The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

MUDGEE geld­ing Galaxy War­rior has been primed to peak in a race that shapes as his own per­sonal Ever­est to­mor­row at Royal Rand­wick.

The Gayna Wil­liams-trained geld­ing will takes part in the in­au­gu­ral ATC TAB An­niver­sary High­way (1400m) car­ry­ing a purse of $200,000.

“We have had the An­niver­sary High­way in our sights for quite a while and soon as it was an­nounced, we have tar­geted him for this race,” Wil­liams said.

“He’s got a bit of weight (60.5kgs) but he’s earned it and there are a few oth­ers in the same boat. He hasn’t drawn too badly in 11 and if the emer­gen­cies don’t get a run he’ll come out of 9 which is bet­ter than what he drew in the Fi­nal of the Coun­try Cham­pi­onships (bar­rier 14).”

Galaxy War­rior goes into the An­niver­sary third-up after two out­stand­ing runs, the first — his now com­mon­place barn­storm­ing fourth at the Rose­hill mid­weeks be­fore a last start win at Dubbo where a leader-bias track meant that he was rid­den much closer than nor­mal but still got the job done with plenty of author­ity.

“I think he is a bet­ter horse sat in be­hind the lead­ers and let fin­ish off. He needs to gain mo­men­tum to find the line,” Wil­liams said.

“I don’t think he fin­ishes off quite as well if he is rid­den too close to the speed, Grant (Buck­ley) will work things out.”

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