Pariah has justified his resounding favouritism at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon; mustering a smart turn of foot to comfortably win the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes (1200m).
Jumping from the outside gate well, jockey Blake Shinn elected to ease the horse over onto the rails and was settled second-last in transit as Speed Street, Condor Heroes and Madeenaty traded early blows on pace.
Shinn slowly worked the horse into the race as the field began to straighten and was greeted with an impressive turn of foot when he asked for an extra effort as Pariah closed out the race and found the line a length ahead of Chauffeur, who also turned plenty of heads with his performance.
Co-trainer Paul Snowden was pleased with the Snitzel colt’s first-up performance and confirmed that the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) is his first major target this season.
“It was great ride, but in all fairness, we had the horse to manoeuvre and do all those things,” Snowden said.
“It was pretty to watch. He’s a picture of health and he still has a lot of improvement to come.
“It was soft and on the line, he didn’t punish him in any way and Blake rode him extremely well. It’s very pleasing for a horse like him to come back that well.
“We’ll go to the Run To The Rose and then the Golden Rose.
“After he has that 1400m run, we’ll determine what avenue to take; whether we press on to a mile, or an Everest or freshen-up for a Coolmore. They’re good things to be thinking about.”
Shinn delivered a typically smart ride aboard Pariah to win the San Domenico Stakes and believes that he will only improve off the run.
“We’ve always had the belief that he’s a top-liner and he narrowly missed in the Blue Diamond, but we really thought he’d made nice progression into a three-year-old,” Shinn said.
“His work has been good, his trials were great and we had a bit of a challenge there from barrier 10, but I just had to go out and have confidence in my horse.
“He gave me a lovely ride and as we went on, I got more confidence in the horse. I know he’s got a great turn of foot and he delivered today.”
Prior to jump, Pariah was available at $11 Golden Rose odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.