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Last season’s premier trainer of two-year-olds, Peter Snowden is preparing to launch the three-year-old careers of his top crop of former juveniles including Anise who resumes in the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill this Saturday.
General Nediym filly Anise is one of seven horses accepted for the 2011 San Domenico Stakes final field and will be vying for the second stakes win of her career when she jumps from the ideal barrier three.
Anise has continued to impress Snowden since she won on debut at Rosehill last November.
During the autumn she had three starts, the best of which was her last-start victory in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on April 9.
Ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, Anise showed her class that day to fight back and win after missing the start and striking early interference.
“She missed the start and was back last, but she settled really well and exploded away with a dominant win,” Snowden said of Anise in the Kindergarten.
Anise showed she was ready to return with a beautiful hit-out at Warwick Farm by on July 29 when she came within a nose of winning over 800 metres.
“She’s worked well, she trialled nicely and we learned a bit from her last start on how to ride her,” Snowden said.
Jockey Josh Parr was aboard for her trial and retains the ride in the San Domenico Stakes on Saturday.
“The plan is to continue to ride her quietly and I think she’ll eventually be stretched out to 1400 metres,” Snowden said.
After the San Domenico Stakes Snowden planned to get Anise back to fillies-only racing and named the $125,000 Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm on August 20 as her next aim.
“The Silver Shadow is a nice progression for her next start, then maybe the Tea Rose depending on how she’s going and how she’s hitting the line,” Snowden said.
“There’s some good fillies options all the way through in Sydney.”
The $175,000 Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1500m) runs at Randwick on September 17 and is the third leg of the Sydney Spring Carnival’s Princes Series that culminates with the $400,000 Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on Epsom Handicap Day on October 1.
Despite being a group winner, Anise faces a tough step up in the San Domenico Stakes as she races in open company against the likes of Neville Layt’s speedy Magic Millions winning filly Karuta Queen and the John O’Shea-trained Foxwedge.
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2011 San Domenico Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||210X||FONTELINA||Anthony Cummings||Glyn Schofield||1||56.5kg||77|
|2||1X137X||FOXWEDGE||John O’Shea||Nash Rawiller||6||56kg||84|
|3||1X241X||ANISE||Peter Snowden||Joshua Parr||3||55kg||83|
|4||591204X||BOYS ON TOUR||John P Thompson||Christian Reith||4||55kg||74|
|5||1X3X65X||DEFIANT DAME||David Payne||Nathan Berry||7||54.5kg||78|
|6||111120X||KARUTA QUEEN||Neville Layt||Tommy Berry||5||54kg||85|
|7||31139X||HOLLYWEIRD||Gerald Ryan||Corey Brown||2||53kg||74|
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