The final elite level feature of Golden Slipper Stakes Day at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday in Sydney is The Galaxy 2016, betting tips for the sprint classic detailed below.
Due to jump as Rosehill Race 8 at 5:10pm (AEDT), this year’s edition of the $700,000 Group 1 Banjo Galaxy (1100m) will see the first emergency Pittsburgh Flyer, drawn gate four, get a run after the early scratching of Peter Moody’s Oakleigh Plate winner Flamberge who had drawn the outside alley.
A full 14 runners are still set to line-up in the handicap feature, with the latest The Galaxy odds at Ladbrokes.com.au narrowly led at $4.40 by the Gai Waterhouse-trained filly English.
She is also out wide in barrier 17, which becomes 13 of 14 on the weekend, but is well supported to overcome the alley and become the first filly to win since La Baraka (1998).
After a length spell, last season’s Golden Slipper runner-up won the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick a fortnight ago carrying 54kg.
She drops down to the 51kg minimum on the weekend, Tommy Berry retaining the ride.
Also under $10 for the win in The Galaxy betting are the likes of the Joe Pride-trained Group 1 winner Terravista ($6) who is now the sole 58kg top weight, luckless Oakleigh Plate runner-up last start at the distance Fell Swoop ($6) and recent Flemington winner Malaguerra ($6.50) who is far from guaranteed a run as the third emergency.
So will the top fancies salute in the race or is there an upset The Galaxy result on the cards from the likes of Pride’s ultra-consistent seven-year-old Our Boy Malachi ($10) or the Tony McEvoy-trained Shiraz ($12) who is second-up for the season off a Challenge Stakes fourth beaten under a length?
#13 Fell Swoop ($6)
Matthew Dale’s Canberra-trained four-year-old resumed on February 27 in the Oakleigh Plate over this distance in Melbourne and without any luck in the run, was a very brave second defeated only a short half-head. He gets the same metres on Saturday but at a track he’s undefeated at (2-2-0-0), his most recent Rosehill run being in August last year when winning by three lengths carrying 58kg. The son of Not A Single Doubt carries just 52.5kg this weekend and Brenton Avdulla comes on for the ride aboard a livewire hope who is still at a very backable price.
#14 English ($4.40)
Waterhouse’s favourite caught the eye off a lengthy spell winning the Challenge Stakes, but has a bit of history against her second-up in The Galaxy. Her trainer won the race 12 months ago with then four-year-old mare Sweet Idea (2015), while the Challenge Stakes last produced a winner the year before in Tiger Tees (9th in 2014). She is drawn wide but is well-weighted and will be running home strong late from off the pace with Berry in the saddle.
#2 Terravista ($6)
Pride has always been first to talk up this Captain Rio gelding, the now six-year-old looking to win his first race since last October’s Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. First-up was the short half-head second to Chautauqua in the Group 1 Lighting Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, Pride bypassing the Newmarket for this instead. Terravista is unbeaten at 1100m so should be right in the mix even with the weight from a very nice near the inside alley.
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