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A full field of sprinters faces off in Saturday’s The Galaxy 2016 on Golden Slipper Stakes Day, the short-distanced showdown one of five Group 1s on the Rosehill Gardens race card.
Set to jump as Rosehill Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEDT) as the penultimate event on the program, this year’s $700,000 Group 2 Banjo Galaxy (1100m) has attracted a capacity field of 14 starters plus four emergency runners.
Carrying the equal 58kg top-weight in the handicap classic are the Peter Moody-trained Flamberge and Joe Pride’s Terravista, both second-up but drawn opposite ends of the field with barriers 18 and three respectively.
Moody won The Galaxy back in 2007 with Magnus and has his in-form Exceed And Excel six-year-old Flamberge in the mix this year on the back of a Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) win at Caulfield on February 27.
That was Flamberge’s fourth win from 10 starts over the distance he sees again in Sydney this weekend, the galloper racing at Rosehill for the first time since his The Galaxy flop last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival when 12th to Sweet Idea.
He also faces the challenge of being just the second Oakleigh Plate graduate in over 30 years to back-up and win The Galaxy joining Typhoon Zed (6th in 2008).
Flamberge and jockey Damian Lane will come into barrier 14 of 14, a gate that has produced no previous winners.
The last to jump from the widest alley in the field was Padstow (15 of 15) back in 2001, while the big kilos are also a notable hoodoo with no The Galaxy winner carrying more than 57kg to victory.
Also lumping 58kg, Pride’s Captain Rio six-year-old bypassed the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington last Saturday in favour of this Sydney run.
He ran a first-up second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) on February 20 and is second-up on the weekend shooting for his fourth second-up win from seven starts over a distance he is undefeated at.
Pride has also accepted for Ball Of Muscle in barrier nine, possibly into seven, with the Sydney horseman shooting for his second win in three years after the success of Tiger Tees (2014).
A five-year-old son of Dubawi, Ball Of Muscle has a strong 1100m record of two wins and a second from three starts, the Group 1 Moir Stakes runner-up from the spring out to improve on his first-up sixth in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) – his only run out of the money to date.
This season’s Challenge Stakes winner was the returning Gai Waterhouse-trained filly English, second in the Golden Slipper to Vancouver on this day 12 months ago.
The three-year-old daughter of Encosta De Lago returned from a lengthy spell to take out the Randwick Group 2 on March 5 that last produced a The Galaxy winner with Tiger Tees (9th) in 2014.
The last three-year-old winner of Saturday’s elite level was Shellscrape (2010), but no filly has done what English is out to do since La Baraka (1998).
Waterhouse is after her second win having trained the 2003 champ Snowland, and English has work to do from the second outside alley on Saturday.
Also coming off a top three run in the Challenge Stakes is the Ron Quinton-trained Boss Lane (3rd), whose Rosehill record stands at no placings from eight starts.
Following Flamberge and Terravista in The Galaxy weights this year are Rebel Dane (56.5kg) who ran fourth in the Futurity Stakes last start and Team Hawkes’ recent Expressway Stakes winner Our Boy Malachi (56kg) who is unbeaten from three at Rosehill – drawn alongside each other in gates 15 and 14.
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2016 The Galaxy Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 8 (5:10pm) – 19/03/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||301x2617x1||FLAMBERGE||Peter G Moody||Damian Lane||18||58kg||112|
|2||x330x173x2||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||3||58kg||112|
|3||60x123x354||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Damien Oliver||15||56.5kg||109|
|4||111x130x15||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||TBA||14||56kg||108|
|5||79x54761x0||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||James McDonald||11||55.5kg||107|
|6||221x3223x6||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||9||55kg||106|
|7||3x815x13x7||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||6||55kg||106|
|8||27042270×0||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Zac Purton||5||54.5kg||105|
|9||5x111136x4||SHIRAZ||Tony McEvoy||Brett Prebble||10||54kg||104|
|10||2x202x13x9||BOUNDING||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||7||53.5kg||107|
|12||1120×34153||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||2||52.5kg||101|
|13||11x41111x2||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Brenton Avdulla||8||52.5kg||101|
|14||1126×1||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||17||51kg||103|
|15e||1787x461x4||PITTSBURGH FLYER||Lee & Shannon Hope||Craig Newitt||4||51kg||100|
|16e||x9932587x0||GRIANTE||David Brideoake||Craig Williams||1||51kg||100|
|17e||24x11211x1||MALAGUERRA||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||13||51.5kg||99|
|18e||22813920×4||MISS PROMISCUITY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||TBA||16||51kg||99|
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