Gilgai Stakes

The 2016 Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Flemington Racecourse in October.

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Manikato Stakes On The Agenda For Gilgai Stakes Winner The Quarterback

Manikato Stakes On The Agenda For Gilgai Stakes Winner The Quarterback

The Quarterback will head to both the Manikato Stakes and the Darley Classic after he returned to the races with an impressive victory in the Gilgai Stakes at Flemington this morning. The Quarterback was able to sit just behind the speed due to the slow pace set in the early stages of the Gilgai Stakes…

The 2016 Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 event worth $200,000 held at Flemington Racecourse on the first Sunday of October. The Gilgai Stakes was known as the Rupert Steele Stakes prior to 1999.

Hosted during the heart of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the Gilgai Stakes is a sprinting contest held over 1200m and contested under set weight conditions. Open to all horses, the Gilgai Stakes provides great form indication leading into the remainder of the spring carnival races.

Hosted on a massive day of racing, Turnbull Stakes Day, the Gilgai Stakes shares the race card with eight other black type events. These include:

The Gilgai Stakes is an exciting event that has a following of its own. The demanding straight at Flemington ensures only the greatest horses pass the post first – but not before a serious contest for position in the final stages of the thrilling sprint.

Those horses that perform well in the Gilgai Stakes often move on to similar events later in the Spring carnival, such as the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on Emirates Stakes Day. Horses that run in the Gilgai Stakes field often come via races such as the Group 2 McEwen Stakes. Horses of a variety of abilities compete in the Gilgai Stakes, enhancing its reputation for thrilling and often unpredictable finishes.

The Gilgai Stakes 2016 will be run on Saturday Sunday October 2, 2016.

Gilgai Stakes
Date: Sunday October 2, 2016, 2016
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $200,000

2016 Gilgai Stakes Field

The Gilgai Stakes field and barriers were released on Wednesday September 28 and feature nine hopefuls led by the Robert Smerdon-trained Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre who is also accepted for a Saturday run in Sydney’s Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

See below for the complete 2016 Gilgai Stakes & Barrier Draw and read a full race preview by following the link.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 264x321x24 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Dwayne Dunn 7 57kg 110
2 21x361539x THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 3 57kg 107
3 0x7236033x STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 5 57kg 109
4 2346x115x1 FAATINAH David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 2 57kg 102
5 652x445x65 GENERALIFE John O’Shea James McDonald 6 56kg 105
6 151116x4x6 DURENDAL Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 1 56kg 97
7 2152911×63 WE’VE GOT THIS Greg Eurell Damien Oliver 4 55kg 90
8 x5x250330x SPY DECODER (NZ) Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla 8 55kg 82
9 2113×313 SAINT VALOREM Cameron Templeton Brian Higgins 9 55kg 72

Gilgai Stakes Betting

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2016 Gilgai Stakes Nominations

The Gilgai Stakes nominatons were taken by Racing Victoria on Monday September 26 and feature a bumper 21 entries including Chautauqua and Lukcy Hussler who are more likely to run in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

View the official 2016 Gilgai Stakes Nominations now.

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) and Hay List (2010). Gilgai Stakes results since 2000 can be found below.

Gilgai Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Chautauqua 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Delectation
3rd Knoydart
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1st Chautauqua 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Bounding
3rd Final Crescendo
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1st Platelet 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Boom
3rd Steps In Time
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1st Hallowell Belle 1 minute 08.8 seconds
2nd King’s Rose
3rd Spirit Of Boom
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1st Temple Of Boom 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Sistine Angel
3rd Response
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1st Hay List 1 minute 08.2 seconds
2nd Catapulted
3rd Chasm
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1st All Silent 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd First Command
3rd Light Fantastic
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1st El Cambio 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Swick
3rd Murtajill
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1st Stanzout 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Shadoways
3rd Valedictum
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1st Fast N Famous 1 minute 08.3 seconds
2nd Shadoways
3rd Dance Hero
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1st Falkirk 1 minute 07.9 seconds
2nd Glamour Puss
3rd Recapitalize
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1st Recapitalize 1 minute 09.2 seconds
2nd Falkirk
3rd Amtrak
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1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Mr. Magoo
3rd Red Labelle
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1st Cosmic Strike 1 minute 09.3 seconds
2nd Strategic Image
3rd Rubitano
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1st Belle Du Jour 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Point Danger
3rd Gold Class
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1st Bomber Bill 1 minute 08.6 seconds
2nd Sports
3rd Umrum