Held over 1100m at Rosehill, on Golden Slipper day, The Galaxy is a Group 1 handicap worth $700k. The sprint feature serves as a major lead-up race to the $2.5m TJ Smith Stakes. First run in 1972, The Galaxy has been won by some terrific sprinters. L...
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|Date||Saturday, 18th March, 2023|
|Racecourse||Rosehill Racecourse, NSW, Australia|
The Galaxy is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in March. The race in 2023 will be held on Saturday 18th of March at Rosehill Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Shelby Sixtysix.
The Galaxy is run under handicap conditions and was first run in 1972 and won by Playbill. It was downgraded to Listed class in 1979 but gained Group 1 status in 1984, it is run over the 1100m during The Championships and is the major lead-up to the G1 T.J. Smith which is on later in the Autumn.
Some superstars of the Australian turf have won this race. In 1975, the Angus Armanasco trained Bletchingly won this race before becoming one of Australia’s most successful sire’s and was the sire of champion Kingston Town.
Luskin Star (1978) became the first horse (and only) to win the Golden Slipper as a two-year-old before returning the following season to win The Galaxy.
The flying grey Schillaci won this race in 1992 for the Freedman brothers and added another Group 1 victory to his illustrious resume. In recent times the Chris Waller trained Nature Strip won his first Group 1 in this race in 2019.
The Galaxy is an Australian Group 1 held at Rosehill Racecourse, it is one of the major races in the Autumn Racing Carnival and the $700,000 prizemoney attached to it means the race attracts some of the best horses from across the country to Sydney, whilst also appealing to many Australians who enjoy having a casual punt. Our expert racing tipsters will put together a list of The Galaxy tips so you can try to back a winner.
Due to the fact that nominations are yet to be accepted for The Galaxy in 2023, it is hard to provide any updates at this time in relation to our tips. However, as the Autumn Racing Carnival continues on in Sydney, the horses that are targeting this race will become a lot clearer, then we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after The Galaxy horse tips, then we will keep you on top of which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your bets with more confidence!
Unfortunately there are no betting agencies that are currently providing The Galaxy odds, but we will keep on top of this and bring you the important information as it comes in. When looking for The Galaxy tips, we have indicated some vital factors to success in the betting section, which you can find below!
We will list The Sharks’ Galaxy best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. So, make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for The Galaxy in 2023 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for The Galaxy is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in The 2023 Galaxy.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on The Galaxy. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous The Galaxy Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
There has not been a multiple winner of The Galaxy. Being run under handicap conditions means that previous winners can often carry hefty weights the next time they take the race.
Star sprinters will often use this race as a stepping stone in the Autumn and some are not fully wound up at this stage. Sprinters can return from season to season and previous runnings can be a guide to future Galaxy’s.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in The Galaxy?
Favourites do not have the best of records in this race. Of the last 40 runnings of this only 6 favourites have been successful the most recent being Nature Strip ($4.20) in 2019.
Often The Galaxy can see the class sprinters just starting their preps, and they may take a run and The Galaxy provides them with that platform.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
Eduardo (2021) won the G2 Challenge Stakes two weeks before winning The Galaxy last season and that race is the logical lead up into this race. In 2022, winner Shelby Sixtysix contested the Challenge Stakes, and finished in 2nd place.
Many trainers elect to use The Galaxy as a stepping stone and can often start a sprinters campaign off in this race on the way to the T.J. Smith Stakes.
Three-year-olds were dominant from 1992 to 2010 winning 12 of the 19 runs during that period. In recent times the older horses have had the advantage, but if there is an outstanding young sprinter on the horizon they will often get a weight advantage.
Weight has been an important factor when assessing the winner of The Galaxy. Only five horses in the history of The Galaxy have carried over 56.5kgs, the last being Eduardo (2021).
In finding the winner of The Galaxy look for lighter weighted in form gallopers.
Colts, geldings and entires dominated this race for a long period of time but in recent runnings, the mares are coming back with a vengeance.
Of the last 8 runnings four have been won by mares.
Our The Galaxy best bets for 2023 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Well before The Galaxy field is officially released – many bookies will open their early markets, or all-in markets, for The Galaxy betting. Many believe that this is the ideal time to bet on your favourite horse because you might be able to bet on your chosen horse in The Galaxy this year at juicy odds.
Once the bookies release their 2023 The Galaxy odds, they will tend to fluctuate each day, this is due to a number of different factors. But when we get a better idea of the type of horses that will be targeting The Galaxy, as well as their recent form, this will help shape the odds.
If you do choose to place bets in these early markets, it means you could find the favourite at a price of $10 or higher. So, if your horse does go on to win, you will get more cash money! However, there is increased risk if you choose this option and it is important you are aware of the risks.
Depending on when you place your 2023 The Galaxy futures bet, your horse may not even get a run, but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are looking to bet when it says ‘Before Noms’, then you can rest easy knowing you’ll receive your money back if your horse doesn’t run in the race.
The odds are yet to be released for The 2023 Galaxy, but stay tuned as we will list them below once available.
A really solid field to contest the race in 2022, with 14 runners and three emergencies. In the end, there were two scratchings, partly thanks to the heavy 9 track, which saw both Shelby Sixtysix and Jamaea get a run.
Isotope went around as the $3.80 favourite for The Galaxy. In her previous run, she had won the Magic Millions Snippets, but was untested on a heavy track.
Away Game, Overpass and Brooklyn Hustle are the only other runners under double figures. Away Game, at $8.00, had won previously on a heavy track, so that was working in her favour, and had an impressive performance in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate in February, coming in 2nd place.
Overpass and Brooklyn Hustle were both at $9.00. Overpass had just won the Inglis Sprint in early March, and Brooklyn Hustle finished 2nd in the Listed Hoysted Handicap.
With The 2023 Galaxy field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Shelby Sixtysix:
|1. SPLINTEX (58kg) – Scratched||16||Tom Sherry (a)||Mark Newnham|
|2. BIG PARADE (57.5kg)||9||Joshua Parr||Mark Newnham|
|3. BELLA NIPOTINA (56.5kg)||3||Jason Collett||C Maher & D Eustace|
|4. IN THE CONGO (56kg)||2||Tommy Berry||G Waterhouse & A Bott|
|5. OVERPASS (56kg)||1||Tim Clark||Bjorn Baker|
|6. AWAY GAME (55kg)||6||Linda Meech||C Maher & D Eustace|
|7. BROOKLYN HUSTLE (55kg)||14||James McDonald||J Warren & D Krongold|
|8. ISOTOPE (55kg)||10||Kerrin McEvoy||Tony Gollan|
|9. MALKOVICH (55kg)||5||Nash Rawiller||Bjorn Baker|
|10. MINHAAJ (54kg) – Scratched||7||William Pike||John O’Shea|
|11. PAULELE (53kg)||17||Rachel King||James Cummings|
|12. RULE OF LAW (53kg)||12||Brock Ryan||Bjorn Baker|
|13. BALLISTIC LOVER (52kg)||11||Alysha Collett||Joseph Pride|
|14. BELLUCI BABE (NZ) (52kg)||8||Jay Ford||Bjorn Baker|
|15e. SHELBY SIXTYSIX (52.5kg)||4||Robbie Dolan||Danny Williams|
|16e. JAMAEA (50kg)||13||Kathy O’Hara||R & L Price|
|17e. DELEXO (51kg) – Scratched||15||James Innes Jnr||Kristen Buchanan|
Well, it’s not very often that you see an emergency win a Group 1, but that’s exactly what happened in The Galaxy in 2023. Shelby Sixtysix, who was the first emergency got a run in the race, as there actually ended up being two scratchings.
Shelby Sixtysix had a very light weight of 52.5kg and a decent barrier (4), which all worked to his advantage in getting the win, at odds of $11. Jockey Robbie Dolan knew exactly what to do and didn’t panic when they were only 6th at the 400m mark, ending up finishing just 0.16L in front of the 2nd place Big Parade.
Big Parade was carrying 57.5kg on his back, and this could have very well been the difference, as 5kg is a hell of a lot in racing! Jockey Joshua Parr set up the race pretty well for Big Parade, and was 3rd at the 400m mark, but just didn’t have enough steam to contest Shelby Sixtysix as he came through.
Wrapping up the minor placings was In The Congo. Ridden by Tommy Berry, In The Congo was leading the race up to the 400m mark, but before the finish line he got swallowed up by both Shelby Sixtysix and Big Parade, finishing only 0.5L off the pace.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at The 2022 Galaxy race:
Here are the results from The Galaxy in 2022:
|1st||15e. SHELBY SIXTYSIX (52.5kg)||Robbie Dolan||–|
|2nd||2. BIG PARADE (57.5kg)||Joshua Parr||0.16L|
|3rd||4. IN THE CONGO (56kg)||Tommy Berry||0.5L|
|4th||14. BELLUCI BABE (NZ) (52kg)||Jay Ford||1.28L|
|5th||5. OVERPASS (56kg)||Tim Clark||1.34L|
|6th||7. BROOKLYN HUSTLE (55kg)||James McDonald||2.28L|
|7th||6. AWAY GAME (55kg)||Linda Meech||2.79L|
|8th||3. BELLA NIPOTINA (56.5kg)||Jason Collett||2.87L|
|9th||12. RULE OF LAW (53kg)||Brock Ryan||4.27L|
|10th||11. PAULELE (53kg)||Rachel King||4.73L|
|11th||16e. JAMAEA (50kg)||Kathy O’Hara||5.94L|
|12th||9. MALKOVICH (55kg)||Nash Rawiller||7.13L|
|13th||8. ISOTOPE (55kg)||Kerrin McEvoy||9.79L|
|14th||13. BALLISTIC LOVER (52kg)||Alysha Collett||19.85L|
The results for the upcoming The Galaxy are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2022||Shelby Sixtysix||Big Parade||In The Congo|
|2021||Eduardo||Order Of Command||Jonker|
|2020||I Am Excited||Miss Leonidas||Tofane|
|2019||Nature Strip||Pierata||Easy Eddie|
|2018||In Her Time||English||Viridine|
|2017||Russian Revolution||Redzel||Jungle Edge|
|2015||Sweet Idea||Kuro||Miracles Of Life|
|2014||Tiger Tees||Anatina||Villa Verde|
|2013||Bel Sprinter||Snitzerland||Decision Time|
|2012||Temple of Boom||Nobby Snip||Lady’s Angel|
|2011||Atomic Force||Thankgodyou’rehere||Cardinal Virtue|