Smart Missile has been scratched from the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 9, 2011.
Anthony Cummings was forced to withdraw his talented young colt after he sustained a minor injury during this morning’s trackwork.
The two-year-old pulled up scratchy from his morning run and will now miss the remainder of the autumn campaign.
“I spoke with the connections and we have decided to look after him and we’ll bring him back for the spring,” Cummings said.
This is the second scratching for Smart Missile in less than a week, after the Fastnet Rocket colt was a shock late scratching from last weekend’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper after he acted fractious in the stalls.
Smart Missile has won both of his previous two starts, including the Listed NSW Breeders Plate and the Group 2 Todman Stakes.
The juvenile is also the only horse to have upstaged eventual Golden Slipper winner, Sepoy, in any of his six starts.
Smart Missile has been the $2.80 favourite to win the 2011 Sires’ Produce Stakes at Luxbet before his unexpected scratching.