Turnbull Stakes 2021 Field & Betting: Incentivise vs Verry Elleegant

September 30, 2021

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Field & Betting: Incentivise vs Verry Elleegant

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes is shaping up as a thriller at Flemington on Saturday with Chris Waller’s nine-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant heading south to take on the Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise.

Incentivise (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Incentivise heads towards the Spring Cups via the 2021 Turnbull Stakes this weekend at Flemington. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Waller opted to withdraw his champion Zed mare from Sydney’s Group 2 $1 million Hill Stakes (1600m) at Randwick this weekend in favour of a Melbourne run at HQ in the Group 1 $1 million Turnbull Stakes (2000m) for the same prize money over the same distance.

She was typically gutsy last time out winning the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) and now gets her chance to take her Group 1 wins into double-figures in the Turnbull.

Jockey Damian Lane comes aboard for the prized ride replacing James McDonald in the saddle of the $9.27 million earner as Verry Elleegant defends her Turnbull Stakes trophy.

She backed up from a narrow win in the race last year to take out the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) before a seventh to Twilight Payment over the two miles in the iconic Melbourne Cup.

Fellow Waller superstar Winx (2017, 2018) was the last back-to-back Turnbull Stakes winner and Verry Elleegant is paying $2.35 as the firming favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au to emulate her former stablemate.

The danger of course is the now Peter Moody-trained Queensland expat Incentivise at current Turnbull Stakes odds of $2.80.

Brett Prebble retains the ride on the outstanding son of Shamus Award, a 12-length winner in Brisbane’s Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) over the winter.

The five-year-old franked that form first-up with a brilliant win fresh in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and will be better over further second-up in the Turnbull this weekend.

The other contenders under $10 in the Turnbull Stakes betting markets are the Godolphin-raced Colette ($8) and reigning Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet ($8.50) for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

James Cummings’ Hallowed Crown mare Colette is a wet track specialist, the mudlark boasting a flawless three-from-three record on Heavy tracks including in last year’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle.

With plenty of rain set to fall on Flemington over the next 24 to 48 hours, the likelihood of a wet track for Turnbull Stakes Day is high and plays firmly in favour of Colette.

She ran a second-up fifth in the Makybe Diva on a Good (4) and is looking for her first victory since a two-length win in February’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) where Verry Elleegant ran third.

Former Irish galloper Sir Dragonet meanwhile won the Group 1 Cox Plate first-up down under last October and secured a second elite level in Australia when running home by 2.3 lengths in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes over the mile and a half in Sydney over the autumn.

He looked excellent first-up in the Makybe Diva Stakes running a close third at big odds and gets the chance to build on that getting out over 2000m second-up on Saturday.

Click here for the latest Turnbull Stakes 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Turnbull Stakes Field & Barriers

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x794159x3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 10 59kg 116
2 51132113×9 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3 58kg 108
3 68111111×1 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 6 57.5kg 112
4 17x3112x21 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 5 57kg 119
5 0329431×00 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 2 56.5kg 105
6 3x73590x00 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 8 56.5kg 102
7 215x1244x3 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 1 55.5kg 104
8 1x12454x65 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 7 54.5kg 111
9 x41x211x08 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 9 54.5kg 103
10 23x75232x5 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 4 53.5kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

 

 

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