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In what is shaping up as one of the most exciting spring cups lead-ups in many years, the Turnbull Stakes 2013 at Flemington Racecourse this Saturday has attracted a final field featuring 10 individual Group 1 winners.
Due to jump at 4:25pm (AEST) as Flemington Race 8, unlike the three Group 1 Sydney races on the weekend the $500,000 Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) has attracted a capacity field.
A major lead-up to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s staying classics including the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, the Turnbull Stakes field has 16 confirmed starters plus four emergencies.
Early favourite for Saturday and for the 2013 Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November is the Darren Weir’s Shamardal grey Puissance De Lune looking to improve on their last start seventh to Cox Plate fancy It’s A Dundeel in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) from September 21.
Puissance De Lune though is not one of the Group 1 winners in the mix here.
And neither is the next best fancied for the Turnbull trophy, Fiorente.
Gai Waterhouse’s class import came close in their Australian debut last November though when second in the $6.2 million Group 1 Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
They look on track to change that though having won the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley last start over the 1600m, far from their best distance.
Currently drawn in gate 14, Fiorente will come into barrier 11 if the emergencies all fail to gain a start.
Waterhouse has also accepted for Glencadam Gold, one wider with gate 15, who won the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney on this weekend last spring.
They have a nasty barrier but did run a nice race last start when second to Moriarty in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on September 21.
Also with dual Turnbull Stakes acceptors is triple Sydney premiership winning trainer Chris Waller.
Waller’s two hopes are Queensland Derby champ Hawkspur and the autumn’s ATC Oaks winner Royal Descent who sit one ($7) two ($7.50) in the futures Caulfield Cup odds.
Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent has been in ace form and on the improve this season including her last start second to Epsom Handicap hope Streama in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) in Sydney.
Four-year-old Purrealist gelding Hawkspur meanwhile was a nice winner over the Randwick mile in the Chelmsford two back but were fourth in the George Main, the extra distance on Saturday sure to suit.
The past two winners of the Australian Cup are also running in the Turnbull this year with the Mark Kavanagh-trained Super Cool (barrier nine) and Peter Moody’s 59kg topweight Manighar (barrier 18).
The duo is at opposite ends of Turnbull Stakes betting however with Super Cool well fancied after showing promise with two good runs this time in while Manighar is a double figure roughie.
Rounding out the other previous Group 1 winners are then Sangster (Victoria Derby), the past two Queensland Oaks winners Dear Demi and Quintessential, Silent Achiever (NZ Derby) and Emirates Stakes winner from last spring Happy Trails.
All the stars aside, there were also some notable Turnbull Stakes defectors this year including the Robert Hickmott-trained duo of Sea Moon and reigning Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon to pave the way for stablemate Fawkner to gain a run.
Check out the full Turnbull Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights in the table below.
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2013 Turnbull Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Flemington Race 8 – 4:25pm (AEST) – 05/10/2013
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x004742x65||MANIGHAR (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||18||59kg||113|
|2||211173×606||SANGSTER (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Noel Callow||12||57.5kg||110|
|3||1x9903x574||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Dwayne Dunn||6||57.5kg||111|
|4||212x311x34||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||9||56.5kg||113|
|5||526111×714||HAWKSPUR||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||19||56.5kg||110|
|6||61x42x3x61||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Nash Rawiller||14||56.5kg||112|
|7||1211x1x127||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||1||56.5kg||111|
|8||1106x00x82||GLENCADAM GOLD (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Vlad Duric||15||56.5kg||108|
|9||12130×1507||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||Luke Currie||20||56.5kg||102|
|10||4x24524x06||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Steven Arnold||13||55.5kg||112|
|11||x1112x3x75||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||8||55.5kg||107|
|12||520×616121||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||10||55.5kg||106|
|13||x11342x11x||JET AWAY (GB)||David Hayes||3||55.5kg||106|
|14||1052167×73||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Craig Williams||2||54.5kg||106|
|15||5253112×55||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Browne||17||54.5kg||106|
|16||134211×232||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||4||54.5kg||110|
|17e||93x68519x0||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart & James Cummings||–||16||54.5kg||102|
|18e||4244x22x80||WALDPARK (GER)||Anthony Freedman||–||7||54.5kg||109|
|19e||2213211×50||WHISPER DOWNS||David Hayes||–||11||54.5kg||99|
|20e||x131x2x703||BIT OF HELL (IRE)||Mick Price||–||5||54.5kg||98|
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