The Galaxy

The Galaxy

Group One Betting Guide
Date: March 18, 2023
Location: Rosehill Racecourse
Prize Money: $700,000
Distance: 1100m

Run for $700,000 at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day, The Galaxy is one of Sydney’s premier autumn sprints.

The 1100m feature isn’t synonymous with Australia’s best sprinters, as the handicap conditions often produce large betting fields, but that means punters get great value with a wide variety of runners.

Only one favourite has won in the last 20 years, which shows just how wide open The Galaxy is. It remains one of the most competitive sprint races on the Australian racing calendar.

Some of the best past winners include Nicconi, Nature Strip, Magnus, and Schillaci, who won as a three-year-old in 1992.

The Galaxy 2023 betting odds

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The Galaxy betting guide

If you are a favourite punter, it is probably best to rethink your strategy for The Galaxy. Only four favourites have taken out The Galaxy in the past 16 years, with the shortest-priced winner being Russian Revolution back in 2017 at odds of $2.90.

There have been some classy thoroughbreds beaten in The Galaxy, such as Snitzerland, Bel Sprinter, Deep Field, Ortensia and Euclase.

Between 2010-2016 the shortest-priced winner paid $10 when Atomic Force took the race out in 2011, which suggests that any sprinter on the day can take out the Group 1 The Galaxy.

It also pays to overlook the last-start winners in the field, besides the 2022 winner Shelby Sixtysix and 2021 winner Eduardo is the most recent of those to salute with Jetball in 1994. That’s an incredible statistic that punters should take note of.

Another key stat to bear in mind is that three-year-old runners have won The Galaxy seven times since 2000, although Russian Revolution is the only one to do so in the past 10 years.

2022 The Galaxy result

1stShelby Sixtysix ($5.50)
2ndBig Parade ($3.80)
3rdIn The Congo ($4.40)

Recent The Galaxy winners

  • Having claimed a Class 2 Highway just four runs prior, the Danny Williams-trained Shelby Sixtysix remarkably became a Group 1 winner when claiming The Galaxy. The muddy marvel made it two wins a row on Heavy tracks having taken out the Maurice McCarten Stakes the start prior, the writing was on the wall for Shelby Sixtysix to become a Group 1 winner. Having been locked away on the rail in a midfield position, Robbie Dolan needed luck at the right time and when the gap came, Shelby sprinted quickly. He loomed up with 100m to go and when asked for one final effort, managed to get the job done inside the final 25m and complete one of the greatest stories in recent times on Australian shores.
  • Trainer Joe Pride was wondering what could go wrong in the lead up to the Group 1 Galaxy at Rosehill. But he need not have worried as Eduardo gave his rivals a galloping lesson to take out the 1100m sprint under handicap conditions. Judging the pace perfectly, Nash Rawiller guided Eduardo ($5.50) to a three-and-a-half length win from Order Of Command ($26.00) with Jonker ($17.00) a further two-and-a-half lengths off third.
  • In what was a wide open version of The Galaxy it was no surprise the winner I Am Excited saluted at odds of $26. With the majority of the field heading towards the outside of the track it was a top class ride by Tim Clark to stay towards the inside part of the track to nab the leader Miss Leonidas just on the winning post. I Am Excited gave the leader a near four length head start at the top of the straight, but powered home to take out The Galaxy in dramatic fashion.
  • Nature Strip finally broke through for his maiden Group 1 title in the most spectacular of fashion in the Galaxy. Spearing out to an early lead the sprinter maintained a strong tempo and kicked away in the straight, seemingly leaving the field in his wake. It was Pierata that flew home late however, making it a photo finish. The judge had to separate them and while most couldn’t punters find a margin, Nature Strip got the nod.
  • In Her Time delivered a brilliant win to secure the 2018 Galaxy. After settling towards the middle of the field it looked like the winner was drifting back through the field, but under a confident ride from Zac Purton the first-up runner took to the front at the 400m and strolled away to win, holding off a fast-finishing English.
  • Russian Revolution defied the recent results of the Galaxy by winning as the favourite and when fresh, but there was plenty of confidence in the three-year-old. Trained by Peter and Paul Snowden, the talented runner scored its first group one win in a narrow finish over stablemate Redzel. Russian Revolution came down the outside of runners to give punters a pleasing result. Read a full report here.
  • Griante produced a gallant effort to win in 2016 with Craig Williams in the saddle. The five-year-old settled in behind the speed before coming across heels and sprinting clear to hold off Shiraz and Dothraki. It paid $16 with bookmakers to continue the trend of outsiders and it defeated some classy types in the process which included English, Fell Swoop, Terravista and Rebel Dane.

Previous winners of The Galaxy

The Galaxy Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2022 Shelby Sixtysix Robbie Dolan Danny Williams
2021 Eduardo Nash Rawiller Joseph Pride
2020 I Am Excited Tim Clark David Pfieffer
2019 Nature Strip James McDonald Chris Waller
2018 In Her Time Zac Purton Benjamin Smith
2017 Russian Revolution Kerrin McEvoy Peter & Paul Snowden
2016 Griante Craig Williams David Brideoake
2015 Sweet Idea Blake Shinn Gai Waterhouse
2014 Tiger Tees Nash Rawiller Joseph Pride
2013 Bel Sprinter Kerrin McEvoy Jason Warren
2012 Temple Of Boom James McDonald Tony Gollan
2011 Atomic Force Tim Clark Darren Smith
2010 Shellscrape Dwayne Dunn Chris Waller
2009 Nicconi Craig Williams David Hayes
2008 Typhoon Zed Tim Clark Tim Martin
2007 Magnus Damien Oliver Peter Moody
2006 Proprietor Stephen Baster Paul Perry
2005 Charge Forward Darren Beadman John O’Shea
2004 Spark Of Life Chris Munce Allan Denham
2003 Snowland Chris Munce Gai Waterhouse
2002 Mistegic Glen Boss Lee Curtis
2001 Padstow Darren Beadman John Size
2000 Black Bean Brett Prebble Mathew Ellerton

The Galaxy Past Winners Pre 2000

The Galaxy Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Masked Party
1998 La Baraka
1997 Accomplice
1996 Gold Ace
1995 Magic Of Money
1994 Jetball
1993 Skating
1992 Sublimate
1991 Schillaci
1990 Potrero
1989 Targlish
1988 Snippets
1987 Princely Heart
1986 Rich Fields Lad
1985 Manuan
1984 Mr Illusion
1983 Bronze Spirit
1982 Grey Receiver
1981 Grey Receiver
1980 Hit It Benny
1979 Mistress Anne
1978 Luskin Star
1977 Salaam
1976 Wayne’s Bid
1975 Bletchingly
1974 Starglow
1973 Kista
1972 Playbill

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