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.

2020 Gilgai Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Zoutori
  • 2nd: #8 Dollar For Dollar
  • 3rd: #3 Kemalpasa



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 $15 million The Everest (1200m) held at Randwick a fortnight later.

The Gilgai Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday October 3, 2020 and was won by the Bobbie Lewis Quality winner Zoutori. 

Gilgai Stakes
Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $300,000

2020 Gilgai Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Zoutori
  • 2nd: #8 Dollar For Dollar
  • 3rd: #3 Kemalpasa

Last start Bobbie Lewis winner Zoutori ($5.50) saluted again taking out the 2020 Gilgai Stakes results as a potential lead-up to the Group 1 Cantala Stakes over the mile at Flemington in November.

Click here to read more on the narrow 2020 Gilgai Stakes win by Zoutori.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 5 59kg $5.50
2 8 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 0.1L 6 57kg $7.50
3 3 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 0.2L 9 59kg $21
4 7 KEMENTARI James Cummings William Pike 0.95L 8 57kg $7.50
5 4 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 1.05L 4 58kg $3.30F
6 6 SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 2.05L 3 57kg $5.50
7 5 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Ben Melham 4.05L 1 58kg $10
8 1 FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 6.05L 7 60kg $21
9 9 I AM SOMEONE Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 12.05L 2 57kg $51
10 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Damian Lane 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Gilgai Stakes Odds

The season’s latest Gilgai Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The 2020 Gilgai Stakes final field features 10 classy horses including the returning Australian Cup winner Fifty Stars carrying the 60kg top-weight, confirmed The Everest contender Tofane and last-start Bobbie Lewis Quality winner Zoutori.

Update: #10 Excess Funds (5) has been scratched.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 68256x411x FIFTY STARS (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes John Allen 8 60kg 111
2 336x2400x1 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Jamie Kah 6 59kg 108
3 111x4x8x35 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Craig Williams 10 59kg 97
4 11x77351x3 TOFANE (NZ) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 4 58kg 113
5 1110x820x4 THE INEVITABLE Scott Brunton Ben Melham 1 58kg 104
6 x225x6266x SANTA ANA LANE Anthony & Sam Freedman Mark Zahra 3 57kg 116
7 x27x33580x KEMENTARI James Cummings William Pike 9 57kg 109
8 5x2308x852 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 7 57kg 104
9 x00x31536x I AM SOMEONE Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 2 57kg 96
10 568x1410x6 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Damian Lane 5 57kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
2020
Gilgai Stakes
1st Zoutori 1 minute 8.38 seconds
2nd Dollar For Dollar
3rd Kemalpasa
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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