John O’Shea’s resuming Fastnet Rock colt Foxwedge may be the raging favourite to take out the 2011 San Domenico Stakes on Saturday, but rival trainer Anthony Cummings is confident his contender Fontelina stands a nice chance of an upset.
Also racing first-up for the season in the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill this weekend, improving Testa Rossa colt Fontelina is a roughie in the markets but Cummings believes they are far better than their price indicates.
Of the seven horse San Domenico Stakes field, Foxwedge is the firming $2.10 favourite at Luxbet.
At the bottom end of the Rosehill Race 5 odds is Fontelina paying $15.
Despite having drawn ideally on the rails with barrier one and due to be ridden by ace hoop Glyn Schofield, Fontelina is at very generous odds after they failed to beat home any of their rivals last start.
After breaking their maiden status two runs into their career with a win in the Listed The Phoenix (1350m) at Doomben in May, Fontelina flopped when beaten nearly 18 lengths in the Group 1 TJ Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 11 pulling up lame after the run.
“His first-up second was excellent (to Strartreusse at Canterbury on May 18), his win in the second start was excellent and then he was disappointing in the Group One but had a few issues that day when he pulled up,” Cummings said.
Given a short winter break, Fontelina is ready to resume and Cummings believes they have come on brilliantly and will surprise a few with a competitive effort in the San Domenico.
“He worked nicely on Tuesday morning, I’m pleased with him and he’ll be going into that race and be a good chance,” Cummings said.
“He’s over all of that now (the lameness) and I expect him to be back to his best form first-up on Saturday.
“He was quite fresh the other day in his trial and he’s well enough to run a good race.”
Another longer-priced San Domenico Stakes starter looking to progress in their three-year-old season is the Gerald Ryan-trained Hollyweird.
Looking to continue the recent strong run of fillies in the early spring feature, five of the past 10 San Domenico Stakes winners being fillies, Hollyweird is rated an $8 chance at Luxbet.
The daughter of Snitzel has started five times to date for two wins and two minor placings, her strongest effort so far bing a third to subsequent Group 1 The Galaxy winner in the Listed Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Sandown in February.
With an excellent barrier two draw, Ryan is confident Hollyweird will run a good first-up race on Saturday to possibly hand him his second San Domenico Stakes victory following his win with Zariz (2000).
“She just gets 1200 metres and she won’t get 1400 metres, so this race suited her,” Ryan said.
“She’s got a lot of natural ability, she’s only little but she’s got good speed and she can ‘possie’ up from the barrier.
“She’ll run an honest race, whether she’s good enough to win I don’t know but we’ll find out on Saturday.”
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