San Domenico Stakes

The San Domenico Stakes is a Group 3 event hosted at Rosehill Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021) in August for Golden Rose Stakes hopefuls.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 In The Congo
  • 2nd: #4 Paulele
  • 3rd: #2 Captivant



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.

With a grand total of $160,000 in prize money on offer, 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 2021 ran on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Kembla Grange and was won by In The Congo from the Waterhouse/Bott stable. 

San Domenico Stakes
Date: Saturday August 28, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021)
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 San Domenico Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 In The Congo
  • 2nd: #4 Paulele
  • 3rd: #2 Captivant

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained In The Congo ($7) turned the tables on his last start conqueror in The Rosebud defeating the odds-on favourite Paulele ($1.95) in the 2021 San Domenico Stakes results while returning Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Captivant ($17) ran out of his skin for third first-up.

Click here to read more on the San Domenico Stakes win by potential Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound In The Congo.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 IN THE CONGO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2 55kg $7
2 4 PAULELE James Cummings James McDonald 0.3L 4 57kg $1.95F
3 2 CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 0.5L 1 58.5kg $17
4 9 MAOTAI Kacy Fogden Kerrin McEvoy 0.7L 6 55kg $18
5 1 STAY INSIDE Richard & Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 2.2L 5 58.5kg $3.30
6 5 MAZU Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 2.3L 3 55kg $17
6 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 0
3 SWORD OF STATE Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 0
7 RANCH HAND Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 San Domenico Stakes Odds

Odds on the San Domenico Stakes 2021 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.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Field

The San Domenico Stakes 2021 field of potential Golden Rose Stakes hopefuls will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so stay tuned.

Richard & Michael Freedman’s returning Slipper champion Stay Inside heads a nine-horse San Domenico Stakes 2021 field that will face off on a Heavy-rated Kembla Grange track this Saturday in Sydney.

Scratchings Update: Jamie Richards’ Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes bound Kiwi #3  Sword Of State (7) has been scratched with a new spring campaign kick-off set for the Listed Heritage Stakes in Sydney on September 25.  

Click here to read more on the key youngsters in the 2021 San Domenico Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1141x STAY INSIDE Richard & Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 6 58.5kg 104
2 14x3531x CAPTIVANT Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 1 58.5kg 100
3 13111x SWORD OF STATE Jamie Richards Kerrin McEvoy 7 58.5kg 100
4 11x671x1 PAULELE James Cummings James McDonald 5 57kg 86
5 13×5 MAZU Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 4 55kg 75
6 15×3 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 2 55kg 75
7 135x200x RANCH HAND Chris Waller 9 55kg 74
8 122 IN THE CONGO Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 55kg 70
9 124 MAOTAI Kacy Fogden Jason Collett 8 55kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 San Domenico Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the San Domenico Stakes 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 San Domenico Stakes nominations feature 12 hopeful three-year-olds led in betting by the resuming Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes champion Stay Inside.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1141x STAY INSIDE C 3 Richard & Michael Freedman 1 58.5kg 104
2 1x721610x SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 2 57kg 90
3 14x3531x CAPTIVANT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 58.5kg 100
4 11x671x1 PAULELE C 3 James Cummings 4 57kg 86
5 57x0110x KALASHNIKOV C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 5 57kg 76
6 13111x SWORD OF STATE C 3 Jamie Richards 6 58.5kg 100
7 25x110x GLENEAGLES C 3 David Payne 7 55kg 70
8 15×3 REMARQUE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 55kg 75
9 122 IN THE CONGO C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9 55kg 70
10 124 MAOTAI C 3 Kacy Fogden 10 55kg 70
11 13×5 MAZU C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 11 55kg 75
12 135x200x RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller 12 55kg 74

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
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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