The Galaxy

The The Galaxy is a Group 1 sprint race run over 1100m at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 The Galaxy Results

  • 1st: #9 I am Excited
  • 2nd: #7 Miss Leonidas
  • 3rd: #12 Tofane



The ATC The Galaxy is a Group 1 sprint race held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Slipper Day in March during the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Galaxy is the only elite level sprint during the carnival that is run over just 1100 metres and sprinters that are contesting the race normally come through races like the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield in Melbourne or the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick.

There are five Group 1 races held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day each year: the Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and The Galaxy that offers $700,000 in total prize money.

Graduates out of The Galaxy field often continue onto other Sydney Group 1 sprint races including the Group 1 $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in April during ‘The Championships’ at Randwick. No horse has completed The Galaxy – TJ Smith Stakes double since La Baraka (1998). The winner of The Galaxy receives ballot exempt entry into the TJ Smith Stakes field.

The Galaxy 2020 ran on Saturday March 21, 2020 and was won in an upset by underrated mare I Am Excited ($26).

2020 The Galaxy
Date: Saturday March 21, 2020
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $700,000
Inaugurated: 1972

2020 The Galaxy Results

  • 1st: #9 I Am Excited
  • 2nd: #7 Miss Leonidas
  • 3rd: #12 Tofane

David Pieffer’s underrated mare I Am Excited posted a narrow upset in The Galaxy 2020 results in a thrilling finish ahead of a likely Robert Sangster Stakes target in Adeladie later in the season. She beat home fellow roughie Miss Leonidas ($31) and the Michael Moroney-trained Tofane ($12) with the first of the single-figure hopes past the post being Pierata (5th).

Click here to read more on the tight 2020 The Galaxy win by I Am Excited.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin barrier Weight SP
1 9 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Tim Clark 2 51kg (cd 52kg) $26
2 7 MISS LEONIDAS Shaun Dwyer Billy Egan 0.1L 1 51.5kg (cd 52kg) $31
3 12 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 0.3L 5 51kg $16
4 5 DEPRIVE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.2L 8 53.5kg $18
5 1 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 2.3L 9 59kg $8
6 2 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 2.4L 4 55kg $17
7 4 SAVATIANO James Cummings Damien Oliver 2.5L 6 54kg $5.50
8 8 FASIKA Joseph Pride Jay Ford 2.9L 13 51kg $10
9 10 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.8L 3 51kg $26
10 11 SOOTHING James Cummings Craig Williams 3.9L 10 51kg $21
11 14 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan (a) 4L 12 50kg $15
12 13 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 4.3L 14 51kg $61
13 15e COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 5.4L 11 50kg (cd 50.5kg) $3.40F
14 6 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 7.7L 7 53.5kg $51
17e SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 0
16e GOD OF THUNDER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 0
3 KEMENTARI James Cummings James McDonald 0

2020 The Galaxy Betting Odds

The autumn’s latest The Galaxy 2020 racing odds are available below with betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 The Galaxy Field

The Galaxy field attracts the season’s best short-distance specialists, many coming off the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick earlier in the autumn, and is released on the Wednesday before Golden Slipper Day.

The official 2020 The Galaxy field is set for release by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 18, 2020 and will be published in full below.

A capacity The Galaxy 2020 final field will line-up on Golden Slipper Day this season with first-up favourite Pierata drawn wide in barrier 11, while Godolphin’s in-form mare Savatiano should enjoy a drop in distance off a Group 1 Canterbury Stakes second drawn well in barrier six.

Click here to read more on the 2020 The Galaxy race field and odds.

Update: #3 Kementari (9) has been scratched from a tough edition of The Galaxy with Godolphin opting to save him for a first-up run in Saturday week’s Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes (1200m).

Click here for all the 2020 Golden Slipper Day scratchings.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight (Probable Weight) Hcp. Rating
1 5251x2151x PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 11 59kg 118
2 372x16x93x IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 4 55kg 114
3 242439x27x KEMENTARI James Cummings James McDonald 9 55kg 110
4 13x4101x12 SAVATIANO James Cummings Damien Oliver 6 54kg 112
5 11x12714x5 DEPRIVE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 53.5kg 107
6 3226x7x133 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 7 53.5kg 107
7 132x721x04 MISS LEONIDAS Shaun Dwyer Billy Egan 1 51.5kg (52.5kg) 107
8 111x229x1 FASIKA Joseph Pride Glen Boss (late alt) 16 51kg 106
9 8105x77x52 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Tim Clark 2 51kg (52kg) 106
10 022x41011x MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 51kg 105
11 634x02151x SOOTHING James Cummings Craig Williams 12 51kg 104
12 2x41011x77 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 5 51kg 103
13 9x510x060x PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 17 51kg 97
14 1x93513x10 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan (a) 15 50kg 103
15e 2218x216x2 COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 13 50kg (50.5kg) 95
16e 8x21322x10 GOD OF THUNDER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 14 51kg 94
17e 311×33191 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 10 50kg 84

2020 The Galaxy Nominations

The Galaxy 2020 nominations are due to close on Monday March 16, 2020 and will be released below as soon as available.

The 2020 The Galaxy nominations attracted a bumper 23 sprinters including returning Redzel Stakes winner Pierata who ran second to Nature Strip in the race 12 months ago, the 2018 champion In Her Time and proven mudlark Jungle Edge sure to surprise at a price if the race is run on a Heavy track.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5251x2151x PIERATA H 5 Gregory Hickman 1 59kg 59kg 118
2 372x16x93x IN HER TIME M 7 Kris Lees 2 55kg 55kg 114
3 13x4101x12 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 3 54kg 54kg 112
4 242439x27x KEMENTARI G 5 James Cummings 4 55kg 55kg 110
5 11x12714x5 DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 5= 53.5kg 53.5kg 107
6 3226x7x133 JUNGLE EDGE G 9 Mick Bell 5= 53.5kg 53.5kg 107
7 132x721x04 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 5= 51.5kg 51.5kg 107
8 13x13x422x VITAL SILVER G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce 8= 53kg 53kg 106
9 111x229x1 FASIKA M 4 Joseph Pride 8= 51kg 51kg 106
10 8105x77x52 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 8= 51kg 51kg 106
11 x440x3440x GRAFF H 4 Kris Lees 11= 52.5kg 52.5kg 105
12 022x41011x MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller 11= 51kg 51kg 105
13 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 13 51kg 51kg 104
14 2x41011x77 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 14= 51kg 51kg 103
15 1x93513x10 ANAHEED F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 14= 50kg 50kg 103
16 25x2255x49 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 51kg 51kg 101
17 0x180x1334 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17= 51kg 51kg 98
18 1130x05x39 KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 17= 50kg 50kg 98
19 9x510x060x PRETTY IN PINK M 4 John O’Shea 19 51kg 51kg 97
20 2218x216x2 COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 20 50kg 50kg 95
21 8x21322x10 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 51kg 51kg 94
22 1x25180x11 DIAMOND EFFORT M 4 Clinton McDonald 22= 51kg 51kg 84
23 311×33191 SPLINTEX C 3 Mark Newnham 22= 50kg 50kg 84

The Galaxy History

The Galaxy has always drawn a competitive field of leading sprinters and has been won by a number of talented gallopers. Bletchingly (1975), Luskin Star (1978), Schllaci (1992), Spark Of Life (2004), Magnus (2007) and Bel Sprinter (2013) are just some of the top sprinters who have their names on The Galaxy honour roll.

The Galaxy was first run in 1972 over a distance of 1200 metres and the race distance was converted to 1100m the following year.  The race was upgraded to a Group 2 event in 1980 and received its status as a Group 1 race before the 1984 edition of the race that was won by Mr Illusion.

The Galaxy has proven a very difficult race to win in back-to-back years and Grey Receiver remains the only horse to have won the race on multiple occasions after taking out the race in 1981 and 1982.

Notable recent The Galaxy winners include Sweet Idea (2015), Tiger Tees (2014) and Temple Of Boom (2012).

The Galaxy Records

The Galaxy Records
Time Record: 1:02.38 set by Accomplice in 1997
Most Successful Jockey: P. Cook won three times with Kista (1973), Salaam (1977) and Snippets (1988)
Lightest Weight Carried to Victory: 49.0kg carried by Salaam in 1977
Heaviest Weight Carried to Victory: 58.5kg carried by Mr. Tiz in 1991

Recent The Galaxy Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
The Galaxy
1st I Am Excited 1 minute 3.17 seconds
2nd Miss Leonidas
3rd Tofane
2019
The Galaxy
1st Nature Strip 1 minute 5.5 seconds
2nd Pierata
3rd Easy Eddie
2018
The Galaxy
1st In Her Time 1 minute 4.3 seconds
2nd English
3rd Viridine
2017
The Galaxy
1st Russian Revolution 1 minute 7.6 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd Jungle Edge
2016
The Galaxy
1st Griante 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Shiraz
3rd Dothraki
2015
The Galaxy
1st Sweet Idea 1 minute 02.69 seconds
2nd Kuro
3rd Miracles Of Life
2014
The Galaxy
1st Tiger Tees 1 minute 05.02 seconds
2nd Anatina
3rd Villa Verde
2013
The Galaxy
1st Bel Sprinter 1 minute 02.87 seconds
2nd Snitzerland
3rd Decision Time
2012
The Galaxy
1st Temple of Boom 1 minute 03.4 seconds
2nd Nobby Snip
3rd Lady’s Angel
2011
The Galaxy
1st Atomic Force 1 minute 05.3 seconds
2nd Thankgodyou’rehere
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2010
The Galaxy
1st Shellscrape 1 minute 3.29 seconds
2nd Swift Alliance
3rd Stryker
2009
The Galaxy
1st Nicconi 1 minute 3.5 seconds
2nd Danleigh
3rd Gold Trail
2008
The Galaxy
1st Typhoon Zed 1 minute 4.1 seconds
2nd Keen Commander
3rd Fritzs Princess
2007
The Galaxy
1st Magnus 1 minute 3.2 seconds
2nd Fast n Famous
3rd Macs Tune
2006
The Galaxy
1st Proprietor 1 minute 3.1 seconds
2nd Media
3rd Black Ink
2005
The Galaxy
1st Charge Forward 1 minute 4.7 seconds
2nd Spark Of Life
3rd Red Oog
2004
The Galaxy
1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 3.7 seconds
2nd Taikun
3rd Blessum
2003
The Galaxy
1st Snowland 1 minute 4.5 seconds
2nd Star Of Florida
3rd Bradshaw
2002
The Galaxy
1st Mistegic 1 minute 2.7 seconds
2nd Century Kid
3rd Excellerator
2001
The Galaxy
1st Padstow 1 minute 4 seconds
2nd Camena
3rd Catatonic
2000
The Galaxy
1st Black Bean 1 minute 2.9 seconds
2nd Commands
3rd Padstow

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