Peter & Paul Snowden’s Golden Slipper winning colt Capitalist makes a delayed return to racing this weekend at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in the San Domenico Stakes 2016.
The son of Written Tycoon has won four of his five career starts to date and is odds-on favourite through Ladbrokes.com.au to keep the good form going in his three-year-old debut on Saturday in the $150,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
Just six final acceptances make up this year’s San Domenico Stakes field, the set weights plus penalties race to run as Rosehill Race 5 at 2:20pm (AEST).
Capitalist, who was last seen winning the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at the track on March 19, scratched out from an earlier return in last Saturday’s Missile Stakes due to a rain-affected track.
He is set to get better going at Rosehill in the San Domenico Stakes where he carries the 60kg top weight, the most he’s ever had on his back, with Blake Shinn reuniting with the $3.5 million earner.
After the San Domenico Stakes Capitalist is set to run at Rosehill again on September 10 shooting for an elite level Sydney Spring Racing Carnival win in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).
This weekend his biggest danger according to the bookies is the Gerald Ryan-trained Manhattan Rain colt Tango Rain who has won both of his career starts in the wet at Canterbury.
The last of those was over 1200m on July 23 where he defeated subsequent The Rosebud winner Thronum, Kerrin McEvoy retaining the ride from barrier five on the weekend for Tango Rain’s Black-Type debut.
Drawn one on his outside with barrier six (of six) is the promising Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Star Turn.
Tommy Berry, who rode the Star Witness colt for his opening two career starts including a Randwick win last October, is back in the saddle for the San Domenico Stakes.
Star Turn is a dual Group 1 performer having run fifth in the Blue Diamond and sixth to Capitalist in the Golden Slipper as a juvenile.
He is first-up on Saturday on the back of two winning Sydney trials with Berry in the saddle.
Also sure to draw interest in the race is the Tony Noonan-trained Kiwi expat Manolo Blahniq who makes his Australian race debut in the Group 3 sprint.
Christian Reith rides the former New Zealand-trained son of Jimmy Choux, the colt a Group 3 winner back home.
Another smart first-up runner with claims for a run in the San Domenico Stakes trifecta is Mount Panorama who has his first run for his new trainer Gary Moore.
Tim Clark is booked to ride the son of Sebring who ran third in three Group races at Rosehill back in the autumn including most recently a quarter-length run behind Souchez (1st) and Chimboraa (2nd) in the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) on March 12.
He has won a subsequent Gosford trial over 800m from the start of the month and is out to add to his smart place rate at the Rosehill track.
Completing the San Domenico Stakes line-up this year is the sole filly in the mix, Joe Pride’s daughter of Foxwedge Kentucky Miss looking to score the upset over the boys
The full San Domenico Stakes 2016 field of acceptors, barriers and jockeys is detailed below with updated betting to be released shortly at Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost!
2016 San Domenico Stakes Field & Barriers
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – Race 5 (2:20pm) – Saturday August 13, 2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||1x1121x||CAPITALIST||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||4||60kg||101|
|2||210x||MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ)||Tony Noonan||Christian Reith||2||58kg||75|
|3||31x256x||STAR TURN||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||6||56kg||74|
|4||11||TANGO RAIN||Gerald Ryan||Kerrin McEvoy||5||56kg||71|
|5||6333x||MOUNT PANORAMA||Gary Moore||Tim Clark||3||56kg||–|
|6||1756×15||KENTUCKY MISS||Joseph Pride||TBA||1||54kg||68|