2015 Gilgai Stakes Nominations Feature Chautauqua

Defending champion Chautauqua is the headline nomination taken for the Gilgai Stakes 2015 at Flemington Racecourse on Turnbull Stakes Day this Sunday over the long weekend in Melbourne.


Last year’s winner Chautauqua is back for another shot at the 2015 Gilgai Stakes in Melbourne this Sunday on Turnbull Stakes Day. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained Encosta De Lago five-year-old is one of 13 sprinters making up the early entries for the $200,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), nominations for the set weights plus penalties clash extended until 10am (AEST) on Tuesday.

Last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival Chautauqua backed up from a win in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) to win the lead-up race into the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) back at the track during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

This year he returns to defend his title in the Gilgai Stakes, Chautauqua coming via a different lead-up to 12 months ago.

After a stellar autumn that included a Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes win and All Aged Stakes third in Sydney, he ran first-up at Moonee Valley in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1000m) and beat home Flamberge by one and a half lengths from a wide barrier (10 of 12) with a notable 58.5kg on his back.

Chautauqua is also the pre-field favourite to win this year’s Darley Classic at Flemington in November after his second to Terravista last year.

Runner-up to the sure-to-be favourite for Saturday in the McEwen Stakes last time out, the Peter Moody-trained Group 1 The Goodwood winner in Adelaide Flamberge is also set for a remix in the Gilgai Stakes.

The Exceed And Excel six-year-old is one of four Moody-trained Gilgai hopes this year along with his four-year-old Sebring mare Bring Me The Maid, Royal Rapture and Thermal Current.

Along with Chautauqua the only other last start winner currently nominated for the Gilgai Stakes is the in-form David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Churchill Dancer.

A five-year-old son of Churchill Downs, the aptly-named gelding has won his past two on the trot including his narrow victory over subsequent Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes third placegetter last weekend Under The Louvre in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).

Now he is looking to repeat the same Bobbie Lewis – Gilgai Stakes double as Chautauqua from last spring when facing off against that same champion in the second leg of the double on the weekend.

Hayes & Dabernig also have Sterling City in the mix, the seven-year-old sprinter out to atone for a ninth in the Bobbie Lewis in the Hong Kong import’s maiden run down under.

Other notable Gilgai Stakes hopes include the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Charlie Boy who comes off a first-up second in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) and John O’Shea’s returning BTC Cup runner-up from the winter Knoydart.

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2015 Gilgai Stakes Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 04/10/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trianer Hcp. Rating
1 8740x2497x BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Peter G Moody 100
2 346x5120x2 CHARLIE BOY G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
3 112x1213x1 CHAUTAUQUA G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 114
4 0x3041x211 CHURCHILL DANCER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 100
5 2x207139x6 DELECTATION G 4 Chris Waller 102
6 1216×06 EARTHLY TIGER G 5 Wez Hunter 67
7 643x2301x2 FLAMBERGE G 6 Peter G Moody 109
8 50x464240x KNOYDART G 6 John O’Shea 104
9 26341131×5 ROYAL RAPTURE G 6 Peter G Moody 89
10 4125277×00 SCARLET BILLOWS M 5 Darren Weir 85
11 60007560×9 STERLING CITY G 7 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 108
12 536x215x77 THERMAL CURRENT G 5 Peter G Moody 93
13 23x00x0x00 WE’RE GONNA ROCK G 9 Tony Romeo 92


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