The Galaxy

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

2024 The Galaxy Results

  • 1st: #12 Zapateo
  • 2nd: #11 Sunshine In Paris
  • 3rd: #14 Front Page



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. Eduardo (2021) was the last sprinter to do the Challenge Stakes –  The Galaxy double and the first last start winner to salute in the Group 1 since Jetball (1994).

Zapateo (2nd in 2024) was the last Challenge Stakes graduate to back-up and win The Galaxy.

Eduardo would go on to frank The Galaxy form winning a host of subsequent races during 2021 including Brisbane’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 and the lucrative Winners Stakes that spring on the back of a third in the The Everest which is now worth $20 million!

There are five Group 1 races held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day each year with the Group 1 $4.92 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 $1,000,000 in total prize money as of 2023.

Graduates out of The Galaxy field often continue onto other Sydney Group 1 sprint races including the Group 1 $3 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 2024 ran on Saturday March 23, 2024 as part of Sydney’s bumper Golden Slipper Day and was won in an impressive upset by the James Cummings-trained mare Zapateo ($26). 

2024 The Galaxy
Date: Saturday March 23, 2024
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1100m
Conditions: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1972

2024 The Galaxy Results

  • 1st: #12 Zapateo ($26)
  • 2nd: #11 Sunshine In Paris
  • 3rd: #14 Front Page

The James Cummings-trained mare Zapateo ($26) improved on a lead-up Challenge Stakes second to post her first Group 1 success with a narrow upset in The Galaxy 2024 results at Rosehill.

Click here to read more on the upset The Galaxy win by the Godolphin-raced Zapateo.

2024 The Galaxy Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 ZAPATEO James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 53kg $26
2 11 SUNSHINE IN PARIS Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 0.14L 2 53.5kg $5.50F
3 14 FRONT PAGE Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 0.3L 13 52.5kg $13
4 9 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Tim Clark 0.87L 14 54kg $18
5 4 UNCOMMON JAMES Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Damian Lane 1.84L 1 55.5kg $9
6 10 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 2.39L 9 54kg $11
7 8 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.4L 5 54.5kg $26
8 16e KING’S GAMBIT Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 2.61L 4 50kg $12
9 7 KALLOS James Cummings Tom Marquand 3.31L 10 55kg $51
10 6 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 4.46L 3 55kg $20
11 1 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 5.14L 12 58kg $6.50
12 5 AFT CABIN James Cummings James McDonald 7.44L 7 55kg $6
13 17e DERRY GROVE Matthew Dunn Zac Lloyd (a) 7.46L 6 51kg $61
14 13 OZZMOSIS Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 14.54L 11 53kg $10
18e QUICK TEMPO Mark Minervini Reece Jones 0
2 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 0
3 MAZU Joseph Pride Jason Collett 0
15e QUEEN OF THE BALL Michael Freedman Zac Lloyd (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 The Galaxy Betting Odds

The autumn’s latest The Galaxy 2024 racing odds are available below with betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Russian Revolution ($2.90 in 2017), In Her Time ($4 in 2018) and Nature Strip ($4.20 in 2019) are the latest favourites in The Galaxy betting to salute for the punters.

There was a notable upset in 2024 with Zapateo saluting at The Galaxy odds of $26 for Godolphin when defeating the beaten favourite Sunshine In Paris.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 THE GALAXY ODDS (Final Field)

2024 The Galaxy Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 THE GALAXY FORM GUIDE

2024 The Galaxy Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive The Galaxy 2024 Tips on the million-dollar Sydney sprint this autumn.

  • To Win: #11 Sunshine In Paris ($8 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The wide-open nature of The Galaxy offers opportunities for surprise contenders, and Sunshine In Paris fits the bill at a juicy 10/1 price. Trained by the in-form Annabel Neasham, this four-year-old mare boasts a perfect record (2 wins from 2 starts) when resuming from a break. While Sunshine In Paris has yet to win below 1200m, she excelled at Rosehill in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes last preparation. Her Group 1 credentials are undeniable, having captured the Surround Stakes (1400m) last year. The sharp distance of The Galaxy might be a question mark, but her recent trial form has been positive, and she carries a favourable weight. Sunshine In Paris could be a sneaky surprise for punters seeking an outsider with winning potential.

2024 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.

In 2022 shock Challenge Stakes runner-up Shelby Sixtysix went on to win The Galaxy with a Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes victory in between.

The official 2024 The Galaxy field is set for release by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 20, 2024 and will be published in full below.

The Galaxy 2024 final field features a class line-up of short-distance hopefuls including returning Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Ozzmosis.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 The Galaxy field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 405x132x26 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 14 58kg 114
2 4624×28211 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 11 56.5kg 111
3 363x9054x5 MAZU Joseph Pride Jason Collett 15 55.5kg 109
4 x2128x323x UNCOMMON JAMES Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Damian Lane 1 55.5kg 109
5 1x154149x3 AFT CABIN James Cummings James McDonald 8 55kg 108
6 57x1382x49 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 4 55kg 108
7 x1117x7x10 KALLOS James Cummings Tom Marquand 12 55kg 108
8 8x147x15x4 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6 54.5kg 107
9 44x1219x20 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Tim Clark 17 54kg 110
10 11x4x108x1 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 10 54kg 110
11 13121x1x SUNSHINE IN PARIS Annabel Neasham Ryan Maloney 2 53.5kg 109
12 33x3506x32 ZAPATEO James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 9 53kg 108
13 11x131x OZZMOSIS Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 13 53kg 105
14 0x8826x16x FRONT PAGE Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 16 52.5kg 103
15e 8x27415x07 QUEEN OF THE BALL Michael Freedman Zac Lloyd (a) 3 51kg 97
16e 1x233x31x8 KING’S GAMBIT Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 5 50kg 93
17e 0x1119x125 DERRY GROVE Matthew Dunn 7 51kg 92
18e 3x58126x65 QUICK TEMPO Mark Minervini Reece Jones 18 51kg 90

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 The Galaxy Nominations

The Galaxy 2024 nominations are due to close on Monday March 18, 2024 and will be released below as soon as available.

The 2024 The Galaxy nominations attracted a bumper 27 autumn sprinters with all-in markets led by Bjorn Baker’s resuming Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes winning Zoustar colt Ozzmosis.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x4x108x1 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE M 5 Grahame Begg 1 54kg 54kg 110
2 405x132x26 PRIVATE EYE G 6 Joseph Pride 2= 58kg 58kg 114
3 6x33315x45 BELLA NIPOTINA M 6 Ciaron Maher 2= 56kg 56kg 114
4 4624×28211 KING OF SPARTA G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 4 56.5kg 56.5kg 111
5 44x1219x20 ASFOORA M 5 Henry Dwyer 5= 54kg 54kg 110
6 117x16122x I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher 5= 54kg 54kg 110
7 363x9054x5 MAZU G 5 Joseph Pride 7= 55.5kg 55.5kg 109
8 x2128x323x UNCOMMON JAMES G 5 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted 7= 55.5kg 55.5kg 109
9 7x11350x61 CYLINDER C 3 James Cummings 7= 55kg 55kg 109
10 13121x1x SUNSHINE IN PARIS M 4 Annabel Neasham 7= 53.5kg 53.5kg 109
11 1x154149x3 AFT CABIN H 4 James Cummings 11= 55kg 55kg 108
12 57x1382x49 BUENOS NOCHES H 4 Matthew Smith 11= 55kg 55kg 108
13 x1117x7x10 KALLOS G 5 James Cummings 11= 55kg 55kg 108
14 33x3506x32 ZAPATEO M 5 James Cummings 11= 53kg 53kg 108
15 8x147x15x4 REMARQUE G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 54.5kg 54.5kg 107
16 3x24221x42 HYPOTHETICAL M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 16 52kg 52kg 106
17 11x131x OZZMOSIS C 3 Bjorn Baker 17 53kg 53kg 105
18 0x8826x16x FRONT PAGE G 7 Matthew Dale 18 52.5kg 52.5kg 103
19 0412x7113x SHE DANCES M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 19 51kg 51kg 101
20 8x27415x07 QUEEN OF THE BALL M 4 Michael Freedman 20 51kg 51kg 97
21 6514×12251 TINTOOKIE M 4 Brad Widdup 21= 51kg 51kg 93
22 1x233x31x8 KING’S GAMBIT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 21= 50kg 50kg 93
23 0x1119x125 DERRY GROVE G 5 Matthew Dunn 23 51kg 51kg 92
24 3x58126x65 QUICK TEMPO G 5 Mark Minervini 24 51kg 51kg 90
25 112×5 RED RESISTANCE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 25 50kg 50kg 88
26 5x8264x634 RAINBIEL M 6 Joseph Pride 26 51kg 51kg 83
27 17x244x271 JOHNNY ROCKER H 4 Nick Ryan 27 51kg 51kg 75

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 Eduardo (2021), Sweet Idea (2015), Tiger Tees (2014), and Temple Of Boom (2012).

In 2021 the original Golden Slipper Stakes race day including The Galaxy was abandoned due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions and postponed to the following Saturday.

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
2024
The Galaxy
1st Zapateo 1 minute 2.95 seconds
2nd Sunshine In Paris
3rd Front Page
2023
The Galaxy
1st Mariamia 1 minute 3.02 seconds
2nd Uncommon James
3rd Cannonball
2022
The Galaxy
1st Shelby Sixtysix 1 minute 6.15 seconds
2nd Big Parade
3rd In The Congo
2021
The Galaxy
1st Eduardo 1 minute 3.45 seconds
2nd Order Of Command
3rd Jonker
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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