The Sportsman Weekend

Remarque to take out San Domenico

- NEIL EVANS @NeilEvansm­ail

BACK comes the dominant Golden Slipper-winning colt Stay Inside, off two forward trials and unbeaten in soft ground.

Does he just win tomorrow’s Group 3 Sam Domenico Stakes over 1100m at Kembla? As good as he is – No.

This transferre­d feature for the three-year-olds belongs to untapped colt Remarque.

Second-up off that somewhat luckless and late closing run in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) behind high class Paulele, Remarque ($5.50) can produce something special in this race.

Okay, he’s never raced on any rain-affected ground, but he’s by Snitzel carrying 1kg less than he did first-up and that heavy track trial win at Rosehill six weeks back remains concreted on my mind.

Not surprising­ly, Tommy Berry hops off Remarque to re-join Stay Inside ($2.40) leaving the much-rejuvenate­d Regan Bayliss to take over.

The track was rated a Heavy 9 yesterday morning but by the time we start tomorrow it should be around Soft 7, and with the Rail out 4m for this distance, Remarque also gets a little pattern edge.

The San Domenico will be another reminder the Sydney stars will eventually go on to win every three-year-old feature in Melbourne once they get past the Golden Rose showdown on September 25.

There will be plenty of intrigue surroundin­g boom Kiwi colt Sword Of State ($14.00) who bolted in three straight up to Group 1 level before crossing the Tasman but stepping into this pool is like an average club trundler suddenly bowling to Bradman.



2. Stay Inside;

3. Paulele

Elsewhere on another giant 10-race card, despite a sharp rise in class I’m gobsmacked the market has understate­d tough six-year-old Harpo Marx ($8.00) in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup over 2000m.

Yes, progressiv­e Victorian stallion Heart Of Puissance ($3.80) has plenty of quality and been freshened up for the drop back in distance; but Harpo Marx is supremely ready for the jump up from Benchmark 78 level and coming back in trip from a 2400m win three weeks ago is more than off-set by a huge weight drop of 9.5kg.

Of course, the X-factor is lightly raced six-year-old Dashing Willoughby ($6.50) who hasn’t started since finishing a mile down the track in last year’s Melbourne Cup when still in the stable of UKbased Andrew Balding.

A Group 2 and 3 winner over much further in England, he has since been transferre­d to Chris Waller and given two searching spaced trials in the lead-up to his first run Down Under.

But I doubt Dashing Willoughby fresh can give Harpo Marx 5kg and beat him.


1. HARPO MARX; 2. Heart Of Puissance; 3. Spirit Ridge;

4. Dashing Willoughby And in the third of the Group 3 battles – a tricky Ming Dynasty (1400m) for three-year-olds – emerging Astern colt Arnaqueur ($5.50) can shake the life out of this despite stepping up sharply from a provincial Class 1.

A powerful type who can run cracking final 400m off a decent clip, Arnaqueur had previously beaten Latino Blend in a trial and after that Kembla win has again trialled strongly.

Adding to the argument weight, I’m far from convinced about the form of Group 3 Up And Coming behind Tiger Of Malay with early favourite Coastwatch ($2.80) and Subterrane­an ($6.00) both coming out of that race.

The danger is more likely to be Military Expert ($4.80) down 5kg from a fighting maiden win at Newcastle.

MING DYNASTY TIPS: 1. ARNAQUEUR; 2. Military Expert; 3. Coastwatch


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Remarque is Neil’s top pick for tomorrow’s San Domenico at Kembla Grange.

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