Defence Missile hits target at Corbould Park
HORSE RACING: He should've been long gone on a plane to Hong Kong, but instead Defence Missile has charged his way to be within reach of achieving a metropolitan hat-trick on home soil.
The three-year-old gelding claimed a back-to-back victory at Corbould Park on Saturday after crossing first in the QTIS three-years-old handicap (1000m).
After going up a gear at the 200m mark he charged to podium success half a length ahead of Cailini in second with Pizonie placing third.
It followed on from his triumph at Doomben earlier this month and pocketed more than $60,000 for his connections.
It's success that also garners extra meaning considering Defence Missile almost found himself a new home in Asia only a week prior to the race.
"We had him sold last week for $350,000 Hong Kong but unfortunately he only weighed 455kgs and they need them to be 500kg otherwise he would've been gone," trainer Les Ross said.
While still on the market, Ross said Defence Missile was already being aimed at more success on home turf.
"He'll go around the 1200m next week (at Doomben) and it's more his cup of tea and he'll be very hard to beat," he said.
"Out of 10 starts he's won $200,000 so he's a handy horse."
Following that, and if not sold, Defence Missile is likely to be spelled.
"He has been up eight months and he's had 10 runs and he's really ready for the paddock," Ross said.