Gilgai Stakes

Gilgai Stakes

Group Two Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 5, 2024
Location: Flemington Racecourse – Melbourne, Victoria
Prize Money: $300,000
Distance: 1200m

The Gilgai Stakes is a 1200m sprint at Group 2 level held annually at Flemington Racecourse in early October.

In 2024, the Gilgai Stakes is run for $300,000.

Initially run as a Listed race from 1984-1986, the Gilgai Stakes received Group 3 status until 2006, before becoming a Group 2 event.

Despite it being a Group 2 race, the Gilgai Stakes honour roll stacks up well against many Group 1 sprint races.

Recent winner of the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes include: Private Eye (2022), Kementari (2021), Zoutori (2020), Sunlight (2019), The Quarterback (2016), Chautauqua (2014/2015), Temple Of Boom (2011), Hay List (2010), Belle Du Jour (2001), Hareeba (1994), Redelva (1988) and Placid Ark (1987).


2024 Gilgai Stakes Betting Odds

Odds for the 2024 Gilgai Stakes are currently unavailable.


Best Gilgai Stakes bookmakers

The Gilgai Stakes isn’t one of the star races of the spring carnival, so bookmakers won’t open early all-in markets. Bookmakers will open markets for the Gilgai throughout the week of the race, but punters will still get great odds and the best value.

All of our top racing bookmakers offer betting on the Gilgai Stakes and bookmaker offers will also be available in the days leading up to the race.

Generally the top Gilgai Stakes betting sites will also be accessible via both desktop, mobile (including betting apps) and even via telephone betting. Ir really just depends what you are looking for.


Latest Gilgai Stakes News

Star Patrol runs away with impressive Gilgai Stakes victory
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Straight track specialist Zoutori lowered the colours of Everest contenders Tofane and Santa Ana Lane when he won the Gilgai ...

2024 Gilgai Stakes Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Gilgai Stakes Final Field is released.


Previous Gilgai Stakes Field

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks
    Jigsaw
    Cindy Alderson
    Daniel Moor
    4
    59kg
    2 Silks
    Star Patrol
    Clinton McDonald
    Ben Melham
    11
    59kg
    3 Silks
    Snapper
    Mike Moroney
    Jye McNeil
    3
    58.5kg
    4 Silks
    Showmanship
    John Leek (Jnr)
    Mark Zahra
    5
    58.5kg
    5 Silks
    Ashford Street
    Ken Elford
    Teo Nugent
    12
    58kg
    6 Silks
    Outlaws Revenge
    Daniel Bowman
    Craig Williams
    10
    58kg
    7 Silks
    Zoutori
    Mathew Ellerton
    Damian Lane
    2
    57kg
    8 Silks
    Shelby Sixtysix
    Danny Williams
    Craig Newitt
    8
    57kg
    9 Silks
    Fender
    Brett Cavanough
    Jamie Mott
    6
    57kg
    10 Silks
    On The Lead
    Richard & Will Freedman
    Damien Oliver
    13
    57kg
    11 Silks
    Triple Missile
    Lindsey Smith
    Jamie Kah
    14
    57kg
    12 Silks
    Cause For Concern
    Shawn Mathrick
    Ben Allen
    1
    57kg
    13 Silks
    Rocket Tiger
    Scott Spackman
    Chad Schofield
    9
    57kg
    14 Silks
    C’est Magique
    Grahame Begg
    Michael Dee
    7
    55kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Private Eye Joseph Pride Joshua Parr 7 60kg
    2 Silks Baller Tony Gollan Blake Shinn 12 59kg
    3 Silks The Astrologist Leon & Troy Corstens Craig Williams 6 58.5kg
    4 Silks Sirius Suspect Saab Hasan Ethan Brown 3 58.5kg
    5 Silks Kemalpasa Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 11 58kg
    6 Silks Roch ‘N’ Horse Mike Moroney Patrick Moloney 13 58kg
    7 Silks Tycoonist Chris Waller Damien Oliver 10 58kg
    8 Silks Athelric James Cummings Jamie Kah 9 58kg
    9 Silks Zoutori Mathew Ellerton Damian Lane 1 57kg
    10 Silks Shaquero Chris Waller Brett Prebble 4 57kg
    11 Silks Wild Planet Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 2 57kg
    12 Silks It’sourtime Danny O’Brien John Allen 8 57kg
    13 Silks Swats That Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 5 55kg

2023 Gilgai Stakes result


1stStar Patrol (+150)
2ndTriple Missile (+110)
3rdC’est Magique (-285.71)

Recent Gilgai Stakes winners

  • Star Patrol ($2.60) has remained undefeated this preparation after taking out the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes at Flemington, with Ben Melham giving the race favourite a great ride. The Clinton McDonald-trained galloper was successful in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) first-up and was heavily backed in what seemed to be a weaker Group 2 contest second-up on Saturday. The son of Starspangledbanner jumped well from his wide barrier and held the lead with Snapper ($71.00) and Jigsaw ($8.00), who were closer to the inside running rail. Melham bided his time Star Patrol and he appeared to be losing ground on the quickening leaders, but as soon as he pushed the button, his gelding kicked into overdrive and took the leader with 200m to go. After kicking clear, the winner started to roll in towards the inside running rail, but there was no worries as he was more than a length clear of the runner-up Triple Missile ($8.50).
  • Having claimed the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) 12 months prior, the Joe Pride-trained Private Eye (+380) showed his sprinting prowess when claiming the Gilgai Stakes. Having his first run since running second to Alligator Blood in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), Private Eye made a mess of well-established sprinters. With 300m to go, Private Eye was still spotting the lead at least five lengths, but when Josh Parr asked the star galloper to quicken, he did so nicely and would go on to put 2.25 lengths on Roch ‘N’ Horse (+500) and Baller (+1000) in second and third repsectively.
  • It took an inch perfect steer from Damien Oliver, but Kementari ($9.50) was once again a winner when claiming the 2021 Gilgai Stakes. Having settled last in the small field of eight, Ollie opted to wait until the last possible moment to present Kementari, but when the legendary hoop asked ‘Special K’ to quicken, Kementari managed to wear down straight track specialists Zoutori (+260) and Kemalpasa (+280) by a narrow margin, with Splintex (+450) finishing just over a length behind Kementari in fourth in what was a bunched finish.
  • Having claimed the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality at his last start, the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Zoutori (+450) claimed the 2020 Gilgai Stakes in a blanket finish. Having settled just off the speed, Jamie Kah produced Zoutori at the right time and with every stride was grinding down race leader Dollar For Dollar. Zoutori managed to get his head down at the right time to defy Dollar For Dollar (+650), with Kemalpasa (+2000) a neck away in third. Less than a length seperated the first four across the line, with Kementari running on strongly for fourth.
  • It was billed as a match race between Sunlight (+125) and Santa Ana Lane (+270) and the 2019 Gilgai Stakes did not disappoint. Sunlight was always going to have a tactical advantage on her key rival and that proved beneficial as Luke Currie lifted the star mare to victory. The pair managed to lead from barrier to box, but not without a scare as Santa Ana Lane, under Mark Zahra, thundered home to be beaten a half-length in a cracking edition of the Gilgai.

Gilgai Stakes winners

Gilgai Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Star Patrol Ben Melham Clinton McDonald
2022 Private Eye Joshua Parr Joseph Pride
2021 Kementari Damien Oliver James Cummings
2020 Zoutori Jamie Kah Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
2019 Sunlight Luke Currie Tony & Calvin McEvoy
2018 I Am Excited Kerrin McEvoy David Pfieffer
2017 Keen Array Mark Zahra David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2016 The Quarterback Matthew Allen Robbie Griffiths
2015 Chautauqua Dwayne Dunn Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2014 Chautauqua Dwayne Dunn Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
2013 Platelet Michelle Payne Darren Weir
2012 Hallowell Belle Vlad Duric Gai Waterhouse
2011 Temple Of Boom James McDonald Tony Gollan
2010 Hay List Glyn Schofield John McNair
2009 All Silent Nicholas Hall Grahame Begg
2008 El Cambio Kerrin McEvoy Peter Snowden
2007 Stanzout Nash Rawiller Colin Davies
2006 Fast ‘N’ Famous Danny Nikolic John O’Shea
2005 Falkirk Noel Callow Lee Freedman
2004 Recapitalize Vincent Hall Mathew Ellerton
2003 Bomber Bill Steven Arnold Robert Smerdon
2002 Cosmic Strike Jason Patton Dan O’Sullivan
2001 Belle Du Jour Patrick Payne Clarry Conners
2000 Bomber Bill Steven Arnold Russell Cameron

Gilgai Stakes winners pre-2000

Gilgai Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Black Bean
1998 Rebel
1997 Rock You
1996 Poetic King
1995 Racer’s Edge
1994 Hareeba
1993 Simonstad
1992 Storaia
1991 Vain Sovereign
1990 Joanne
1989 Grandiose
1988 Redelva
1987 Placid Ark
1986 Campaign King
1985 Rich Fields Lad
1984 Royal Troubador

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