A talented field of just nine runners have been nominated for an appearance in this weekend’s Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse, highlighted by several notable performers over the 2014 autumn two-year-old season.
Unable to beat a single runner home in the Listed Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick last weekend, trainer David Payne has nominated Bold Circle for the 2014 San Domenico Stakes.
Debuting with an impressive performance for third behind fellow San Domenico nominee Law in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) on October 3rd, the Bernardini colt stamped his claims as one to watch in 2014 when beating home a talented field which included Unencumbered in the Men Of League Plate (1100m) on October 26th.
Choosing not to run the three-year-old over autumn, Payne is confident Bold Circle will be far better for the first-up run in the Rosebud, outlining the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) as the major target should Bold Circle perform well this weekend.
Begging his racing career under the guidance of Gai Waterhouse, Law will contest his first event under this care of trainer Chris Waller should he be accepted into the final field of the 2014 San Domenico Stakes.
Winning the NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate on debut, the Denman colt returned in autumn to take out the Adaptra Handicap (1000m) before running on to finish fourth in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m) on March 1st.
Returning to the paddock after failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on April 5th, Waller has been pleased with the way Law has taken to work since arriving at his Rosehill stables and is confident in a polished first-up performance.
Trainer Gerald Ryan is set to be offered two good chances of success in the 2014 San Domenico Stakes, having nominated talented stable mates Washington Heights and Ygritte.
Contesting just one race so-far; a close second in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on April 12th, Washington Heights completed a strong barrier trial at Rosehill on August 4th and appears primed for his racing return.
Arguably Ryan’s best chance of success in the 2014 San Domenico Stakes, Ygritte won the Facebook Friends Race Day Maiden (1000m) on debut on February 1st before three back-to-back second placings in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m), Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Royal Randwick Stakes (1200m) most recently on April 19th.
Team Hawkes are also poised to launch a two-pronged attack on the San Domenico Stakes, nominating Bugatty and Nostradamus.
Building towards a credible run for eighth in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at the conclusion of four starts as a two-year-old, Bugatty was unable match the late pace in the Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap (1000m) first-up on June 18th, but has reportedly worked well in the weeks following.
Nostradamus has not been seen at the races since finishing a fighting seventh in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 22nd, but is a proven performer against runners his own age having won the Nursery Plate Open (1100m) on debut before finishing fourth in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude C&G (1100m).
Gai Waterhouse has also nominated two runners for the San Domenico Stakes; Hampton Court and Wandjina, who are joined by Gary Frazer-trainer Sheer Style in rounding out nominations for the feature race.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 San Domenico Stakes is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 San Domenico Stakes Nominations
|1||BOLD CIRCLE||David Payne||71|
|2||BUGATTY||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||71|
|3||HAMPTON COURT||Gai Waterhouse||–|
|5||NOSTRADAMUS||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||71|
|6||SHEER STYLE||Garry Frazer||–|
|8||WASHINGTON HEIGHTS||Gerald Ryan||–|