Rose Chance Japonisme Wins 2015 San Domenico Stakes

Sydney’s premier horseman Chris Waller admitted next month’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes was a hard race to bypass with the stable’s impressive San Domenico Stakes 2015 winner Japonisme.


The 2015 Golden Rose is a hard race to ignore for San Domenico Stakes winner Japonisme according to trainer Chris Waller. Photo: Steve Hart.

Continuing an absolutely gun campaign, the three-year-old Choisir gelding scored his fourth straight win in the feature race at Rosehill Gardens this weekend – the $125,000 Group 3 Smithfield RSL San Domenico Stakes (1100m).

The eight-horse San Domenico Stakes field and market was dominated by Gai Waterhouse’s returning Golden Slipper winner Vancouver who also leads pre-field markets for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) back at the track over more distance on September 12.

The flying Japonisme ($4.60) is sure to be challenging in those futures Golden Rose odds however after the San Domenico Stakes result, the up-and-comer ridden by Tye Angland, the fourth hoop in as many starts to win aboard Waller’s star three-year-old, to beat home the lightly-raced Gerald Ryan-trained King’s Troop ($7.50).

In third after being run down over the closing stages was the John O’Shea-trained Godolphin galloper Haptic ($11) who crossed just ahead of the beaten favourite Vancouver ($2.40) – still far from disgraced in fourth first-up without the race fitness edge.

Angland timed the run of Japonisme to perfection, restraining his fit mount early to settle into fifth as Headwater and Haptic fought it out in front for the lead.

Japonisme began to wind up down the outside over the closing 200 metres before hitting the front out wide 100m from home, a narrow lead he held onto to complete the same quinella with King’s Troop from July 18 at the same track and distance in the wet.

Waller won the Golden Rose two years ago with Zoustar (2013) and could now be tempted to target the elite level at his home track again with Japonisme whose connections at Ingham Racing will be eager to give the race a go.

“We’ve got a pretty handy horse on our hands,” Waller said post-win.

“I said if he wins today I think we’ve got a Group 1 horse on our hands.

“He’s still got a bit of maturing to do … it is exciting.

“He actually looks better today than last start so that’s a good thing going forward if we did want to give him another run or two.

“The Golden Rose is a hard race to bypass, it’s in our backyard.

“They (connections) would prefer to have a go…they’ll be telling me what to do.”

With Waller considering Japonisme, a winner of five of his eight starts now, a genuine sprint type however the other option could be to back off from a Golden Rose bid and instead focus on bringing him back later in the spring in Melbourne for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31 – Victoria Derby Day.

“I think he’s a good sprinter,” Waller said.

“The 1400m is not really a good sprint, it’s more like a mile for a three-year-old but it is hard to bypass.

“The Coolmore, if you back off now, you could easily get (him) ready for a race like that.”

Japonisme is a gelding though and so the potential stud value as a colt winning the 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes isn’t the focus, Waller instead able to treat the progressive youngster as a genuine racehorse.

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2015 San Domenico Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Rosehill Race 5 – 15/08/2015

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 JAPONISME Chris Waller Tye Angland 5 56kg $4.40
2 7 KING’S TROOP Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 0.5L 4 56kg $6.50
3 3 HAPTIC John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 1.5L 3 57kg $11
4 1 VANCOUVER Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 2.2L 7 60kg $2.40F
5 6 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 4.2L 6 56kg $6
6 8 ALART Patrick Farrell Greg Ryan 4.3L 1 54kg $151
7 2 HEADWATER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Blake Shinn 7.9L 8 59kg $12
8 5 SALERNO Paul Perry Danny Beasley 10.8L 2 56kg $201


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