The Galaxy is an 1100 metre handicap sprint race run by the Australian Turf Club at Rosehill. Previously held during April on Doncaster Handicap Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival it was moved to Rosehill Guineas day in 2013.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open Handicap
- Distance: 1,100 metres
- Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 18 March 2017
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The Galaxy was first run in 1972 as a principal race over 6 furlongs (about 1200 metres) and was won by Playbill. From 1973 onwards the distance was converted to 1100 metres and in 1980 the race was given Group 2 status. A few years later, in 1984, it was made a Group 1 race.
It had always been run at Randwick apart from 2007 when it was run at Warwick Farm, but from 2013 it was moved to Rosehill. Sydney horses tend to use the Group 2 Challenge Stakes over 1000 metres as the main lead-up race to The Galaxy. Melbourne horses often have their lead-up in the Newmarket Handicap over 1200 metres at Flemington.
The race always draws a competitive field of quality sprinters and only one horse has been good enough to win it twice. Grey Receiver won in 1981 and 1982 and contested the race again in 1983 but finished eighth on a heavy track. Three-year olds have an excellent record in this race and the speedster Luskin Star won The Galaxy as a three-year-old in 1978.
The Galaxy Final Field & Odds 2017‘Odds not currently available’
The Galaxy Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Heavy Weather: Overcast
There is a full field of 14 runners for the $700,000 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy. They range in age from three-year-olds to a seven-year-old, and the betting is fairly open. The early favourite is three-year-old colt Russian Revolution who has won 4 of his 5 starts and resumes here after winning two trials at Randwick, but has drawn the outside barrier. Second favourite is English who resumed with a fighting win in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes. Third favourite is Fell Swoop who was galloped on when resuming for 3.5 lengths 6th in the Oakleigh Plate.
Redzel was a close 2nd in the Challenge when resuming and has a great record over this distance. Music Magnate has a good record at this track and is unbeaten third-up. Heatherly won well over 1000m at Flemington last start. Supido was 3rd in the Challenge. Faatinah was 2nd in the Oakleigh Plate at long odds last start, and could surprise again. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|3 English||12 Russian Revolution||12 Russian Revolution|
|12 Russian Revolution||3 English||3 English|
|6 Redzel||6 Redzel||8 Supido|
|5 Faatinah||2 Fell Swoop||2 Fell Swoop|
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Past winners of the Galaxy:
Six three-year-olds won in the 1990’s with Schillaci (1992), Sublimate (1993), Jetball (1994), Gold Ace (1996), Accomplice (1997) and La Baraka (1998), while five three-year-olds won in the 2000’s with Mistegic (2002), Snowland (2003), Spark Of Life (2004), Charge Forward (2005) and Nicconi (2009).
The race is usually run at a fast pace and barriers can play an important role. Horses drawn out wide are disadvantaged because of the early speed in the race and an inside barrier is definitely an advantage in this race.
|2017||Russian Revolution||Redzel||Jungle Edge|
|2015||Sweet Idea||Kuro (NZ)||Miracles Of Life|
|2014||Tiger Tees (NZ)||Anatina||Villa Verde|
|2013||Bel Sprinter||Snitzerland||Decision Time|
|2012||Temple Of Boom||Nobby Snip||Ladys Angel|
|2011||Atomic Force||Thankgodyou’rehere||Cardinal Virtue|
|2008||Typhoon Zed||Keen Commander||Fritzs Princess|
|2005||Charge Forward||Spark Of Life||Red Oog|
|2004||Spark Of Life||Taikun||Blessum|
|2003||Snowland||Star Of Florida||Bradshaw|
|2002||Mistegic||Century Kid (NZ)||Excellerator|
*Ortensia was first past the post but later disqualified