Derby trip and it was just a bit too far for him.

"I think there are over 100 owners here today so it's a great thrill for them."

Smart MissileGroup III placed last season at three, Star Missile looms as a stakes-winner of the future and is the best of four winners from Minnastar, a half-sister by Black Minnaloushe (USA) to the dams of stakes-winners Dance to the Stars and Wells Street.

Star Missile is one of 28 winners in the past 30 days for Smart Missile, who has had a great start to the new season and sired three stakes-winners last month in Broadwayandfourth, Jericho Missile and Smart Coupe.

Smart Missile has been super popular again at Twin Hills Stud this spring at a fee of $22,000.




Race Result - Cup Carnival Ctry Final (Bm80) 1600m

Flemington Track: Good(4) Time: 1:37.07
Star Missile
T: G Eurell J: Craig Williams 58
4g Smart Missile (AUS) x Minnastar (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $40,000
V:Amarina Farm, Denman
B: Hancox Bloodstock Pty Ltd
Harbour Views
T: M J Williams J: John Allen 61.5
5g Le Havre (IRE) x Icky Woo (GB) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))
T: T Busuttin & N Young J: Tommy Berry 54.5
4h Snitzel (AUS) x Passiflora (USA) (Empire Maker (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $300,000
V:Lyndhurst Farm
B: Busuttin Racing
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $130,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Lyndhurst Farm
Diplomac Jack
T: Thomas Carberry J: D Yendall 55
6g Monaco Consul (NZ) x Potomac (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $7,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: M Roche
T: K L Corstens J: Ethan Brown 56
4g All American (AUS) x Illusionary (AUS) (Hussonet (USA))
MM Adelaide Yearling Sale $70,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Darren Weir Racing
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $55,000
V:Arrowfield Stud Scone NSW
B: Magic Millions As Agent
T: G Eurell J: D Oliver 57.5
4g O'Lonhro (AUS) x Taut (AUS) (Strategic (AUS))
T: Shea Eden J: D Dunn 55
4g Written Tycoon (AUS) x Our Fame (AUS) (Bellotto (USA))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Ampulla Lodge, Bunyip, Vic
B: Eden Racing
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $100,000
V:Kambula Stud Kadina SA
B: Ascot Farm/Ampulla Lodge
Ruby Skye
T: C D Widdison J: H Coffey 54
6m Reset (AUS) x Rich Ruby Red (AUS) (Rubiton (AUS))
Trigger Point
T: Ms L Tolson & Ms L Proctor J: Chris Symons 55
5g Denman (AUS) x Heavenly Insight (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Southern Cross Breeders
B: Z Johnstone
Brilliant Concept
T: M J Williams J: Damien Thornton 54
4g Star Witness (AUS) x New Style (AUS) (Snippets (AUS))
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale Platinum Session $60,000
V:Shadwell Farm, Mt Rowan
B: D Giltinan
No Money No Honey
T: Richard Laming J: Jamie Kah 54
7m Host (CHI) x Helogen (AUS) (Helissio (FR))
T: Ms S Trolove J: B Park 58
5g Hinchinbrook (AUS) x New Edition (USA) (Stormy Atlantic (USA))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $63,000
V:Frankie J. Stockdale Racing, Sale, Vic
B: A Purdon
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $17,000
V:Wahha Thoroughbreds, Delungra
B: F Stockdale / Todd Blum Bloodstock
Inglis Australian Weanling Sale Select Session $20,000
V:Yarraman Park Stud, Scone
B: A Phillips
Rebellious Lord
T: M J O'Donnell J: Jye McNeil 54
6g Rebel Raider (AUS) x Benbara Rossa (AUS) (Testa Rossa (AUS))
The Great Artiste
T: P A Preusker J: Jordan Childs 57
6g Atomic (AUS) x Star Of Brocco (AUS) (Brocco (USA))
Boss Coni
T: T & K O'Sullivan J: B Prebble 54.5
7g Bianconi (USA) x Emily's A Star (AUS) (Mull Of Kintyre (USA))
Starspangled Rodeo
T: Joseph Waldron J: J Mott 56.5
5g Teofilo (IRE) x Sunstyle (AUS) (Xaar (GB))
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