Pride Confident in 2014 Missile Stakes Chances of Laser Hawk

August 7th, 2014

Initially nominating two runners for first-up appearances in this weekend’s Randwick feature, trainer Joseph Pride is confident sole acceptor Laser Hawk has the form and experience necessary for a successful tilt at the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m).

Laser Hawk has been confirmed for a first-up tilt at the 2014 Missile Stakes

Laser Hawk has been confirmed for a first-up tilt at the 2014 Missile Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

A Group 1 champion, having taken out the 2012 edition of the Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Laser Hawk has not been seen on track competitively since finishing a disappointing eleventh in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) in April 2013; forced for an extended spell after suffering a tendon injury.

Pleased with the way the Artie Schiller gelding has taken to work in the lead-up to his racing return, Pride said he is confident a successful performance in the Missile Stakes will translate into a return to Group 1 form through the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival.

“He is really well and I am very pleased with him,” Pride told Racing Ahead.

“He has had the three trials and the third trial was more just to buy a little time for when there would be a race for him.

“He will follow a weight-for-age path.

“He is pretty well performed and he has a pretty high benchmark.

“If he is able to stand up to a solid preparation, he is a genuine Group 1 horse no doubting.

“At this point he seems a trouble free horse.

Tommy Berry rode him the other day and he is familiar with him and his path life and he said that the horse felt fantastic.”

Contesting an impressive total of four wins and three minor places from just nine starts so far, Laser Hawk claimed back-to-back victories in his racing debut during the spring of 2011; returning in 2012 in equally devastating form in finishing third in both the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) on each side of his Rosehill Guineas triumph.

Allocated the slightly wide barrier 8, Laser Hawk has been confirmed to be partnered by renowned jockey Kerrin McEvoy and is currently available at generous odds of $41 for success in the Missile Stakes, or $9.30 to run a place with leading online bookie is currently offering the best odds on all races at Randwick this weekend, including the Missile Stakes!