Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller has a strong seven-nomination contingent for Sunday’s Turnbull Stakes 2015 at Flemington Racecourse as he attempts to win the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival classic for the first time.
The headline race on the Sunday, NRL Grand Final Day line-up at Flemington, this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes (2000m) has attracted a notable 24 nominations.
Seven of those come from the Sydney stables of Waller including his talented six-year-old Redoute’s Choice mare Royal Descent.
First-up winner of the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) she then ran third in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) before crossing second to stablemate and current 2015 Cox Plate favourite Kermadec in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) on September 19.
She hasn’t raced in Melbourne since a 12th to Adelaide in last year’s Cox Plate and goes via a different path this spring, Waller likely not to give her a chance to improve on an Epsom Handicap second to He’s Your Man last year with a run this Saturday.
Instead she is set to go over the extra distance in the Turnbull Stakes on way to the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17.
Waller has a number of dual nominees for the big ones in Sydney on Saturday and Sunday’s Turnbull Stakes in Melbourne including former Doomben Cup winner Beaten Cup and Junoob who are more likely to stay at home for a shot at the $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).
His other Turnbull nominees are Sydney Cup winner Grand Marshall, runner-up in the same two mile feature during the autumn Who Shot Thebarman, Weary and Preferment.
Last year’s Victoria Derby winner, the now four-year-old Zabeel stallion Preferment is high up the pre-field The Metropolitan odds at Ladbrokes.com.au but Waller is leaning towards the Melbourne run for the last start Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) winner who has the Melbourne Cup in November in his sights.
Another Sydney horseman with multiple Turnbull Stakes entries is Godolphin’s John O’Shea with Hauraki out to atone for a George Main seventh when the ATC Derby runner-up is stepped up in distance and Hartnell.
Winner of the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) before a fourth to Grand Marshal in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) in the autumn, Authorized gelding Hartnell returned in the Chelmsford on September 5 running fourth and will be fitter for the run looking to add to a nice second-up record (3-1-2-0).
Also coming off nice lead-up runs are the likes of the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Kiwi expat Rising Romance who ran second in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), Robert Hickmott’s Naturalism Stakes runner-up The United States and Lucia Valentina.
Kris Lees’ Savabeel mare Lucia Valentina won last year’s Turnbull Stakes on the back of a sixth in Sydney’s George Main Stakes, but has failed to win again over the past 12 months.
This year she has even better lead-up form however having crossed fourth in the George Main Stakes before attempting back-to-back Turnbull Stakes wins not achieved since Vo Rouge (1987, 1988).
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2015 Turnbull Stakes Nominations
Flemington Racecourse – 04/10/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trianer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x3x1112x26||ALPINE EAGLE||H||4||Tony McEvoy||104|
|2||36211x0x01||AMRALAH (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||103|
|3||343x034x30||AWESOME ROCK||H||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||90|
|4||800530×484||BEATEN UP (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||107|
|5||5x6624x008||DANDINO (GB)||H||9||Darren Weir||104|
|6||227228×254||EXTRA ZERO||G||9||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|7||x889431x07||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||G||6||Chris Waller||107|
|8||4x1141x98||GUST OF WIND (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||104|
|9||x62307x605||HAPPY TRAILS||G||8||Paul Beshara||112|
|10||167x2114x4||HARTNELL (GB)||G||5||John O’Shea||112|
|12||0x0084x750||JUNOOB (GB)||G||8||Chris Waller||105|
|13||0x49376x64||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||M||5||Kris Lees||110|
|15||21x0628x01||PREFERMENT (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||109|
|16||41x6857x08||PROTECTIONIST (GER)||H||6||Kris Lees||114|
|17||226x122x62||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||–|
|18||0x7433x132||ROYAL DESCENT||M||6||Chris Waller||112|
|19||111x230x25||SET SQUARE||M||4||Ciaron Maher||–|
|20||x4x3x0x122||THE UNITED STATES (IRE)||H||6||Robert Hickmott||98|
|21||2x0535x868||THUNDER LADY (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||95|
|22||113213×705||VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ)||G||4||Donna Logan||109|
|23||30082×2490||WEARY (FR)||G||6||Chris Waller||107|
|24||03x5442x75||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||G||7||Chris Waller||109|