English Leads The Galaxy 2017 Nominations on Slipper Day

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained mare English shapes up as one of the key 2017 The Galaxy nominations taken for the Golden Slipper Day sprint at Rosehill on Saturday.

English

English is a key 2017 The Galaxy entry for the Golden Slipper sprint at Rosehill Racecourse this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

Five elite level races headline the Rosehill Gardens line-up this weekend including the short-distance specialists facing off in the $700,000 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m), which drew a bumper 22 early entries.

Looking to continue the gun recent run of mares in the handicap clash following the success of Sweet Idea (2015) and Griante (2016) is Encosta De Lago four-year-old English.

Co-trainer Waterhouse won the race with Snowland (2003) and again with the aforementioned Sweet Idea two years back and looks to have a livewire hope with the in-form English in 2017.

The mare comes off a first-up win in the mud at Randwick from March 4 in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) and will only improve second-up over the extra distance this weekend.

English is out to improve on her sixth behind Griante in The Galaxy results last year, which she ran on the back of a Challenge Stakes win, and her only other Rosehill run to date produced the 2015 Golden Slipper Stakes second to Vancouver.

Not since Jetball (1994) has a last start winner saluted in The Galaxy, giving English a notable hoodoo to overcome this Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Current all-in The Galaxy odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have English posted the $7.50 second favourite with futures markets led by the Bjorn Baker-trained Music Magnate ($6.50).

A five-year-old won of Written Tycoon, Music Magnate comes off a fifth to Le Romain in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) from March 4.

The Doomben 10,000 winner from last winter failed to let down on the Heavy (10) Randwick track and ran six lengths off the winner.

Prior to that he won the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill where he boasts a solid record of two wins, a second and a third heading towards The Galaxy 2017.

Peter & Paul Snowden are in with two livewire entries Redzel and Russian Revolution.

Snitzel four-year-old Redzel is a gun over the metres with four wins, a second and a third from eight starts at 1100m to date.

He comes off a second to English when beaten by the barest of margins first-up in the Challenge Stakes, a race that last produced a The Galaxy winner in Tiger Tees (9th in 2014).

Stablemate Russian Revolution is at $8.50 for the win currently, just ahead of Redzel ($9.50), the Snitzel colt out to be the first three-year-old winner since Shellscrape (2010).

Russian Revolution won his opening four career starts including the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) at Randwick last October before suffering his only loss to date.

He finished fourth to Flying Artie beaten two lengths down the Flemington straight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) and has won two subsequent Randwick trials ahead of his return.

The only other three-year-old The Galaxy entries are the lightly-raced Redoute’s Choice colt Glenall and Robbie Laing’s Fastnet Rock filly Missrock coming off an 1100m win in Melbourne.

Check out the full The Galaxy 2017 nominations below before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to back your early Group 1 Rosehill race tips online at the right price.

2017 The Galaxy Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 18/03/2017

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x6025x7542 BIG MONEY G 7 Rodney Northam 104
2 2x600x2117 DAL CIELO (NZ) G 4 Kris Lees 93
3 631x5470x1 ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
4 5x16225x72 FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
5 5x447317x4 FELINES M 5 Kris Lees 101
6 2156x323x6 FELL SWOOP G 5 Matthew Dale
7 1×22 GLENALL C 3 Les Bridge 75
8 113x132x61 HEATHERLY M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
9 254x24x112 HIEROGLYPHICS M 5 Anthony & Edward Cummings 91
10 12134028×5 JUNGLE EDGE G 6 Mick Bell 88
11 x10x3021x8 KAEPERNICK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
12 360×221712 KURO (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 106
13 L0x55402x5 MISS PROMISCUITY M 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
14 x1x66735x1 MISSROCK F 3 Robbie Laing 86
15 11x1210x15 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 111
16 11110x100x PETITS FILOUS M 4 Ciaron Maher 90
17 215x1181x2 REDZEL G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden
18 11114x RUSSIAN REVOLUTION C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 97
19 x421152x14 SHEIDEL M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 x11x113x93 SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 101
21 42x256Px1x TARGET IN SIGHT G 7 Joseph Pride
22 21438×1013 ZESTFUL M 5 Kris Lees 97

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