The penultimate event on the bumper 10-race Turnbull Stakes Day program at Flemington this weekend, the Gilgai Stakes 2013 is shaping up as a crack showdown with Peter Snowden’s last start winner Sessions leading the markets.
An in-form son of Lonhro, four-year-old Sessions is one of 13 gallopers set to face off in the $220,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) which runs as Race 9 at 5:05pm (AEST) on Saturday.
They are the current $4 favourite in the Gilgai Stakes odds too based on their two nice runs this time in.
First up they came within a long neck of Decision Time in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) before backing up a fortnight later on September 21 to narrowly hold off Aeronautical in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick.
Saturday will be a big test for the lightly-raced favourite then as Sessions steps up to 1200m for the first time since November last year having raced exclusively over 1000 – 1100m from December until now.
It will also be their maiden start outside of Sydney so how they handle the opposite way of racing is crucial.
The Gilgai Stakes betting markets may favour Sessions but Snowden has warned punters not to write off his $9 chance Albrecht from the inside alley.
“I’d slightly lean towards Albrecht, for the reason he’s been there and done it, and he only has to run the same race as last start and I think he’ll be hard to beat,” Snowden told the Herald Sun.
“But if you’re asking me who the best horse is, it’s Sessions, without a doubt. I’m just worried how the race will unfold for him.
“I’ve often found horses that race best (up the Flemington straight) are horses who are kept back and run on, horses like Albrecht and Galah (his other runner, a $19 chance). Horses who jump and run hard face a bit of a task.
“They keep pulling and pulling. Down the straight they can tug the full 1200m, and it will bring them undone the final 100m. That’s the only thing that worries me with Sessions.
I hope he can get the right cover. If he gets exposed at the 800m mark, he might want to get trucking early. It’s all about timing, and that last 100m the race can change five or six times.”
Another four-year-old, Redoute’s Choice stallion Albrecht has plenty of Group race experience including their second in last year’s Golden Rose as a two-year-old which came on the back of their Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes victory.
They returned on September 7 here at Flemington and were very competitive fresh from an awkward gate (14 of 18) when a length away third to Speediness in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).
Sandwiched between Snowden’s duo are then four other single figure chances including the firming market mover Steps In Time.
Hot on Sessions’ heels at $4.40, the John O’Shea-trained Danehill Dancer mare is first-up here after a disappointing Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign.
Still the form was there in Sydney for all to see before her trip to the sunshine state including being beaten under a length running fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill in March.
Steps In Time also has a great first-up record, most recently winning the Group 2 NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Classic (1200m) when she resumed in Sydney back in February.
The other hopes under $10 are then The Shorts runner-up Aeronautical ($5), smart Group 1 winning Queenslander Spirit Of Boom ($8.50) coming off a third in The Shorts and the Darren Weir-trained mare Platelet ($8.50) who took out the Robert Sangster Stakes – The Goodwood double in Adelaide last season.
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2013 Gilgai Stakes Odds
Flemington Race 9 – 5:05pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013
|1||SPIRIT OF BOOM (10)||8.50|
|3||GO THE KNUCKLE (6)||51.00|
|6||SMOKIN’ JOEY (8)||26.00|
|7||THAT’S THE ONE (13)||14.00|
|10||MISTER MILTON (7)||34.00|
|13||STEPS IN TIME (4)||4.40|
*Fixed Win odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change