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, the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) now run as the Rose Of Kingston Stakes and the Group 3 $750,000 The Bart Cummings for Melbourne Cup hopefuls. 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 $15 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 2, 2021 and was won by the Godolphin-raced Kementari.
2021 Gilgai Stakes Results
The official Gilgai Stakes 2021 results & finishing order will be updated below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 2, 2021.
- 1st: #4 Kementari
- 2nd: #1 Zoutori
- 3rd: #3 Kemalpasa
The Godolphin-raced Kementari ($9.50) was back to his best first-up scoring an upset win in a huge effort to knock off the favourite Zoutori in the 2021 Gilgai Stakes results at HQ.
Gilgai Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1984
Gilgai Stakes Betting
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.
2021 Gilgai Stakes Odds
The season’s top Gilgai Stakes 2021 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.
Early market betting odds on the 2022 Gilgai Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.
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.
Zoutori (2020) was the last sprinter to complete the Bobbie Lewis Quality – Gilgai Stakes double. Zoutori returned in 2021 to run a narrow second as the beaten favourite in the Gilgai Stakes behind Kementari.
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.
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.
2021 Gilgai Stakes Field
The official Gilgai Stakes 2021 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.
The 2021 Gilgai Stakes final field features a quality line-up of sprinters led in betting by the Newmarket Handicap winner Zoutori and in-form mare Away Game.
- Scratched: #5 Lost And Running (1)
2021 Gilgai Stakes Nominations
The official Gilgai Stakes 2021 nominations are taken the Monday of Turnbull Stakes week.
||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
||Jason Warren & Dean Krongold
||Richard & Chantelle Jolly
||LOST AND RUNNING (NZ)
||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
2021 Gilgai Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Gilgai Stakes 2021 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.
- To Win: #6 Away Game ($3.60 at time of publish)
Tipping the mare to return to winning form as she looks set to peak off a number of eye-catching lead-up runs this prep. Won a Group 3 in the winter in Brisbane and returned with back-to-back Black-Type seconds narrowly beaten on both occasions in Melbourne. Last start was a nose off Splintex at this track/distance in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis. She goes up in weight but remains well placed here.
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.
2021 Gilgai Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Gilgai Stakes 2021 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
||Dollar For Dollar
||Santa Ana Lane
||I Am Excited
||Sold For Song
||We’ve Got This
||Spirit Of Boom
||Steps In Time
||Spirit Of Boom
||Temple Of Boom
||Fast N Famous
||Belle Du Jour