The Gilgai Stakes is an exciting Group 2 race exclusive to three year old and above horses only. The event is part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and is held at the Flemington Racecourse every year. The Gilgai Stakes is run under set weights over a distance of 1200M making it one of the most exclusive Group 2 sprint race for three year old horses. The race is today worth up to $250,000 in prize money and over the last few decades, the Gilgai Stakes has grown remarkably to become one of the most popular races in the Melbourne Spring.
The 2013 edition of the Gilgai Stakes was graciously won by Platelet after outclassing a number of quality opponents in what was a highly entertaining sprint. Spirit of Boom and Steps in Time both had to settle for second and third respectively. The event will feature on the same day as the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes in this year’s Melbourne Spring and that should be a great line up for horse racing enthusiasts. In recent years, the Gilgai Stakes has in most cases assembled above average and talented sprinters.
Three year olds that perform well in this event can consider running in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes or even the Patinack Farm Classic. Both these races come a few weeks after the Gilgai Stakes. The race has done remarkably well over the last few years to produce a number of high profile champions most of who have made it big in other horse races. Last year for example, Spirit of Boom finished second in the race on course towards an easy win in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint.
Hallowell Belle in 2012 came close to a Gilgai Stakes and Salinger Stakes double after finishing third in the latter just a few weeks after winning the Gilgai Stakes. All Silent however did exemplary well in 2008 taking home the Gilgai Stakes and the Patinack Farm Stakes. The same feat was also replicated by Swick back in 2008. The quality and talent on display at the Gilgai Stakes is always breathtaking and even in 2104 the race is expected to be a major highlight for a lot of horse racing fans.
Gilgai Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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|