The San Domenico Stakes meeting will be held at Rosehill this Saturday. The course proper was rated a Good 4 on Thursday and with heavy rain forecast for Sydney leading up to the weekend, Rosehill is likely to be racing on a Heavy track on raceday.
The ultra consistently Scarlet Missile is ready to take out the TAB Highway Handicap. (Sydney Race 1,1400m). The Stirling Osland-trained mare has been placed in her last five runs and she finished 3rd in both her last two starts at Rosehill. The 5YO has a good record over 1400m as she has never missed a place over the trip and she can handle any track conditions. Glen Boss will take over the rein from apprentice Brock Ryan and that’s a big plus. Scarlet Missile is looking to break through for her first win this campaign on Saturday.
The very talented Bivouac is all the rage in the San Domenico Stakes betting (Sydney Race 5, 1100m). The Godolphin-owned colt ran away with the Vain Stakes brilliantly showing great acceleration when first-up a fortnight away. Bivouac won the Group Three Kindergarten Stakes in April before his spell, beating the filly Libertini by two lengths. And that filly has franked the form last week when she made a successful return in the Silver Shadow Stakes running very fast time (1:07.93) in the process. Bivouac has won 3 races from 4 attempts in the wet and he is unbeaten over 1100m winning all his 3 starts. Hugh Bowman will settle just behind the pace from barrier 5 and Bivouac will be hard to beat.
The unbeaten gelding Academy can make it 3 wins on the trot by taking out the Ming Dynasty Quality (Sydney Race 7, 1400m). The Mark Newnham-trained 3YO is still in his first preparation but he has shown enough ability to suggest he will be successful in black type races. Academy won really well last start over 1400m at Kemble Grange four weeks ago and Newnham has given the gelding a 1030m trial 10 days ago (finished 2nd) to keep his fitness up to the mark. He can handle any track conditions and has drawn the rail. Tim Clark should be able to utilize the inside gate and settle just behind the leaders. Academy will give punters a great sight in the run home.
By Owens Wong, Editor