The 2016 Galaxy is an open handicap event held towards the end of the prestigious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Rosehill Gardens. The Galaxy is run over a hectic 1100 metres and generally draws some of the best sprinters in Australia.
The Galaxy is the only Group 1 sprint during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival that is run over 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.
George Ryder Stakes Day will take place on 19th of March, 2016 and will feature the running of The Galaxy 2016.
Prior to 2013, The Galaxy Handicap was run on Doncaster Mile Day along with other Group 1 feature races, the Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the Australian Oaks (2400m), but it is now run on the final Saturday of March alongside the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas.
2016 Galaxy Field
The Galaxy field can feature up to nineteen runners, but the event has not had a capacity field in the last thirty years. The Galaxy generally features a field of between 12 and fifteen sprinters, but just nine horses took part in the 1993 and 1999 editions of the race. The winner if The Galaxy receives ballot exempt entry into the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) that is held at Royal Randwick during The Championsips.
The 2016 The Galaxy field is published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||301x2617x1||FLAMBERGE||Peter G Moody||Damian Lane||18||58kg||112|
|2||x330x173x2||TERRAVISTA||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||3||58kg||112|
|3||60x123x354||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Damien Oliver||15||56.5kg||109|
|4||111x130x15||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–||14||56kg||108|
|5||79x54761x0||FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ)||Noel Mayfield-Smith||James McDonald||11||55.5kg||107|
|6||221x3223x6||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Tim Clark||9||55kg||106|
|7||3x815x13x7||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||6||55kg||106|
|8||27042270×0||LORD OF THE SKY||Robbie Laing||Zac Purton||5||54.5kg||105|
|9||5x111136x4||SHIRAZ||Tony McEvoy||Brett Prebble||10||54kg||104|
|10||2x202x13x9||BOUNDING||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||7||53.5kg||107|
|12||1120×34153||BOSS LANE||Ron Quinton||Sam Clipperton||2||52.5kg||101|
|13||11x41111x2||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Brenton Avdulla||8||52.5kg||101|
|14||1126×1||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||17||51kg||103|
|15e||1787x461x4||PITTSBURGH FLYER||Lee & Shannon Hope||Craig Newitt||4||51kg||100|
|16e||x9932587x0||GRIANTE||David Brideoake||Craig Williams||1||51kg||100|
|17e||24x11211x1||MALAGUERRA||Lee & Anthony Freedman||Glen Boss||13||51.5kg||99|
|18e||22813920×4||MISS PROMISCUITY||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||16||51kg||99|
The Galaxy Nominations
The Galaxy Handicap nominations will be provided below.
|Date:||19th of March, 2016|
|Track:||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse|
|Prize Money:||$400 000|
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.
The Galaxy Betting
The Galaxy betting is notoriously difficult and favourites have a very poor record in the Group 1 event. Mr. Illusion (1984), Gold Ace (1996) and Snowland (2003) are the only favourites that have been successful in The Galaxy, while Manuan (1985), Magic Of Money (1995), Padstow (2001) and Proprietor (2006) all won the race at big odds.
|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|