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It is all about Winx racing at Flemington Racecourse for the first time in Melbourne today and below the Races.com.au team will be updating the full 2017 Turnbull Stakes Day results across the afternoon.
The Turnbull Stakes Day card is a nine-race affair headlined by Flemington Race 5 at 3:50pm (AEDT) when the Chris Waller-trained dual Cox Plate winner Winx chases win number 21 on the trot in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
There is a host of other exciting Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up races on the line-up too including Darley Classic types facing off in the Gilgai Stakes (Race 4), possible VRC Oaks fillies doing battle in the Edward Manifold Stakes (Race 6), the Melbourne Cup hopefuls chasing the ballot exemption in The Bart Cummings (Race 7) and the Myer Classic-bound mares running in the Blazer Stakes (Race 9).
It’s an all-black type card so stay tuned below for the latest Flemington racing results and live Turnbull Stakes Day winners including Winx in the Group 1 – the day’s best odds open online at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Race 9 (5:45pm) – Listed $120,000 Paris Lane Handicap (1400m)
- 1st: #13 Pure Pride
- 2nd: #12 Wyndspelle
- 3rd: #16 Saint Valorem
The Murray Johnson-trained Shocking mare Pure Pride enjoyed an upset win in the last on Turnbull Stakes Day, improving on a lead-up 10th at the track on September 16 to win her first race since breaking her maiden status at Ballarat back in March last year. Flying home late she saluted at over $15 in betting, while New Zealand Group 2 winner Wyndspelle also got going in the closing stages to finish second ahead of Saint Valorem.
Race 8 (5:10pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Blazer Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #14 Now Or Later
- 2nd: #11 Merriest
- 3rd: #12 Payroll
The Robert Smerdon-trained Irish import Now Or Later enjoyed a feature race win on Turnbull Stakes Day second-up off a How Now Stakes sixth, continuing her strong second-up record at just her third Australian start. The Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) back at the track in a month’s time now calls for the Bushranger five-year-old who is out to extend her winning form to a mile, after she defeated Merriest and the third-placed Payroll who ran an enormous race at a price.
Race 7 (4:30pm) – Group 3 $300,000 The Bart Cummings (2500m)
- 1st: #4 Amelie’s Star
- 2nd: #13 Granddukeoftuscany
- 3rd: #10 Kellstorm
Darren Weir‘s improving mare Amelie’s Star ran a terrific race at Flemington, getting the ballot free ride into the Melbourne Cup field after an upset win in The Bart Cummings on Turnbull Stakes Day. Coming off a lead-up fourth to Harlem in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m), the six-year-old enjoyed the drop from 56kg that day to 54.5kg and atoned stepping-up in distance for a strong late run for an easy win. It was a hot tempo set by $91 roughie Granddukeoftuscany, raced by five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, who turned it into a real staying test and ran an enormous race holding for second. Kellstorm, also from the Weir stables, finished third ahead of the $2.15 favourite and reigning champion Melbourne Cup winner Almandin.
Race 6 (3:50pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m)
- 1st: #12 Bring Me Roses
- 2nd: #17 Hiyaam
- 3rd: #4 Leather’n’lace
Bring Me Roses is on track for a VRC Oaks bid next month after the Tony McEvoy-trained filly scored an impressive win in the Edward Manifold Stakes, charging to the line late for a big victory over the lightly-raced Hiyaam, while the race favourite Leather’n’lace had to settle for third.
Race 5 (3:15pm) – Group 1 $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m)
- 1st: #2 Winx
- 2nd: #3 Ventura Storm
- 3rd: #1 Humidor
Winx put any Flemington fears to doubt scoring a breathless Turnbull Stakes win at her first look at Headquarters, blitzing her rivals without ever being fully let go. The mighty mare made it 21 straight wins and 14 in Group 1 class, absolutely destroying runner-up Ventura Storm – who heads towards the Melbourne Cup – by over six lengths, while the “danger” Humidor only just held for third to round on the Turnbull Stakes 2017 trifecta.
Race 4 (2:40pm) – Group 2 $200,000 Gilgai Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: #3 Keen Array
- 2nd: #9 Sold For Song
- 3rd: #5 Malibu Style
The hulking Lindsay Park-trained Keen Array produced a top run down the Flemington straight, breaking his maiden status at the track with a victory over the roughie-priced duo Sold For Song (2nd) and Malibu Style (3rd) in the Gilgai Stakes 2017. The five-year-old hadn’t won a race since October last year, but was back to his best despite the narrow photo-finish with the returning Kevin Kemp-trained mare from Toowoomba Sold For Song ($19), who continued to rally late and just missed out on the Group 2 first-up. Adding even more value to the trifecta was the WA-trained third placegetter Malibu Style ($26).
Race 3 (2:05pm) – Listed $120,000 UCI Stakes (1800m)
- 1st: #9 Main Stage
- 2nd: #1 Cliff’s Edge
- 3rd: #14 Johnny Vinko
Progressive Kiwi-bred three-year-old Main Stage put himself right into the mix for next month’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) with a last-to-first win in the UCI Stakes at Flemington. The Reliable Man gelding, prepared by Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young, wore down the leader Cliff’s Edge down the straight after making up all the ground from the back. The leader had a good margin, but Main Stage really wound-up late and ran over the top of him, while the winner’s stablemate Johnny Vinko also entered VRC Derby calculations with a surprise third.
Race 2 (1:30pm) – Listed $120,000 Antler Luggage Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: #8 Snitzepeg
- 2nd: #9 Bravo Tango
- 3rd: #2 Sircconi
Trainer Darren Weir, who later saddles-up Humidor against Winx in the Turnbull Stakes field, enjoyed a win in the second with three-year-old Snitzepeg getting an upset black-type victory. The son of Snitzel, who also sired the day’s first winner Nomothaj, was too strong for his rivals after settling just off the pace throughout in third behind the leader Plutocracy. After being eased out by jockey Dean Yendall three deep approaching the straight, Snitzepeg hit the lead with 200m to go and on the line had a half-length to spare over the previously undefeated Bravo Tango. Last start Caulfield winner Sircconi rounded out the trifecta in third.
Race 1 (12:50pm) – Listed $120,000 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m)
- 1st: #9 Nomothaj
- 2nd: #4 Ranier
- 3rd: #11 Sunlight
Lindsay Park head trainer David Hayes continued his excellent record with the two-year-olds taking out the first on ‘Winx Day’ with professional young Snitzel filly Nomothaj getting black-type on the board in her debut. The stable took out the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes last year with Madeenaty and made it back-to-back victories thanks to a devastatingly close victory by Nomothaj, ridden by Stephen Baster, who nosed out Ranier from the Godolphin stable for the win. Race favourite Sunlight held for third. Hayes said Nomothaj “fought like a tiger” to get the job done and confirmed plans to target the Magic Millions races in the summer.
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