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.
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
|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|
|10||READY TO RIP||Peter G Moody||104|
|11||REFLECTANCE||John P Thompson||76|
|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|