San Domenico Stakes 2011 Early Preview

July 15th, 2011

One of the first Group race features of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the 2011 San Domenico Stakes is set to light up the esteemed Rosehill Gardens Racecourse this year on Saturday August 8.

A Group 3 race for three-year-olds, the San Domenico Stakes is a sprint event held over 1100 metres and prize money is set at $125,000.

An ideal lead-up race for the year’s promising 3YO’s, the San Domenico Stakes 2011 also gives punters an exciting early season feature to have a bet on through Luxbet.

Many horses use the race as a campaign kick-off, the best performers in the San Domenico Stakes field often progressing onto one of the Sydney Carnival’s spring showcases – the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m).

The 2011 Golden Rose will run at Rosehill on September 10 and is considered the premier race for three-year-olds in Sydney for the season.

Last year’s San Domenico Stakes winner was the Peter Snowden-trained filly, Obsequious who went on to win the 2011 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick during the summer.

Rising three-year-olds that are set to be among the 2011 San Domenico Stakes nominations include Karuta Queen and Foxwedge.

One of the most consistent juveniles of last season, the Neville Layt-trained Karuta Queen won her opening four race starts before her campaign culminated with a 10th place finish to Snowden’s star colt Sepoy in the Group 1 Golden Slipper.

“She is a bit fat at present but is on track for the San Domenico,” Layt said.

“She has spelled really well and has come back really happy, she should make a very good three-year-old.”

The John O’Shea-trained son of Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge ran seventh in this year’s Golden Slipper on April 2 and is also likely to resume in the San Domenico before targeting Group 1 glory in the Golden Slipper.

“Foxwedge will…go to the San Domenico Stakes and Golden Rose,” O’Shea said.

Obsequious ran eighth in the 2010 Golden Slipper before winning the San Domenico 12 months ago, making Karuta Queen and Foxwedge nice early picks to back in the Luxbet San Domenico betting markets for this year.

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