Turnbull Stakes 2012 Final Field & Barrier Draw

A top-class field of spring cup hopefuls has been accepted into the 2012 Turnbull Stakes field at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday including the current Caulfield Cup betting favourite December Draw.

December Draw

December Draw seeks back-to-back wins in the 2012 Turnbull Stakes this Saturday

Beaten favourite in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) last spring having broken down during the running of the $2.65 million handicap, Mark Kavanagh’s classy import is back on track to atone this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival starting with a second win in the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

The Medecis six-year-old won the Turnbull last year and is sure to be the top fancy to go back-to-back this weekend as they come off an excellent third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) which would see them become just the third dual Turnbull winner joining Comic Court and Vo Rogue.

They drop back from 59kg in the Underwood to 57.5kg on Saturday and have also come up trumps with barrier three in the full 16-starter plus one emergency Turnbull Stakes 2012 field.

Two of the other top Turnbull Stakes fancies have had mixed results in the barrier draw with Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Happy Trails drawing the inside alley, and reigning Caulfield Cup champ Southern Speed, coming off an Underwood Stakes fourth, with work to do from barrier 15.

Other widely drawn hopefuls include the Hawkes-trained Sydney Cup winner Niwot (barrier 13), Ciaron Maher’s Makybe Diva Stakes third placed Moudre (16), the Shanue Ritchie-trained Let’s Elope Stakes winning Kiwi visitor Zurella (14) and John Sadler’s Melbourne Cup-bound American import Winchester (17) out to improve on their Underwood ninth in their Australian debut.

Sadler has also accepted for his Galileo six-year-old Linton who has drawn better with barrier eight and who produced a good first-up fourth in the Dato’.

“We were really unlucky in that,” Malua Racing’s General Manager Troy Corstens said of Linton’s run in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

“He got held up coming to the 600m and couldn’t do a lot from the 600m to the 400m. He really attacked the line once he got into free running.

“He has done really well since. We were really happy with his work this morning (Tuesday).

“Steven Arnold was super pleased. It is hard to go into a Group 1 of this standing with confidence but I wouldn’t be swapping him with too many.”

Other notable 2012 Turnbull Stakes acceptors then include Australian Derby winner Ethiopia who is a genuine chance from barrier four, last year’s Cox Plate third placegetter Rekindled Interest (barrier 10), the Lloyd Williams-owned Green Moon (barrier nine) out to regain their Caulfield Cup favouritism, and the Peter Moody’s impressive Underwood Stakes runner-up Voila Ici (barrier five).

Check out the official 2012 Turnbull Stakes field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.

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2012 Turnbull Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 7 – 4:20pm – 06/10/2012

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 140x2153x9 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler Jamie Mott 17 57.5kg 111
2 8x55441x00 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 13 57.5kg 108
3 1x21110x83 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 3 57.5kg 112
4 3321×7 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey Rhys McLeod 4 56.5kg 108
5 533x625x03 REKINDLED INTEREST Jim Conlan Damien Oliver 10 56.5kg 112
6 233446×121 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Ben Melham 1 56.5kg 109
7 6415116×97 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens Craig Newitt 11 56.5kg 101
8 25255×3114 SOUTHERN SPEED Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Glen Boss 15 55.5kg 115
9 321x343x62 VOILA ICI (IRE) Peter G Moody Vlad Duric 5 55.5kg 110
10 23x760x1x4 LINTON John Sadler Steven Arnold 8 55.5kg 108
11 92120x1x52 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 9 55.5kg 109
12 4241x089x3 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 16 55.5kg 104
13 704x0x6696 MR CHARD Dean Lawson Dean Holland 6 55.5kg 95
14 71411x6x00 SANAGAS (GER) Bart Cummings Brad Rawiller 7 55.5kg 108
15 142x116x85 SNEAK A PEEK (ITY) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 55kg 104
16 1115152×17 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie Chris Munce 14 52.5kg 102
17e 2234x94x05 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 2 54.5kg 106