Gerald Ryan’s always honest mare Snitzerland gets her chance at another Group 1 sprint win this weekend after opening favourite for The Galaxy 2014 on Rosehill Guineas Day.
A good sized field of 14 acceptors are in the mix for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Bloodstock.com.au Galaxy (1100m), the favourite of which is Snitzel four-year-old Snitzerland.
Drawn in gate eight with Brenton Avdulla to ride, Snitzerland pays $5 in the latest The Galaxy odds at Ladbrokes.com.au as she looks to overcome a hoodoo on the punters’ pick.
In the past 17 years only one favourite has managed to win The Galaxy, with the average price of the winners in the last decade being over $23.
This doesn’t bode well for Snitzerland then who also has to overcome 56.5kg as the second heaviest weighted hope in the race behind defending champ Bel Sprinter (58kg).
Historically the weight is also a disadvantage as in the past two decades 15 of The Galaxy winners carried 54kg or less to victory.
Snitzerland’s form though cannot be faulted, the lightly-raced mare having won the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) first-up in February before her second to Villa Verde in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 15.
She was runner-up in this last year on the back of a Challenge Stakes win but is tipped to go one better on Saturday.
Four fellow The Galaxy runners join Snitzerland on single figures this year then with:
- #12 Kencella ($6.50) – John O’Shea-trained Exceed And Excel four-year-old gets in on the 52kg minimum and will be ridden by ace hoop Chad Schofield, they’ve won their three lead-up races albeit in easier company including a Group 3 at the track just last Saturday, need to handle a class rise and short back-up but look on the improve
- #9 Villa Verde ($7) – Anthony Cummings’ Not A Single Doubt grey got the better of Snitzerland first-up in the Challenge Stakes and will be after her again here, it was an impressive resuming effort from the young filly who hadn’t raced in four months and she’ll do well with only 53kg here, three-year-olds also have a gun record in the race so she has some things in her favour to help with that wide barrier 14 draw
- #5 Sessions ($9) – Lonhro stallion from the stables of Peter Snowden, this four-year-old is second-up here following a ho-hum return when sixth in the Challenge Stakes, still the bookies are taking no chances on this Group 2 winner as they’ve been competitive against classy fields before including their Manikato Stakes third to Buffering last year
- #4 Rain Affair ($11) – Proven Joe Pride-trained sprinter, Commands six-year-old Rain Affair is looking to atone for some pretty average runs of late, at their peak won nine on the trot during 2011-12, finished runner-up in the TJ Smith Stakes and All Aged Stakes two autumns ago and also finished second in the All Aged last year before their BTC Cup second in Brisbane, failed in the Doomben 10,000 though and have been hit and miss since include a dead last first-up this season in the Expressway Stakes after over racing and then another leading-to-near last run when ninth in the Canterbury Stakes last time out, but this distance will suit better so could be better
Also in the running at better odds are then the likes of 2012 The Galaxy winner Temple Of Boom ($10), Challenge Stakes third placegetter Famous Seamus ($11), last year’s champ Bel Sprinter ($13) and early market mover See The World ($14) coming off a first-up second at Warwick Farm.
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