Bel Sprinter has put a bad start behind him to take out the $350,000 The Galaxyat Rosehill Gardens Racecourse today.
The five-year-old missed the start after the horses were left in the barriers for a prolonged period due to the late scratching of Unpretentious at the gates.
While Snitzerland appeared the winner as the field made the home turn, Bel Sprinter made his run late and won the race by three lengths.
The talented Snitzerland was forced to be content with second, while Decision Time passed the post in third.
Trainer Jason Warren could not believe the remarkable performance he had just witnessed when interviewed after the Group 1 The Galaxy.
“I can hardly believe it,” Warren said.
Warren was quick to thank his veterinary team, who had only recently performed throat surgery on Bel Sprinter and the results speak for themselves.
“I’ve got to pay special credit to my vets. This horse has had throat surgery. They’ve fixed him,” he said.
“He’s still doing plenty wrong but looks like he gets to stay in Sydney for two weeks.
“In these big races he always misses the start.
“I’m just thrilled.”
Kerrin McEvoy was the lucky jockey to pick up the ride aboard Bel Sprinter in today’s The Galaxy.
“He didn’t enjoy standing in the barriers for so long and he missed the start so the first hundred metres I was cursing,” McEvoy admitted.
“(But) he felt in fantastic order.
“It was nice to get it home for the connections.”
Bel Sprinter will now go on towards the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, where he will face off against the unbeaten Black Caviar as she attempts to claim her 25th win.
McEvoy was happy to give his opinion on Bel Sprinter’s chances against his half sister in their upcoming meeting.
“Obviously every horse can be beaten, except for Black Caviar,” he joked.
Bel Sprinter has now won seven of his 14 race starts and has earned close to $600,000 in prize money during his career.