Exciting new chapter for Missile Mantra and Reelem In Ruby

It’s a bittersweet day for the Triple Crown team as we announce the retirement of our star mares MISSILE MANTRA and REELEM IN RUBY.

Both mares enjoyed distinguished careers in the red (and sometimes pink!) colours, carrying them to victory in Group races across Australia and competing at the very highest level.

The pair have provided their owners with long-lasting memories on the track, but thankfully the journey is not over for their connections, with both mares due to be served by two of Australia’s highest profile stallions during the upcoming southern hemisphere breeding season.

Missile Mantra will be covered by Newgate Farm’s exciting young sire CAPITALIST, while Reelem In Ruby will be served by four-time Champion Sire SNITZEL.

All being well, both mares will then be sold at next year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast, the auction which saw Moss Trip – another former leading light of the Triple Crown team – sell in foal to Trapeze Artist for $900,000 earlier this year.

All smiles on the Gold Coast as Moss Trip’s owners, together with Chris & Michael Ward and Barry Bowditch, celebrate after her $900,000 sale – Magic Millions

Genuine Group 1 ability

Purchased for $30,000 by Triple Crown’s Chris & Michael Ward at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2018, MISSILE MANTRA wasted no time in providing her owners with a return on their investment, winning both of her two starts as a 2YO including the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

Her Classic year was a tale of near misses and, in one particular case, the nearest of misses. A luckless Spring campaign in Melbourne culminated in a nose defeat to millionaire earner Flit in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), before an Autumn preparation in Sydney saw her beaten just over a length by the likes of Probabeel and Funstar in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m).


Missile Mantra came within a nose of Group 1 glory in the Thousand Guineas

The following Spring Missile Mantra followed up a placing in the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes (1400m) with a richly-deserved maiden Group success in the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m), while sandwiched in between was another superb effort at Group 1 level to be beaten only 1.2L in the Empire Rose Stakes on Victoria Derby Day.

She returned as good as ever for her recent Autumn preparation, beating subsequent Group 2 winner Fabric first-up at Caulfield before finishing runner-up in both the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) and Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m). The latter race proved to be her final start, with injury ruling her out of an intended tilt at breaking her Group 1 duck in the Tatt’s Tiara up in Queensland.

Missile Mantra retires the winner of $608,800 in prize money and can lay claim to being an unbeaten stakes-winning 2YO, a Group 1-placed 3YO and a Group-winning 4YO mare.

Missile Mantra boasts an impressive race record

A truly Hot proposition

Just like her stablemate Missile Mantra, Reelem In Ruby wasted no time in building a terrific race record, finishing in the top two on nine of her first 10 career starts and placing third on the other occasion.

Having been beaten a whisker by subsequent Stradbroke runner-up Madam Rouge in the Group 3 Nivison (1200m) on her first attempt at black-type, that incredible run of consistency culminated with a dominant victory in the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill, where she beat fellow Triple Crown star Moss Trip to lead home a memorable quinella for the team.

Reelem In Ruby led home her Triple Crown stablemate Moss Trip to win the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes – Bradley Photos

An extended spell on the sidelines followed, but Reelem In Ruby returned from injury with consecutive fourth-place finishes at Group level, before going on to add further black-type to her pedigree page when finishing third in the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) in her final preparation.

Reelem In Ruby retires the winner of four metropolitan races and a fraction under $600,000 in career earnings. A Group 2-winning daughter of Pierro and free of Danehill, Reelem In Ruby would take high rank among any of the leading broodmare bands in Australia and beyond.

Reelem In Ruby’s impressive race record has earned her a date with four-time Champion Sire Snitzel – Bradley Photos

A big thank you to all the jockeys, strappers and stable staff who helped play a part in the success of both mares on the track, with a special thanks to the teams at Snowden Racing and Muskoka Farm for looking after them so well.

We will miss seeing them carry the red colours on the big stage but are excited to embark on this next chapter in the breeding barn.