King’s Troop Targets San Domenico Stakes 2015

The 2015 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens is the possible opening black-type assignment for the Gerald Ryan-trained King’s Troop following the progressive colt’s nice midweek win at Warwick Farm.

Gerald Ryan

Gerald Ryan will either run his diminutive three-year-old King’s Troop in the 2015 San Domenico Stakes or send him to the spelling paddock. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Ryan was suitably impressed by the son of Redoute’s Choice in the first at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, three-year-old King’s Troop scoring an easy win in the $40,000 TAB Place Multi Handicap (1100m).

With Brenton Avdulla in the saddle and carrying the 59kg top weight, the youngster saluted for the punters as the odds-on favourite at $1.35 putting an impressive three and three quarter lengths on the Matthew Smith-trained runner-up Quantrill ($7.50) with Bart & James Cummings’ roughie Aspen Star ($81) in third.

“It’s nice to see them do that when you have a bit of a wrap on them, I’m not a punter but at those odds you like to see them do it,” Ryan told the media post-win on Wednesday.

Ryan is now looking at next-up options for the winner who debuted the start before at Rosehill on July 18 to run second behind the Chris Waller-trained Japonisme on a Heavy (9) track.

Up-and-coming Choisir gelding Japonisme backed-up last Saturday to post his third win on the trot over the same track (Rosehill) and distance (1100m), moving Waller’s hopeful up the ballot for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) on September 14.

Waller, who also threw in a nomination this week for Japonisme in the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne on October 10, is yet to confirm a Golden Rose bid for the smart galloper.

As for King’s Troop, his first stakes bid could be on August 15 at Rosehill in the $125,000 Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) depending how he pulls up over the next few days after his dominant display this week.

Last year’s San Domenico Stakes winner was the Team Hawkes-trained Nostradamus who went on to run fifth to Hallowed Crown a 9/1 shot in the Golden Rose.

If not the San Domenico, Ryan will send King’s Troop to the spelling paddock to mature physically before his next campaign.

“When you take the saddle off him you can see he has a lot of growing to do in front,” Ryan, who won the San Domenico Stakes three years ago with Snitzerland, said.

“The plan was if we came here today and he did what he did, we would look at the San Domenico otherwise we’ll give him a break.

“I reckon there will be improvement with this horse in six months’ time but while he’s copping it we may keep going to Saturday week.”

Stay tuned for all the latest on the San Domenico Stakes and subsequent three-year-old spring majors this season.

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