2023 The Galaxy Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

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Thu 16th March 2023


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The Group 1 Galaxy rounds out a huge day’s racing at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, headlined by the Golden Slipper. A total of 13 of the country’s fastest gallopers are set to burn the turn over 1100m, in a bid to take out the $1m handicap.

Looking at the market, Dabble has last start Oakleigh Plate winner, Uncommon James, on top at $4.40, ahead of speedy mare, Asfoora, and the Team Hawkes trained, Remarque, both at $7.50. Grand old campaigner, Eduardo, rounds out those in single figures at $8.50, with a host of runners around the $10-$12 mark.

However, we know with horse racing that anything can happen and plenty can go wrong in these jump and run type races. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you and provided our horse racing tips! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2023 Galaxy along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. Eduardo (13) – $8.50
Jockey – Nash Rawiller 59kg
Trainer – Joseph Pride

Rising 10YO who won this race back in 2021. Led and was only nabbed on the line first up in the Challenge Stakes. Has come up with the outside barrier here, which isn’t a huge concern, as Nash will let him amble across under his own steam. He’s the deserved top weight and will give a big show on speed. Respect.

2. Uncommon James (4) – $4.40F
Jockey – Damian Lane 54.5kg
Trainer – Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted

Lightly raced Queensland sprinter, who had a brilliant record. Resumed from a lengthy spell in the Rubiton Stakes, where he was only run down in the shadows of the post by Lofty Strike. Turned the tables on that galloper last start when taking out his first Group 1 in the Oakleigh Plate. Drawn to get a nice cart here and is relatively well in at the weights. Can win again.

3. In The Congo (11) – $11
Jockey – Tim Clark 54kg
Trainer – Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Classy entire who resumes here after finishing second to Vilana in the $1m Hunter at Newcastle. Finished third in this race first up last year behind Shelby Sixtysix and recent trials leading into this have been good. Will need a bit to go right from the awkward draw, but is capable of running a big race fresh.

4. Zoustyle (8) – $11
Jockey – Regan Bayliss 53kg
Trainer – Tony Gollan

Another Queensland-trained galloper who led and gave a huge sight last start in the Oakleigh Plate. Form of late has been very good at the top level and will more than likely be stamped urgent from the middle draw here. The 1100m just about pulls him up but will give a big sight on speed with 53kg on his back.

5. Rocketing By (3) – $51
Jockey – Dylan Gibbons (a) 52.5kg
Trainer – David Pfeiffer

Ran well first up in the Rubiton Stakes at Sandown, when beaten just 1.85L by Lofty Strike, before an even effort second up in the Liverpool Stakes at Randwick. Drops back to 1100m here, and should get the race run to suit. Can bob up in the placings at big odds.

6. Asfoora (5) – $7.50
Jockey – Jye McNeil 51.5kg
Trainer – Henry Dwyer

Lightly raced mare who resumed in the Oakleigh Plate three weeks ago. She started well in the market on that occasion and ran accordingly, going down just under a length. She heads to Sydney for the first time here, where she meets Uncommon James 2.5kg better at the weights and is drawn to get a cosy run. Looks a key chance.

7. Remarque (9) – $7.50
Jockey – Kerrin McEvoy 51.5kg
Trainer – Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes

Well bred gelding who was excellent first up in BM94 grade under 62kg. He then sat behind the speed and chased hard to the line in the Challenge Stakes last start. Meets Eduardo 7.5kg better here and has a great record at this track/ distance. Speed on will suit and he looks one of the better winning hopes.

8. Mariamia (2) – $10
Jockey – Tyler Schiller (a) 51kg
Trainer – Joseph Pride

Won well first up, albeit in BM88 grade, before another handy win in the Expressway second up. Rode the speed again last start and held on well in the Millie Fox. Form out of that race has been good and she is suited back to 1100m here. Will do no work from the inside barrier and shouldn’t be far away come the business end.

9. Shades Of Rose (10) – $10
Jockey – Rachel King 51kg
Trainer – Bjorn Baker

Winning machine who resumes here after failing to fire in The Everest last start. Has looked very strong in two recent barrier trials and has a brilliant record both at Rosehill and over 1100m. Will be sent forward from the outside gate, and if they don’t overdo it up front, will be fighting out the finish under the light weight.

10. Generation (12) – $41
Jockey – Jay Ford 51kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Should’ve finished closer first up in the Rubiton Stakes, when striking interference late in the race. Has since trialled well here in Sydney and is a winner second up. Barrier makes it tough, as he likes to race just behind the speed and may be caught wide in the trip. Can improve but others look to have his measure.

11. Andermatt (7) – $15
Jockey – Michael Dee 51kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Ran on well first up behind Remarque before taking full advantage of a gun run here at this track/ distance second up. Should get the race run to suit here and will be in a striking position from the ideal draw. Gets a good opportunity to take out his first Group 1 and stamp himself as a top liner. Respect.

12. Key Largo (6) – $71
Jockey – Brock Ryan 51kg
Trainer – Bryce Heys

Had absolutely no luck first up behind Remarque before a solid effort in the Challenge Stakes last start. Has a lethal turn of foot on her day and will get the race run to suit. Capable of running into a place at cricket score odds. Not the worst.

13. Cannonball (1) – $12
Jockey – Robbie Dolan 50kg
Trainer – Peter & Paul Snowden

Ran his rivals into the ground last Saturday in the Maurice McCarten Stakes, stopping the clock in slick time. Chased home Giga Kick and Buenos Noches prior to a spell. Will be used up again early from the inside barrier here and more than likely use the catch me if you can tactics. Worked last week but this looks harder.

Final Word

Plenty of speed to burn early here, with a handful of natural leaders in the race. Feel it will set up nicely for something off the speed and have come up with the Team Hawkes trained Remarque on top.

He was outstanding first up at Randwick under 62kg before chasing hard to the line in the Challenge Stakes last week. As aforementioned, he meets Eduardo 7.5kg better here and has a brilliant record at the Rosehill 1100m. Plenty to like.

Hard to knock the form of Brisbane-trained galloper, Uncommon James. He was run down late first up by Lofty Strike, who finished second in last week’s Newmarket Handicap, before beating him home in the Oakleigh Plate last start. He should get a dream run from the good gate here and can win again.

Asfoora meets Uncommon James 2.5kg better out of the Oakleigh Plate and was beaten under a length on that occasion. She must be respected, as should Mariamia, who is racing in great form and only needs an ounce of luck from a low draw to be in the finish.

Happy to go around the old boy, Eduardo, at the weights. Despite being the well deserved top weight, feel he will have plenty of company up front and the outside gate, despite not being a huge disadvantage, certainly doesn’t help his cause. Include Andermatt in exotics.

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7. Remarque – Each-way ($7.50/$2.60)

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*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.

Tom has had a passion for the racing industry from the time he could talk. Wether it was at school, on smoko or in his own spare time, he always had his head in the form guide.He has worked hands on in the industry for years for some of Australia’s most highly regarded trainers. As a track rider, he has put the polish on some of the best horse flesh to grace the turf in recent years including the grey flash, Chautauqua, Golden slipper winner, Mossfun and sprinter-turned-sire, Deep Field to name a few.Tom has recently hung up the boots to focus solely on his punting and tipping services. With the objective of finding plenty of winners and value in the marketplace, you’ll be sure to have a fat wallet following his feature race previews.