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 2019 Gilgai Stakes was won by Sunlight from Santa Ana Lane with Zoutori 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|
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 Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic on Emirates day which are both run down the straight course.
Sunlight (2019) ran third in the Group 1 AJ Moir Stakes over 1000m at Moonee Valley before displaying sizzling speed to win this event for the Tony and Calvin McEvoy stable.
Recent Gilgai Stakes winners include I Am Excited (2018) and Keen Array (2017).
Classy sprinter Chautauqua (2015) headed to Moonee Valley at his next start to score an outstanding victory in the Group 1 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 Group 1 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 Group 1 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. $2.25 Sunlight 58.0 Luke Currie
2. $3.70 Santa Ana Lane 60.0 Mark Zahra
3. $8.50 Zoutori 59.0 Damian Lane
4. $17.00 Vital Silver 58.5 Ben Melham
=5. $31.00 Dothraki 59.0 Michael Walker
=5. $21.00 Naantali 56.0 Jamie Kah
7. $21.00 I Am Excited 57.0 John Allen
8. $14.00 Tyzone 58.5 Craig Williams
9. $26.00 Bella Martini 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $201.00 Vainstream 57.0 James Winks
11. $51.00 I Am Someone 58.0 Jordan Childs
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.2 len
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|2019||Sunlight||Santa Ana Lane||Zoutori||1:09.4|
|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|