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The Gilgai Stakes is a Group 2 race that is held under set weight and penalty conditions.  Taking place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne each year, the Gilgai Stakes is a 1200 metre event that has a history of favouring strong sprinters who can handle the long Flemington straight.  The Gilgai Stakes takes place on the same day as the popular Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, and began back in 1984.

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Originally known as the Sir Rupert Steele Stakes, this race changed to its present name in 1999.  While it has always been raced over 1200 metres, the Gilgai Stakes was a Listed Race until 1987, which is when it graduated to a Group 3 event.  It stayed that way until 2007, when the Gilgai Stakes was upgraded to its present Group 2 status.

Some horses in the Gilgai Stakes may go on to race in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes, with some horses also going on to race in the Caulfield Sprint on Caulfield Cup day.  Some of the most well known horses to have won the Gilgai Stakes include Bomber Bill in 2000 and 2003, Cosmic Strike in 2002, Falkirk in 2005, and Hay List in 2010.

The 2011 edition of the Gilgai Stakes was won by Temple of Boom, who shifted into top gear at the 250 mark to win over Sistine Angel in second and Response in third.

 

2011 Gilgai Stakes Result

 

1. Temple Of Boom

2. Sistine Angel

3. Response

4. Curtana

5. Varenna Miss

6. Largo Lad

7. First Command

8. Rothera

9. Chasm

10. Soul

11. Shrapnel

12. Decision Time

13. Danzylum

14. Orbit Express

15. Grand Duels

16. Elusive Touch

17. King Hoaks

 

 

 

Past Results

 

 

Year     Winner                        Race Name That Year              Status              Distance

 

2011     Temple Of Boom          VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 2            1200m

2010     Hay List                       VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 2            1200m

2009     All Silent                      VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 2            1200m

2008     El Cambio                    VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 2            1200m

2007     Stanzout                      VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 2            1200m

2006     Fast ‘N’ Famous           VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

2005     Falkirk                          VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

2004     Recapitalize                  VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

2003     Bomber Bill                  VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

2002     Cosmic Strike               VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

2001     Belle Du Jour               VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

2000     Bomber Bill                  VRC Gilgai Stakes                    Group 3            1200m

1999     Black Bean                   VRC Gilgai Farm Stakes           Group 3            1200m

1998     Rebel                           VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1997     Rock You                     VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1996     Poetic King                  VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1995     Racer’s Edge               VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1994     Hareeba                       VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1993     Simonstad                   VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1992     Storaia                                     VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1991     Vain Sovereign                         VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1990     Joanne                                    VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1989     Grandiose                    VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1988     Redelva                       VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1987     Placid Ark                    VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Group 3            1200m

1986     Campaign King                        VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Listed               1200m

1985     Rich Fields Lad                        VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Listed               1200m

1984     Royal Troubador           VRC Rupert Steele Stakes        Listed               1200m

 

 

 
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