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The Galaxy Handicap

The 2018 The Galaxy Handicap is a Group 1 race that is run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. Run as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, The Galaxy is raced over a sprinters distance of 1,100 metres and is worth a total of $700,000 in prize money. The Galaxy is run under open handicap conditions and is one of five Group 1 events, along with the Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m), Ranvet Stakes (2000m), George Ryder Stakes (1500m) and Rosehill Guineas (2000m), that is run at Rosehill Gardens on the final Saturday of March.

Prior to running in The Galaxy many starters will often have come through races like the  Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) or Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m), while those horse coming from Melbourne are likely to have contested the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield.

The Galaxy was first held in 1972 and was given it status as a Group 2 event in 1980 before being upgraded to Group 1 status in 1984. The most controversial running of The Galaxy took place in 2010; with Ortensia passing the post first but failing a drug test. A lengthy four month inquiry ensued, with Ortensia eventually being disqualified from the race and the new winner being named as original runner-up Shellscrape.

Other notable winners of The Galaxy include Bletchingly (1975), Schillaci (1992), Gold Ace (1996), Charge Forward (2005) and Magnus (2007).

The Galaxy Field

The Galaxy field features some of the leading sprinters in Australia and can feature a capacity of 19 runners. The Galaxy does not normally draw as strong a field as the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) that is held three weeks late, but is always a very competitive race and the event is noted for its number of close finishes and the poor winning record of favourites.

2018 The Galaxy Field

The 2018 The Galaxy field is published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 11202x250x LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 12 58kg 114
2 76875113×2 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 7 55.5kg 109
3 5x523x112x IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Zac Purton 13 55kg 112
4 167x5114x1 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 14 55kg 112
5 266x4269x5 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 3 54.5kg 111
6 847x5400x7 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tommy Berry 15 54.5kg 107
7 394x2531x6 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Jason Collett 1 53kg 104
8 x930x15x45 SUPIDO Michael Kent Craig Williams 9 53kg 104
9 306x13x140 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 52.5kg 103
10 2121x11x22 SNITTY KITTY Henry Dwyer Tim Clark 6 52kg 106
11 1368x008x9 DERRYN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Andrew Adkins 2 52kg 102
12 x307324017 LADY ESPRIT Aaron Purcell Ms Kathy O’Hara 4 51kg 98
13 11x115x4 VIRIDINE James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 11 50kg 94
14 1220x129x PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 50kg 91
15e 61x70600x8 THE MISSION Paul Perry Ms Rachel King (a) 10 50kg 90

2018 The Galaxy Nominations

The 2018 The Galaxy Handicap nominations will be provided below.

The Galaxy Winners & Results

Below you will find the past winners of The Galaxy since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2018 1 In Her Time 2 English 3 Viridine 1:04.3
2017 1 Russian Revolution 2 Redzel 3 Jungle Edge 1:07.6
2016 1 Griante 2 Shiraz 3 Dothraki 1:03.7
2015 1 Sweet Idea 2 Kuro 3 Miracles Of Life 1:02.69
2014 1 Tiger Tees 2 Anatina 3 Villa Verde 1:05.02
2013 1 Bel Sprinter 2 Snitzerland 3 Decision Time 1:05.3
2012 1 Temple of Boom 2 Nobby Snip 3 Lady’s Angel 1:03.4
2011 1 Atomic Force 2 Thankgodyou’rehere 3 Cardinal Virtue 1:05.3
2010 1 Shellscrape 2 Swift Alliance 3 Stryker 1:03.2
2009 1 Nicconi 2 Danleigh 3 Gold Trail 1:03.5
2008 1 Typhoon Zed 2 Keen Commander 3 Fritzs Princess 1:04.1
2007 1 Magnus 2 Fast n Famous 3 Macs Tune 1:03.2
2006 1 Proprietor 2 Media 3 Black Ink 1:03.1
2005 1 Charge Forward 2 Spark Of Life 3 Red Oog 1:04.7
2004 1 Spark Of Life 2 Taikun 3 Blessum 1:03.7
2003 1 Snowland 2 Star Of Florida 3 Bradshaw 1:04.5
2002 1 Mistegic 2 Century Kid 3 Excellerator 1:02.7
2001 1 Padstow 2 Camena 3 Catatonic 1:04.0
2000 1 Black Bean 2 Commands 3 Padstow 1:02.9

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