Previous Champions Confirmed in 2014 Galaxy Final Field

March 26th, 2014

A particularly talented field of 14 has been confirmed to line up for the 2014 Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens this weekend, highlighted by several previous winners at the highest level of Australian racing.

Bel Sprinter has been confirmed to line up for a title defence in this weekend's Group 1 The Galaxy

Bel Sprinter has been confirmed to line up for a title defence in this weekend's Group 1 The Galaxy. Photo: Steve Hart

Having flashed from the rear of the pack to win last year’s edition of The Galaxy, talented short distance specialist Bel Sprinter will have to overcome the race’s top weight of 58kgs if to successfully defend his title, but received a huge boost when allocated the ideal barrier 2.

Bel Sprinter was one of the most consistent performers of the 2013 autumn, following his first-up win in the Galaxy with an impressive run for third behind Equine superstar Black Caviar in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) before heading abroad and finishing an unlucky second behind Lucky Nine in the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint 2013 (1200m) in Singapore.

Having again been nominated for a major attempt at the T.J. Smith Stakes this preparation, trainer Jason Warren has confirmed the classy Bel Esprit gelding is in peak condition and is confident of a successful defence of the Galaxy crown this weekend.

Returning to the track in scintillating form this preparation, talented mare Snitzerland will be aiming to secure her second Group 1 title from as many attempts in 2014 after claiming the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) first-up on February 15th.

Unlucky to finish second behind fellow The Galaxy acceptor Villa Verde (barrier 14) in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) last time out, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident the step up in distance will suit the proven Snitzel mare, who finished second to Bel Sprinter in the 2013 Galaxy.

Registering a disappointing end to her 2013 spring preparation when 11th in the VRC Sprint Classic, exciting three-year-old Villa Verde has returned to the track in career best form this time in, comfortably claiming the Challenge Stakes ahead of a talented field first-up on March 15th.

Included in nominations for both the T.J. Smith Stakes and Group 2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) just one week later, trainer Anthony Cummings will use results from the weekend’s major Group 1 to dictate a final path for the Not A Single Doubt filly this preparation.

Claiming the 2012 edition to deliver trainer Tony Gollan a maiden Group 1 title, Temple Of Boom is firming as a strong chance for a successful showing in the 2014 The Galaxy after this week’s poor weather around Sydney has substantially softened the Rosehill track and in turn created ideal conditions for the Queensland-based raider.

Temple Of Boom (barrier 12) has been unable to return to the winner’s circle at any level since strolling home to beat Fun Tapestry in the 2012 Galaxy, but has arguably been one of the country’s most consistent performers; regularly finishing in good position at the close of high-level events.

With the T.J. Smith Stakes looming as the major target for the Piccolo gelding this season, Gollan is confident the mid-range weight of 55.5kgs and the weather will play directly into their hands this weekend.

Having already recorded five wins and two places from seven starts this preparation alone, exciting four-year-old Kencella is currently in undeniable career-best form, particularly after claiming the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) with ease last weekend.

While yet to contest a race at Group 1 level, Kencella is without doubt the dark horse of the 2014 Galaxy final field, confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Chad Schofield and having to carry a race-low 52kgs on Saturday.

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2014 The Galaxy Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 132x668x94 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Craig Newitt 2 58kg 110
2 x127x82x12 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 8 56.5kg 111
3 00x63135x3 FAMOUS SEAMUS (NZ) Noel Mayfield-Smith Tim Clark 1 56.5kg 107
4 220x136x09 RAIN AFFAIR Joseph Pride Michael Rodd 5 56kg 106
5 x1x21430x6 SESSIONS Peter Snowden 13 56kg 106
6 70x22805x8 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan Hugh Bowman 12 55.5kg 105
7 71330718×2 SEE THE WORLD Joseph Pride Jason Collett 6 55kg 104
8 x590x80x19 TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 4 55kg 104
9 270x2440x1 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings James McDonald 14 53kg 105
10 80x40019x0 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners Jim Cassidy 11 53kg 104
11 2x11413x14 IRISH FLING (NZ) Guy Lowry & Grant Cullen Mark Du Plessis 9 52kg 102
12 18×1132111 KENCELLA John O’Shea Chad Schofield 10 52kg 98
13 210x73x1x5 WHITTINGTON Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 3 52kg 97
14 24x11271x1 ANATINA Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 7 52kg 88