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The Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Flemington Racecourse in October as part of Turnbull Stakes Day as a possible lead-up to the VRC Sprint Classic.
2019 Gilgai Stakes Results
- 1st: #7 Sunlight
- 2nd: #1 Santa Ana Lane
- 3rd: #4 Zoutori
Gilgai Stakes News
The Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 event worth $300,000 held at Flemington Racecourse on a Saturday in early October during the heart of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival as part of Turnbull Stakes Day.
A sprint race over 1200m contested under set weights plus penalties, the Gilgai Stakes attracts plenty of first-up runners kicking off their spring or horses out of earlier lead-ups like the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) over more metres at Caulfield in August.
Hosted on a massive day of racing for Turnbull Stakes Day, the Gilgai Stakes shares the race card with a host of other black type events including the:
- Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m)
- Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m)
- Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m)
- Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m)
Proven Flemington straight track performers tend to dominate the Gilgai Stakes field and those horses that perform well often move on to similar events later in the Spring carnival, such as the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) on Mackinnon Stakes Day. In 2015 Chautauqua won the Gilgai Stakes for the second time before victory in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley next start.
The Gilgai Stakes also now serves as a potential lead-up to the world’s richest turf race, the $14 million The Everest (1200m) held at Randwick a fortnight later.
The Gilgai Stakes 2019 ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 and was won by the brilliant The Everest-bound mare Sunlight.
|Date:||Saturday October 5, 2019|
|Race Type:||Open Set Weights + Penalties|
2019 Gilgai Stakes Results
- 1st: #7 Sunlight
- 2nd: #1 Santa Ana Lane
- 3rd: #4 Zoutori
The Everest-bound duo Sunlight and Santa Ana Lane dominated the 2019 Gilgai Stakes results in Melbourne on Turnbull Stakes Day running first and second respectively in the Group 2 clash. Race favourite Sunlight was too good at the track / distance she won the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap – William Reid Stakes double over in the autumn and improved on a lead-up third in the Moir to salute for the punters.
|1||7||SUNLIGHT||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||–||9||58kg||$2.25F|
|2||1||SANTA ANA LANE||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||0.5L||5||60kg||$3.70|
|3||4||ZOUTORI||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||0.7L||11||59kg||$8.50|
|4||6||VITAL SILVER||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Ben Melham||2.2L||2||58.5kg||$17|
|5||2||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Michael Walker||2.6L||3||59kg||$31|
|5||11||NAANTALI (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jamie Kah||2.6L||1||56kg||$21|
|7||9||I AM EXCITED||David Pfieffer||John Allen||2.8L||4||57kg||$21|
|8||5||TYZONE||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Craig Williams||3.3L||6||58.5kg||$14|
|9||12||BELLA MARTINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||3.4L||10||55kg||$26|
|10||10||VAINSTREAM||John Pascoe||James Winks||9.4L||8||57kg||$201|
|11||8||I AM SOMEONE||Paul Preusker||Jordan Childs||9.8L||7||58kg||$51|
|–||3||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||–||0||–||–|
2019 Gilgai Stakes Odds
The season’s latest Gilgai Stakes 2019 betting odds on the Flemington Group 2 sprint race this Turnbull Stakes Day will be available below as soon as markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are available.
2019 Gilgai Stakes Field
The Gilgai Stakes field attracts a good quality field of sprinters each year, many racing first-up after tougher runs in the autumn.
The Gilgai Stakes 2019 field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.
The official 2019 Gilgai Stakes field features a dozen sprinters including champion Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane carrying the 60kg topweight first-up. Fellow 2019 The Everest runner Sunlight meanwhile is drawn barrier nine as she races on the quick back-up out of a Moir Stakes third in Melbourne last Friday evening.
Update: The Gilgai Stakes field is down to 11 runners with Home Of The Brave (10) instead running against a smaller field in the $500,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes on Epsom Day in Sydney.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x5161x514x||SANTA ANA LANE||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||5||60kg||118|
|2||3320400×63||DOTHRAKI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Michael Walker||3||59kg||105|
|3||0x214x70x5||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||James Cummings||Brad Rawiller||10||59kg||109|
|4||54x11100x1||ZOUTORI||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||12||59kg||98|
|5||461x15812x||TYZONE||Toby & Trent Edmonds||Craig Williams||6||58.5kg||107|
|6||x11213x13x||VITAL SILVER||Daniel & Ben Pearce||Ben Melham||2||58.5kg||100|
|7||71x3113x53||SUNLIGHT||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||9||58kg||115|
|8||311362102x||I AM SOMEONE||Paul Preusker||Jordan Childs||7||58kg||95|
|9||3x368105x7||I AM EXCITED||David Pfieffer||John Allen||4||57kg||107|
|10||9415424×39||VAINSTREAM||John Pascoe||James Winks||8||57kg||75|
|11||212241949x||NAANTALI (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jamie Kah||1||56kg||97|
|12||974x4703x4||BELLA MARTINI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||11||55kg||99|
2019 Gilgai Stakes Nominations
The Gilgai Stakes 2019 nominatons are taken by Racing Victoria on the Monday leading up to Turnbull Stakes Day, the full early entries to be published here as soon as available.
The 2019 Gilgai Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 22 early entries including a number of The Everest contenders led by returning TJ Smith Stakes champion Santa Ana Lane. Sunlight, who also holds an entry in Sydney on the same day, is the other standout nominee on the back of her Moir Stakes third last Friday night at The Valley.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x5161x514x||SANTA ANA LANE||G||7||Anthony Freedman||1||60kg||118|
|2||71x3113x53||SUNLIGHT||M||4||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||2||58kg||115|
|3||314x32460x||LAND OF PLENTY||H||6||Peter & Paul Snowden||3||60kg||109|
|4||3320400×63||DOTHRAKI||G||9||Peter & Paul Snowden||4||59kg||105|
|5||0x214x70x5||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||G||8||James Cummings||5||59kg||109|
|6||3x368105x7||I AM EXCITED||M||5||David Pfieffer||6||57kg||107|
|7||54x11100x1||ZOUTORI||G||4||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||7||59kg||98|
|8||461x15812x||TYZONE||G||6||Toby & Trent Edmonds||8||58.5kg||107|
|9||x11213x13x||VITAL SILVER||G||6||Daniel & Ben Pearce||9||58.5kg||100|
|10||6x211x114x||DEBT AGENT (NZ)||G||7||Jim Conlan||10||58kg||105|
|11||363216×654||LONG LEAF||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||11||58kg||91|
|12||212241949x||NAANTALI (NZ)||M||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||12||56kg||97|
|14||1187x211x6||ORDER OF COMMAND||G||5||Danny O’Brien||14||58kg||98|
|15||311362102x||I AM SOMEONE||G||5||Paul Preusker||15||58kg||95|
|16||21106142×2||GIFT OF POWER (NZ)||M||5||Anthony Freedman||16||56kg||97|
|18||974x4703x4||BELLA MARTINI||M||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||18||55kg||99|
|19||2x11x239x0||TATO KEY (ARG)||H||5||Chris Waller||19||57kg||97|
|20||214x4153x1||WILLIAM THOMAS||G||5||John Price||20||57kg||91|
|22||565×211283||RICH ITCH||G||4||Shawn Mathrick||22||57kg||70|
Gilgai Stakes History
The Gilgai Stakes was inaugurated in 1984, with Royal Troubador seizing victory in the first edition of the race. Since that day, the Gilgai Stakes has been run annually without fail. Plenty of horses have gone on from the Gilgai Stakes to other great results. In 2008, Swick went from a victory in the Gilgai Stakes to win the Patinack Farm Classic (now the Darley Classic). In 2009, All Silent won the same race after placing second in the Gilgai Stakes results.
Redelva had a streak of three second places in 1989, 1990 and 1991, all faster than his only win in 1988. Temple Of Boom won with a great run in 2011, and Spirit Of Boom was able to maintain the pedigree’s success with a third in 2012 and a second in 2013.
Notable winners of the Gilgai Stakes include Placid Ark (1987), Redelva (1988), Hareeba (1994), Hay List (2010), Chautauqua (2014 – 2015) and class mare Sunlight (2019). Gilgai Stakes results since 2000 can be found below.
Gilgai Stakes Results
|1st||Sunlight||1 minute 9.42 seconds|
|2nd||Santa Ana Lane|
|1st||I Am Excited||1 minute 9.11 seconds|
|1st||Keen Array||1 minute 9.28 seconds|
|2nd||Sold For Song|
|1st||The Quarterback||1 minute 9.07 seconds|
|2nd||We’ve Got This|
|1st||Chautauqua||1 minute 9.8 seconds|
|1st||Chautauqua||1 minute 8.3 seconds|
|1st||Platelet||1 minute 10.2 seconds|
|2nd||Spirit Of Boom|
|3rd||Steps In Time|
|1st||Hallowell Belle||1 minute 08.8 seconds|
|3rd||Spirit Of Boom|
|1st||Temple Of Boom||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Hay List||1 minute 08.2 seconds|
|1st||All Silent||1 minute 09.8 seconds|
|1st||El Cambio||1 minute 10.1 seconds|
|1st||Stanzout||1 minute 10.4 seconds|
|1st||Fast N Famous||1 minute 08.3 seconds|
|1st||Falkirk||1 minute 07.9 seconds|
|1st||Recapitalize||1 minute 09.2 seconds|
|1st||Bomber Bill||1 minute 09.7 seconds|
|1st||Cosmic Strike||1 minute 09.3 seconds|
|1st||Belle Du Jour||1 minute 10.4 seconds|
|1st||Bomber Bill||1 minute 08.6 seconds|