Western star ready to shine

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    GALACTIC STAR - Photo Jodie Hallows

    FORMER Western Australian pacer Galactic Star is capable of making a successful eastern seaboard debut when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    Boasting six wins and two seconds from his last eight starts, Galactic Star was sent across the Nullarbor to join prominent New South Wales trainer Craig Cross.

    The gelding was previously prepared by Greg and Skye Bond, winning 13 of his 19 starts for the couple, with three seconds also to his credit.

    Although originally weary of Galactic Star’s demeanour when he first arrived, Cross is confident the five-year-old is ready to produce a favourable performance.

    “I had him nominated a couple of weeks ago, but ended up scratching him as I wasn’t quite happy with where he was at,” Cross explained.

    “He hadn’t settled in and adjusted to the way we work them as much as I’d like, so I scratched him to give him more time to find his way.

    “He just seemed a little lost, so wanted to give more time to adjust to being over here.

    “He’s been working well since and trialled well on Tuesday. His effort was better than it looked on paper as it was a good solid hit out with a very quick last half.”

    To Cross’ dismay, Galactic Star has drawn the outside of the front line against open company, in what will be his first run in three months.

    Galactic Star’s previous outing was in an M2-M4 at Gloucester Park on May 12 – where he also began from the extreme outside.

    “The draw has made it very tough, especially against free-for-allers,” Cross said. “Given the system here, he is on a tough mark straight up, so there’s no easy lead in for him to get that grounding.

    “On exposed form he should go well, but has to get used to racing from the 800-metre Gloucester Park track to 1400 metres at Menangle.

    “It’s not just the quicker tempo, but a different style of racing as well.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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