2023 Turnbull Stakes Field & Betting: Romantic Warrior Hot Favourite

October 4, 2023

2023 Turnbull Stakes Field & Betting: Romantic Warrior Hot Favourite

The countdown to the spring majors continues at Flemington on Saturday with the 2023 Turnbull Stakes where Hong Kong galloper Romantic Warrior steps out down under for the first time as the red hot favourite.

Soulcombe

Chris Waller’s 2023 Melbourne Cup-bound stayer Soulcombe runs in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

This year’s Group 1 $750,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) features a capacity field full of spring stars including the Danny Shum-trained Romantic Warrior set to make an impact in Australia this prep.

The six-year-old gelding pays $2.05 in the latest Turnbull Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au and is also the all-in favourite for the $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate on October 28.

He already boasts 10 wins from 14 starts and is a three-time Group 1 winner at home at Sha Tin including saluting in the Hong Kong Cup (2000m) last December by an incredible 4.5 lengths.

Romantic Warrior was narrowly denied the Group 1 Charter Cup victory last start over the 2400m back in May and will be out to atone fresh in the Turnbull with James McDonald in the saddle from barrier 11.

McDonald already has previous experience on the gun galloper having ridden him three times for three wins in Hong Kong, most recently in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) back in April where the dynamite duo saluted by two lengths.

The danger occupying the second line of Turnbull Stakes betting at $6.50 is the Chris Waller-trained market mover Soulcombe presenting fit third-up with the Melbourne Cup in his sights.

Waller has an outstanding record in the race having prepared five previous Turnbull Stakes winners most recently in 2020 with the following year’s Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant.

The master horseman has another strong hand saddling-up four horses in this year’s Turnbull Stakes field with Soulcombe his best hope in an ideal gate two draw with Craig Williams riding.

Frankel five-year-old Soulcombe won the Listed Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) first-up at Caulfield with 58.5kg before running a brave fourth only 1.4 lengths off Alligator Blood with 59kg at WFA in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).

He has previous winning form at the Flemington track, gets out over more distance now, and will relish coming back in weight to 56kg here.

Waller’s other Turnbull Stakes runners include former Group 1 winner El Bodegon ($151) at triple-figures to return to his better form, another Melbourne Cup fancy Francesco Guardi ($16) coming off a fast-finishing fifth to Mr Brightside in the Makybe Diva, and co-$6.50 second elect in the markets Osipenko who was third in the Makybe Diva Stakes last time out.

Despite a full field the only other horse at single-figures to upset the firming favourite at $7 is UK raider West Wind Blows from the Newmarket stables of Simon & Ed Crisford.

The talented son of Teofilo has bigger prizes on the agenda this prep in Melbourne, but with a lovely fresh record and ace form over the distance (6:3-1-2) it would not surprise to see him pick a the Group 1 Turnbull on way.

Other notable hopes at longer odds include reigning Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip ($17) and his progressive stablemate Right You Are ($15) also running for the Maher/Eustace stable.

The 2023 Turnbull Stakes is scheduled to run as Flemington Race 8 at 4:25pm (AEDT) on Saturday’s bumper 10-race card.

Click here for the latest Turnbull Stakes 2023 odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2023 Turnbull Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x1122x12x ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE) Danny Shum James McDonald 11 59kg 120
2 291x2570x4 GOLD TRIP (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 18 58kg 117
3 177x884x60 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jamie Mott 17 58kg 107
4 1232821×05 FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE) Chris Waller Damian Lane 7 57kg 107
5 1613×31232 WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE) Simon & Ed Crisford Jamie Spencer 8 56.5kg 108
6 812x530x95 EMISSARY (GB) Michael Moroney Ms Jamie Kah 5 56kg 104
7 x51761x573 OSIPENKO (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 6 56kg 106
8 151x86x801 UNCLE BRYN (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 1 56kg 106
9 11416×4374 BERKELEY SQUARE Dan O’Sullivan Harry Coffey 14 56kg 97
10 8x27410x89 BANK MAUR Richard Laming Craig Newitt 4 56kg 99
11 1x1x682x14 SOULCOMBE (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 2 56kg 108
12 52x131x8x0 DUKE DE SESSA (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 12 56kg 105
13 34x339x3x7 SPANISH MISSION (USA) Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Beau Mertens 10 55kg 112
14 3x3x907x00 EL BODEGON (IRE) Chris Waller Ben Melham 9 55kg 110
15 1111121×25 RIGHT YOU ARE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 16 55kg 107
16 12x7931x80 LUNAR FLARE Grahame Begg Michael Dee 15 54kg 107
17e 1x847014x3 EL PATRONESS Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 3 53kg 103
18e x31x111x96 GOLDMAN (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 13 55kg 103

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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