The 2014 Gilgai Stakes is the major sprint race scheduled for the Turnbull Stakes Day program at Flemington Racecourse and has attracted a final field of classy sprinters.
Running as Race 5 at 3:00pm (AEST), this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) has attracted a final field of 11 hopefuls.
Headlining the field is the Natalie McCall-trained River Lad, who has drawn the top weight of 57kg alongside Smokin’ Joey.
The seven-year-old River Lad is in great form, having won his last two starts including one at the highest level. He took out the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) in May before backing up in the Group 1 AAMI Stradbroke (1400m), which he took out just a short neck ahead of Temple Of Boom who’ll also line-up in the Gilgai.
The gelding has drawn the middle barrier (five) under Damien Oliver.
Smokin’ Joey won the Group 1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville back in March but finished middle of the field on his next start in the Straddie.
The gelding drew the other middle six (six) under Ben Melham.
The Ken Kelso-trained Bounding is another top contender for the 2014 Gilgai after drawing the good third barrier under Mark Du Plessis.
Bounding will also be the lightest runner on the field after being set a weight of 54kg, up to three kilos lighter than his competitors.
The four-year-old mare has never placed lower than third in any of his 11 starts, including an impressive seven wins. He took out a win at the highest level back in January’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) but has not been run since April.
Team Hawkes will get the ideal rails run after Chautauqua drew barrier one under Dwayne Dunn.
The four-year-old gelding heads to Flemington with a win on his last start in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).
Tony Gollan’s Temple Of Boom is in solid form, finishing runner-up in all three of his last starts, including the Group 1s Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and Straddie.
Other sprinters set to run in the 2014 Gilgai Stakes on Saturday include David Kelly’s Final Crescendo, who won a Doomben Handicap on his last out, starting from barrier two and the Peter Moody duo Flamberge (9) and Il Cavallo (11).
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2014 Gilgai Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 5 – 3:00pm (AEST) – 04/10/2014
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||24x12x711x||RIVER LAD||Natalie McCall||Damien Oliver||5||57kg||110|
|2||20x803618x||SMOKIN’ JOEY||Wez Hunter||Ben Melham||6||57kg||106|
|3||1515541×10||FLAMBERGE||Peter G Moody||Vlad Duric||9||56.5kg||104|
|4||22x12715x1||CHAUTAUQUA||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||1||56.5kg||103|
|5||x8661422x2||TEMPLE OF BOOM||Tony Gollan||Tegan Harrison||4||56kg||109|
|6||21222x417x||LIMES||John O’Shea||Steven Arnold||8||56kg||101|
|7||212x4103x6||ESSAY RAIDER||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Williams||7||55kg||99|
|8||2x11412x01||FINAL CRESCENDO||David Kelly||Craig Newitt||2||55kg||88|
|9||404x411x12||IL CAVALLO||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||11||55kg||81|
|10||0x2631402x||LONGMA||Gai Waterhouse||Jim Cassidy||10||55kg||77|
|11||x11121x12x||BOUNDING||Ken Kelso||Mark Du Plessis||3||54kg||105|