19 Feb Galaxy aim for Property
Multiple Group race winner Property (Starcraft x Opalize) is on the comeback trail with the Group One Galaxy in Sydney next month a possible target race for the former top juvenile.
The three-year-old appeared big and burly at the Cranbourne trials on Monday and while he was far from impressive in finishing seventh of nine over 800 metres in the seventh heat, his new trainer Henry Dwyer was still thinking of a return to the elite races this campaign.
“He came here today to have a spin around. Mark (Zahra) rode him and gave him a little slap-up into the straight and let him cruise the last 200 (metres),” Dwyer said.
“He’s still big and fat but he’s obviously clean-winded as he pulled up better in the wind than I thought he would.”
Just 12 months ago, Property was sent in as the third favourite for the Blue Diamond Stakes – where he finished fifth – but has only managed three runs since as he’s battled a few soundness issues.
Dwyer said he did not fancy racing the former Robert Smerdon-trained horse on hard tracks so has turned his mind interstate to search for the most suitable race. He found the $700,000 Galaxy over 1100m at Rosehill on March 24.
“He could be a Galaxy horse in Sydney or those 1100-metre or 1200-metre races in Brisbane over the carnival,” he said. “He’s won that way. He’s got a couple of little issues but we’re on top of that.
“I’d say he’s going to be a nice, soft-track sprinter going forward.”
Dwyer has done a lot of the preparation work on the three-year-old at his St Leonard’s beach property and he said the horse has responded to his new surroundings.
“He’s a horse we get trained out of the beach and he loves it,” he said. “He can only do a little bit of work at home but you need to get them away and I thought he needed a trial today to bring him on a bit.”
Property was sold for $130,000 from Amarina Farm’s 2016 Inglis Classic draft. -racing.com