The San Domenico Stakes is a Group 3 event for three-year-old gallopers raced under set weights and penalty conditions each year in August at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2012 San Domenico Stakes was won by Snitzerland from Driefontein with All Too Hard third.
The San Domenico Stakes is a race that often attracts three-year-old gallopers returning from a spell for a spring campaign and that can often mean a tricky affair for punters with so many horses at unknown fitness levels and prone to major improvement off an autumn spell. The level weights playing field means the best three-year-old will generally salute barring any bad luck.
Some good three-year-olds have won the San Domenico Stakes, including Gold Edition (2006), Mistegic (2001), Testa Rossa (1999) and General Nediym (1997). The race tends to attract handy three-year-olds who may go on to perform well in similar type events during the Sydney spring racing carnival.
In recent times Obsequious (2010) went on to run second in the Gr3 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick after winning this race, while Solar Charged (2nd in 2010) finished runner-up in the Gr3 Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick before travelling to Melbourne to to win the Gr3 Thousand Guineas Prelude on Caulfield Guineas Day at Caulfield. Decision Time (3rd in 2010) won the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes later in the carnival at Randwick.
Shellscrape (2009) went on to run second in the Gr3 Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick on his way to victory in the Roman Consul Stakes at the same track and a third placing in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Victoria Derby day at Flemington.
Snitzerland (2012) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill in the autumn, before returning as a 3yo to win this event, and recent San Domenico Stakes winners include Foxwedge (2011) and Obsequious (2010).
2012 San Domenico Stakes result
1. $3.60 Snitzerland 56.0 Corey Brown
2. $3.60 Driefontein 56.0 Tommy Berry
3. $2.20 All Too Hard 59.0 Dwayne Dunn
4. $18.00 Ninth Legion 56.0 Peter Robl
5. $51.00 Don'T Blink 54.0 Glyn Schofield
6. $201.00 Matavai 54.0 Nathan Berry
Margins: 1 3/4 len, len Time: 1:04.78
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