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A shock finish out of the money first-up over the weekend in the San Domenico Stakes has seen the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Capitalist drop out of top spot in pre-field 2016 Golden Rose Stakes betting for next month.
Winner of the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) as a two-year-old back in March, all the money was on Written Tycoon colt Capitalist to kick off his three-year-old campaign with a win in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m).
He was scratched out from an earlier return the weekend prior in the weight-for-age Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) due to a mud Randwick track, saved instead for an “easier” first-up run against his own kind in the San Domenico at Rosehill.
Jockey Blake Shinn told stewards post-loss the heavy favourite had struggled in the closing stages of the race under his 60kg top weight.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden told RSN’s Correct Weight on Sunday that it was the Soft (7) track that cost Capitalist the win.
“He was dipping quite badly 7-8 times from the 500m all the way down the straight,” he said.
“Kerrin McEvoy stated the fact when he trialled him twice on the Kensington track, and that is always slow or worse.
“Craig Williams came up and trialled a couple for Paul Messara, and he said, ‘once the horse tries to accelerate in the going, he’s not comfortable in the going’.
“If you watch his action closely on the footage yesterday, you can see him sprawl, and on 7-8 times, loses his footing.
“On top of that, he’s got 60kg and he’s giving weight to a horse [Star Turn] that’s won twice on Slow going and twice at 1100m – that’s his forte – and he skipped away from him.”
The all-in Golden Rose Stakes odds are now led by the David Vandyke-trained Yankee Rose ($7) and the John O’Shea-trained Impending ($7).
Vandyke’s daughter of All American ran second to Capitalist in the Golden Slipper before her win in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick in the autumn.
She kicks off her new season campaign in the Golden Rose Stakes first-up without an earlier run, Yankee Rose out to become the first filly to take out the feature since Forensics (2008).
Impending meanwhile is a nicely-bred and lightly-raced son of Lonhro who has had just two starts to date for a Rosehill win on debut and a third at the Gold Coast in early May’s Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic (1200m).
The traditional Golden Rose lead-up is the $175,000 Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) held this year at Rosehill on August 27.
The race has produced the past four consecutive Golden Rose Stakes winners including Hallowed Crown (2014) and Exosphere (2015) who both completed the double.
Star Turn meanwhile has moved up to $8 in Golden Rose Stakes betting this Sydney Spring Racing Carnival after his win in the San Domenico Stakes.
The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained son of Star Witness atoned for his sixth to Capitalist as a $41 shot in the Golden Slipper as a juvenile with the Group 3 win on Saturday.
Other young hopefuls in the top half of the Golden Rose markets include Gai Waterhouse’s Group 3 winning Snitzel colt El Divino ($11) and ATC Sires’ Produce runner-up Telperion ($11) for Godolphin.
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