Missed it by that much!
The ultra talented Missile Mantra (a $30,000Magic Millions purchase by Chris & Mike Ward from the Arrowfield draft) has shown her sheer class since her first day on a race track. Thing were taken to another level again on Saturday when she competed in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.
Having had no luck with barriers, she again drew the extreme outside barrier for the Group 1 feature, which dictated her having to go back to the tail of the field during the run. The race tempo was slow up front, making it a tough assignment for anyone wanting to run on from the back of the field, but Missile Mantra defied that with her scintillating turn-of-foot, absolutely flying home to just miss the bob of the heads on the line and finish 2nd by a nose.
It was agonisingly close but an almighty performance from the daughter of Smart Missile. Jockey, Damien Lane has real belief in this filly and after some dreadful luck with dead-ends in previous races this preparation, he was close to tears with raw emotion after the race. He so desperately wanted the win for Missile Mantra as we all know she deserves it. As trainer Peter Snowden said post race, “her day will come, she is such a talented and honest filly.”
Missile Mantra is a ripper and we couldn’t be prouder of her. She has gone to the paddock for a spell now and we look forward to continuing the ride with her owners in the Autumn. Congratulations to our owners, Damien Lane and Peter & Paul Snowden for an outstanding achievement at the highest level.