Smart The Galaxy Field 2014 Released

Bel Sprinter

Bel Sprinter is back to defend their title in Saturday's 2014 The Galaxy. Photo: Steve Hart.

A smart field of 14 sprinters will face off in the opening Group 1 at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, final acceptances for the 2014 The Galaxy now out.

There are three Group 1 features on Rosehill Guineas Day in Sydney this weekend, the first of which will run as Race 6 at 3:20pm (AEST) when the short distance specialists take to the track for the $400,000 Group 1 Bloodstock.com.au Galaxy (1100m).

The top-weighted runner in the number one saddlecloth this year is the Jason Warren-trained Bel Sprinter who has been allocated 58kg.

Drawn nicely in gate two with Craig Williams to ride, the internationally performed sprinter will have 4.5kg more than the 53.5kg they carried to victory in last year’s The Galaxy, which they won first-up over Snitzerland.

It’s a tough ask of Bel Sprinter than as the only horse in more than 30 years to carry more than 57kg to victory in the race was Mr Tiz (1983).

In fact in the last 20 years 15 The Galaxy winners have carried 54kg or less to victory.

From their Galaxy success last autumn, Bel Sprinter then ran third to super mare Black Caviar in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick before their second to Lucky Nine in Singapore’s Group 1 International Sprint.

Bel Sprinter hasn’t won a race in 12 months however and are looking to improve on a last start second to Villa Verde in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) from two weeks ago when they ran well over the final 200m to come within a length and a half of the winner.

Challenge Stakes champ Villa Verde is out for another win this weekend, the Anthony Cummings-trained Not A Single Doubt filly drawn in the far outside gate (14) for The Galaxy.

Three The Galaxy winners in the past 15 years have come via the weight-for-age Challenge Stakes, but the only one to have placed in the lead-up event was Snowland (2003).

One thing firmly in the young grey’s favour though is her age, three-year-olds boasting an imposing The Galaxy record with six of the past 12 winners being of that age group.

The other three-year-olds looking to continue the gun run of youngsters in the race this year are then the Gai Waterhouse-trained Whittington (barrier three) and Robert Smerdon’s Fastnet Rock filly Anatina (barrier 7).

Tale Of The Cat colt Whittington has just their ninth career start here, the Magic Millions Sprint winner on the Gold Coast in January looking to improve on their Challenge Stakes fifth.

Winner of the Ballarat Magic Millions 3YO Classic last spring, Anatina resumed on March 8 at Flemington to beat home Gregers in the Listed MSS Security Stakes (1100m).

Like Whittington she lines up for just the ninth time here, The Galaxy to be her maiden Group 1 assignment and her Sydney debut.

Anatina also has the most successful The Galaxy barrier from the past 30 years, age seven producing five winners, and will be ridden by Craig Williams on just 52kg.

Whittington also gets in on the 52kg minimum as does Group 1 winning New Zealand mare Irish Fling and the John O’Shea-trained Kencella.

Exceed And Excel four-year-old Kencella is on the up-and-up vying for their fourth win on the trot here after taking out the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at the track just last Saturday.

Last year’s The Galaxy runner-up Snitzerland meanwhile is also back for a shot this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Drawn in gate eight with Brenton Avdulla to ride, Gerald Ryan’s four-year-old daughter of Snitzel has been in red hot form again this time in.

First-up she won the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning over Shamexpress before her second when run down by Villa Verde in the Challenge Stakes.

The other big name The Galaxy hopes this year then include the rails-drawn Famous Seamus coming via a Challenge Stakes third and 2012 The Galaxy winner Temple Of Boom for Queensland’s Tony Gollan.

Check out the full 2014 The Galaxy field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2014 The Galaxy Final Field & Barrier Draw

Rosehill Race 6 – 3:20pm (AEST) – 29/03/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 132x668x94 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Craig Newitt 2 58kg 110
2 x127x82x12 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 8 56.5kg 111
3 00x63135x3 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 107
4 220x136x09 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 5 56kg 106
5 x1x21430x6 SESSIONS Peter Snowden 13 56kg 106
6 70x22805x8 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan Hugh Bowman 12 55.5kg 105
7 71330718×2 SEE THE WORLD Joseph Pride Jason Collett 6 55kg 104
8 x590x80x19 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 4 55kg 104
9 270x2440x1 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings James McDonald 14 53kg 105
10 80x40019x0 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 11 53kg 104
11 2x11413x14 IRISH FLING (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Mark Du Plessis 9 52kg 102
12 18×1132111 KENCELLA John O’Shea Chad Schofield 10 52kg 98
13 210x73x1x5 WHITTINGTON Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 3 52kg 97
14 24x11271x1 ANATINA Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 7 52kg 88

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