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.

2021 Gilgai Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Kementari
  • 2nd: #1 Zoutori
  • 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 2020 Gilgai Stakes winner Zoutori franked the form winning the next year’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap during the autumn.

The Gilgai Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was narrowly won by Kementari. 

Gilgai Stakes
Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prize money: $300,000

2021 Gilgai Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Kementari
  • 2nd: #1 Zoutori
  • 3rd: #3 Kemalpasa

The James Cummings-trained Kementari ($9.50) made an exciting return to winning form scoring a narrow win in the Gilgai Stakes 2021 results over last year’s winner Zoutori.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 KEMENTARI James Cummings Damien Oliver 6 58.5kg $9.50
2 1 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Luke Currie 0.1L 5 60kg $3.60F
3 3 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Damian Lane 0.3L 8 59kg $3.80
4 2 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Brett Prebble 1.05L 3 59kg $5.50
5 8 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Teodore Nugent (a) 4.8L 4 55kg $18
6 9 RUBY STREET Kevin Corstens Matthew Cartwright (a) 5.3L 1 55kg $26
7 7 VULPINE Brad Widdup Daniel Moor 8.55L 7 56.5kg $41
8 6 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 11.3L 2 56.5kg $5
5 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Brett Prebble 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Gilgai Stakes Odds

The season’s latest Gilgai Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 field and barriers are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below once announced by Racing Victoria.

Straight Six specialist Zoutori headlines the 2021 Gilgai Stakes final field and weights at HQ on Saturday in a close betting battle with class mare Away Game.

  • Scratched: #5 Lost And Running (1)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 114x7140x4 ZOUTORI Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Luke Currie 6 60kg 113
2 8x40168x41 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Brett Prebble 4 59kg 108
3 311x2318x2 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Damian Lane 9 59kg 107
4 5381x6602x KEMENTARI James Cummings Damien Oliver 7 58.5kg 107
5 11x11211x8 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Brett Prebble 1 58kg 100
6 x2330x3122 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jye McNeil 3 56.5kg 103
7 8311215×08 VULPINE Brad Widdup Daniel Moor 8 56.5kg 92
8 x3455118x6 BONS ABROAD Kevin Corstens Teodore Nugent (a) 5 55kg 81
9 0x363122x1 RUBY STREET Kevin Corstens Matthew Cartwright (a) 2 55kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Gilgai Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Gilgai Stakes in 2021 close the Monday leading-up to the race and will be published below once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x2330x3122 AWAY GAME M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 103
2 52336×3121 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 99
3 x3455118x6 BONS ABROAD M 5 Kevin Corstens 81
4 x4875110x0 BROOKLYN HUSTLE M 5 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 106
5 270×321515 EXPRESS PASS G 5 Nick Ryan 97
6 311x2318x2 KEMALPASA G 6 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 107
7 5381x6602x KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings 107
8 11x11211x8 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 100
9 0x363122x1 RUBY STREET M 5 Kevin Corstens 72
10 11x2048x37 SEPTEMBER RUN M 4 Chris Waller 110
11 8x40168x41 SPLINTEX H 5 Mark Newnham 108
12 114x7140x4 ZOUTORI G 6 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 113

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
2021
Gilgai Stakes
1st Kementari 1 minute 10.57 seconds
2nd Zoutori
3rd Kemalpasa
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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