Platelet Heads 2013 Gilgai Stakes Nominations

Darren Weir’s dual Group 1 winning mare Platelet heads a smart list of entries taken for the Gilgai Stakes 2013 which is one of the key support races on Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington on Saturday.


Dual Group 1 winner Platelet is the headline 2013 Gilgai Stakes nomination for Saturday. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

A total of 16 gallopers have been nominated for this year’s $220,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), the top-rated of which is Strategic five-year-old Platelet.

The smart mare was in flying form last time in, her autumn – winter campaign culminating with a Group 1 winning double in Adelaide thanks to her success in the Robert Sangster Classic and The Goodwood.

She resumed for the spring on September 14 and ran a brave first-up fourth in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Heading the Gilgai Stakes nominations numbers-wise with three entries is then Sydney’s Peter Snowden.

Snowden has entered Redoute’s Choice stallion Albrecht coming off a first-up third in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington, resuming Group 2 QTC Cup winner Galah and Sessions.

Consistent Lonhro four-year-old Sessions has had two big runs this time in, returning to the nice form that saw them win Sydney sprints in both January and June.

First-up they finished second to Decision Time in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick and then they returned to the track on September 21 to win the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).

The Shorts runner-up Aeronautical is also nominated for the Gilgai Stakes on Saturday but is a dual nominee entered for the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) in Sydney on the same day.

Other notable Gilgai Stakes entries include the consistent John Thompson-trained eighty-year-old Griffon, stakes winning six-year-old Pago Rock and in-form Queenslander Spirit Of Boom.

Fourth in both the Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival, Tony Gollan’s Sequalo stallion returned in The Shorts and finished a brave third getting their chance to turn the tables on Saturday.

See below for the full Gilgai Stakes 2013 nominations and stay tuned for the final field released on Wednesday.

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2013 Gilgai Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 05/10/2013

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen 100
2 ALBRECHT Peter Snowden 98
3 GALAH Peter Snowden 100
4 GO THE KNUCKLE Robert Smerdon 96
5 GRIFFON John P Thompson 96
6 JUST DISCREET Phillip Stokes 99
7 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth 94
8 PAGO ROCK David Hayes 102
9 PLATELET Darren Weir 110
10 READY TO RIP Peter G Moody 104
11 REFLECTANCE John P Thompson 76
12 SESSIONS Peter Snowden 102
13 SMOKIN’ JOEY Mick Price 100
14 SPIRIT OF BOOM Tony Gollan 104
15 STEPS IN TIME John O’Shea 106
16 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson 96