The Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 set weights and penalty race for three-year-old & upward horses held each year in early October at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Gilgai Stakes was won by I Am Excited from Eduardo with Bons Away third.
Taking place on the same day as the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, the Gilgai Stakes is run down the 1200 metre straight course at Flemington.
|Date:||Saturday 5th October 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2018 Winner:||I Am Excited|
The Gilgai Stakes tends to attract more than handy sprinters rather than topliners and suits horses who have a preference for straight track racing. It pays to study previous track and distance form to look for horses who have form down the Flemington straight, as not all horses handle the straight track after racing around turns.
The Gilgai Stakes is an above average sprint race and winners and placegetters will most likely head towards the Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes on Derby Day or Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic on Emirates day which are both run down the straight course.
I Am Excited (2018) ran fourth in the Gr3 How Now Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before scoring narrowly in this event for Warwick Farm trainer David Pfieffer.
Recent Gilgai Stakes winners include Keen Array (2017) and The Quarterback (2016).
Classy sprinter Chautauqua (2015) headed to Moonee Valley at his next start to score an outstanding victory in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes.
Spirit Of Boom (2nd in 2013) won the Caulfield Sprint after his second placing in this race. The previous year he ran third, before finishing runner-up in the Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington. He then travelled to Perth to run third in the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
Hallowell Belle (2012) went on to finish 3rd behind Mental in the VRC Sprint Classic while King's Rose (2nd in 2012) ran second in the Moonga Stakes at Caulfield.
Temple of Boom (2011) managed to run 3rd in the Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington after winning this race while Response (3rd in 2011) finished third in the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield. Sistine Angel (2nd in 2011) went on to run second in the Gr3 Sandown Stakes at Sandown.
Chasm (3rd in 2010) went on to run third in the Linlithgow Stakes and Gr1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington during the four-day VRC carnival.
In the past few years the Gilgai Stakes has been a reasonable guide to the VRC Sprint Classic on Emirates Day with both All Silent (2009) and Swick (2008) winning the major sprint event later in the spring, while Stanzout (2007) ran 3rd in the VRC Sprint Classic.
First Command (2nd in 2009) managed to win the Caulfield Sprint on Caulfield Cup day while Eagle Falls (5th in 2009) won the Linlithgow Stakes on Derby day.
1. $4.60 I Am Excited 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $8.50 Eduardo 56.0 Brian Park
3. $8.50 Bons Away 56.0 Mark Zahra
4. $8.50 Quilista 56.0 Damian Lane
5. $9.50 Dothraki 57.5 Hugh Bowman
6. $4.80 Dreamforce 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
7. $13.00 Perast 57.5 Stephen Baster
8. $7.00 First Among Equals 56.0 Dean Yendall
9. $21.00 Keen Array 57.5 Jordan Childs
10. $31.00 Burning Front 56.0 Ben Allen
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.1 len
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|2018||I Am Excited||Eduardo||Bons Away||1:09.1|
|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|
|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|
|1999||Black Bean||Cannyanna||Star Joe||1:09.8|
|1997||Rock You||Always A Chance||Wry Hero||1:09.5|
|1996||Poetic King||Lion Hunter||Rubidium||1:12.0|
|1995||Racer's Edge||Rullene||I Love Sydney||1:10.2|
|1992||Storaia||Tanjian Prince||Tea Habit||1:09.2|
|1991||Vain Sovereign||Redelva||Mister Till||1:09.1|
|1988||Redelva||Jet Fighter||Franklin Pride||1:11.0|