Fri, Aug 25, 11:52am by Staff Writer
Racing is at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday for San Domenico Stakes day. The rail is out six-metres and the track was rated a good-3 at acceptances. There is the odd drop of rain forecast but nothing that should warrant anything but a good surface come race day.
The Group 3 San Domenico (1100m) has attracted a field of ten although Team Hayes/ Dabernig will split their runners and send Tulip to Melbourne with Madeenaty ($8.50) to run here. The filly has only missed a place once in her seven starts and that was in the Golden Slipper on a bottomless heavy-10. She resumed from a spell when second to Crown Witness who has gone on to beat Madeenaty’s stablemates – Catchy and Ploverset – since.
Pariah ($2.50) and stablemate Taking Aim ($12) will share top weight of 57kg, with Pariah opening as the solid favourite. A G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) runner-up he did beat Menari on debut and ran second to Catchy in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m).
His trials have been good leading into this and he’ll jump from the widest gate with Blake Shinn to ride. Taking Aim has won the one from seven with that win being at G3 grade on the Gold Coast during the QLD winter carnival with Hugh Bowman in the saddle on Saturday.
Condor Heroes ($5.50) was the Listed Breeders’ Plate (1000m) favourite when runner-up to Khan, with a maiden win and a G3 second since. He bolted in at his first trial beating Menari by 6L before settling in the run when fourth to Spieth in his second trial.
Speed Street ($13) has had the one trial leading into Saturday with the Waterhouse/ Bott stable suggesting he’ll better over 1400-1600m but he has been backed early, as has Another Sin ($23), who broke all records last start when winning a TAB Highway race on debut.
Jorda ($6) is a Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m) winner having only her second start, Chauffeur ($11) is having his first start for Team Hawkes who won this race last year with Star Turn while Perast ($17) is second-up after a sixth of eight in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) when fresh.
Broadside ($3) has opened the favourite for the Listed Premier’s Cup (1900m) with the Waterhouse/ Bott – trained gelding first-up from a spell. A winner of two from three when fresh – all those over 1600m – he’s had two trials leading into this, winning his most recent.
Singing ($21) is also first-up for Kris Lees and in his winter prep last year he finished second – beaten a nose – in a Canterbury midweek when first-up over 1900m on a heavy track. He didn’t come up at all last campaign when thrown into Group 1 and Group 2 company.
King Viv ($6.50) is in good form, winning three from six this campaign with his most recent run being a victory over 2000m at this track. Classic Uniform has finished second at his past two runs while stablemate to the favourite Dee I Cee finished last when first-up but does have a win and two minor placings from three second-up starts.
Suggested Bet: Alward (race 4, number 4) has had some good early support and he looks hard to beat if he can hold his form from last start when bolting in by 3L down at Flemington but taking a gamble on Marsupial (race 3, number 11).
A Godolphin three-year-old against the older horses he’s a very interesting runner. A winner on debut, he didn’t really fire in his few runs after that. He’s had two trials in preparation for this, winning his first and running second to Spieth at his most recent. He too has had some early backing and down on the limit, hopefully he can salute. He’s at $2.20.
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