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.

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.

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