The San Domenico Stakes is a major Group 3 race in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival that takes center stage in early August every year at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in New South Wales. The race is a perfect sprint event run over 1100M and offers up to $125,000 in prize money. In 2013, the race showcased some of the best sprinters in Australia with Va Pensiero producing a strong run to claim the title. Cluster has in hand to take second while Windjammer had to settle for third. The race is exclusive to three-year-old horses only and tends to assemble a field of above average and talented sprinters. Over the last decade however, the San Domenico Stakes has always produced a surprise winner.
The San Domenico Stakes has been graced by some quality sprinters from across the country. Notable names include the Gold Edition in 2006 who actually won the event, Snitzerland in 2012, and Foxwedge in 2012. Horse trainers and jockeys look at the race as the best test for sprinters looking to tackle other big sprint races in the Spring Carnival. In most cases, horses that do well in the race tend to perform relatively better in other similar type races.
In 2010 for example, Obsequious won the San Domenico Stakes on course towards a second place finishing in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes. Decision Time on the other hand finished 3rd in the 2010 San Domenico Stakes edition and later recorded a remarkable victory in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes just a few weeks later.
However, Shellscrape is arguably the biggest performer to emerge from the San Domenico Stakes. The horse managed to win a San Domenico Stakes and Roman Consul double before finishing second in the Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes. The San Domenico Stakes is always a perfect show of great sprinters and will be one of the major events in the 2014 Sydney Spring Carnival.
San Domenico Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2012||Snitzerland||Driefontein||All Too Hard||1:04.7|
|2010||Obsequious||Solar Charged||Decision Time||0:59.3|
|2009||Shellscrape||Sniplaz||Kiss Me Katy||0.58.1|
|2007||Sliding Cube||Mimi Lebrock||Moonboat||0.58.3|
|2006||Gold Edition||My Middi||Astounded||0.59.4|
|2004||Charge Forward||Fastnet Rock||Dance Hero||0.57.2|
|2003||Regimental Gal||Spark of Life||Dorky||0.56.9|
|2002||Star Of Florida||Chocolate Starfish||Athelnoth||0.57.7|
|1999||Testa Rossa||Easy Rocking||Catamarca||1:00.9|
|1998||Race Not Run|
|1996||Sovereign State||Clang||Apple Danish||0.57.2|
|1994||Lord Jim||Flaming Hot||Dapper Magic||0.57.9|
|1993||Sashed||Moss Rocket||Stormy Regent||0.59.3|
|1989||Show County||Patronise||Charles County||0.58.0|
|1988||Merimbula Bay||Full And By||Fortlin||0.59.0|
|1987||Omnicorp||Sky Chase||Golden Unicorn||0.59.2|
|1986||Gallery Level||Pre Catelan||Western Ace||0.58.7|
|1985||Let’s Get Physical||Timothy||Shankhill Lass||0.57.9|
|1984||Quiet Little Drink||Bletchencore||Princess Jocinda||0.58.3|
|1983||Sir Dapper||Been There||Yoyangamble||0.57.7|
|1982||Rosebrook||Regal Karioi||Sounds Of Morning||0.57.5|
|1981||Black Shoes||Ideal Planet||Wenona Princess||1:01.0|
|1980||Proud Knight||John’s Hero||Gay Rosalind||0.57.6|