Capacity Field for 2015 The Galaxy Released

A capacity field of 14 sprinters plus three emergencies features in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) field, which was released this morning (Wednesday).

Tiger Tees (inside) will defend his title in the Group 1 Galaxy.

Tiger Tees (inside) will defend his title in the Group 1 Galaxy. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Galaxy is one of five Group One races running at Rosehill this Saturday, offering $400,000 in total prize money.

Headlining the field is defending champion Tiger Tees, who has drawn barrier nine but will come into barrier seven if the first two emergencies fail to earn a place in the race. Tiger Tees’ trainer Joseph Pride will surely be hoping this happens as barrier seven is the most successful starting gate in the race’s history with five winners.

Tiger Tees needs all the luck he can get after the seven-year-old gelding ran last in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) first-up. The gelding jumped well and rolled across from his outside barrier to be second, one length off the outside lead. He was niggled at on entering the straight and under extreme pressure approaching the 300 metres. He quickly shuffled back through the field thereafter, finishing eight lengths off winner Cosmic Endeavour.

The gelding enjoyed a short yet successful spring campaign that saw him win both the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) before running second in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m). Pride is hopeful he can reclaim this form when he defends his title in the 2015 Galaxy.

Pride has also accepted with three-year-old colt Kuro, who is the third emergency of the race. Kuro has placed in seven of his nine career starts and was last seen running third in the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) on March 7.

Peter Moody will also deliver a dual-pronged attack on the race with both Flamberge and A Time For Julia featuring in the final field.

Five-year-old gelding Flamberge has placed in all three of his past starts, including a nice run in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) on February 14, in which he was only nabbed by speedy Chautauqua in the closing moments. He is set to jump from barrier 13 (into 10) with champion hoop Damien Oliver.

A Time For Julia rounds out the field and will carry the minimum weight of 52kg as she ideally jumps from barrier three with Glen Boss in the saddle.

The five-year-old mare was a two-time runner-up in the spring but failed to make anything of the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up on February 28.

Peter Snowden was happy with the 55.5kg weight allocated to his runner Miracles Of Life after she won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) two weeks ago, however he will be less happy about her wide draw in barrier 14.

Deep Field will have to overcome a wide start from the outside gate. The Team Hawkes-trained horse finished third to Lankan Rupee and Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up, which has helped his form hold up, but he was nabbed by Target In Sight in the easier Group 3 Mauren McCarten Stakes (1100m) last Saturday.

Other 2015 The Galaxy runners include Les Bridge’s Avoid Lightning, Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1000m) winner Rubick, who will jump from barrier four with Kerrin McEvoy, Oakleigh Plate minor placer Fast ‘N’ Rocking, and Chris Waller’s Heart Testa, who won the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) on February 14.

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2015 The Galaxy Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1437x112x8 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride TBA 9 58kg 111
2 190x3136x5 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Jim Cassidy 15 57.5kg 110
3 62210x17x1 MIRACLES OF LIFE Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 14 55.5kg 110
4 729x12412x SWEET IDEA Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 12 55.5kg 110
5 11x111x32 DEEP FIELD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 17 55kg 105
6 512113x1x3 AVOID LIGHTNING Les Bridge Tim Clark 6 54.5kg 108
7 11133250×4 KNOYDART John O’Shea James McDonald 2 54.5kg 104
8 x107643x23 FLAMBERGE Peter G Moody Damien Oliver 13 54kg 103
9 114x10x3 RUBICK Gerald Ryan Kerrin McEvoy 4 53.5kg 103
10 5x14131x33 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 8 53.5kg 102
11 6×78310461 HEART TESTA Chris Waller TBA 16 53.5kg 102
12 14540x25x2 VA PENSIERO Jason Coyle Jason Collett 11 53.5kg 102
13 x1384x69x8 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla 1 52.5kg 104
14 147x2208x0 A TIME FOR JULIA Peter G Moody Glen Boss 3 52kg 100
15e 1x63311x35 ATMOSPHERICAL David Pfieffer Craig Williams 7 52kg 99
16e 32x52x111 CHLOE IN PARIS Ciaron Maher Sam Clipperton 5 52kg 97
17e 65x11113x3 KURO (NZ) Joseph Pride Chad Schofield 10 52kg 93

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