Most eyes will be on Caulfield with a big 2020 Memsie Stakes Day card, but Sydney also boasts three Group races, headlined by a hot 2020 San Domenico Stakes. Let’s take a look at the feature races at Rosehill.
Race 5 – 2020 San Domenico Stakes (1100m)
A small but select field here, with four leading chances in the market; Mamaragan (1) at $4.40, Doubtland (2) at $4.20, Anders (3) at $3.80, and Peltzer (5) at $3.70.
Strong cases can be made for all of these runners, reflected by their similarity in the market.
Mamaragan (1) is the one I’d be willing to take on first up over the 1100m. His form is outstanding from his two-year-old campaign, but I think he is at his best over further, and he may give them too many lengths from the wide gate.
Doubtland (2) is a potential star and resumes here after his demolition job in the Kindergarten Stakes. He may also be better over longer, and it will be interesting to see if the Hawkes stable plots a Caulfield Guineas route for this galloper, to keep him away from stablemate North Pacific.
Anders (3) turned heads in The Rosebud, leading all the way and looks a very good chance to do that again if he can cross Peltzer (5), who will also be looking to contest the lead.
Anders (3) and Peltzer (5) look like they’ll be laying it down all the way, possibly allowing Doubtland (2) to swoop in behind them if they’re getting off the fence on the day.
Watch: Doubtland make a mess of them in the Kindergarten Stakes.
A demolition job from the promising Not A Single Doubt colt Doubtland in the Kindergarten Stakes to kick off Day 1 of #TheChampionships @HawkesRacing @atc_races @ChampionshipsRR @LizzieJelfs already 1/1 for her @NewgateFarm Pick Of The Yard ? pic.twitter.com/8nAaGeSPHP
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) April 4, 2020
Race 6 – 2020 Ming Dynasty Stakes
Another Group 3 with some talented three-year-olds going around, with Overlord (4) looking the best of them.
He has had some luckless runs behind some very talented gallopers, including Rothfire in the JJ Atkins, and Peltzer on two occasions in the autumn. He looks the class runner here and will be tough to beat for the rock solid Waller/J Mac combination.
Race 8 – Premiers Cup
This one looks like one way traffic, with Mugatoo (3) the clear pick. He was super impressive when winning the Winter Challenge here five weeks ago, and looks more than capable of adding another win to his tally, and will enjoy the rise in trip.
Stablemate Mustajeer (2) and Chris Waller’s Carzoff (6) look like nice options for those wanting to get stuck into exotics.
Watch: Mugatoo’s impressive win in the Winter Challenge.
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MUGATOO (Henrythenavigator x Elopa) wins the Listed Winter Challenge! He's in for a huge prep and another of our imports with a huge future! @HugeBowman and @Leesracing doing it again! Congratulations to our connections ?? #GetInvoled in our next import! pic.twitter.com/SPhi2qoLN1
— Australian Bloodstock Updates (@ausbloodstock2) July 25, 2020