Sydney’s build up to the Spring Carnival continues at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, with strong fields across an eight race card, that features the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes.
Ten of the past 16 winners of the San Domenico have gone on to win at least one group one race, including General Nediym, Testa Rossa, Regimental Gal, Charge Forward, Gold Edition, Duporth, Foxwedge and Snitzerland.
Saturday’s $125,000 race over 1100m features some highly-promising three-year-olds from Sydney’s strongest stables, including Team Hawkes’ Nostradamus and Bugatty, Gerald Ryan’s pair of Washington Heights and Ygritte, Law for Chris Waller, and the David Payne trained Bold Circle - all looking for home track glory.
They will clash with Royal Randwick’s Gai Waterhouse, who saddles up Wandjina and Hampton Court (part-owned by Sydney radio king Alan Jones and billionaire businessman James Packer).
Several other Spring Carnival aspirants are returning to the track on Saturday, including two talented Team Hawkes runners to be ridden by Sydney’s premiership winning jockey James McDonald.
Entirely Platinum will race the Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Handicap, and Traitor in the Clubs NSW BM 90. Both return after winning Group races over the Sydney autumn.
And group one Auckland Cup winner, Who Shot The Barman, now with Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller, also resumes in Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Handicap on a path to the major staying races in the spring.
Saturday’s card features 102 runners across the meeting, the largest number since day two of The Championships at Randwick in autumn, according to statistics compiled by Racenet.
That there will be exhibition gallops on Saturday at Rosehill Gardens. Three different lengths will be run after races one, three and four on the main card.