Galaxy Is A Star


Boom mare Galaxy Star passed a distance query with ease when she continued her winning ways at Belmont on Saturday.

The five-year-old, starting a hot $1.50 favourite, finished powerfully for jockey William Pike when scoring in a 2000m handicap.

Charging home from seventh at the turn, Galaxy Star defeated Dudemanbro by 1 ½ lengths with Very Tempting running third.

“I was very pleased with her,” said owner-breeder, Bob Peters

“It was an experiment to see if she could run the distance and too see what we had going forward.

“Some people thought it was a big jump from 1600m to 2000m, but on her breeding, I was really confident.”

Peters said Galaxy Star would go for a spell before he and co-trainers Grant and Alana Williams mapped out her next campaign.

“She will have about seven weeks in the paddock,” said Peters.

“She probably wouldn’t make the field of the big ones.

“She hasn’t had enough racing or have high enough rating points.

“On the way through if you win one you can get through, but there are some nice mare races.”

Galaxy Star, a daughter of Redoute’s Choice, has yet to finish out of the placings with eight wins and two placings from 10 starts.

Peters’ believes his patient approach with the mare is paying dividends.

“It was unfortunate I lost her mother (Galaxy Queen) who I thought was very good,” Peters said.

“At least we got one filly out of her and that’s why we have taken so long to look after this one.”


Julio Santarelli