Nominations for Saturday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington Racecourse were taken today, featuring a stunning list of 28 four-year-olds and up.
Unlike a number of other weekend races that drew nominations today, the Turnbull Stakes Day feature race did not have to extend its nominations.
Some of racing’s top potentials have declared for the 2014 Turnbull Stakes, which has been a decent punters guide to the $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) in the past.
Defending champion Happy Trails heads the quality 2014 Turnbull Stakes nominations, with jockey Michael Rodd already booked to ride the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) runner-up to back-to-back glory.
Another top nomination is Gai Waterhouse’s The Offer, who is the $11 Melbourne Cup early favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au.
The six-year-old won the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) and Group 2 Chairman’s Stakes (2600m) back in April but hasn’t had a great start to his 2014 spring racing campaign after finishing middle of the pack in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) on September 6 before coming second-last in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) last weekend.
However money is still coming in for the gelding to take out the 2014 Melbourne Cup, given his past success at the two-mile distance.
Robert Hickmott’s Green Moon, who became just the fifth horse in history to take out the Turnbull-Melbourne Cup double in 2012, is back for another crack. Despite this success, the eight-year-old has had a rocky journey ever since.
Of his ten starts since the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Green Moon only placed in one – the Group 1 Darley Australian Cup (2000m) in March.
Chris Waller tops the 2014 Turnbull Stakes nominations with six entries, however the trainer will likely be represented by just one – Hawkspur.
Foreteller looks to be an unlikely Turnbull starter, set to run in the following week’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) with Sacred Falls instead.
Royal Descent and Junoob are expected to stay in Sydney for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) respectively, which leaves just Hawkspur and Who Shot Thebarman.
Hawkspur has been hit and miss during the 2014 spring racing carnival. He finished in the bottom three in August’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) before bouncing back to a win in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 6. The gelding then missed out on a placing in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) by under a length a fortnight later.
The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Spillway was only nominated for the Turnbull as a safeguard against bad weather in Sydney, according to Hayes and will be lining up at The Metropolitan if the ground is good.
Take a look at the entire list of 2014 Turnbull Stakes nominations below, which will likely reduce greatly coming first acceptances on Wednesday.
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2014 Turnbull Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse race 7 – 04/10/2014
|2||BRAMBLES (NZ)||Peter G Moody||105|
|3||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||103|
|4||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||104|
|5||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||113|
|6||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||99|
|7||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||113|
|8||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||101|
|9||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||113|
|11||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||108|
|12||KINGDOMS (NZ)||Brian Smith||99|
|13||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||99|
|14||LIDARI (FR)||Peter G Moody||103|
|15||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||108|
|16||PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)||Darren Weir||111|
|17||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||112|
|18||SACRED FALLS (NZ)||Chris Waller||117|
|19||SEA MOON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||110|
|20||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||105|
|22||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||116|
|23||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||105|
|24||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||104|
|25||SUPER COOL||Mark Kavanagh||107|
|26||THE OFFER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||110|
|27||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||95|
|28||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||105|