The Group 1 The Galaxy is an 1100m scamper around the Rosehill course and along with the G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield, they are the only Group 1 Races on the Australian calendar over 1100m or 5½ furlongs in the old scale. This race achieved Group 1 status in 1984 and has only been held at Rosehill since 2013.
The conditions for the race are open handicap and it is the only G1 or G2 event in Sydney held over a sprint trip that has handicap conditions. In 2017 the race is valued at $700,000 with the winner to receive $406,000.
Some of the more recent winners have been Temple Of Boom, Nicconi, Schillaci, Snippets and Luskin Star.
The Galaxy forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|The Galaxy Race Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 18th March 2017|
|Race Time:||15:50 AEST|
|Race Type||Open Handicap|
|2017 The Galaxy Odds|
The Galaxy is a Group 1 race held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day. An open handicap race, it is run over a distance of 1100m. Held on the same day as the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and the Rosehill Guineas, it is one of the featured black-type events held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Starting off as a Principal Race in 1972, it became a Group 2 race in 1980, before finally reaching Group 1 status in 1984.
The Galaxy has been held at numerous racecourses over the years, from Royal Randwick to Warwick Farm, but settled at Rosehill Racecourse in 2013. Many champion sprinters have taken the title over the years, including Queensland’s own Temple Of Boom (2012), brilliant Victorian Schillaci (1992) and local hero Luskin Star (1978)
English was having just her 6th career start when starting the favourite in this race last years. 12 months down the track and she has won two races since here Galaxy defeat. The filly took out the All Aged Stakes at G1 level during The Championships, had a four-start Spring campaign and resumed at Randwick last start. Taking on the Challenge Stakes at G2 level she handled the heavy track and was able to land a narrow victory, defeat Redzel and Supido. Of concern is her record second-up and she has not won in two attempts at Rosehill.
Fell Swoop will be second-up this campaign following his return to the track in the G1 Oakleigh Plate. Settling further back in the pack than he has been able to in recent starts, it was always going to be hard to make ground from the back with the speed and sectionals set from the front end. He managed to get within 3.5 lengths of Sheidel, who he was giving 3kg to under the handicap conditions. From three starts at Rosehill, he has won on two occasions and when second-up his record is 4:2-1-0. Hugh Bowman is up again after Damian Oliver took the ride in the Oakleigh Plate. He finished 4th in the 2016 Galaxy when carrying 52.5kg and will have 56kg in this year's edition.
Trainer Bjorn Baker sets Music Magnate on a unique prep here, stepping back to the 1100m of The Galaxy after taking on the G1 Canterbury Stakes at 1300m last start. That was his second-up run for the prep after he resumed over 1200m in the G2 Expressway Stakes. In the Expressway he settled close to the speed he travelled comfortably all the way and never looked in danger in scoring a very strong 1.3 length victory in the small field. He trialled in good order to sharpen up over 1000m between the Expressway and the Canterbury Stakes where he finished 5th of the 8 runners, beaten over six lengths. The 2016 Doomben 10,000 winner is yet to miss a place at Rosehill where he has a record of 4:2-1-1 and has a win on soft and heavy going.
|2016||GRIANTE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID BRIDEOAKE||01:03.7|
|2015||SWEET IDEA||BLAKE SHINN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:02.6|
|2014||TIGER TEES||NASH RAWILLER||JOE PRIDE||01:05.0|
|2013||BEL SPRINTER||KERRIN MCEVOY||JASON WARREN||01:02.8|
|2012||TEMPLE OF BOOM||JAMES MCDONALD||TONY GOLLAN||01:03.4|
|2011||ATOMIC FORCE||TIM CLARK||DARREN SMITH||01:05.3|
|2010||SHELLSCRAPE*||DWAYNE DUNN||CHRIS WALLER||01:03.2|
|2009||NICCONI||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||01:03.5|
|2008||TYPHOON ZED||TIM CLARK||TIM MARTIN||01:04.1|
|2007||MAGNUS||DAMIEN OLIVER||PETER MOODY||01:03.2|
|2006||PROPRIETOR||STEPHEN BASTER||PAUL PERRY||01:03.1|
* Ortensia was first past the post in 2010 but was disqualified for positive drug test.