San Domenico Stakes 2021

Saturday August 28th, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The San Domenico Stakes is a good early lead-up into the Group 1 three-year-old races in Melbourne.

The Group 3 San Domenico Stakes is a 1100m sprint showdown for three-year-olds run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse* in August each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The race is run at set weights plus penalties and offers $160,000 in total prize money and was upgraded from a Group 3 race in 2005.

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

The short-distance sprint is the feature race held in Sydney that day and is accompanied on the card by the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality and the Group 3 Premier’s Cup, while Melbourne’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes takes place on the same date at Caulfield.

The race is named in honour of four-time Group 1 winner San Domenico who dominated in the late 40s and early 50s.

Three-year-olds in the San Domenico Stakes field are often heading towards tougher events for their age group over the spring including Melbourne’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. Exceedance (2019) was the last horse to complete the San Domenico Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double.

The latest edition of the San Domenico Stakes ran on Saturday August 28th, 2021 and was won by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained In The Congo. 

San Domenico Stakes 2021 Results

The official 2021 San Domenico Stakes Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 28th, 2021 at Rosehill.

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

The Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight this Melbourne Cup Carnival looms as a potential target for the in-form Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained In The Congo ($7) following his all-the-way win over the beaten favourite Paulele reversing the order of The Rosebud quinella from last start in the 2021 San Domenico Stakes results.

San Domenico Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 28th, 2021
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021 due to COVID-19)
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1980

San Domenico Stakes Field

The San Domenico Stakes field attracts a class line-up of the season’s most exciting young sprinters, many of which contested Group 1 events as juveniles such as the Golden Slipper Stakes at the same track over the autumn. No horse has completed the Golden Slipper – San Domenico Stakes double however since Tierce (1991).

San Domenico Stakes Winners (Exceedance, 2019) | Photo: Steve Hart |
2019 San Domenico Stakes winner Exceedance. Photo: Steve Hart.

Most three-year-olds are racing in the event first-up and are heading towards upcoming events including the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) with many top three graduates out of the San Domenico going on to finish in the Golden Rose trifecta.

The San Domenico Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week followed by final acceptances on the Wednesday.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Field

The official San Domenico Stakes 2021 field and barriers for Group 3 short-distance race will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to San Domenico Stakes Day and published in full below.

Returning Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside heads betting from barrier six of nine in Saturday’s San Domenico Stakes 2021 field, the new-season three-year-olds set to do battle on a rain-affected (Heavy-rated) Kembla Grange track.

Scratched:  #3 Sword Of State (7) for Jamie Richards’ has been withdrawn from a first-up run in the San Domenico, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound Kiwi to instead kick off in the Listed Heritage Stakes at Rosehill on September 25.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 San Domenico Stakes close on the Monday of race week with the list of potential runners in the three-years-olds’ feature to be published here.

The autumn’s Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winning colt Stay Inside headlines the 12 San Domenico Stakes 2021 nominations taken for this Saturday’s feature race in Sydney.

  Form Horse Sex Age Trainer/s Ballot Weight True Weight
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 Betting

San Domenico Stakes odds are led each season by three-year-old sprinters proven in Group company that contested tougher races as two-year-olds last time in like the Golden Slipper Stakes or Melbourne’s Blue Diamond Stakes.

Youngsters with winning form in Sydney over the shorter distance races feature highly in San Domenico Stakes betting tips.

Anders ($2.80 in 2020) was the last favourite in San Domenico Stakes betting to salute when defeating the equal favourite that year, Peltzer.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Odds

The season’s top San Domenico Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links will be available below once final acceptances are announced.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 San Domenico Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

San Domenico Stakes Tips

Solid San Domenico Stakes tips include looking for Golden Slipper Stakes and other Group 1 graduates from the autumn, three-year-olds with winning Sydney form in similar company and proven 1100m performers.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive San Domenico Stakes betting tips for 2021 will be detailed below listing the three-year-olds to back and sack in the Group 3 event this season so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #1 Stay Inside ($2.40 at time of publish)

Sticking with the favourite on what will potentially be a San Domenico run on a bottomless track. The returning Golden Slipper winner is two-from-two on Soft going so should handle a wet track fresh. The Extreme Choice colt is three-from-four and has plenty of class. Has been five months between runs and there’s some quality rivals here with the fitness edge, but think he can just edge them out.

San Domenico Stakes Form Guide

The San Domenico Stakes form guide features all the must-know information for punters including the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the runners in the race.

The San Domenico Stakes form has stacked-up in later Group 1 spring races for three-year-olds many times in recent years, especially the Golden Rose Stakes. In 2018 the San Domenico Stakes winner Graff finished third in the Golden Rose results, while the following year Exceedance repeated the same feat and also went on to win that year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes over the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The 2019’s San Domenico Stakes runner-up Bivouac meanwhile went on to take out the Run To The Rose – Golden Rose Stakes double.

2021 San Domenico Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed San Domenico Stakes 2021 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

San Domenico Stakes Results

San Domenico Stakes results have been dominated by in-form three-year-old sprinters with proven Sydney form.

Notable recent San Domenico Stakes winners include General Nediym (1997), Testa Rossa (1999), Gold Edition (2006), Foxwedge (2011), Japonisme (2015) and Exceedance (2019).

San Domenico Stakes Winners

San Domenico Stakes

At Kembla Grange
1stIn The Congo1 minute 5.69 seconds
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1stAnders1 minute 2.67 seconds
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1stExceedance1 minute 6.23 seconds
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1stGraff1 minute 5.24 seconds
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1stPariah1 minute 3.2 seconds
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1stStar Turn1 minute 4.3 seconds
2ndTango Rain
3rdKentucky Miss
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1stJaponisme1 minute 02.7 seconds
2ndKing’s Troop
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1stNostradamus1 minute 03.6 seconds
2ndWashington Heights
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1stVa Pensiero1 minute 02.8 seconds
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1stSnitzerland1 minute 04.7 seconds
3rdAll Too Hard
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1stFoxwedge1 minute 04.3 seconds
3rdKaruta Queen
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1stObsequious0 minutes 59.3 seconds
2ndSolar Charged
3rdDecision Time
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1stShellscrape0 minutes 58.1 seconds
3rdKiss Me Katy
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1stDuporth1 minute 04.2 seconds
3rdAtomic Force
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1stSliding Cube0 minutes 58.3 seconds
2ndMimi Lebrock
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1stGold Edition0 minutes 59.4 seconds
2ndMy Middi
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1stMedia0 minutes 57.4 seconds
2ndWritten Tycoon
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1stCharge Forward0 minutes 57.2 seconds
2ndFastnet Rock
3rdDance Hero
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1stRegimental Gal0 minutes 56.9 seconds
2ndSpark Of Life
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1stStar Of Florida0 minutes 57.7 seconds
2ndChocolate Starfish
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1stMistegic0 minutes 59.1 seconds
2ndFair Embrace
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1stZariz0 minutes 57.0 seconds
2ndDynamic Love