Turnbull Stakes

The 2016 Turnbull Stakes will be held at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday October 2 on the AFL Grand Final weekend in Melbourne.

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Hartnell remains on top of 2016 Melbourne Cup betting markets after he finished second behind Winx in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley this afternoon.

Hartnell remains on top of Melbourne Cup betting following his defeat in the 2016 Cox Plate. Photo by: Steve Hart

Hartnell was no match for Winx in the final stages of the Cox Plate – ...

The Turnbull Stakes 2016 is a Group 1 race for staying types held on the first Sunday of October at Flemington Racecourse a day after Sydney’s Epsom Handicap Day meeting.  The Turnbull Stakes originally ran on the same Saturday as the Epsom Handicap at Randwick, but Victorian Racing Club (VRC) rescheduled the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival program to account for the AFL Grand Final in Victoria.  There are four other Group status races on the Turnbull Stakes Day card with the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) for Caulfield Cup types.

Turnbull Stakes
Date: Sunday 2nd October
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 4YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1948

The Turnbull Stakes is for four-year-old entries and up run under set weight conditions plus penalties. Offering a generous prize purse of over $500 000, this 2000m middle-distance event always attracts an elite field of highly competitive runners, many of which use the race as a key lead-up to the carnival’s feature races including the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Since being awarded Group 1 status however, the Turnbull Stakes is now seen as a premier race in its own right and not simply a preparatory race. As the first quality middle-distance race at the carnival, the Turnbull Stakes provides stayers with a chance to run over the more suitable 2000m building up to the longer 2400m and 3200m races later in the spring.

In past years the Turnbull Stakes has proven a truly excellent guide to the spring feature races, with the Turnbull Stakes providing a number of Melbourne Cup , Caulfield Cup winners and Cox Plate winners. The Turnbull Stakes paired with any of these three later events makes for some great betting doubles throughout the carnival.

In 2016, the Turnbull Stakes will take place at Flemington on Sunday 2 October 2016.

Turnbull Stakes Field 2016

The 2016 Turnbull Stakes field and barrier draw was released on Wednesday September 28 at 10:00am (AEST) and features 13 hopefuls including last year’s winner Preferement, last start Hill Stakes champ Hartnell and the Mick Price-trained Tarzino.

See below for the complete 2016 Turnbull Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw and for a full race preview follow the link.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 07x4110x45 PREFERMENT (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5 59kg 115
2 1x4214x808 TARZINO (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 8 58kg 109
3 208x0775x8 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Ben Melham 6 57.5kg 109
4 4650x5x211 HARTNELL (GB) John O’Shea James McDonald 4 57.5kg 115
5 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 2 57.5kg 111
6 230x5501x5 OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 1 57.5kg 112
7 x25305x934 SET SQUARE Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 12 55.5kg 105
8 5x11113x02 TALLY John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 9 55.5kg 100
9 x45324x471 JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Nicholas Hall 7 54.5kg 108
10 1F1x121x09 SOFIA ROSA (NZ) Stephen Marsh Ms Danielle Johnson 10 54.5kg 105
11 16x7733x86 DE LITTLE ENGINE Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 3 54.5kg 93
12 122x323x50 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien TBA 13 54.5kg 93
13 32x1114x41 RAW IMPULSE (GB) Darren Weir Craig Williams 11 54.5kg 95

2016 Turnbull Stakes Betting

Check out the latest Turnbull Stakes 2016 betting odds below complete with links to your selections so you can back the Turnbull Stakes trifecta at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Turnbull Stakes Nominations

The 2016 Turnbull Stakes nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday September 26 and feature a bumper 20 hopefuls including Hill Stakes winner Hartnell and the defending champion Preferment, both from Sydney.

Read the official 2016 Turnbull Stakes Nominations now.

Turnbull Stakes History

Named in honour of the incumbent VRC Chairman Mr. Richard Turnbull, the Turnbull Stakes was first run in 1948 when Beau Gem claimed victory. It was originally a 12 furlong (approx. 2400m) Principal race up until 1972 when the distance was changed to the shorter length of 2000m with Australia’s adoption of the metric system. The race was run as a handicap event through until 1963 when weight-for-age conditions were adopted until 1970 when eventually the Turnbull Stakes became a set weights plus penalties race. In 1979 the event was elevated to Group 2 status and remained the same until 2006 when it was installed as a Group 1 event following the win of the infamous Makybe Diva in 2005.

Notable winners of the Turnbull Stakes include Rising Fast (1954), Galilee (1968), Super Impose (1989), Let’s Elope (1991), Naturalism (1992), Sunline (2000), Northerly (2002) and Efficient (2009). In 2012 Green Moon won the Turnbull Stakes before taking out the ‘race that stops the nation’ with a Melbourne Cup victory two starts later on the first Tuesday of November.

Turnbull Stakes Records
Multiple Winners: Comic Court (1949 & 1950), Vo Rogue (1987 & 1988).
Most Successful Jockeys: Two jockeys have won four Turnbull Stakes.
Harry White with Lefroy (1978), No Peer (1981), Birchwood (1982) and Just Now (1986).
R. Higgins with Sir Dane (1964), Galilee (1968), Leilani (1974) and Denise’s Joy (1976).

Recent Turnbull Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2016Turnbull Stakes 1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2015Turnbull Stakes 1st Preferment 2 minutes 1.34 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Set Square
2014Turnbull Stakes 1st Lucia Valentina 2 minutes 1.84 seconds
2nd Lidari
3rd Brambles
2013Turnbull Stakes 1st Happy Trails 2 minutes 2.94 seconds
2nd Puissance De Lune
3rd Fawkner
2012Turnbull Stakes 1st Green Moon 2 minutes 2.11 seconds
2nd Seville
3rd December Draw
2011Turnbull Stakes 1st December Draw 2 minutes 3.98 seconds
2nd Glass Harmonium
3rd Playing God
2010Turnbull Stakes 1st Zipping 2 minutes 3.23 seconds
2nd Shocking
3rd Shoot Out
2009Turnbull Stakes 1st Efficient 2 minutes 1.6 seconds
2nd Predatory Pricer
3rd Scenic Shot
2008Turnbull Stakes 1st Littorio 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Master O’Reilly
3rd Zipping
2007Turnbull Stakes 1st Devil Moon 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Scenic Shot
3rd Haradasun
2006Turnbull Stakes 1st Sphenophyta 2 minutes 1.9 seconds
2nd Our Smoking Joe
3rd Aqua D Amore
2005Turnbull Stakes 1st Makybe Diva 2 minutes 1.5 seconds
2nd Lad Of The Manor
3rd Confectioner
2004Turnbull Stakes 1st Elvstroem 2 minutes 0.4 seconds
2nd Mummify
3rd Confectioner
2003Turnbull Stakes 1st Studebaker 2 minutes 4 seconds
2nd Pentastic
3rd Strasbourg
2002Turnbull Stakes 1st Northerly 2 minutes 2.3 seconds
2nd Dash For Cash
3rd Fields Of Omagh
2001Turnbull Stakes 1st Sunline 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Universal Prince
3rd Primrose Sands
2000Turnbull Stakes 1st Fairway 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Diatribe