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Gregory Hickman’s resuming Redzel Stakes winner Pierata heads a star-studded The Galaxy 2020 field of sprinters for Saturday’s short distance feature at Rosehill Gardens.
The last of five Group 1 races on the Golden Slipper Day card, this year’s $700,000 The Galaxy (1100m) has attracted a capacity line-up of potential TJ Smith Stakes-bound horses.
Now into barrier 10 first-up for jockey Tommy Berry is $5.64 million earner Pierata.
The five-year-old Pierro entire was last seen racing at the Rosehill track last November for his win in the $1 million Redzel Stakes (1300m).
He has winning form over The Galaxy distance of 1100m however having claimed the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) in Sydney last September and is a noted first-up performer.
Brought on for his 2020 race debut with two Sydney lead-up trials, Pierata is also one of the best performed wet track horses on the day and looks to get conditions to suit fresh.
The $6.50 second elect is Cosmic Force (12), but the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Deep Field colt is not yet guaranteed a run.
As the first emergency he needs just one scratching to gain a start in The Galaxy field where he will look to add to his commanding record of three wins and four starts to date.
The gun three-year-old has had three runs over the distance for three second place efforts and was last seen running a first-up second to Villami in the Listed Fireball Quality (1100m) at Randwick a fortnight back.
Cosmic Force has even better form at Rosehill and will be coming right back in weight from 59kg to just 50kg (likely to carry 50.5kg) should he get a shot.
Drawn well in barrier six for the Godolphin stable at $7 is then Damien Oliver’s mount Savatiano, the James Cummings-trained daughter of Street Cry looking to add to the recent good record of mares in The Galaxy results.
Winner of Newcastle’s $1 million The Hunter (1300m) in the spring, Savatiano resumed with a first-up Rosehill victory by nearly three lengths in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m).
She then ran an eye-catching second behind The Bostonian in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) last start, but will need to be at her best dropping back in distance.
Joe Pride’s last start Group 3 Wenona Girl Handicap winning So You Think mare Fasika ($7.50) and Deprive ($8.50) are the other best in The Galaxy betting.
Deprive is one of the three additional stablemates of Savatiano lining-up for Cummings in the Royal Blue in this year’s race, Kerrin McEvoy to ride the 1100m specialist.
The Denman five-year-old has posted three wins from four starts at the distance and looks fit second-up after the credible fifth behind Nature Strip at Randwick on March 7 in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) when carrying five kilos more than his 53.5kg allocation for Saturday.
2020 The Galaxy Field
|#||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|
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