Bookmakers around the country are predicting the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Nostradamus to win the San Domenico Stakes 2014 at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday to kick off the colt’s spring campaign.
One of nine three-year-olds making up the field for this year’s $125,000 Group 3 Smithfield RSL Club San Domenico Stakes (1100m), the son of Medaglia D’Oro pays $3.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au to win first-up.
Nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) back at the track on September 13 Nostradamus races for the first time since his credible seventh to Earthquake in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) back in February.
That was his third career run and Saturday sees him race in Sydney for the first time.
A winner on debut over 1100m at Flemington Nostradamus showed he was ready for the weekend with a winning barrier trial the Sydney way of going at Hawkesbury on Monday.
Four of his rivals follow under double figures then in San Domenico Stakes betting with:
- #6 Washington Heights ($4.20) – Inside barrier for the first of Gerald Ryan’s two hopes, the Commands colt has had just one run to date back in April at Randwick when a solid second behind Hallowed Crown on a Heavy (9) track in the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m), same distance, different track but should be soft again which will suit
- #9 Ygritte ($5) – Ryan’s other runner is also the early market mover with the Snitzel filly having run second at Group 3 level at her past three starts, a debut winner at Kembla Grange she progressed to Rosehill in mid-February for a second to subsequent Golden Slipper champ Mossfun and followed up with two more solid efforts, first-up here and on way to the Golden Rose next month
- #2 Bugatty ($6) – Hawkes-trained Dreamscape colt last seen running second last in the mud at Sandown, this is their maiden Sydney start under race conditions but the Group 3 runner-up (Chairman’s Stakes) and Group 1 performed (eighth in the Black Caviar Lightning) has had two Rosehill trials this year including a 900m win on the fourth beating Brazen Beau
- #5 Wandjina ($9) – Gai Waterhouse-trained Snitzel colt was fourth in the Group 2 Todman Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill last time out in March, two trials since to get him fit with a Randwick win last month and a second over 1050m on the 1st of this month
Also of note just outside of the single figure fancies paying $11 for an upset is then Chris Waller’s recent stable addition Law, previously raced by Waterhouse the Denman colt was last seen running last (16th) in the Golden Slipper.
Up-to-date San Domenico Stakes 2014 betting odds are listed below with links to Ladbrokes.com.au so you can lock in your early favourites at the best prices enjoying a $250 bonus match bet too if you’re a first time depositor!