2020 Turnbull Stakes Betting Update: Baby After Elleegant Surprise

October 2, 2020

2020 Turnbull Stakes Betting Update: Baby After Elleegant Surprise

Melbourne Cup-bound Surprise Baby is the early Turnbull Stakes 2020 betting market mover out to defeat the favourite Verry Elleegant in Saturday’s feature race at Flemington.

Verry Elleegant Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Verry Elleegant leads 2020 Turnbull Stakes betting for Saturday’s Group 1 feature at Flemington. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

Heading the racing action at HQ this weekend is a star-studded edition of the Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) featuring 15 quality staying types heading towards the spring majors.

One of the best-backed to take out the Turnbull this weekend is the Paul Preusker-trained Surprise Baby ($6) to be ridden by last year’s Melbourne Cup winning hoop Craig Williams from the inside alley.

The well-bred son of Shocking ran an eye-catching fifth in the ‘race that stops’ a nation last spring and is the current $9 second elect trailing only the flying Russian Camelot ($8) in the all-in Melbourne Cup odds this season.

First-up Surprise Baby ran out of his skin to finish runner-up behind the now Waller-trained veteran Humidor in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley.

Humidor franked that form going on to place second to Russian Camelot at Caulfield in last weekend’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

Surprise Baby meanwhile has his second-up start in the Turnbull and looks a genuine winning hope with 57.5kg at set weights plus penalties.

Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the recent Turnbull Stakes results preparing four of the past five winners with: Preferment (2015), dual champion Winx (2017, 2018) and Kings Will Dream (2019) last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Chris Waller chases his fifth Turnbull Stakes win in six years this weekend

The master Sydney-based horseman returns in 2020 saddling-up four horses in the Turnbull Stakes field including the favourite Verry Elleegant at a current quote of $4.40 to continue the stable’s success.

The multiple Group 1 winning daughter of Zed has had four Flemington runs for two minor placings, but has strong form over the 2000m (7:3-2-0).

First-up she took out Randwick’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) before going down when fourth to stablemate Kolding at the same track over the mile second-up in the Group 1 George Main Stakes.

Getting a little lost on the rails that day, Verry Elleegant is after atonement heading to Melbourne on Saturday and the punters look willing to forgive the gun five-year-old who should relish getting out over further.

Occupying the third line of Turnbull Stakes betting at $7.50 is the Grant & Alana Williams-trained All-Star Mile runner-up Superstorm looking to return to his best after two failed runs this prep.

After a disappointing ninth over 1100m at Caulfield fresh when still only 1.85 lengths beaten on August 29, the Sebring four-year-old ran 12th after a ride and luckless run in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) behind The Everest-bound Behemoth.

Going straight from 1400m to 2000m could prove either a master move by his WA-based trainers or a flop with only time to tell.

Rounding out the single-figure fancies are then the Hawkes Racing-trained Master Of Wine ($8) coming off a fast-finishing fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at the track from September 12 and the other best on show for Waller Finche ($9).

Click here for the latest Turnbull Stakes 2020 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Turnbull Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x421x395x9 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 10 57.5kg 113
2 6x32050x30 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 8 57.5kg 109
3 4132x415x2 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 1 57.5kg 108
4 1x755633x7 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 7 56.5kg 103
5 555112×235 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg 103
6 311x114x04 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 4 56.5kg 106
7 349x211x2x KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 14 56.5kg 103
8 2x1x1311x9 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 5 56.5kg 100
9 0x42212x14 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 9 55.5kg 115
10 1x07511x00 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 13 55.5kg 105
11 80x4549x76 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jamie Mott 11 54.5kg 107
12 34x51257x3 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 15 54.5kg 110
13 2x122x33x2 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) Robert Hickmott Luke Nolen 6 54.5kg 98
14 154x122x90 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 12 53.5kg 104
15 x622221x58 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 2 53.5kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Military Mission Fires in 2023...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field �...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field & Odds Update: Vow And Declare Defends Title

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare continues to show a...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbott...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Bjron Baker’s The Everest performer Overpass is tipped to return to winning...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 R...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in...

2023 Railway Stakes Field ...

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

The Lindsey Smith-trained top-weight Tuvalu is narrow favourite in the latest...

Horse Racing Today

Kimochi, Learning To Fly Fight...

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Wi...

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Winner Imperatriz Too Good Again

Mark Walker’s champion mare Imperatriz answered the critics after her flat...

Apollo Stakes 2024 Results: Fa...

Apollo Stakes 2024 Results: Fangirl Trounces Rivals Fresh Ahead of the Autumn Majors

Chris Waller’s super mare Fangirl made a barnstorming return to racing...

2024 CF Orr Stakes Results: Mr...

2024 CF Orr Stakes Results: Mr Brightside Flashes Home Late to Run Down Pride Of Jenni

It was a great finish by a great horse to the 100th edition of a great race at...

2024 Blue Diamond Fillies Prel...

2024 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Winner is Hayasugi

The Clinton McDonald-trained Hayasugi gets her chance to make history in the...

Race Results

Kimochi, Learning To Fly Fight Out Exciting Finish in 2024 Light Fingers Stakes Result

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Winner Imperatriz Too Good Again

Apollo Stakes 2024 Results: Fangirl Trounces Rivals Fresh Ahead of the Autumn Majors

2024 Expressway Stakes Results: King Of Sparta Wins Ahead of The Quokka

2024 CF Orr Stakes Results: Mr Brightside Flashes Home Late to Run Down Pride Of Jenni

Race Previews

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw Confirmed

Apollo Stakes 2024 Field & Odds: Fangirl Favourite First-Up

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Field & Betting Update: Imperatriz Odds-On Fresh

2024 Inglis Millennium Field & Betting is Fully Lit

2024 CF Orr Stakes Field & Betting Update: Mr Brightside Hot Favourite Fresh

Fields & Form

2024 Blue Diamond Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw Confirmed

Apollo Stakes 2024 Field & Odds: Fangirl Favourite First-Up

2024 Black Caviar Lightning Field & Betting Update: Imperatriz Odds-On Fresh

2024 Inglis Millennium Field & Betting is Fully Lit

2024 CF Orr Stakes Field & Betting Update: Mr Brightside Hot Favourite Fresh