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Zapateo sprints to G1 Galaxy win

The James Cummings-trained Zapateo has narrowly beaten Sunshine In Paris to claim the Group 1 Galaxy at Rosehill.

ZAPATEO winning the KIA ORA GALAXY
ZAPATEO winning the KIA ORA GALAXY Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

Zapateo was not considered the leading chance of the Godolphin-owned trio in The Galaxy at Rosehill but the mare has sprinted to a narrow win in the Group 1 race.

Five-year-old mare Zapateo was sent out a $26 chance in Saturday's 1100m dash with stablemate Aft Cabin the $6 second favourite and Kallos at $51.

With Kerrin Mcevoy aboard, Zapateo was able to get into a nice spot just behind the leaders before giving chase in the straight as Front Page and Asfoora kicked strongly.

Zapateo reeled in the leaders late but also had to hold off the $5.50 favourite Sunshine In Paris who charged along the inside to only go down narrowly by a head.

Front Page was another long head away third while Zapateo's stablemates finished unplaced.

Trainer James Cummings said it was an important win for Zapateo, who had won five stakes races during her career and been placed in both the Group Two Rubiton Stakes and Group Two Challenge Stakes so far this campaign.

"It's so important for Zapateo. She's a phenomenal racehorse by Brazen Beau and she just needed that Group 1 on her CV," Cummings said.

"She was very good first up. I know she was beaten by Kallos but we had great faith that there was improvement in her and a month into the weight-for-age run in the Challenge last start, she was good.

"She beat home the stablemate (Aft Cabin in the Challenge) who was the tip horse out of the stable.

"Kerrin gave her the run of the race and it makes all the difference in a handicap."

Trainer Annabel Neasham believes Sunshine In Paris is on target for the TJ Smith Stakes at her next start after her strong return in her first start since the spring.

Neasham was also narrowly denied in the George Ryder Stakes earlier in the day when Lady Laguna finished a close second to Veight.

"Second in two Group Ones, you can't say it's a bad day but it's one of those days that could have been very special," Neasham said.

"That was a huge finish (from Sunshine In Paris) and she's going to be right on track now for the TJ."

Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Ozzmosis bungled the start which cruelled his chances of a first-up win and he finished at the tail of the field.


Racing and Sports

Rosehill

Saturday, 23rd March 2024

9
ET

KIA ORA GALAXY (G1)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 110lbs Type: OPEN
5 ½ f TURF GOOD
9

(local)
AUD $1,007,000
5 ½ f GOOD

KIA ORA GALAXY (G1)

Age: 3yo and up WT: 110lbs Type: OPEN


FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 12. ZAPATEO (AUS) 5yo M
BRAZEN BEAU (AUS) - JEREZANA (AUS)
KERRIN MCEVOY
JAMES CUMMINGS
$26
53kg
Godolphin
2nd 11. SUNSHINE IN PARIS (AUS) 4yo M
INVADER (AUS) - ZENAIDA (NZ)
JASON COLLETT
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$5.5
53.5kg
Fairway Thoroughbreds (Mgr: J Camilleri)

Sales Information

3rd 14. FRONT PAGE (AUS) 7yo G
MAGNUS (AUS) - STACEY LEE (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
MATTHEW DALE
$13
52.5kg
P Duryea, M G Duryea, Ms B Duryea, J Edmunds, M Goodger, Miss P Lindsay, A Cronin, Mrs C Wallace, M Owen, Barwood Racing (Mgr: K P Naish), S McLellan, A Apps & S Gray
4th 9. ASFOORA (AUS) 5yo M
FLYING ARTIE (AUS) - GOLDEN CHILD (AUS)
TIM CLARK
HENRY DWYER
$18
54kg

Sales Information

5th 4. UNCOMMON JAMES (AUS) 5yo G
CABLE BAY (IRE) - PICKABEE (AUS)
DAMIAN LANE
S O'DEA & M HOYSTED
$9
55.5kg
6th 10. PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE (AUS) 5yo M
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MISS JUDGEMENT (AUS)
JORDAN CHILDS
GRAHAME BEGG
$11
54kg

Sales Information

7th 8. REMARQUE (AUS) 5yo G
SNITZEL (AUS) - RESPONSE (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY
M, W & J HAWKES
$26
54.5kg

Sales Information

8th 16. KING'S GAMBIT (AUS) 3yo C
I AM INVINCIBLE (AUS) - SULTRY FEELING (AUS)
JAMIE KAH
PETER & PAUL SNOWDEN
$12
50kg
9th 7. KALLOS (AUS) 5yo G
MEDAGLIA D'ORO (USA) - CALLIOPE (AUS)
TOM MARQUAND
JAMES CUMMINGS
$51
55kg
10th 6. BUENOS NOCHES (AUS) 4yo H
SUPIDO (AUS) - KOI (AUS)
DYLAN GIBBONS
MATTHEW SMITH
$20
55kg

Sales Information

11th 1. PRIVATE EYE (AUS) 6yo G
AL MAHER (AUS) - CONFIDENTIAL QUEEN (AUS)
NASH RAWILLER
JOSEPH PRIDE
$6.5
58kg

Sales Information

12th 5. AFT CABIN (AUS) 4yo H
ASTERN (AUS) - SHELTERS (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD
JAMES CUMMINGS
$6
55kg
13th 17. DERRY GROVE (AUS) 5yo G
STAR TURN (AUS) - TRUE MALT (AUS)
ZAC LLOYD
MATTHEW DUNN
$61
51kg

Sales Information

14th 13. OZZMOSIS (AUS) 3yo C
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - NO MORE TEARS (NZ)
RACHEL KING
BJORN BAKER
$10
53kg

Sales Information