Sassy Galaxy In A World Of Her Own In Oaks

SASSY Galaxy continued Paul Hili's hot run of form when saluting in the Sires On Ice Tasmanian Oaks Final (515m) at Launceston on Monday night.

Brennan Ryan

29 June 2021

EXCEPTIONAL sprinter Sassy Galaxy continued trainer Paul Hili’s hot run of form on feature races in Tasmania when saluting in the Sires On Ice Tasmanian Oaks Final (515m) at Launceston on Monday night.

Sent to the boxes as a $10 outsider, Sassy Galaxy, a daughter of Cosmic Rumble, began well before settling second behind the Ted Medhurst-trained Earning The Cash, which shanghaied to the lead from box four.

Balancing up down the back, Sassy Galaxy began taking ground off the leader before eventually hitting the front in the shadows of the post to score over Earning The Cash with Nitro Ash finishing third in 29.89.

Facing a tough field for the Oaks final with a bad draw, Hili went into the feature finale more hopeful than confident.

“It was a big ask coming from a bad draw (box 6) knowing the red runner (Aston Ajok) was going to be hard to beat,” Hili said.

“Sassy Galaxy was tough in her efforts and having those runs around here really helped.”

Sassy Galaxy also became the fourth greyhound in history to complete the Country Oaks/Tasmanian Oaks double.

“The campaign from both Oaks series have been long and right now Sassy Galaxy deserves a spell, it’s amazing how her form has turned around since she’s arrived,” Hili said.

Victorian owner/breeder Allen Lie races Sassy Galaxy.

“A big thanks to Allen as well as the people around me – winning the Tasmanian Oaks is a big thrill.”

Meanwhile, Dark Titan landed trainer Debbie Cannan her sixth major title in Tasmania for the year, winning the Tania Rattray MLC Tasmanian Derby Final (515m) for owner Ian Sowell.