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Babe to launch spring raid in Missile

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Bjorn Baker says Belluci Babe has the right formlines to be considered for an Everest slot.

BELLUCI BABE.
BELLUCI BABE. Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Belluci Babe will be on a mission to reaffirm her emergence as a serious sprinter, and stake her Everest claims, when she kick-starts her spring in the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick. 

The mare enjoyed a breakthrough autumn, winning the Wenona Girl Quality and finishing fourth in the Group 1 Galaxy and T J Smith Stakes

It was her effort behind champion sprinter Nature Strip in the latter that gave trainer Bjorn Baker the confidence to give Belluci Babe a shot at impressing Everest slot holders on Saturday. 

"I think she can put her hand up for The Everest, why not?"' Baker said. 

"She ran a very good fourth in the T J Smith Stakes and at the end of the day, that's the best form race year-in, year-out for The Everest. 

"It's the same track, same distance and she has won a Group race over the track and distance as well." 

James Mcdonald's only ride on Belluci Babe yielded a Group 3 win and he will be out to maintain that unbeaten record in the Missile Stakes (1200m). 

With two victories and a pair of seconds from five first-up runs, the six-year-old has a habit of performing fresh and Baker believes she has returned better again this spring. 

"She looks as good as she ever has. She's had two good trials to prepare, she goes well on a wet or dry track and she is the sort of horse you love to go to the races with," he said. 

"She's a great chance and she has definitely done enough work to be competitive." 

Baker will also saddle up Prime Candidate, who has been racing competitively without winning and if the track remains in the soft range he expects the veteran to run his usual cheeky race in the Missile. 


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Randwick

Saturday, 06th August 2022

8
15:35
(local)

Expedo Missile Stakes (G2)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
AUD $252,000
1200m TURF SOFT
8
15:35
(local)
AUD $252,000
1200m SOFT

Expedo Missile Stakes (G2)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 8. HARD EMPIRE (AUS) 9yo G
HARD SPUN (USA) - LAST QUILL (AUS)
MS RACHEL KING
A J & T EDMONDS
$67.00
56.0kg
Lima Park Bloodstock Pty Ltd (Mgr: Mrs C White), G J Richards, D A Tennick, Mrs T E Tennick, T M Young, Mrs N L Young, Mrs P Burdon, P W Burdon, Mrs B D Ackerley & B P Ackerley

Sales Information

2nd 11. WANDABAA (AUS) 6yo M
WANDJINA (AUS) - MABKHARA (AUS)
BRENTON AVDULLA
KRIS LEES
$26.00
54.5kg
Australian Bloodstock (L Murrell), Mrs G Smith, P Johnson, Bfp Thoroughbreds, Webb Douglas Racing, Howdy All Racing, A Smith, Ms A Palmer, N Williams, D Horne, Shire Racing, I Trapman, Trendsetters, M Horne, C Brown, A Pratten, J Coghlan, T Macrae & J Lovett

Sales Information

3rd 5. GEM SONG (AUS) 7yo G
YOUR SONG (AUS) - BEAUTIFUL GEM (AUS)
NASH RAWILLER
KRIS LEES
$16.00
56.5kg
Lees Racing Pty Ltd (Mgr: K A Lees), Australian Bloodstock (Mgr: L G Murrell), Miss S Parkinson, Mrs K Lovett, S J Pringle, L A Miller & M Williams

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4th 12. ENCHANTED HEART (AUS) 6yo M
SHAMUS AWARD (AUS) - SHATTERED HEART (NZ)
TIM CLARK
KRIS LEES
$21.00
54.0kg

Sales Information

5th 1. COUNT DE RUPEE (AUS) 5yo G
REAL IMPACT (JPN) - TIMELESS CHOICE (AUS)
BROCK RYAN
R & L PRICE
$8.00
57.5kg

Sales Information

6th 3. FORBIDDEN LOVE (AUS) 5yo M
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - JULIET'S PRINCESS (USA)
HUGH BOWMAN
MICHAEL FREEDMAN
$3.25
57.0kg

Sales Information

7th 9. PRIME CANDIDATE (AUS) 8yo G
DENMAN (AUS) - COOLROOM CANDIDATE (AUS)
BRANDON LERENA
BJORN BAKER
$26.00
56.0kg
8th 6. SPECIAL REWARD (AUS) 7yo G
DEMERIT (AUS) - SPECIAL KISEKI (AUS)
SAM CLIPPERTON
KRIS LEES
$26.00
56.0kg

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9th 2. HILAL (AUS) 4yo H
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - SALMA (AUS)
WILLIAM PIKE
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
$11.00
57.5kg

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10th 4. NIMALEE (AUS) 6yo M
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - DEZIGN (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY
MATTHEW SMITH
$9.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

11th 10. BELLUCI BABE (NZ) 6yo M
PER INCANTO (USA) - SAVAMOUR (NZ)
JAMES MCDONALD
BJORN BAKER
$5.00
55.5kg
12th 7. EMBRACER (AUS) 7yo G
SEBRING (AUS) - LEONE CHIARA (AUS)
REGAN BAYLISS
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
$10.00
56.0kg

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