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 Darley Classic.

2017 Gilgai Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Keen Array
  • 2nd: #9 Sold For Song
  • 3rd: #5 Malibu Style



The Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 event worth $200,000 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 Darley Classic (1200m) on Emirates Stakes Day. In 2015 Chautauqua won the Gilgai Stakes before victory in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley next start.

The Gilgai Stakes 2017 ran on Saturday Saturday October 7 , 2017.

Gilgai Stakes
Date: Saturday October 7 , 2017
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $200,000

2017 Gilgai Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Keen Array
  • 2nd: #9 Sold For Song
  • 3rd: #5 Malibu Style

Read the official Gilgai Stakes 2017 Results & Race Review, the event narrowly won by Keen Array, by following the link.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 KEEN ARRAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5 56.5kg $8
2 9 SOLD FOR SONG Kevin Kemp James Orman (a) 0.1L 4 54kg $20
3 5 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 0.2L 2 56.5kg $26
4 7 BONS AWAY Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 0.7L 7 56kg $10
5 6 SILENT SEDITION Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 1.7L 9 56kg $4
6 2 ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 2.95L 6 57kg $21
7 8 LAND OF PLENTY Grahame Begg Dwayne Dunn 3.05L 1 56kg $9.50
8 4 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Corey Brown 3.55L 8 56.5kg $2.80F
9 1 THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 33.55L 3 57.5kg $16

2017 Gilgai Stakes Odds

The season’s latest Gilgai Stakes 2017 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.

2017 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 field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

The 2017 Gilgai Stakes Final Field drew just the nine acceptors including Bons Away chasing a fifth win on the trot, the galloper now prepared by Aaron Purcell in place of the suspended Ciaron Maher, and coming off a lead-up Listed Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) win at Caulfield. The Quarterback returns to defend his Gilgai Stakes title carrying 57.5kg top weight, while class mare Silent Sedition also looks a danger first-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 39x146x00x THE QUARTERBACK Robbie Griffiths Matthew Allen 3 57.5kg 108
2 52136x130x ULMANN Darren Weir Damian Lane 6 57kg 102
3 11478×0455 KEEN ARRAY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 5 56.5kg 102
4 1x12x290x2 SPIETH (NZ) Bryce Heys Corey Brown 8 56.5kg 107
5 10x2125x64 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 2 56.5kg 96
6 231x21214x SILENT SEDITION Andrew Noblet Ms Katelyn Mallyon 9 56kg 110
7 157×321111 BONS AWAY Aaron Purcell Ms Linda Meech 7 56kg 98
8 9x3380x538 LAND OF PLENTY Grahame Begg Dwayne Dunn 1 56kg 80
9 305956344x SOLD FOR SONG Kevin Kemp James Orman 4 54kg 95

2017 Gilgai Stakes Nominations

The Gilgai Stakes 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 2017 Gilgai Stakes Nominations attracted 16 sprinters including multiple Group 1 placed Spieth, classy Group 1 winning mare Silent Sedition and the Michael Kent-trained Flemington track specialist Supido.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 231x21214x SILENT SEDITION M 5 Andrew Noblet 1 56kg 110
2 39x146x00x THE QUARTERBACK G 7 Robbie Griffiths 2 57.5kg 108
3 x88024105x FRENCH EMOTION M 6 Chris Waller 3 55.5kg 100
4 52136x130x ULMANN G 6 Darren Weir 4 57kg 102
5 113x930x15 SUPIDO H 6 Michael Kent 5 57kg 103
6 8116x1611x RELIGIFY G 7 Chris Waller 6 56.5kg 108
7 11478×0455 KEEN ARRAY G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 56.5kg 102
8 1x12x290x2 SPIETH (NZ) H 5 Bryce Heys 8 56.5kg 107
9 10x2125x64 MALIBU STYLE G 6 Neville Parnham 9 56.5kg 96
10 9x650980x7 JAPONISME G 5 Chris Waller 10 56kg 105
11 x19242x144 MISSROCK M 4 Robbie Laing 11 54kg 107
12 9x60229x42 CHARMED HARMONY G 8 John Sadler 12 56kg 101
13 430x10210x MISS GUNPOWDER M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 54kg 95
14 305956344x SOLD FOR SONG M 5 Kevin Kemp 14 54kg 95
15 157×321111 BONS AWAY G 4 Aaron Purcell 15 56kg 98
16 9x3380x538 LAND OF PLENTY H 4 Grahame Begg 16 56kg 80

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) and Chautauqua (2015). Gilgai Stakes results since 2000 can be found below.

Gilgai Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Gilgai Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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