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Is it Galaxy's time to star?

In many ways, Galaxy Raider is a typical Grahame Begg-trained horse.

The horse shares a major trait with the likes of Begg's Group 1 stars of the past such as All Silent, Bonanova, Monopolize and Telesto in that he generally gives away a big start before he tries to run the leaders down late.

That style of heart-in-your-mouth racing took All Silent to an unforgettable 2009 Patinack Farm Classic victory; Bonanova to a thrilling 1999 Emirates Stakes win; Monopolize to two-consecutive Hong Kong Bowls in the mid-1990s and Telesto to consecutive G1s in 1994 when he flew late to win the Chipping Norton and George Ryder Stakes.

Unlike that quartet, however, Galaxy Raider mostly finds a way to get beaten in far inferior grade.

Even his record of three wins and 13 placings from 28 starts doesn't quite sum up the seven-year-old's luckless run through his career, which began with a win in a Sandown maiden in 2016 but has since been marked by a run of agonising defeats.

That luckless run reached new heights 12 months ago when the horse fell in a race on Melbourne Cup Day, resulting in lingering sinus troubles, before a late autumn return was cut short by a splint bone ailment.

"We've had such a frustrating period with him," Begg said on Friday. "But it's meant he's had some nice down time in between and you never know, it might have been a blessing in disguise as he's come up in very good order."

Galaxy Raider is on track for start No. 29 at Pakenham on Saturday when he runs first-up in the $150,000 Racing.com VOBIS Gold Bullion. Begg figures the horse is going as well as ever but knows only too well the pitfalls of his racing style.

"That's just him. He likes to be left alone in his races. He's a funny sort of horse because you think he's under pressure, but he just keeps coming," Begg added.

"With him, you've just got to identify what races suit him best. Find a race where he can be left alone and be able to finish off.

"But, of course, with those horses, they can often be a victim of tempo and that's summed him up a bit during his career.

"But he'll go into the race as good as he can be. He's had one trial and another jumpout at Pakenham last week and he's ready to go."

Begg and a few of his stable clients took a leap of faith earlier this year when they bought into the ownership of Galaxy Raider when one of the part-owners decided to sell.

Ultimately, it was an easy decision to do so.

"We just love him," Begg said.

BetEasy has installed Galaxy Raider as a $10 chance for jockey Jordan Childs in the 1400-metre race where the topweight Widgee Turf is the $4 favourite.


Pakenham fields

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