The 2011 San Domenico Stakes nominations have been extended until Tuesday August 9, with 11 classy gallopers currently making up the early entries for the feature Rosehill Racecourse showdown this Saturday.
A traditional kick-off point for the season’s promising three-year-olds, the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) serves as an excellent guide for Luxbet punters ahead of the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Carnival’s upcoming Group 1 features such as the 2011 Golden Rose.
Karuta Queen is one of the top horses to back in the San Domenico Stakes odds at Luxbet for this Saturday
Leading the San Domenico Stakes nominees this year is the Neville Layt-trained Karuta Queen.
One-time favourite for the Golden Slipper last season, Not A Single Doubt filly Karuta Queen enjoyed a stunning start to her career winning four straight races including a fairytale victory in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast in January.
Karuta Queen’s autumn preparation culminated with a disappointing 10th place finish behind winner Sepoy in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on April 2.
Having been sent to the paddock for a well-deserved spell, Layt is over the moon with the way Karuta Queen has come back.
“She has been working the place down,” Layt said.
She showed good form and plenty of promise for her three-year-old season winning two 900 metre hitouts at her home track at Queanbeyan by eight and 10 lengths, with Layt tipping her as the horse to back in the San Domenico Stakes odds at Luxbet.
“If she goes like she’s been going it’s going to take a pretty smart one to beat her,” he said.
“She’s low-flying like she was when she was an early two-year-old. She’s back better than ever. She’s done a treat and is right on the ball.”
The other headline entry for this year’s San Domenico Stakes field is the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge.
Fastnet Rock colt Foxwedge had mixed success during his two-year-old career, showing potential when running a close third behind Smart Missile and Sepoy in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) in March before finishing a somewhat disappointing seventh in the Golden Slipper last start.
O’Shea is confident they are ready to return in good order, however, with Foxwedge winning a barrier trial over 900 metres at Rosehill last week.
“There is a lot of improvement left in him but he will be competitive on Saturday,” O’Shea said.
Foxwedge is on way to the Sydney Spring Carnival’s opening Group 1 showdown, the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on October 9.
“Foxwedge will have a couple of runs going into the Golden Rose, which is his main target,” O’Shea confirmed.
“I think that 1400 metres is going to be his pet distance, the way he has come back.”
In the early Golden Rose odds at Australia’s premier bookmaker Luxbet Foxwedge is rated $10 while Karuta Queen is a $26 roughie.
Other notable gallopers looking to start their preparations in the San Domenico Stakes on Saturday include Peter Snowden’s Group 3 winning filly Anise, the John Thompson-trained Boys On Tour, More Than Ready filly Defiant Dame and Snitzel filly Hollyweird.
The 2011 San Domenico Stakes final field of acceptances and barrier draw will be released by Racing New South Wales on Wednesday and published right here so bookmark this site.
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2011 San Domenico Stakes Nominations
|#||Horse||Trainer||Form||Career / Prize Money|
|1||ANISE||Peter Snowden||1X241X||4-2-1-0 $172000.00|
|2||BOYS ON TOUR||John P Thompson||591204X||6-1-1-0 $72150.00|
|3||DEFIANT DAME||David Payne||1X3X65X||4-1-0-1 $85250.00|
|4||DOUBLE RANGA||Paul Messara||41X22||4-1-2-0 $44530.00|
|5||FAVOURITE MISS||Todd Howlett||0X11X8||4-2-0-0 $23000.00|
|6||FONTELINA||Anthony Cummings||210X||3-1-1-0 $70500.00|
|7||FOXWEDGE||John O’Shea||1X137X||4-2-0-1 $222000.00|
|8||HOLLYWEIRD||Gerald Ryan||31139X||5-2-0-2 $86500.00|
|9||KARUTA QUEEN||Neville Layt||111120X||6-4-1-0 $1514000.00|
|10||TUMBLE TURN||Paul Messara||19X||2-1-0-0 $11500.00|
|11||UNIQUE QUALITY||Frankie Stockdale||24||2-0-1-0 $15750.00|