Triple Missile fires in Topaz

Tim Yeatman


Craig Newitt celebrates Triple Missile's win (Image: Racing Photos)


It was an ultra-impressive win from Triple Missile in Friday's Golden Topaz (1200m) at Swan Hill and trainer Lindsey Smith has big plans for the galloper.


The last-start Flemington winner settled near the rear of the field but a brilliant, patient ride from veteran hoop Craig Newitt ensured the four-year-old had cover, before unleashing a devastating turn of foot in the home straight to win comfortably by two lengths.


"It was a great win, fantastic track for a horse like this, even though he did draw the cemetery it sort of didn't bother us too much because as you've seen he gets back and he's got a powerful finish," Smith said.


"I think he could be - I don't want to be going the early crow, a race like the Oakleigh Plate where they jump along and go quite hard (might suit).

"That's the race I'll earmark with the owners, if it comes off it comes off."


Newitt was just as impressed with the son of Smart Missile's win, which was the sixth of his 12-start career to date.

"He's a proper horse, his acceleration's just about as good as I've ridden, I reckon," Newitt said.

"He does no work early, if he draws a gate he can possie up, I think left alone those sprinting trips, he's going to go a long way.

"High speed up front - he's got as good a turn of foot as any."


Triple Missile arrived at Smith's Warrnambool stables from his WA satellite operation earlier this year.


The win brought up a double for Smith after Just Johnno impressively broke his maiden in Race 3.


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