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 2016 the race is valued at $700,000 with the winner to receive $420,000.
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 19th March 2016|
|Race Time:||16:10 AEST|
|Race Type||Open Handicap|
|2016 The Galaxy Odds|
|6||BALL OF MUSCLE||-||-|
|8||LORD OF THE SKY||-||-|
LORD OF THE SKY, BALL OF MUSCLE and OUR BOY MALACHI are the likely leaders while FLAMBERGE has the job ahead again from a wide barrier as equal topweight. TERRAVISTA and BOUNDING should race handy while the likes of FELL SWOOP, REBEL DANE and GRIANTE charging from rearward positions.
FELL SWOOP was excellent first up in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m). He was held up till the 200-metre mark and surged late to just miss Flamberge. He is fitter and the return to right-handed racing should suit.
TERRAVISTA has drawn to get a lovely run and that should make the task of carrying 58kg a little easier. It must be remembered Terravista ran third in last year’s Newmarket Handicap with 56.5kg – this is certainly not beyond him!
ENGLISH has won three of her five starts. Last year’s Golden Slipper runner-up resumed with an excellent last-to-first win in the Challenge Stakes (1000m) at weight-for-age. The wide barrier is a worry but it’s hard to overlook a last-start weight-for-age winner, blessed with speed, who carries such little weight in a handicap.
MALAGUERRA has always shown ability but has risen to a new level since being gelded. He’s going so well these days he won first up over 1000 metres down the Flemington straight. Fellow emergency MISS PROMISCUITY ran a nice race behind him and if she somehow manages to get a start could run a cheeky race at massive odds.
SHIRAZ ran a close up fourth when resuming in the Challenge Stakes and is well weighted in the Galaxy; meeting English 1.5kg better for his length defeat. He is even nicely weighted against REBEL DANE, whom he meets a kilo better for his length defeat from last year's Shorts over 1100 metres at Randwick.
Lightly raced 3YO filly English lines up in just her 6th career start and finds herself a clear favourite. Having 4 runs as a 2YO she was successful in the G2 Reisling Stakes and then took on the Golden Slipper, finishing 2nd, under a length from the winner Vancouver. The last run of her season came in the G1 Sires Produce when as the starting favourite she was well beaten by Pride Of Dubai. Trialling twice in preparation for her return, the first trial has already produced 5 individual Group winners this Autumn. 1st up in the G2 Challenge Stakes she defied the betting drift to land the prize, sprinting from well back in a scintillating finishing burst, recording strong sectionals in the process.
Terravista looked to have the G1 Lightning Stakes sewn up, before Chautauqua hit the over-drive button and grabbed the big chestnut right on the line. Trainer Joe Pride was public in his criticism of the ride of Damien Oliver and Hugh Bowman has the ride here in The Galaxy. Filling a first 3 position in 15 of his 20 career starts, including 10 wins, he is also a winner at 50% of his 2nd up runs, winning 3 from 6. His 2015 figures show 3rds in the Newmarket and the T J Smith in the Autumn and the Darley in the Spring, all at G1 level, while his lone win for the calendar year came in the G2 Premiere Stakes.
Resuming in the G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield the Matthew Dale trained 4YO has compiled a great record of 8 wins and 2 seconds from just 11 starts. He has been well placed in his races and the end of his campaign in September last year resulted in 4 straight victories. Taking out the Listed Chandler Macleod at Moonee Valley, he finished his campaign with a win in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes. 1st up in the Oakleigh he was in a striking position before being was crowded and had to check off heels to find clear space. Losing all momentum, when he wound back up, he savaged the line, beaten 0.1 length by Flamberge and gets in here with a light weight of 52.5kg.
The 5YO was only 2 lengths off the winner English in the G2 Challenge Stakes at his last start, which was the first time he has finished unplaced in his 18 start career. That was his 1st run since October and he led them up, only fading the last 100m. The Winter and Spring carnivals of 2015 saw him win the G2 QTC Cup, land a narrow 2nd behind Rebel Dane in the G2 The Shorts, finish a half-length 2nd to Buffering in the G1 Moir and grab a 1.25 length 3rd behind the dead-heaters Lumosty and Eclair Choice in the G2 Caulfield Sprint. 2 from 3 at the distance and a 2nd up record that reads 5:3-2-0, Ball Of Muscle carries 3.5kg less and the early tempo will be the key.
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).
|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.