Saturday’s Group 2 $175,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick is a definite sign spring is rapidly approaching, reports Racing Network.

An outstanding set of 16 nominations has been received for the first weight-for-age race of the Sydney season.

A fascinating cross-section of specialist sprinters and cups-bound stayers will line up in what is certain to be an enthralling contest.

Speed horses like Rebel Dane, Messene, Sweet Idea and Tiger Tees will clash with Boban, Hawkspur, Foreteller, Kirramosa, Sidestep and Weary, among others.