Gilgai Stakes

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



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:

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. 

Gilgai Stakes
Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $300,000

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.

Read more on the 2019 Gilgai Stakes win by The Everest bound mare Sunlight.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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
13 21×1653138 REYKJAVIK H 5 Lindsey Smith 13 58kg 95
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
17 x466x308x5 DEPLOY G 7 Gerald Ryan 17 57kg 102
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
21 9415424×39 VAINSTREAM G 5 John Pascoe 21 57kg 75
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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Gilgai Stakes
1st Sunlight 1 minute 9.42 seconds
2nd Santa Ana Lane
3rd Zoutori
2018
Gilgai Stakes
1st I Am Excited 1 minute 9.11 seconds
2nd Edurado
3rd Bons Away
2017
Gilgai Stakes
1st Keen Array 1 minute 9.28 seconds
2nd Sold For Song
3rd Malibu Style
2016
Gilgai Stakes
1st The Quarterback 1 minute 9.07 seconds
2nd We’ve Got This
3rd Durendal
2015
Gilgai Stakes
1st Chautauqua 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Delectation
3rd Knoydart
2014
Gilgai Stakes
1st Chautauqua 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Bounding
3rd Final Crescendo
2013
Gilgai Stakes
1st Platelet 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Steps In Time
2012
Gilgai Stakes
1st Hallowell Belle 1 minute 08.8 seconds
2nd King’s Rose
3rd Spirit Of Boom
2011
Gilgai Stakes
1st Temple Of Boom 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Sistine Angel
3rd Response
2010
Gilgai Stakes
1st Hay List 1 minute 08.2 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Chasm
2009
Gilgai Stakes
1st All Silent 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd First Command
3rd Light Fantastic
2008
Gilgai Stakes
1st El Cambio 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Swick
3rd Murtajill
2007
Gilgai Stakes
1st Stanzout 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Shadoways
3rd Valedictum
2006
Gilgai Stakes
1st Fast N Famous 1 minute 08.3 seconds
2nd Shadoways
3rd Dance Hero
2005
Gilgai Stakes
1st Falkirk 1 minute 07.9 seconds
2nd Glamour Puss
3rd Recapitalize
2004
Gilgai Stakes
1st Recapitalize 1 minute 09.2 seconds
2nd Falkirk
3rd Amtrak
2003
Gilgai Stakes
1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Mr. Magoo
3rd Red Labelle
2002
Gilgai Stakes
1st Cosmic Strike 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Strategic Image
3rd Rubitano
2001
Gilgai Stakes
1st Belle Du Jour 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Point Danger
3rd Gold Class
2000
Gilgai Stakes
1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 08.6 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Umrum

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