Missile Mantra launches late for Group 2 placing
Triple Crown’s MISSILE MANTRA added further black-type to her burgeoning pedigree page with a gutsy third in the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
The daughter of Smart Missile stayed on strongly down the outside to finish just a length and a quarter behind the winner, giving every indication that a step up to 1600m would bring about further improvement at her next start.
A $30,000 purchase by Chris & Michael Ward from the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Missile Mantra proved her affinity for the mile last year when beaten a nose in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas, while Saturday’s third place finish took her career earnings past the $350,000 mark.
Missile Mantra will return to Caulfield for her next start in either the Group 3 Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) on Wednesday week or the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) on Caulfield Cup day.