Small field for San Domenico Stakes

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August 26, 2019 - 03:00 PM

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Talented colt Yes Yes Yes is ready to begin a campaign which could lead to the biggest prize of all.

He is among seven entries for Saturday's San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill, a kick-off point for the Group One Golden Rose.

Also looming large is the $14 million Everest with managing owners Coolmore unlikely to bring Ten Sovereigns to Australia after his failure as favourite in the Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Coolmore holds one of four slots still vacant in The Everest on October 19 at Randwick.

Chris Waller took over the training of Yes Yes Yes early this year after Darren Weir, who won two races with him, was disqualified.

Yes Yes Yes won the Todman Stakes before finishing seventh in the Golden Slipper from the outside draw.

He has had two barrier trials to get ready for his return.

Waller plans to set him on a path to the Golden Rose (1400m) on September 24 but is flexible.

"The beauty of the Golden Rose is that in my eyes it tells you whether the horse is a sprinter," Waller said.

"We can go down the Zoustar route of reverting to the shorter distances.

"The Golden Rose is not only a stallion making race, but a distance defining race in the spring."

Godolphin trainer James Cummings has nominated Bivouac for the San Domenico.

Bivouac is already up and running, winning the Group Three Vain Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday week and is the $2 early favourite ahead of Yes Yes Yes at $3.50.

Dubious, fourth in the Vain Stakes, is also entered, along with Anaheed, Catch me, Exceedance and Mo's Crown.

The other three-year-old race on the program, the Group Three Ming Dynasty (1400m), received 17 nominations including two from New Zealand's premier stable.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Quick Thinker and Rhaegar were both Listed winners at two and will be on a path to staying races.

"We think they are both staying horses and when they get out to a mile and beyond, they should be at their best," Baker told NZ Racing Desk.

"I think the New Zealand horses have proven over the decades they can stay.

."If they're up to the class they will step through the three-year-old colts races which culminates in the Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and the Group One Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).