Godolphin mare Zapateo emerged as a surprise winner in the final Group 1 race of Golden Slipper Day, the $1 million The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.

The Galaxy 2024 winner Zapateo

The Galaxy 2024 winner Zapateo. Photo: Steve Hart.

This year’s edition witnessed a dramatic start with the returning Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Ozzmosis rearing at the jump and effectively eliminated from contention.

Matthew Dale’s The Kosciuszko winner, Front Page, led the pack initially, with Zapateo, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, positioned strategically in fourth.

A tight battle emerged in the straight between the leader Front Page and the favourite, Annabel Neasham‘s Sunshine In Paris.

However, a late surge from the outside by the underestimated Zapateo surprised everyone.

The five-year-old Brazen Beau mare, a 25/1 outsider, displayed exceptional closing speed to secure her first Group 1 victory.

This win upgrades her performance from a runner-up finish in the recent Randwick Group 2 Challenge Stakes.

“It’s huge for Zapateo,” said a delighted trainer James Cummings after the race. He praised her talent and highlighted the importance of this win for her racing career.

Zapateo edged out Sunshine In Paris by a head, with the front-running Front Page securing third place.

This victory opens up interesting possibilities for Zapateo.

She may target the prestigious $3 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 6th.

No horse has achieved the The Galaxy – TJ Smith Stakes double since La Baraka (1998).

Ladbrokes currently has Zapateo at $21 all-in odds for the TJ Smith Stakes.

2024 The Galaxy Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 12 ZAPATEO James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 53kg $26
2 11 SUNSHINE IN PARIS Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 0.14L 2 53.5kg $5.50F
3 14 FRONT PAGE Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 0.3L 13 52.5kg $13
4 9 ASFOORA Henry Dwyer Tim Clark 0.87L 14 54kg $18
5 4 UNCOMMON JAMES Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Damian Lane 1.84L 1 55.5kg $9
6 10 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 2.39L 9 54kg $11
7 8 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.4L 5 54.5kg $26
8 16e KING’S GAMBIT Peter & Paul Snowden Ms Jamie Kah 2.61L 4 50kg $12
9 7 KALLOS James Cummings Tom Marquand 3.31L 10 55kg $51
10 6 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 4.46L 3 55kg $20
11 1 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Nash Rawiller 5.14L 12 58kg $6.50
12 5 AFT CABIN James Cummings James McDonald 7.44L 7 55kg $6
13 17e DERRY GROVE Matthew Dunn Zac Lloyd (a) 7.46L 6 51kg $61
14 13 OZZMOSIS Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 14.54L 11 53kg $10
18e QUICK TEMPO Mark Minervini Reece Jones 0
2 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 0
3 MAZU Joseph Pride Jason Collett 0
15e QUEEN OF THE BALL Michael Freedman Zac Lloyd (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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