San Domenico Stakes

The 2019 San Domenico Stakes is a Group 3 event hosted at Royal Randwick Racecourse in August for Golden Rose Stakes hopefuls.

2019 San Domenico Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Exceedance
  • 2nd: #3 Bivouac
  • 3rd: #4 Anaheed



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

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.

Most recently the 2018 San Domenico Stakes winner Graff went on to run third in the Golden Rose Stakes that year behind The Autumn Sun.

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  Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The San Domenico Stakes 2019 ran Saturday August 31, 2019 and saw the Team Hawkes-trained Exceedance win in an upset.

San Domenico Stakes
Date: Saturday August 31, 2019 , 2019
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1100m
Race Type: 3YOs – SW+P
Status: Group Three
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 San Domenico Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Exceedance
  • 2nd: #3 Bivouac
  • 3rd: #4 Anaheed

The official San Domenico Stakes 2019 results saw the untapped Team Hawkes-trained Exceedance show a brilliant turn of foot on the Heavy-rated track to fly pass Godolphin’s odds-on favourite, Vain Stakes winner Bivouac, and take out the Group 3 victory first-up. Exceedance has now firmed into top spot in early markets for the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes on September 28. The filly Anaheed did a good job in the lead, boxing on to run third against the boys.

Read more on the 2019 San Domenico Stakes win by Exceedance now.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 6 EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 55kg $4.80
2 3 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2L 4 57kg $1.35F
3 4 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 2.1L 2 55.5kg $9
4 5 CATCH ME Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 7.8L 5 55kg $17
5 7 ROYAL POPCORN Mike Cattell Ms Kathy O’Hara 13.2L 3 55kg $101
1 YES YES YES Chris Waller James McDonald 0
2 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Nash Rawiller 0

2019 San Domenico Stakes Odds

Odds on the San Domenico Stakes 2019 horses complete with betting links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided right here the week of the race.

2019 San Domenico Stakes Field

The San Domenico Stakes 2019 field of potential Golden Rose Stakes hopefuls will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so stay tuned.

Just seven three-year-olds make-up the official 2019 San Domenico Stakes field this year but what the race lacks in numbers, it makes up for in class. Hot favourite to win next month’s Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose (1400m), Bivouac jumps from barrier five with Hugh Bowman aboard. The Godolphin-raced chases his third Group 3 win on the trot after a barnstorming 4 1/4 length win first-up in Caulfield’s Vain Stakes.

Update: Just 5 horses remain in the San Domenico Stakes 2019 Field after two scratchings. #2 Dubious (7) comes out in favour of a run in Melbourne’s Group 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield instead; #1 Yes Yes Yes has also been withdrawn with trainer Chris Waller instead going straight to the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) on September 14.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 211x17x YES YES YES Chris Waller James McDonald 3 57.5kg 88
2 1x123015x4 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Nash Rawiller 7 57.5kg 84
3 2x3141x1 BIVOUAC James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5 57kg 90
4 1x51461x9 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 2 55.5kg 88
5 1x1000x CATCH ME Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6 55kg 82
6 13x EXCEEDANCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1 55kg 67
7 40×800 ROYAL POPCORN Mike Cattell Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 55kg

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.

Notable San Domenico Stakes winners include Show County (1989), Testa Rossa (1999) and Snitzerland (2012). San Domenico Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

San Domenico Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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