Island Missile seeks Gosford Guineas glory

PROMISING three-year-old Island Missile steps up to Stakes grade for the Gosford Guineas over 1200m for the Central Coast track’s premier raceday.

The son of Smart Missile finished a close up second on his last start behind highly regarded filly Aqua D’Ivina, and steps back in trip here from that 1400m BenchMark 76 Handicap at Randwick on January 6.

Hugh Bowman takes the ride with Island Missile jumping from the outside barrier of eight.

Third up for the preparation, co-trainer Peter Snowden thinks the two-time winner is ready to peak for the Listed Grade race.

“It’s not a big field and it looks a good race for him,” said Snowden. “We’ll need a little bit of luck from the awkward draw but he’s one that will be doing his best work late.

“He’s been going very well since his last run and looks to have taken improvement from it. He’s going there in very good order.”

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