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Preview – San Domenico Stakes

Ric Chapman previews the big San Domenico Stakes

1. Corniche (6)

Best Bet
echo J: N Rawiller T: J Cummings

Outstanding youngster with enormous upside, the most of which is this way of going. Seems to be much faster the Sydney way. Has trialled really impressively twice this time up. Last campaign did easily beat the Gr 1 Slipper winner Shinzo. Looks well placed.

PB Rating 8.5
Last 5 3231x
Win $5.00 Place $1.90
  • Ready to Fire

2. Barber (13)

echo J: J Parr T: J Cummings

Talented stablemate of Corniche who has beaten him home once. Has also trialled well enough twice this time up. Can produce a powerful winning burst late when he is on.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 1993x
Win $10.00 Place $2.90
  • Place Performer

3. Libertad (12)

echo J: C Schofield T: A Neasham

Super smart unbeaten colt from two starts. Easily beat Barber last prep and loves it wet. Which it will be on Saturday for this race. Two trials have been outstanding. Must be included among your numbers.

PB Rating 8
Last 5 11x
Win $7.00 Place $2.30
  • Proven Winner

4. The Instructor (8)

echo J: A Hyeronimus T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Unlike many of these has one run under his belt this time up and it was a good one when 3rd this grade. Likes to go forward. Has a win over Corniche to his credit already. Has strong claims.

PB Rating 7.2
Last 5 118x3
Win $4.60 Place $1.80
  • Ready to Fire

5. Introducing (4)

echo J: T Clark T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Like his stablemate The Instructor, he has raced this time up and it was a beauty leading all the way until last bound when 2nd this level. Fitter now and has loads of speed.

PB Rating 7.6
Last 5 145x2
Win $6.50 Place $2.25
  • Track Talent

6. Butch Cassidy (2)

echo J: B Prebble T: G Waterhouse & A Bott

Has talent and resumes here but last prep didn’t show form at this level.

PB Rating 5
Last 5 2108x
Win $21.00 Place $5.00
  • Place Performer

7. Armed Forces (3)

echo J: J Collett T: C Waller

Maiden galloper from three runs to date. But, does have talent and it appears as though he might be a stayer in the making. Resumes here and will get too far back for this.

PB Rating 5
Last 5 720x
Win $31.00 Place $7.00
  • Place Performer

8. General Salute (5)

echo J: K McEvoy T: G Ryan & S Alexiou

Up a long way in class here but two starts to date have been excellent and seems capable of aiming up at this level. races like he is not afraid of anything. Won like a smart one last start when resuming in midweek grade. Keep an eye on.

PB Rating 6.2
Last 5 3x1x
Win $26.00 Place $6.00
  • Ready to Fire

9. Kandinsky Abstract (11)

echo J: J Mcdonald T: C Waller

Raced on debut at midweek level in April and came away with a powerful, easy win. Since won a trial and has been heavily backed to win this. Does have finishing talent and toughness as he had to push off the fence, balance up and then accelerate to win on debut. Sure to be running on.

PB Rating 7.8
Last 5 1x
Win $5.50 Place $2.05
  • Proven Winner

10. Fire Star (7)

echo J: T Sherry T: Peter & P Snowden

This bloke is interesting. He ran super fast time to win a maiden on debut up the line. This represents a huge rise in grade but he showed great toughness and the horse he beat has since run a place in town. Will be in this for a good while.

PB Rating 6
Last 5 1
Win $51.00 Place $11.00
  • Likes Dry Track

11. Moravia (9)

echo J: T Schiller T: M Freedman

Heavily back two weeks ago on debut at Newcastle and won impressively. Up in class here but the connections clearly rate him. Has some claims.

PB Rating 5.3
Last 5 1
Win $21.00 Place $5.50
  • In Form

13. Untouchable Legend (1)

echo J: D Gibbons T: M, W & J Hawkes

Good filly. Only won the one race and it was last start at the midweeks but ran home from well back to claim it. This is much harder but will be running on.

PB Rating 5.7
Last 5 46x51
Win $18.00 Place $4.60
  • In Form

First 4

1. CORNICHE, 2. Kandinsky Abstract, 3. Introducing, Libertad

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* PB rating based on form analysts’ opinion.

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