The 2016 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 $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), the $700,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), the $600,000 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 $2.5 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) in April during ‘The Championships’ at Randwick. No horse has completed The Galaxy – TJ Smith Stakes double without another run in between since La Baraka (1998). The winner of The Galaxy receives ballot exempt entry into the TJ Smith Stakes field.
The Galaxy 2016 will run on March 18.
|Date:||March 18, 2016|
|Track:||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse|
2016 Galaxy Field
The Galaxy field generally features between 12 and 15 sprinters, but just nine horses took part in the 1993 and 1999 editions of the race. The race attracts the season’s best short-distance specialists and is released on the Wednesday before Golden Slipper Day.
The official 2016 The Galaxy field is set for release by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 15, 2017 and will be published in full below.
2016 The Galaxy Nominations
The Galaxy 2016 nominations are due to close on Monday March 13, 2017 and will be released below as soon as available.
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
|1st||Griante||1 minute 3.7 seconds|
|1st||Sweet Idea||1 minute 02.69 seconds|
|3rd||Miracles Of Life|
|1st||Tiger Tees||1 minute 05.02 seconds|
|1st||Bel Sprinter||1 minute 02.87 seconds|
|1st||Temple of Boom||1 minute 03.4 seconds|
|1st||Atomic Force||1 minute 05.3 seconds|
|1st||Shellscrape||1 minute 3.29 seconds|
|1st||Nicconi||1 minute 3.5 seconds|
|1st||Typhoon Zed||1 minute 4.1 seconds|
|1st||Magnus||1 minute 3.2 seconds|
|2nd||Fast n Famous|
|1st||Proprietor||1 minute 3.1 seconds|
|1st||Charge Forward||1 minute 4.7 seconds|
|2nd||Spark Of Life|
|1st||Spark Of Life||1 minute 3.7 seconds|
|1st||Snowland||1 minute 4.5 seconds|
|2nd||Star Of Florida|
|1st||Mistegic||1 minute 2.7 seconds|
|1st||Padstow||1 minute 4 seconds|
|1st||Black Bean||1 minute 2.9 seconds|