San Domenico Start for 2014 Golden Rose Hope Law

Golden Slipper failure Law will be looking for a better Group 1 run in next month’s Golden Rose 2014 which they tune-up for this weekend debuting for Chris Waller in the San Domenico Stakes.


Stakes winner Law is out to emulate their sire Denman and win the Golden Rose Stakes this spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

The feature race in Sydney at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, this year’s $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) will host the new season return of the former Gai Waterhouse-trained Law.

Now with four-time Sydney premiership winning trainer Waller the Denman colt races for the first time since their dead last finish behind the Hawkes-trained filly Mossfun in the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at the track back on April 5.

Law struggled to make up ground after getting shuffled back that day and didn’t handle the Heavy (8) track.

There were excuses then for the promising juvenile who debuted at Randwick last October with a win in the Listed NSW Thoroughbred Breeders’ Plate (1000m) before returning four months later to win by three and a half at the track again first-up.

It is that form, but against better company, Waller is hoping they unleash when they race as a three-year-old for the first time on Saturday with the master trainer still trying to work out the youngster’s strengths and weaknesses.

For Waller they’ve had three trials this winter most recently running a distant third beaten seven and a half lengths by Bugatty over 900m at Rosehill last week.

They will need to improve on that notably then with the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Bugatty among the other possible San Domenico Stakes runners for the weekend.

“We have given him three trials to try to teach him to settle,” Waller said.

“He came to us in great order but I wasn’t happy with his second trial when he over-raced badly.

“I really want to see him finishing off his races.”

Waller has Law in the mix for an early elite level next month with plans to run them in the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at Rosehill on September 13.

Last Sydney Spring Racing Carnival Waller celebrated his first Golden Rose victory with Zoustar and he’s hoping to go back-to-back in the classic this season.

“We ask a lot of these horses,” he said.

“We want them to win as two-year-olds and then they have to come back at three and to reach a race like the Golden Rose they have to be able to finish off a strong 1400 metres.”

Law is certainly bred for a Golden Rose win as his sire Denman won the 2009 edition and his dam Lady Cat is a South American Group 3 winner who won over as far as 2200m during her career.

Early Golden Rose Stakes odds are already open at with Law listed as a $51 outsider in betting.

Other San Domenico Stakes nominees in those Golden Rose markets meanwhile include Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes winner Hallowed Crown ($34), the Gerald Ryan-trained Ygritte ($34) coming off three Group 3 seconds from the autumn, Blue Diamond seventh placegetter Nostradamus ($34), David Payne’s Beranardini colt Bold Circle ($41), Waterhouse’s Group 2 performed Snitzel colt Wandjina ($41), Ryan’s other hope Washington Heights ($51) who ran second in the Kindergarten back in April and Waterhouse’s other entry Hampton Court ($61).

Of those the Hawkes-trained Medaglia D’Oro colt Nostradamus is one of the standouts based on trial form having defeated Golden Slipper third placed Bring Me The Maid in a 760m hit-out at Hawkesbury on Monday morning.

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