The Galaxy Tips – Pierata to overcome weight difference
Looking for The Galaxy race tips on Saturday, March 21? Our form analyst previews the Rosehill Gardens Group 1 sprint and gives his top selection for the race.
THE GALAXY PREVIEW
The Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) typically favours those down in the weights with Temple Of Boom (57kg) being the only horse to carry more than 55kg to victory in the past 20 years.
It takes an exceptional sprinter to give weight to some speedy rivals and still come away victorious, but I think Pierata is an exceptional animal, and he has the profile to get it done.
Pierata carried 56kg in this race last year and came from a long way back to just miss in a photo finish with Nature Strip who carried 55kg and has subsequently won two more Group 1 races.
The next four past the post carried between 50kg and 51kg, but Pierata gobbled them up in the straight proving class can overcome weight.
First-up last campaign, Pierata carried 60kg when again flashing home to be narrowly defeated by Redzel who made it three consecutive wins in the Concorde Stakes (1000m) – with two more strides, Pierata wins.
Trainer Gregory Hickman has given the son of Pierro two soft barrier trials in preparation for his first-up assault, and he went to the line under a stranglehold in his most recent effort.
BARRIER & BENCHMARK (BM) FIGURES
There is a theory that Pierata resents being inside of horses, so I really like the fact he’s drawn wide in barrier 11 for Tommy Berry who knows him best.
Pierata posted a personal best BM figure of 17.4 lengths quicker than standard when first-up over 1000m with 60kg last time, so over a more suitable 1100m with 59kg, I can’t see why he won’t go close to that figure again.
In Her time has an identical personal best figure which she achieved winning this race two years ago, but she now resumes as a seven-year-old and it’s unlikely she’ll get back to that sort of rating.
There is plenty of early speed here with Miss Leonidas, Anaheed, Savatiano, Jungle Edge and Splitex vying for a forward position, and that should ensure a good tempo which will suit Pierata who will be looking to finish over the top of them.
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