Ladbrokes Tip: The Gilgai Stakes is a nice guide to the Group 1 Darley Classic during the spring
The Group 2 event is a key support act on the Turnbull Stakes Day program at Flemington Racecourse on the first Sunday in October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Previously contested on the Saturday, Racing Victoria moved the meeting to avoid a clash with the AFL Grand Final on the same weekend.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.
There is a total of three Group 2 features also run at Flemington that day with the Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for Thousand Guineas hopefuls, the Blazer Stakes (1400m) and the Gilgai Stakes.Run over 1200m the Gilgai Stakes is an open handicap race offering $200,000 in total prize money and makes a nice lead-up into the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The last horse to complete the Gilgai Stakes – VRC Sprint Classic double was All Silent (2009).
The next edition of the Gilgai Stakes is set to run on Sunday October, 2017.
Gilgai Stakes Field
The race’s field attracts the best 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 3 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 first 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Gilgai Stakes Winners
|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|