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Explosive Win By Missile Coda

Apr 04, 2016

Talented filly Missile Coda did everything wrong in her first career start on Saturday but prevailed in stunning fashion to win the opening race for two-year-olds over 1000 metres at Kembla Grange.

Ridden by Mitchell Bell, the race-favourite missed the start then experienced a hampered run in the home straight when trying to gain a clear passage at the 300 metre mark.

Those testing circumstances however didn’t stop the filly showing an explosive turn of foot with a barnstorming finish in the final 100 to nail Samadoubt by a half neck on the line.

Owned by Debbie Kepitis’ Woppit Bloodstock, the promising daughter of Smart Missile provided her sire with his first Australian winner, and looks to be a real talent in the making.

“Everything went wrong in the race but she showed a real desire to win – that last 100 metres was impressive.

“You expect a two-year-old at their first race start to make a few mistakes but the way she picked herself up at the 300 and charged towards the line was unbelievable,” said co-trainer Paul Snowden.

“She’s shown us at home that she’s got above average ability but they still have to do it on raceday and it was a big effort today.”

By Smart Missile out of Rain Melody – a three quarter sister to the dam of multiple Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placed Rain Affair, Missile Coda was secured for $400,000 out of the Amarina Farm draft at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale.

Words: Sarah Peatling Image Courtesy: Bradley Photographers

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