Ladbrokes Tip: The Gilgai Stakes is a nice guide to the Group 1 Darley 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 $200,000 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 Darley 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 latest edition of the Gilgai Stakes ran on on Saturday October 7, 2017 .
2017 Gilgai Stakes Results
- 1st: #3 Keen Array
- 2nd: #9 Sold For Song
- 3rd: #5 Malibu Style
Gilgai Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday October 7, 2017
- Track: Flemington Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- 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.
2017 Gilgai Stakes Odds
The season’s top Gilgai Stakes 2017 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.
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 Darley 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.
2017 Gilgai Stakes Field
The official Gilgai Stakes 2017 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.
A line-up of just nine runners face off in the 2017 Gilgai Stakes field on Saturday including the reigning champion The Quarterback carrying 57.5kg from barrier three and the Bryce Heys-trained Group 1 placegetter at the Flemington track Spieth drawn wider in gate eight.
|#||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 official Gilgai Stakes 2017 nominations are taken the Monday of Turnbull Stakes week and will be available here as soon as announced.
In 2017 the Gilgai Stakes Nominations drew a bumper 16 early entries including the defending champion The Quarterback out to go back-to-back in the race like Chautauqua (2014-15), returning Group 1 winning mare Silent Sedition and Spieth who ran second at the track and distance in last November’s Darley Classic results.
|#||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|
|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|
|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 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.
2017 Gilgai Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Gilgai Stakes 2017 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.
- 1st: #6 Silent Sedition ($4.20) – The value in Gilgai Stakes betting lies in this Andrew Noblet-trained mare who is a Group 1 winner over the distance. She presents fresh here and her first-up record is outstanding. Also good her 1200m record (5-2-3-0) as she’s yet to run worse than second over the sprint distance. Flemington is the only question mark, she’s been down the straight six just once. That said, she is the most consistent horse in the race and has beaten horses that have beaten Saturday’s favourite Spieth so the form should stack-up.
- 2nd: #4 Spieth ($2.60) – Money is coming for the firming favourite who is out to atone for the first-up second to Redzel in Sydney’s Concorde Stakes (1000m), after which he was found to have suffered breathing issues. Second-up and back to full health he’ll be the big improver. Also getting him back to his best will be the return to Flemington, a straight track he loves (4-1-2-0). Twice run second after devastatingly close Group 1 efforts here and this is an easier field.
- 3rd: #1 The Quarterback ($7.50) – Looking at the recent form of this veteran sprinter, one would question the single-figure offering. He was last to Silent Sedition in the William Reid Stakes, but the tight Moonee Valley track got the better of him. This horse is a Flemington specialist and he defends his Gilgai Stakes title 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, previously 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.
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 Chautauqua (2015, 2014), Temple Of Boom (2011), Hay List (2010), All Silent (2990) and Belle Du Jour (2001).
2017 Gilgai Stakes Results
The official Gilgai Stakes 2017 results & finishing order will be updated below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 7, 2017 .
|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|
Gilgai Stakes Winners
|2017||Keen Array||Sold For Song||Malibu Style||1:09.2|
|2016||The Quarterback||We’ve Got This||Durendal||1:09.0|
|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|
|2009||All Silent||First Command||Light Fantastic||1:09.8|
|2006||Fast N Famous||Shadoways||Dance Hero||1:08.3|
|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|