Decision Time Tops Gilgai Stakes 2011 Field & Betting

Clarry Conners’ consistent Foreplay four-year-old Decision Time has opened at the top of the odds for this Sunday’s 2011 Gilgai Stakes, one of the major Groups showdowns running as part of the Turnbull Stakes Day action.

Decision Time

Decision Time looks set to bounce-back in the 2011 Gilgai Stakes on Turnbull Stakes Day on Sunday

The $250,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) is scheduled to run as Flemington Race 6 at 1:25pm (local time) on Sunday and has attracted a big final field of 18 sprinters.

Current race favourite in the early Gilgai Stakes 2011 betting odds at our preferred online bookmaker Luxbet is Decision Time at quote of $5.50.

Drawn to perfection in gate six of 18, Decision Time boasts an imposing record of eight wins from 14 starts.

One of last year’s best young juveniles, Decision Time won their opening four race starts before running second in the Todman Stakes (1200m) and then second again, when only half a length away from the late, great Crystal Lily in the 2010 Golden Slipper.

Since then they have won five more black-types including their first-up success in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1100m) on September 3 at Warwick Farm.

Decision Time comes off a gallant last-start fifth behind the likes of Love Conquers All and Albert The Fat in the Group 2 The Shorts (1200m) at Rosehill and looks ready to make their Melbourne race debut in Sunday’s Gilgai Stakes ahead of their grand final aim, the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) on Emirates Stakes Day where they will clash with the queen – Black Caviar.

“That’s one of the reasons for going down there (to Flemington) for the Gilgai,” Conners said.

“The Patinack is his main aim and at least this gives himt he chance to look at the straight.”

Following closely in the 2011 Gilgai Stakes odds are:

  • #18 Varenna Miss ($6 Luxbet): Tony Noonan’s classy Redoute’s Choice mare won the Group 2 QTC Cup (1300m) in Brisbane during the winter before her most recent run when fifth to Yosei in the Group 1 Tattersall’s tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 25; boasts an excellent first-up record with two wins and a third form her three attempts but hasn’t seen Flemington before
  • #4 First Command ($6.50 Luxbet): Anthony Freedman-trained Commands six-year-old looked nice when finishing second to Amatheon in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last Saturday, ran a devastatingly close second in this race two years ago from a horror barrier and jumping from seven on Sunday looks a great Place selection
  • #6 Shrapnel ($8 Luxbet): Drawn well in barrier three, Mark Kavanagh’s Charge Forward stallion comes off a fifth in the Testa Rossa but look ready to win a nice race, track holds no concerns as they were third to superstar Star Witness in the 2010 Coolmore Stud Stakes here

Longer-priced Gilgai Stakes acceptors that have genuine claims of upsetting the top-fancies include the Peter Snowden-trained Soul who is the only market mover in from $14 to $12, Toowoomba galloper Temple Of Boom ($12) who won the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap down the Flemington straight from out wide back in August and locally-trained Group 1 winning mare Response ($11).

History suggests that the five mares engaged in the Gilgai this year face a tough test with Response, Sistine Angel, Hurtle Myrtle, Curtana and Varenna Miss out to become just the fourth mare since the race was inaugurated in 1984 to win.

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2011 Gilgai Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No. Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 35411X1X15 DECISION TIME Clarry Conners Corey Brown 6 57kg 109
2 122136X447 SOUL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 12 57kg 96
3 43068X0369 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 18 56.5kg 101
4 1634120X52 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman Steven King 7 56.5kg 107
5 1131X45016 TEMPLE OF BOOM Tony Gollan James McDonald (a) 10 56.5kg 104
6 X513X01X75 SHRAPNEL Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 3 56.5kg 100
7 03X74167X8 RESPONSE Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 13 56kg 110
8 1011140X73 GRAND DUELS Byron Cozamanis Brad Rawiller 14 56kg 106
9 214721047X ORBIT EXPRESS Steve McKinnon Andrew Mallyon 1 56kg 105
10 X12134X1X9 ELUSIVE TOUCH Shane A Edwards Steven Arnold 16 56kg 102
11 X110X891X7 ROTHERA Peter G Moody Craig Newitt 15 55.5kg 104
12 943238X400 CHASM Heath Conners Jason Benbow 17 55kg 100
13 X00023X19X LARGO LAD David Hayes Nicholas Hall 9 55kg 104
14 781060X102 KING HOAKS Allison Bennett Chris Symons 8 55kg 93
15 12156X035X SISTINE ANGEL Andrew Noblet Ms Michelle Payne 11 55kg 97
16 25X971518X HURTLE MYRTLE Matthew Smith 2 54.5kg 104
17 4421X117X3 CURTANA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 5 54kg 100
18 1X1249115X VARENNA MISS Tony Noonan Craig Williams 4 54kg 105