Galaxy finally sparkles in sprint
AT his 17th attempt the one-time boom New Zealand galloper Galaxy (6-1) finally won a Hong Kong race.
The five-year-old gelding came here with a perfect three-from-three record to join the stable of Ivan Allan but simply never produced the form that had made him such an exciting sprinting prospect in his home country.
It has taken time and the inevitable ease in class for Galaxy to find the winner's enclosure but he did it in the third event yesterday under Lance O'Sullivan.
Galaxy has been trained for some time by Lawrie Fownes and his last two runs had produced solid efforts when finishing runner-up. A change in luck was clearly due and O'Sullivan certainly did his best to ensure it would come in this 1,400-metre, Class Three event.
'This was probably his real chance today. He had run well at his last two runs but you don't want to see them creeping too far up the handicap without them winning,' said O'Sullivan.
There was never too much doubt about the way the race would finish.
Galaxy was quickly in control but travelling so well for O'Sullivan that it looked certain he had to be there at the finish. The multiple New Zealand champion jockey also left a bit in reserve and when Galaxy scooted well clear half-way down the straight it was all over.
Gagne Vite (5-1) ran home strongly to take second place with Jade Fortune (18-1) putting in a top run at his Hong Kong debut to take third place under Eric Legrix. Mr Snip (9-2 favourite) finished a tame sixth.