Galactic Star on Target for the Cups

Increasing years are not diminishing Galactic Star’s enthusiasm for racing, and the outstanding seven-year-old showed that he will be a major player in the Fremantle Cup and WA Pacing Cup in the next couple of months with an impressive victory in the $25,000 Better Your Club With TABtouch Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Galactic Star, great value at $11.40,  sprinted home brilliantly with a final quarter of 27.2sec. to beat stablemate and pacemaker Vampiro ($1.30 favourite) to give leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and reinsman Ryan Warwick the second leg of a treble.

The Bonds and Warwick also combined for all-the-way wins with Captain Kirk and Flying Mister Ideal. The Bonds have prepared 246 winners and 210 placegetters from 795 starters this season, while Warwick is the State’s leading driver with 232 winners and 180 placegetters.

Galactic Star began speedily from the No. 4 barrier and was able to secure the ideal one-out, one-back position in the first lap after Mighty Conqueror ($6.50) moved into the breeze.

Warwick eased Galactic Star out three wide 250m from home and the New Zealand-bred gelding finished strongly to hit the front in the final 20 metres. The win improved Galactic Star’s record to 83 starts for 29 wins, 26 placings and stakes of $578,375. It also took the prizemoney earned by the Bond runners this season past the $3 million mark.