Strong 2012 Gilgai Stakes Field Announced

It may not be a full field but the Group 2 2012 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday is set to be an exciting affair.

King's Rose

King's Rose kicks off her spring campaign in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington on Saturday

Included in the 11-horse field are three Group 1 winners as well as a number of others who will compete for Group 1 honours this spring.

Leading trainer Peter Moody has accepted with both King’s Rose and Mid Summer Music to make their first starts of the spring this weekend.

King’s Rose, a five-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare, is a Group 1 winner in New Zealand and has placed in the top grade on multiple occasions in Australia.

In the autumn King’s Rose placed in both the Coolmore Classic and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes before failing to make an impact in her overseas trip to Hong Kong for the Champions Mile.

Mid Summer Music, who finished third in the Patinack Farm Classic to Black Caviar last year, scored the first Group 1 victory of her career when a surprise winner of the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane during the winter.

But the pair will have to come out of the gates flying with some Gilgai Stakes contenders already in good form.

The highly-rated Bel Sprinter showed he would be a top-level competitor this spring when starting his spring with a classy win in the McEwen Stakes.

Queensland sprinter Spirit Of Boom is third-up after two strong hitouts, finishing second in the Bobbie Lewis Quality first-up before heading to Sydney where he ran fourth to Pampelonne in the Shorts.

Of the 11-horse field, the only other horse who will not be making the first start of their campaign is dual Group 1 winner Atomic Force who has so far failed to show his best form this spring.

Other horses included in the Gilgai Stakes field are Gai Waterhouse’s Hallowell Belle, the Darley-owned Galah and Queensland sprinter Excellantes.

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Gilgai Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 364112×466 ATOMIC FORCE Mick Price Craig Newitt 11 57kg 107
2 11x2546x24 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan Michael Walker 8 57kg 103
3 1113x9903x GALAH Peter Snowden Glen Boss 9 57kg 89
4 112x1649x1 BEL SPRINTER Jason Warren Ben Melham 1 56kg 106
5 1341x1776x LIVEANDLETDIE Mark Kavanagh Damien Oliver 3 55.5kg 95
6 63x722919x MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody Brad Rawiller 10 55kg 110
7 1272x8330x KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 2 55kg 112
8 702x23700x SISTINE ANGEL Andrew Noblet Craig Williams 4 55kg 100
9 469x41152x EXCELLANTES Robert Heathcote James Winks 7 55kg 97
10 84x801900x METALLURGICAL John P Thompson Mark Zahra 6 55kg 95
11 24x331333x HALLOWELL BELLE Gai Waterhouse Vlad Duric 5 53.5kg 103