A capacity field of fourteen runners plus three emergencies make up the field for the 2020 Group 1 Galaxy at Rosehill on Saturday.
sprint is top heavy with Group 1 winners, including last year’s winner In Her
Time, Pierata and Kementari as well as Group 1 placed Savatiano, Jungle Edge
Chris Waller won the Galaxy last year with Nature Strip and will saddle up
Magic Millions Snippets winner Madam Rouge this year.
analysed the entire field and our complete 2020 Galaxy tips can be found below!
Pierata has been given the top weight of 59kg and has drawn awkwardly at barrier eleven in the original draw but has a handy first up record and still has to be considered. Pierata will be facing the stater for the first time since winning the $1m Redzel Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill on November 2.
In Her Time
Smart mare In Her Time was the winner of the Galaxy two years ago and was also the winner of the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning down the Flemington straight during the 2019 Melbourne Autumn Carnival. In Her Time hasn’t started since finishing third in the Group 1 Darley Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival and has a good first up record of five wins from nine attempts. Will get a nice run from barrier four.
Kementari is on the comeback trail after being cut from the Darley Stallions’ roster and returns to the racecourse as a gelding. The James Cummings trained Kementari is a genuine Group 1 performer with a win in the 2018 Randwick Guineas (1600m) during his three year old season. Kementari has won a recent 1045m Randwick barrier trial and any market moves will be a good guide to chances.
Savatino is dropping back in distance after finishing second over 1300m in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick on March 7 but will appreciate a nice drop in the weights. The Street Cry mare is a two times winner over the Galaxy distance of 1100m and she will get a nice run from gate six.
Deprive was well fancied first up but could only manage to finish fifth of eight in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick on March 7. The Denman five year old has a good second up record and has won three times over this distance. Drops 5kg and has each way claims.
Noted mud lark Jungle Edge runs his best races
on rain affected ground and was third in the 2017 Galaxy on a Heavy 10 track.
At acceptance time on Wednesday the Rosehill track was rated a heavy 8 with
sunny weather forecast for Sydney in the lead up to the weekend and a track
upgrade is likely. The Mick Bell trained Jungle Edge might not be getting any
younger but he always gives one hundred per cent. The nine year old is coming
off a last start third in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.
Miss Leonidas is yet to win at Group1 level but was a close up second in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley during the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival. The Victorian mare showed marked improvement at her second run back this campaign with a fourth in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick and has place claims.
Fasika looked good in scoring a first up win in
the Group 3 Wenona Girl Quality (1200m) at Randwick on March but is facing a huge
step up in grade and will need plenty of luck from a very wide gate.
I Am Excited
I Am Excited chased home Fasika in the Wenona
Girl Quality (1200m) at Randwick and will find this a lot tougher. She does
have a 7.5kg drop in the weight to help her chances.
Trainer Chris Waller won the Galaxy last year
with Nature Strip and he will saddle up Madam Rouge this year. Madam Rouge has
proven herself to be a handy sprinter and ran home strongly to win the $1m
Magic Millions Snippets (1200m) at the Gold Coast in January. The Zoustar mare
is facing a much tougher assignment here.
Soothing is facing a tough task stepping out in
Group 1 company for the first time. The Lonhro mare has raced well in lower
grades and is having her first run back since winning the Listed Century Stakes
(1000m) at Flemington during the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Tofane is a two times Group 3 winner but is yet to be placed at Group 1 level. Tofane is coming off a last start seventh in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 7.
Pretty In Pink
Pretty In Pink was the winner of the Group 2
Moreton Cup (1200m) at Doomben during the 2019 Brisbane Winter Carnival but has
been unplaced at four runs since. Pretty In Pink is having her first run back after
finishing tenth in the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill in
Anaheed had no luck from barrier fifteen when fourteenth in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 22 and you can forget the run. The Peter and Paul Snowden trained mare was out of luck again at the barrier draw and will jump from near the outside again. Anaheed was the winner of the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield two runs back and can still finish among the placegetters with the right run.
Cosmic Force is fitter for one run back from a
spell for a second in the Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on March
7. Cosmic Force has also drawn wide but a 9kg drop in the weights puts him into
contention in the Galaxy.
God Of Thunder
Second emergency God Of Thunder failed to beat
a runner home when tenth in the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) at
Flemington on February 29 and facing a much tougher tsk here.
Splintex is stepping up sharply in class after a win in the Spark Of Life Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill on February 22.