Foxwedge Heads San Domenico Stakes 2011 Field

August 10th, 2011

Foxwedge is the headline runner in this Saturday’s 2011 San Domenico Stakes final field, acceptances for the Rosehill feature taken on Wednesday.

The $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) this year attracted a field of seven three-year-olds, the race serving as a nice preparatory run for gallopers heading towards the Sydney Spring Carnival majors including the 2011 Golden Rose.

One of the top picks in the early Golden Rose odds at Luxbet is the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge, the promising son of Fastnet Rock also likely to be installed as favourite to win the San Domenico on Saturday.

Drawn in barrier six and due to be ridden by Nash Rawiller, Foxwedge staked his claims to emerge the San Domenico Stakes winner with an impressive early morning hitout at Randwick on Tuesday morning.

Foxwedge was ridden by ace Kiwi hoop James McDonald for the trail on the Kensington-track, McDonald pleased with the horse that he will watch race from back home in New Zealand on the weekend.

“He worked awesome,” McDonald said.

“I’m looking forward to watching him go around on Saturday. He’s a lovely horse.

“I’d say he’ll be right in it going by the way he worked.”

O’Shea is hoping to see Foxwedge return to race conditions in good form, the dual winner having pulled up sore after running seventh to Sepoy in the Golden Slipper back in April.

“He needed to have a good hitout because he’s a pretty gross colt and he had that this morning,” O’Shea said.

“We won’t die wondering on Saturday. He’s probably only going to have four runs this preparation and we’ll make sure that in all of them he’s right up to the mark.”

O’Shea is vying for his second San Domenico success having prepared 2004 winner Charge Forward.

Other exciting entries for the showdown on Saturday include Neville Layt’s talented filly Karuta Queen who drew barrier five and the Peter Snowden-trained Anise.

A nice gate three draw brings Anise into contention, the last-start Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes winner to be ridden by Joshua Parr.

Parr partnered with the daughter of General Nediym for a pleasing trial at Warwick Farm last month, and Snowden is hopeful she shows enough early on to continue racing in the Group races for fillies throughout the Sydney Spring Carnival.

“She’s worked well, she trialled nicely,” Snowden said.

“There’s some good fillies options (for her) all the way through in Sydney.”

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2011 Smithfield RSL San Domenico Stakes Final Field & Barriers

# Form Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rtg.
1 210X FONTELINA Anthony Cummings Glyn Schofield 1 56.5kg 77
2 1X137X FOXWEDGE John O’Shea Nash Rawiller 6 56kg 84
3 1X241X ANISE Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 3 55kg 83
4 591204X BOYS ON TOUR John P Thompson Christian Reith 4 55kg 74
5 1X3X65X DEFIANT DAME David Payne Nathan Berry 7 54.5kg 78
6 111120X KARUTA QUEEN Neville Layt Tommy Berry 5 54kg 85
7 31139X HOLLYWEIRD Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 2 53kg 74