Smart Missile Could Be Another Star Cox Plate Starter





Sydney based trainer of exciting Smart Missile, Anthony Cummings, is certain this season’s three year olds are the best he’s seen in almost 20 years.

"The depth from top to bottom in the three-year-ranks is the strongest I've seen since the Octagonal-Saintly-Nothin' Leica Dane-Filante era back in 1995-96," Cummings said to the Daily Telegraph.

"I think we have another crop of three-year-olds like that - it is going to be sensational racing this season."

Smart Missile cemented Cumming’s claim as he thought about the performances the three year old crop have already made early in the season.

Smart Missile was nothing short of brilliant to win The Run To The Rose coming from last at Rosehill on the weekend.

This emerging superstar is the only horse to beat champion two year old Sepoy, after three starts he is still unbeaten and is the convincing $2.20 favourite to win the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose at Rosehill on September 10.

Cummings claimed Smart Missile is potentially the best horse he has ever trained.

"Smart Missile has the hallmarks of a coming champion," Cummings said.

"The performances by him so far suggest that. He has run the sectionals of an outstanding horse to win the Breeders Plate on debut after he blew the start, then to defeat Sepoy in the Todman Stakes and his win in the Run To The Rose."

Concerns about Smart Missile’s barrier rogue behaviour were dismissed by Cummings when it comes to winning more of the major races including the Cox Plate.

"You have to remember he has only had three starts and hopefully this will be his first race preparation when he has at least two runs," the trainer pointed out.

"He hasn't had the experience the others have had but he does work things out pretty quickly and I'm sure he will sort out his barrier manners."

Smart Missile is possibly being trained to win this years $3 million Tatts Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 22.

"I'm not sure what his ideal distance range is," Cummings said. "He does look a 2000m horse but I'm mindful he comes from a speed pedigree."

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