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 2017 Gilgai Stakes was won by Keen Array from Sold For Song with Malibu Style 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 7th October 2017|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||3yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty|
|2017 Winner:||Keen Array|
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.
Keen Array (2017) ran third in the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before pulling out all stops to win this event and recent Gilgai Stakes winners include The Quarterback (2016) and Chautauqua (2014-15).
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 Gr2 Caulfield Sprint after his second placing in the Gilga Stakes. The previous year he ran third in this race before running second in the Gr2 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington. He then travelled to Perth to finish third in the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
Hallowell Belle (2012) went on to finish 3rd behind Mental in the VRC Sprint Classic and King's Rose (2nd in 2012) finished runner-up in the Gr3 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 Gr2 Caulfield Sprint on Caulfield Cup day while Eagle Falls (5th in 2009) won the Linlithgow Stakes on Derby day.
1. $8.00 Keen Array 56.5 Mark Zahra
2. $20.00 Sold For Song 54.0 James Orman
3. $26.00 Malibu Style 56.5 Steven Parnham
4. $10.00 Bons Away 56.0 Ms Linda Meech
5. $4.00 Silent Sedition 56.0 Ms Katelyn Mallyon
6. $21.00 Ulmann 57.0 Damian Lane
7. $9.50 Land Of Plenty 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
8. $2.80 Spieth 56.5 Corey Brown
9. $16.00 The Quarterback 57.5 Matthew Allen
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.1 len
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|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|