San Domenico Stakes

The San Domenico Stakes is a Group 3 event hosted at Rosehill Racecourse in August for Golden Rose Stakes hopefuls.

2023 San Domenico Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Libertad
  • 2nd: #11 Moravia
  • 3rd: #6 Butch Cassidy



The San Domenico Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Rosehill Racecourse* every August for three-year-olds early on during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

*Note: The 2021 San Domenico Stakes meeting moved from Rosehill to Kembla Grange due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Raced over a short distance sprint of 1100m, the San Domenico Stakes allows progressive young sprinters to display their skills ahead of tougher spring runs in races like the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) the following month.

In recent years, the 2018 San Domenico Stakes winner Graff went on to run third in the Golden Rose Stakes that year behind The Autumn Sun while in 2019 Exceedance also finished third in the Golden Rose before winning Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Bivouac meanwhile finished runner-up in the San Domenico Stakes in 2019 as the beaten odds-on favourite before taking out the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose double and finishing runner-up in the Coolmore.

In The Congo (2021) is the last horse to complete the San Domenico Stakes – Golden Rose double. With a grand total of $250,000 in prize money on offer as of 2023, the San Domenico Stakes is a lucrative black-type event for new season three-year-olds.

Contested under set weights plus penalties conditions, the San Domenico Stakes pits rising sprinters against each other and shows how they are placed ahead of upcoming Group 1 races for that age group.

Due to the position it holds in the calendar, the San Domenico Stakes is often contested by horses first-up after a winter spell. For this reason, the San Domenico Stakes is considered by many to be one of the major spring carnival warm up races.

Most of those horses which gain entry to the San Domenico Stakes have ran successful campaigns as two year olds and expect to continue to gather black-type placings. Often, horses that make up the San Domenico Stakes field may have come via other races such as the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes or the Golden Slipper during their juvenile racing seasons.

Decent results in the San Domenico Stakes can act as a launching pad to other races such as the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, a double last achieved by the aforementioned Exceedance (2019).

The San Domenico Stakes 2023 ran on Saturday August 26, 2023 at Rosehill Gardens as a key lead-up to the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes and was won in style by the still undefeated Annabel Neasham-trained Libertad ($8).

San Domenico Stakes
Date: Saturday August 26, 2023
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse 
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2023 San Domenico Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Libertad ($8)
  • 2nd: #11 Moravia
  • 3rd: #6 Butch Cassidy

Annabel Neasham’s talented Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes winning colt Libertad ($8) retained his undefeated record with a stylish first-up victory in the 2023 San Domenico Stakes results to make it three-from-three ahead of the bigger spring features this prep. 

  Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
  1 3 LIBERTAD Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield   10 57kg   $8
  2 11 MORAVIA Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 0.69L 8 55kg   $13
  3 6 BUTCH CASSIDY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 0.94L 2 55kg   $15
  4 8 GENERAL SALUTE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 1.03L 4 55kg   $14
  5 1 CORNICHE James Cummings Nash Rawiller 2.49L 5 57.5kg   $3.90F
  6 9 KANDINSKY ABSTRACT Chris Waller James McDonald 2.59L 9 55kg   $5
  7 4 THE INSTRUCTOR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 2.61L 7 56kg   $8
  8 5 INTRODUCING Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.88L 3 55kg   $8
  9 10 FIRE STAR Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 4.01L 6 55kg   $26
  10 13 UNTOUCHABLE LEGEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dylan Gibbons (a) 4.04L 1 53kg   $11
    7 ARMED FORCES Chris Waller Jason Collett   0      
    12 CIGAR FLICK Chris Waller Jason Collett   0      
    2 BARBER James Cummings Joshua Parr   0  

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 San Domenico Stakes Betting Odds

Odds on the San Domenico Stakes 2023 horses complete with betting links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided right here the week of the race.

Anders ($2.80 in 2020) was the last favourite in San Domencio Stakes betting to salute defeating the equal favourite Peltzer.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Sweet Ride winning at San Domenico Stakes odds $31. 

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2023 San Domenico Stakes Form

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2023 San Domenico Stakes Tips 

Stay tuned for our insider San Domenico Stakes 2023 Tips on the popular spring lead-up. 

  • To Win: #2 Barber ($10 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open edition of the San Domenico with a nice mix of returning gallopers and those with the fitness edge. Going for a bit of value and taking on the favourite with a double-figure chance from the powerhouse Godolphin stable. Putting Barber on top fresh with the horse looking to continue his flawless first-up record (2:2-0-0). Widely-drawn (barrier 13), which will be the test to get into a good position in this 1100m sprint. That said, the Exceed And Excel colt is proven at Rosehill and has a lovely record over the distance (3:2-0-1). At the current quote, happy to take a chance for a good campaign kick-off here. Was good last prep far from disgraced twice in Group 1 company. This is easier. 

2023 San Domenico Stakes Field

The San Domenico Stakes 2023 field of potential Golden Rose Stakes hopefuls will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so stay tuned.

The 2023 San Domenico Stakes final field features a quality line-up of new season three-year-olds led in betting by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained The Instructor coming off a first-up second in the Listed The Rosebud. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3231x CORNICHE James Cummings Nash Rawiller 6 57.5kg     88
2 11x1993x BARBER James Cummings Joshua Parr 13 57kg     86
3 11x LIBERTAD Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 12 57kg     88
4 118×3 THE INSTRUCTOR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8 56kg     77
5 145×2 INTRODUCING Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 55kg     74
6 2108x BUTCH CASSIDY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Brett Prebble 2 55kg     66
7 720x ARMED FORCES Chris Waller Jason Collett 3 55kg      
8 3x1x GENERAL SALUTE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 5 55kg     66
9 1x KANDINSKY ABSTRACT Chris Waller James McDonald 11 55kg     65
10 1 FIRE STAR Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 7 55kg     60
11 1 MORAVIA Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 9 55kg     60
12 1453×14 CIGAR FLICK Chris Waller Jason Collett 10 53kg 53.5kg   73
13 46×51 UNTOUCHABLE LEGEND Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dylan Gibbons (a) 1 53kg     65

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 San Domenico Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the San Domenico Stakes 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x1993x BARBER C 3 James Cummings 1 57kg     86
2 142426x DON CORLEONE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 55kg     90
3 52514×98 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 3 53kg     71
4 3231x CORNICHE C 3 James Cummings 4 57.5kg     88
5 118×3 THE INSTRUCTOR C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5 56kg     77
6 110x594x SOVEREIGN FUND G 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 56kg     69
7 1453×14 CIGAR FLICK F 3 Chris Waller 7 53kg     73
8 11x LIBERTAD C 3 Annabel Neasham 8 57kg     88
9 815x5570x DISNECK G 3 Bjorn Baker 9 55kg     66
10 23x214x HELL QUEEN F 3 Ben Brisbourne 10 53kg     68
11 145×2 INTRODUCING C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11 55kg     74
12 2108x BUTCH CASSIDY C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 12 55kg     66
13 720x ARMED FORCES C 3 Chris Waller 13 55kg      
14 4×2213 MANSIERE G 3 Nick Ryan 14 55kg     64
15 46×51 UNTOUCHABLE LEGEND F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 53kg     65
16 3x1x GENERAL SALUTE C 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 16 55kg     66
17 1 MANWE C 3 Anthony Cummings 17 55kg     65
18 1x KANDINSKY ABSTRACT C 3 Chris Waller 18 55kg     65
19 1 FIRE STAR C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 19= 55kg     60
20 1 MORAVIA C 3 Michael Freedman 19= 55kg     60

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

San Domenico Stakes History

The San Domenico Stakes was inaugurated in 1980, with Proud Knight seizing victory in the first edition of the race.

Initially run over a length of 1000m, the race distance was briefly upgraded to 1100m for one year in 2008 and then permanently from 2011 onwards.

Gaining traction rapidly, the San Domenico Stakes held listed status for only four years, receiving an upgrade to Group 3 in 1945.

In 1986, the race was upgraded again to Group 2, a class it held until 2005, when it was downgraded to Group 3. The San Domenico Stakes has been held variously at three separate racecourses in Sydney. Since 1980, the venue has changed twelve times between Randwick, Warwick Farm and Rosehill Gardens, where it currently runs today.

In 2020 Anders set a race record winning in 1 minute 2.67 seconds to sit just outside the track record set back in 2007. In 2021 the San Domenico Stakes took place at Kembla Grange Racecourse due to COVID-19.

Notable San Domenico Stakes winners include Show County (1989), Testa Rossa (1999), Snitzerland (2012) and Exceedance (2019).

San Domenico Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

San Domenico Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
 
2023 San Domenico Stakes 1st Libertad 1 minute 3.39 seconds
2nd Moravia
3rd Butch Cassidy
 
2022 San Domenico Stakes 1st Sweet Ride 1 minute 4.42 seconds
2nd Nettuno
3rd Swiss Exile
 
2021 San Domenico Stakes(held at Kembla Grange) 1st In The Congo 1 minute 5.69 seconds
2nd Paulele
3rd Captivant
 
2020 San Domenico Stakes 1st Anders 1 minute 2.67 seconds
2nd Peltzer
3rd Mamaragan
 
2019 San Domenico Stakes 1st Exceedance 1 minute 6.23 seconds
2nd Bivouac
3rd Anaheed
 
2018 San Domenico Stakes 1st Graff 1 minute 5.24 seconds
2nd Neutrality
3rd Performer
 
2017 San Domenico Stakes 1st Pariah 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Chauffeur
3rd Jorda
 
2016 San Domenico Stakes 1st Star Turn 1 minute 4.3 seconds
2nd Tango Rain
3rd Kentucky Miss
 
2015 San Domenico Stakes 1st Japonisme 1 minute 02.7 seconds
2nd King’s Troop
3rd Haptic
 
2014 San Domenico Stakes 1st Nostradamus 1 minute 03.6 seconds
2nd Washington Heights
3rd Law
 
2013 San Domenico Stakes 1st Va Pensiero 1 minute 02.8 seconds
2nd Cluster
3rd Windjammer
 
2012 San Domenico Stakes 1st Snitzerland 1 minute 04.7 seconds
2nd Driefontein
3rd All Too Hard
 
2011 San Domenico Stakes 1st Foxwedge 1 minute 04.3 seconds
2nd Anise
3rd Karuta Queen
 
2010 San Domenico Stakes 1st Obsequious 0 minutes 59.3 seconds
2nd Solar Charged
3rd Decision Time
 
2009 San Domenico Stakes 1st Shellscrape 0 minutes 58.1 seconds
2nd Sniplaz
3rd Kiss Me Katy
 
2008 San Domenico Stakes 1st Duporth 1 minute 04.2 seconds
2nd Whitefriars
3rd Atomic Force
 
2007 San Domenico Stakes 1st Sliding Cube 0 minutes 58.3 seconds
2nd Mimi Lebrock
3rd Moonboat
 
2006 San Domenico Stakes 1st Gold Edition 0 minutes 59.4 seconds
2nd My Middi
3rd Astounded
 
2005 Sn Domenico Stakes 1st Media 0 minutes 57.4 seconds
2nd Written Tycoon
3rd Snitzel
 
2004 San Domenico Stakes 1st Charge Forward 0 minutes 57.2 seconds
2nd Fastnet Rock
3rd Dance Hero
 
2003 San Domenico Stakes 1st Regimental Gal 0 minutes 56.9 seconds
2nd Spark Of Life
3rd Dorky
 
2002 San Domenico Stakes 1st Star Of Florida 0 minutes 57.7 seconds
2nd Chocolate Starfish
3rd Athelnoth
 
2001 San Domenico Stakes 1st Mistegic 0 minutes 59.1 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Palais
 
2000 San Domenico Stakes 1st Zariz 0 minutes 57.0 seconds
2nd Dynamic Love
3rd Kootoomootoo

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