The Galaxy

The Galaxy 2017 is a Group 1 sprint race run over 1100m at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The Galaxy News

2017 The Galaxy a Target for Weatherly

2017 The Galaxy a Target for Weatherly

Trainer Paul Messara has underlined the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens as a bold target for classy sprinter Weatherly, during the forthcoming 2017 Autumn Racing Carnival.

Weatherly will be set for the Group 1 The Galaxy during the 2017 Autumn Carnival. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Weatherly has made only three appearances at the races and ...

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.

The Galaxy
Date: March 18, 2016
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $700,000
Inaugurated: 1972

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

Year Place Horse Time
2017
The Galaxy
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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