2015 San Domenico Stakes Nominations Released

August 10th, 2015

Ten talented three-year-olds have been included in nominations for Saturday’s featured Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; highlighted by the inclusion of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting prospects.

Golden Slipper winner Vancouver headlines 2015 San Domenico Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Golden Slipper winner Vancouver headlines 2015 San Domenico Stakes nominations. Photo: Steve Hart

Vancouver is undefeated through an impressive four start career so far and has been included in nominations for a racing return in the 2015 San Domenico Stakes.

Debuting for success in the Listed Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) in October, Vancouver was immediately returned to the paddock before claiming the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) first-up this year.

Positing an impressive, near four-length win in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) on March 7th, the Medaglia D’oro colt was sent off clear favourite in the major Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) on March 21st and did not disappoint; hitting the line a length in the clear of stable mate English.

Having won a strong barrier trial at Randwick last week, jockey Tommy Berry is confident of a positive first-up result for Vancouver on Saturday.

John O’Shea and Godolphin are spoiled for choice with the plethora of talented three-year-olds targeting the 2015 Spring Carnival, including Haptic who has been included in 2015 San Domenico Stakes nominations.

Winning the TAB Place Multi Plate (1200m) on debut in January, Haptic continued to impress when making a successful transition to black type racing in taking out the Listed Lonhro Plate (1100m) on February 14th.

While unable to figure when 12th in the Golden Slipper last time out, the Exceed And Excel gelding has trialled well in the lead-up to his racing return and should find the San Domenico Stakes in great order.

Team Hawkes have been thrilled with the condition of Headwater in the lead-up to his racing return and have included the well-bred colt in 2015 San Domenico Stakes nominations.

Winning a Moonee Valley minor over 1000m by more than three lengths on debut in December, Headwater returned this year for success in the Group 2 Silver Slipper (1100m); progressing to third in the Todman Stakes before placing a credible fifth in the Golden Slipper.

Peter and Paul Snowden have ambitious plans for Redzel this time in and have included the colt in nominations for a racing return in the San Domenico Stakes.

Having taken out the TAB.com.au Maiden (1100m) on debut on March 19th, the Snitzel colt returned to the paddock after boxing on for third in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

The 2015 San Domenico Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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2015 San Domenico Stakes Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 51x151x14 ALART F 3 Patrick Farrell 69
2 10×1 BEAU TIRAGE G 3 Keith Dryden 61
3 110x HAPTIC G 3 John O’Shea 80
4 1135x HEADWATER C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 89
5 325×111 JAPONISME G 3 Chris Waller 78
6 21 KING’S TROOP C 3 Gerald Ryan 69
7 13x REDZEL C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 72
8 71x6x SALERNO C 3 Paul Perry 68
9 SPIETH (NZ) C 3 Bryce Heys
10 1x111x VANCOUVER C 3 Gai Waterhouse 100