River Lad Heads 2014 Gilgai Stakes Final Field

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.

River Lad headlines the final field for the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington this Saturday.

River Lad headlines the final field for the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington this Saturday. Photo by Daniel Costello.

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).

See below for the full 2014 Gilgai Stakes final field and barrier draw, pick your winners, then open your online betting account with Ladbrokes.com.au and place a bet when the field opens shortly.

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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

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