Gilgai Stakes 2019

Saturday October 5, 2019

Ladbrokes Tip: The Gilgai Stakes is a nice guide to the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic during the spring

The Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 sprint and a key support act on the Turnbull Stakes Day program at Flemington Racecourse on a Saturday in early October each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Offering $300,000 in prize money the Gilgai Stakes is run at set weights plus penalties conditions and suits short-distance horses with proven experience down the famous Flemington ‘Straight Six’.

Heading the day’s racing is the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) for runners looking at backing-up in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) later in the month.

Other features on the Turnbull Stakes Day card include the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for VRC Oaks hopefuls and the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m). The Gilgai Stakes makes a nice lead-up into the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival and has produced a host of placegetters in the elite level in recent years.

The last horse to complete the Gilgai Stakes – VRC Sprint Classic double was All Silent (2009), while in 2015 Delectation improved on a Gilgai Stakes second to win that November’s Darley Classic in an upset.

The $14 million The Everest (1200m) – the world’s richest race on turf held at Sydney’s Randwick track – is also a possible next-up run for Gilgai Stakes horses.

The latest edition of the Gilgai Stakes ran on Saturday October 5, 2019 and was won by multiple Group 1 winning mare Sunlight. 

2019 Gilgai Stakes Results

The official Gilgai Stakes 2019 results & finishing order will be updated below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 5, 2019 .

  • 1st: #7 Sunlight
  • 2nd: #1 Santa Ana Lane
  • 3rd: #4 Zoutori

The 2019 Gilgai Stakes Results were dominated by the race favourite Sunlight, a two-time Group 1 winner at the track and distance in the autumn. She defeated brilliant sprinter Santa Ana Lane in a close finish with the duo to clash again in the $14 million The Everest on October 19 in Sydney.

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

Gilgai Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 5, 2019
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1984

Gilgai Stakes Betting & Odds

Gilgai Stakes odds are led by the season’s in-form sprinters coming off nice earlier runs, graduates from Group lead-ups in Melbourne and runners proven over the Flemington straight.

Because of where the race is run, barriers don’t have a major impact on the Gilgai Stakes betting markets with better indicators being the class of the runners and their records over the track / distance.

2019 Gilgai Stakes Odds

The season’s top Gilgai Stakes 2019 odds and Flemington betting markets will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Group 2 racing offers this Turnbull Stakes Day.

Gilgai Stakes Field

The Gilgai Stakes field attracts good spring sprinters of all age groups with many eyeing a Group 1 run later during the carnival.

A nice lead-up race is the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m), which Chautauqua won before taking out the 2014 edition. In 2015 Chautauqua successfully defended his Gilgai Stakes title on the back of a win in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley the month before.

The McEwen Stakes also produced the 2013 Gilgai Stakes winner Platelet (4th), while the other most recent race winner to come out of the Bobbie Lewis was Temple Of Boom (6th) in 2011.

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Dual Gilgai Stakes winner Chautauqua took out the 2015 Manikato Stakes after winning the Group 2 for a second time. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Many horses back-up at Moonee Valley later in the month in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) and the Gilgai Stakes – Manikato double was last achieved by Chautauqua in 2015. In earlier years the Manikato Stakes was run before the Gilgai and the double in that order was achieved in 2010 by Hay List.

The Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the second Saturday in November is another race many horses out of the field go on to contest. Chautauqua ran second in both the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Darley Classic following back-to-back Gilgai Stakes victories by the champion sprinter.

That same year the Gilgai Stakes runner-up Delectation won the Darley Classic two starts later. Earlier in 2012 winner Hallowell Belle finished fourth in the Manikato and third in the race then called the Patinack Classic for sponsorship purposes.

Gilgai Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race runs on the Sunday and the final field and barriers are released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday.

2019 Gilgai Stakes Field

The official Gilgai Stakes 2019 field and barrier draw is set for release on the Wednesday of race week and will be published below so stay tuned to see what sprinters making the starting line-up for the battle down the straight six.

There are a dozen final acceptors into the 2019 Gilgai Stakes field this spring with multiple Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane returning in barrier five carrying the 60kg topweight. Fellow The Everest-bound sprint star Sunlight is in gate nine on the short turnaround out of the Group 1 Moir Stakes placing in Melbourne last Friday night.

Scratchings: #3 Home Of The Brave (10) for Godolphin has withdrawn from the Gilgai Stakes field in favour of a run in Sydney’s $500,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

# 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 official Gilgai Stakes 2019 nominations are taken the Monday of Turnbull Stakes week and will be available here as soon as announced.

There are a bumper 22 early 2019 Gilgai Stakes nominations this spring led by champion sprinter Santa Ana Lane who heads towards the $14 million The Everest in Sydney a fortnight later.

# 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 Tips

Top Gilgai Stakes tips to consider include looking for runners with proven ability down the straight at Flemington Racecourse, past Group winners the Melbourne way of racing and the standout turf stars in the field.

Favourites have a gun recent record in the race with the last double-figure winner being All Silent ($10 in 2009) so backing the favourite is another good Gilgai Stakes betting tip, as is looking for any proven fresh performers running first-up in the race.

Sunlight ($2.25 in 2019) was the last favourite in Gilgai Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2019 Gilgai Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Gilgai Stakes 2019 betting tips and Flemington racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the sprinters to back and sack in the Group 2 this spring.

Gilgai Stakes Form Guide

The Gilgai Stakes form guide features crucial facts and race stats including the jockeys and trainers of the horses in the field as well as their records over the track / distance.

In recent years the Gilgai Stakes form has held-up in subsequent Group 1 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival features including the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley and the Darley Classic, now called the VRC Sprint Classic, at Flemington.

Runners may also travel across to Perth during the Summer Racing Carnival in WA for a shot at the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), a race the 2012 Gilgai Stakes third placegetter Spirit Of Boom finished third in three runs later that year. Spirit Of Boom also ran second in the 2013 Gilgai Stakes and fourth in that year’s Winterbottom.

2019 Gilgai Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Gilgai Stakes 2019 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Gilgai Stakes Results

The Gilgai Stakes results have been dominated by Group 1 performed favourites in the past decade. Notable recent Gilgai Stakes winners include Sunlight (2019), Chautauqua (2015, 2014), Temple Of Boom (2011), Hay List (2010), All Silent (2990) and Belle Du Jour (2001).

Gilgai Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Sunlight Santa Ana Lane Zoutori 1:09.4
2018 I Am Excited Eduardo Bons Away 1:09.1
2017 Keen Array Sold For Song Malibu Style 1:09.2
2016 The Quarterback We’ve Got This Durendal 1:09.0
2015 Chautauqua Delectation Knoydart 1:09.8
2014 Chautauqua Bounding Final Crescendo 1:08.2
2013 Platelet Spirit Of Boom Steps In Time 1:10.1
2012 Hallowell Belle King’s Rose Spirit Of Boom 1:08.8
2011 Temple Of Boom Sistine Angel Response 1:10.5
2010 Hay List Catapulted Chasm 1:08.2
2009 All Silent First Command Light Fantastic 1:09.8
2008 El Cambio Swick Murtajill 1:10.1
2007 Stanzout Shadoways Valedictum 1:10.4
2006 Fast N Famous Shadoways Dance Hero 1:08.3
2005 Falkirk Glamour Puss Recapitalize 1:07.9
2004 Recapitalize Falkirk Amtrak 1:09.2
2003 Bomber Bill Mr. Magoo Red Labelle 1:09.7
2002 Cosmic Strike Strategic Image Rubitano 1:09.3
2001 Belle Du Jour Point Danger Gold Class 1:10.4
2000 Bomber Bill Sports Umrum 1:08.6