11 of the country’s best sprinters will run in the 2014 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday, with betting tips presented below.
The Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) is the supporting sprint race on the Turnbull Stakes Day program, due to run as Race 5 at 3:00pm.
Just three of the horses are at single figures to win in the latest Gilgai Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au, the favourite of which is Chautauqua at $2.60.
Hawkes Racing’s four-year-old gelding heads into the race with great form, having won two of his last three starts including the Group 3 Hawks Guineas (1400m).
His last out, the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis, was on the same course and distance as the Gilgai and Chautauqua won it very comfortably by two and a half lengths, so is proven a contender come Saturday.
Also under $10 to win are Temple Of Boom ($4.20) who was second to Chautauqua in the Bobbie Lewis and Group One winner Bounding ($4.80).
#11 Bounding ($4.80)
The Ken Kelso-trained mare is the market mover of the field, and for good reason. Bounding has never placed worse than second in all eleven of her starts, which includes an impressive seven wins. The four-year-old has already won at the highest level after taking out the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m) and should easily bring the Gilgai home from barrier three under Mark Du Plessis.
#4 Chautauqua ($2.60)
Hawkes Racing will enjoy the rails run with Chautauqua after drawing barrier one. Money has been coming in fast for the Bobbie Lewis winner seeing as he’s only missed out on a first or second placing twice from his eight total runs. A win on his last start on the same course and distance as the Gilgai is a big advantage for punters looking to back a winner.
#1 River Lad ($11)
Natalie McCall’s River Lad is just shy of single figure betting, making the gelding a lucrative betting proposition. The seven-year-old will enjoy a run from the middle with champion jockey Damien Oliver to ride. Three wins and a second from his last five starts puts River Lad in great form ahead of the Gilgai. Back to back wins from his last two, including the Group 1 Stradbroke (1400m) puts him in prime position for a win.
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*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from Ladbrokes.com.au and subject to change