The Galaxy 2020

Saturday March 21, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Last start winners have a poor record in The Galaxy results

The Galaxy is one of five elite level Group 1 races running at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Slipper Day during March each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Currently held on the third Saturday in March alongside the likes of the Golden Slipper Stakes, George Ryder Stakes and Ranvet Stakes the short-distance sprint is contested over 1100m. Run under open handicap conditions The Galaxy has no age or gender restrictions when it comes to the sprinters in the field and attracts a star studded line-up of gallopers coming off lead-up runs in races like Randwick’s Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) or Caulfield’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m).

Each autumn The Galaxy winner is exempt from ballot for the upcoming Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) held at Randwick during The Championships, but the double hasn’t been completed since La Baraka (1998).

The latest edition of The Galaxy took place on Saturday March 21, 2020 and was won in an upset by $62 shot I Am Excited. 

The Galaxy Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 21, 2020
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $700,000
  • First Run: 1972

2020 The Galaxy Results

The official The Galaxy 2020 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday March 21, 2020 and published below.

  • 1st: #9 I Am Excited
  • 2nd: #7 Miss Leonidas
  • 3rd: #12 Tofane

The Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide this season is on the agenda for David Pfieffer’s speedy mare I Am Excited following her thrilling upset in The Galaxy 2020 results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin barrier Weight SP
1 9 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Tim Clark 2 51kg (cd 52kg) $26
2 7 MISS LEONIDAS Shaun Dwyer Billy Egan 0.1L 1 51.5kg (cd 52kg) $31
3 12 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 0.3L 5 51kg $16
4 5 DEPRIVE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.2L 8 53.5kg $18
5 1 PIERATA Gregory Hickman Tommy Berry 2.3L 9 59kg $8
6 2 IN HER TIME Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 2.4L 4 55kg $17
7 4 SAVATIANO James Cummings Damien Oliver 2.5L 6 54kg $5.50
8 8 FASIKA Joseph Pride Jay Ford 2.9L 13 51kg $10
9 10 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.8L 3 51kg $26
10 11 SOOTHING James Cummings Craig Williams 3.9L 10 51kg $21
11 14 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Robbie Dolan (a) 4L 12 50kg $15
12 13 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 4.3L 14 51kg $61
13 15e COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden Glen Boss 5.4L 11 50kg (cd 50.5kg) $3.40F
14 6 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 7.7L 7 53.5kg $51
17e SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 0
16e GOD OF THUNDER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 0
3 KEMENTARI James Cummings James McDonald 0

The Galaxy Odds

The Galaxy betting odds rarely favour last start winners with the last horse to take out the Group 1 on the back of a victory was Jetball back in 1994.

The Challenge Stakes is a traditional lead-up into The Galaxy and Tiger Tees (9th in 2014) was the last The Galaxy winner to come out of the race improving on his ninth to win the Rosehill feature in 2014.

Proven short distance performers head The Galaxy odds each year, but favourites had a poor record in the race over the past two decades until the three straight victories by: Russian Revolution ($2.90 in 2017), In Her Time ($4 in 2018) and Nature Strip ($4.20 in 2019).

Before 2017, the last The Galaxy favourite to salute for the punters was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Snowland ($3) back in 2003. Many roughies in the The Galaxy betting markets have saluted including Shellscrape ($21 in 2010) and most recently I Am Excited ($26 in 2020).

2020 The Galaxy Betting

The updated The Galaxy 2020 betting odds will be provided below once Group 1 racing markets open for the Golden Slipper Stakes Day sprint classic.

The Galaxy Field
The Galaxy odds were long on the 2016 winner Griante

Griante (2016) scored an upset The Galaxy result as a $16 outsider in Rosehill betting for the autumn Group 1. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Galaxy field traditionally attracts between 13 – 15 sprinters but was last run at its capacity 16 runners when Gold Ace was successful back in 1996.

Horses come into The Galaxy via a number of different lead-up races including the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) on Randwick Guineas Day a fortnight earlier.

The short-distance specialists in The Galaxy field are often tracking towards a run in the prestigious TJ Smith Stakes held at Royal Randwick in April.

The Galaxy nominations close the Monday before the race before final acceptances and the barrier draw are announced on the Wednesday.

2020 The Galaxy Race Field

The official The Galaxy 2020 field of final acceptances and barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week with the full list of hopeful sprinters to be made available below.

A capacity 2020 The Galaxy field is set for Slipper Day on Saturday, resuming sprinter Pierata leading betting from a wide gate (11) carrying the topweight (59kg).

  • Scratchings: #3 Kementari (9), #16e God Of Thunder (14), #17e Splintex (10) 
# 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

2020 The Galaxy Nominations

Racing NSW takes the official The Galaxy 2020 nominations on the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries will be made available below once released.

There were a bumper 23 sprinters nominated for the 2020 The Galaxy race including last year’s runner-up Pierata and the 2018 champion In Her Time.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 5251x2151x PIERATA H 5 Gregory Hickman 1 59kg 59kg 118
2 372x16x93x IN HER TIME M 7 Kris Lees 2 55kg 55kg 114
3 13x4101x12 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 3 54kg 54kg 112
4 242439x27x KEMENTARI G 5 James Cummings 4 55kg 55kg 110
5 11x12714x5 DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 5= 53.5kg 53.5kg 107
6 3226x7x133 JUNGLE EDGE G 9 Mick Bell 5= 53.5kg 53.5kg 107
7 132x721x04 MISS LEONIDAS M 5 Shaun Dwyer 5= 51.5kg 51.5kg 107
8 13x13x422x VITAL SILVER G 6 Daniel & Ben Pearce 8= 53kg 53kg 106
9 111x229x1 FASIKA M 4 Joseph Pride 8= 51kg 51kg 106
10 8105x77x52 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 8= 51kg 51kg 106
11 x440x3440x GRAFF H 4 Kris Lees 11= 52.5kg 52.5kg 105
12 022x41011x MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller 11= 51kg 51kg 105
13 634x02151x SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 13 51kg 51kg 104
14 2x41011x77 TOFANE (NZ) M 4 Michael Moroney 14= 51kg 51kg 103
15 1x93513x10 ANAHEED F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 14= 50kg 50kg 103
16 25x2255x49 BONS AWAY G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 51kg 51kg 101
17 0x180x1334 ALL TOO ROYAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17= 51kg 51kg 98
18 1130x05x39 KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 17= 50kg 50kg 98
19 9x510x060x PRETTY IN PINK M 4 John O’Shea 19 51kg 51kg 97
20 2218x216x2 COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 20 50kg 50kg 95
21 8x21322x10 GOD OF THUNDER G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 51kg 51kg 94
22 1x25180x11 DIAMOND EFFORT M 4 Clinton McDonald 22= 51kg 51kg 84
23 311×33191 SPLINTEX C 3 Mark Newnham 22= 50kg 50kg 84

The Galaxy Tips

The Galaxy tips favour horses that didn’t win their lead-up Group start and that have winning form over the distance. Even 1200m sprinters can find the 1100m of The Galaxy a bit sharp so a good tip is to look for 1000m – 1100m specialists in the field.

Until 2017, favourites rarely got the job done in the race so laying the favourite was another top The Galaxy betting tip. However, that changed with the punters’ picks in The Galaxy tips for 2017 (Russian Revolution), 2018 (In Her Time) and 2019 (Nature Strip) all saluting as the favourites in betting to buck the trend.

From 2002 – 2020 seven three-year-olds have beaten home the older rivals – most recently Russian Revolution (2017) – so the young sprinters often come up trumps in The Galaxy tips as do the underrated runners drawn wide.

Of the The Galaxy winners from 2008 – 2020 six saluted from double digit barriers including two from gate 11 – Bel Sprinter (2013) and Sweet Idea (2015).

2020 The Galaxy Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Group 1 The Galaxy 2020 racing tips will be detailed below a few days out from Golden Slipper Stakes Day so bookmark this page to see the sprinters to back and sack in the short-distanced clash.

The Galaxy Form Guide

The Galaxy form guide reveals all the information needed to place a wager including the saddlecloth numbers, starting barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Last start winners and favourites have a very poor record so looking for these in The Galaxy form guide and avoiding them in betting is historically a smart move for punters.

The Galaxy form guide also displays the handicap weight allocated to each runner and only one horse has carried more than 56.5kg to victory since 2002 when Temple Of Boom won with 57kg in 2012.

Looking out for three-year-olds carrying 55kg or less in the form guide is also a good tip in The Galaxy historically.

The Galaxy Form Facts

  • Russian Revolution (2017), In Her Time (2018) and Nature Strip (2019) were the first favourites in The Galaxy betting markets to win since Snowland (2003)
  • No last start winner has taken out The Galaxy since the success of Jetball (1994)
  • Seven of the The Galaxy winners from 2010 – 2020 came off a Group 1 run
  • Sweet Idea (2015) and Griante (2016) became the first The Galaxy winning mares since La Baraka (1998), the mares were successful again in 2018 (In Her Time) and 2020 (I Am Excited)

2020 The Galaxy Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Galaxy 2020 race Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Galaxy Results

Upset The Galaxy results are very common with double-figure roughies winning more often than not and only two favourites saluting since 1996.

The longest priced The Galaxy winners in that time include Padstow ($51 in 2001), Proprietor ($41 in 2006), Shellscrape ($21 in 2010) and I Am Excited ($26 in 2020).

Notable Galaxy winners in the past 20 years include Nature Strip (2019), Bel Sprinter (2013), Magnus (2007) Charge Forward (2005) and Snowland (2003).

The Galaxy Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 I Am Excited Miss Leonidas Tofane 1:03.1
2019 Nature Strip Pierata Easy Eddie 1:05.5
2018 In Her Time English Viridine 1:04.3
2017 Russian Revolution Redzel Jungle Edge 1:07.6
2016 Griante Shiraz Dothraki 1:03.7
2015 Sweet Idea Kuro Miracles Of Life 1:02.6
2014 Tiger Tees Anatina Villa Verde 1:12.2
2013 Bel Sprinter Snitzerland Decision Time 1:02.8
2012 Temple Of Boom Nobby Snip Ladys Angel 1:03.4
2011 Atomic Force Thankgodyou’rehere Cardinal Virtue 1:05.3
2010 Shellscrape Swift Alliance Stryker 1:03.2
2009 Nicconi Danleigh Gold Trail 1:03.5
2008 Typhoon Zed Keen Commander Fritzs Princess 1:04.1
2007 Magnus Fast n Famous Macs Tune 1:03.2
2006 Proprietor Media Black Ink 1:03.1
2005 Charge Forward Spark Of Life Red Oog 1:04.7
2004 Spark Of Life Taikun Blessum 1:03.7
2003 Snowland Star Of Florida Bradshaw 1:04.5
2002 Mistegic Century Kid Excellerator 1:02.7
2001 Padstow Camena Catatonic 1:04.0
2000 Black Bean Commands Padstow 1:02.9