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Progressive five-year-old Thankgodyou’rehere has earned a shot at Group 1 glory, the budding star ready to take their spot in The Galaxy.
Local Randwick-based father and son training team Patrick and Wayne Webster paid the acceptance fee for Thankgodyou’rehere to run in Saturday’s $350,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1200m), the up-and-coming sprinter-miler one of 13 confirmed starters in the feature.
An ultra-consistent son of Secret Savings, Thankgodyou’rehere has won seven of their 11 career starts to date but hasn’t raced since winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup over the mile on November 4 last year.
Ready to resume racing after a five and a half month spell, Thankgodyou’rehere trialled well at Randwick on Monday morning proving he was ready to return to the spotlight.
Winning an 830 metre hitout showed connections Thankgodyou’rehere was worthy of an early start to their 2011 campaign.
“He probably didn’t beat much (on Monday) but he did everything we asked him to do,” Patrick Webster said.
“It was always in our plans to trial on Monday then wait for the Heritage Stakes a fortnight later.
“But when he trialled like he did we started thinking why not have a go at the Galaxy.
“It’s a Group 1 on his home track.”
It’s a tough test first-up for Thankgodyou’rehere who will face off against the likes of classy mare Ortensia, the Gai Waterhouse-trained Swift Alliance and Anthony Cummings’ Sister Madly.
“Races like this one only come along once every pancake day, especially on your home track,” Pat Webster said.
Currently the gelding sits on the second line of The Galaxy betting paying around $6.50 having drawn barrier eight and due to be ridden by regular jockey Rod Quinn.
Quinn was aboard for Monday’s impressive barrier trial and has been permitted by Racing New South Wales Stewards to take the mount on Thankgodyou’rehere half a kilogram over the declared weight of 51kg to 51.5kg on Saturday.
Other The Galaxy hopefuls whose jockeys have been approved to ride overweight in The Galaxy are:
- #8 King Pulse (Kerrin McEvoy) – Riding 0.5kg over from 51.5kg to 52kg
- #10 Atomic Pulse (Tim Clark) – Riding 0.5kg over from 51kg to 51.5kg (if required)
- #11 Shrapnel (Corey Brown) – Riding 0.5kg over from 51kg to 51.5kg (if required)
Following The Galaxy, Thankgodyou’rehere is likely to be sent up to Queensland to tackle the Brisbane Winter Carnival features.
“Brisbane has been in our sights all along but I wouldn’t say no to winning a Galaxy along the way,” Webster Senior said.
“The good thing about (the Galaxy) is that we don’t have to do anything with him between now and the race…it’s all been done.”
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