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The Turnbull Stakes runs at Flemington Racecourse as a lead-up to other Melbourne Group 1 spring races including the Cox Plate at The Valley.
2020 Turnbull Stakes Results
- 1st: #9 Very Elleegant
- 2nd: #15 Toffee Tongue
- 3rd: #12 Finche
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The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race for staying types held in early October at Flemington Racecourse.
The Turnbull Stakes originally ran on the same Saturday as the Epsom Handicap at Randwick, but Victorian Racing Club (VRC) rescheduled the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival program to account for the AFL Grand Final in Victoria. Offering $500,000 in prize money, the Turnbull Stakes is the marquee race at the meeting.
There are four other Group status races on the Turnbull Stakes Day card with the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m), the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 The Bart Cummings (2500m) for Caulfield Cup types.
The Turnbull Stakes is for four-year-old entries and up run under set weight conditions plus penalties. Offering a generous prize purse of over $500,000 this 2000m middle-distance event always attracts an elite field of highly competitive runners, many of which use the race as a key lead-up to the carnival’s feature races including the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
Since being awarded Group 1 status however, the Turnbull Stakes is now seen as a premier race in its own right and not simply a preparatory race. As the first quality middle-distance race at the carnival, the Turnbull Stakes provides stayers with a chance to run over the more suitable 2000m building up to the longer 2400m and 3200m races later in the spring.
In past years the Turnbull Stakes has proven a truly excellent guide to the spring feature races, with the Turnbull Stakes providing a number of Melbourne Cup , Caulfield Cup winners and Cox Plate winners. The Turnbull Stakes paired with any of these three later events makes for some great betting doubles throughout the carnival. Champion mare Winx completed the Turnbull Stakes – Cox Plate double in both 2017 and 2018.
Trainer Chris Waller made it four wins on the trot in the Turnbull Stakes results with Kings Will Dream saluting in 2019 followed by Verry Elleegant in 2020.
The 2020 Turnbull Stakes ran on Saturday October 3, 2020 with an all-Waller trifecta led by Verry Elleegant.
|2020 Turnbull Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday October 3, 2020|
|Conditions:||4YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties|
2020 Turnbull Stakes Results
- 1st: #9 Verry Elleegant
- 2nd: #15 Toffee Tongue
- 3rd: #12 Finche
Verry Elleegant ($5F) dug deep to salute for the punters in the 2020 Turnbull Stakes results handing trainer Chris Waller his fourth straight success in the event and leading a trifecta for the stable beating home her fellow Group 1 winning stablemate Toffee Tongue ($71) and Finche ($5.50).
Click here to read more on the gutsy 2020 Turnbull Stakes winner Verry Elleegant.
|1||9||VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Mark Zahra||9||55.5kg||$5F|
|2||15||TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||0.1L||2||53.5kg||$71|
|3||12||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||0.2L||15||54.5kg||$5.50|
|4||5||DALASAN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jamie Kah||0.3L||3||56.5kg||$20|
|5||6||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Michael Rodd||0.8L||4||56.5kg||$6|
|6||4||WARNING||Anthony & Sam Freedman||Billy Egan||1L||7||56.5kg||$61|
|7||14||SUPERSTORM||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||2L||12||53.5kg||$8|
|8||11||HARLEM (GB)||Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes||Jamie Mott||2.2L||11||54.5kg||$21|
|9||3||SURPRISE BABY (NZ)||Paul Preusker||Craig Williams||2.4L||1||57.5kg||$6|
|10||2||KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||2.5L||8||57.5kg||$21|
|11||13||DJANGO FREEMAN (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Luke Nolen||2.7L||6||54.5kg||$26|
|12||1||VOW AND DECLARE||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||2.8L||10||57.5kg||$26|
|13||7||KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR)||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||4.55L||14||56.5kg||$21|
|14||10||OCEANEX (NZ)||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Dean Yendall||4.65L||13||55.5kg||$91|
|15||8||AKTAU (GB)||Michael Moroney||Daniel Moor||14.65L||5||56.5kg||$71|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2020 Turnbull Stakes Odds & Betting
The Turnbull Stakes 2020 betting markets and updated odds from Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as released.
Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020) was the last Turnbull Stakes favourite to salute for the punters.
2020 Turnbull Stakes Field
The Turnbull Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of spring gallopers each year coming via a host of different lead-up races including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) run the Sunday prior at Caulfield.
Plenty of runners come into the Turnbull Stakes field off a Sydney campaign and in 2015 and 2016 both champions of the Flemington Group 1 won the Group 2 Hill Stakes at Randwick in the lead-up with Preferment and Hartnell respectively doing the double.
Four-time Cox Plate hero won the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Turnbull Stakes on the back of her back-to-back Group 1 George Main Stakes victories in Sydney.
The official Turnbull Stakes 2020 Final Field & Barriers will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.
The 2020 Turnbull Stakes field features 15 hopefuls including the reigning Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare, all-in favourite for the ‘race that stops a nation’ in 2020 Surprise Baby and Chris Waller’s top elect Verry Elleegant looking to return to form in Melbourne.
Click here to read more on the key chances in the Turnbull Stakes 2020 field and betting markets.
|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.
2020 Turnbull Stakes Nominations
The 2020 Turnbull Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday leading-up to Turnbull Stakes Day.
Turnbull Stakes History
Named in honour of the incumbent VRC Chairman Mr. Richard Turnbull, the Turnbull Stakes was first run in 1948 when Beau Gem claimed victory. It was originally a 12 furlong (approx. 2400m) Principal race up until 1972 when the distance was changed to the shorter length of 2000m with Australia’s adoption of the metric system. The race was run as a handicap event through until 1963 when weight-for-age conditions were adopted until 1970 when eventually the Turnbull Stakes became a set weights plus penalties race. In 1979 the event was elevated to Group 2 status and remained the same until 2006 when it was installed as a Group 1 event following the win of the infamous Makybe Diva in 2005.
Notable winners of the Turnbull Stakes include Rising Fast (1954), Galilee (1968), Super Impose (1989), Let’s Elope (1991), Naturalism (1992), Sunline (2000), Northerly (2002) and Efficient (2009). In 2012 Green Moon won the Turnbull Stakes before taking out the ‘race that stops the nation’ with a Melbourne Cup victory two starts later on the first Tuesday of November.
To most famous recent Turnbull Stakes winner was Winx who won her Flemington debut in the race in 2017 by six and a half lengths and then successfully defended her Turnbull Stakes title in 2018.
|Turnbull Stakes Records|
|Multiple Winners:||Comic Court (1949 & 1950), Vo Rogue (1987 & 1988), Winx (2017 & 2018).|
|Most Successful Jockeys:||Two jockeys have won four Turnbull Stakes.
Harry White with Lefroy (1978), No Peer (1981), Birchwood (1982) and Just Now (1986).
R. Higgins with Sir Dane (1964), Galilee (1968), Leilani (1974) and Denise’s Joy (1976).
Recent Turnbull Stakes Winners
|2020 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Verry Elleegant||2 minutes 1.84 seconds|
|2019 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Kings Will Dream||2 minutes 3.54 seconds|
|2018 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Winx||2 minutes 1.60 seconds|
|3rd||Kings Will Dream|
|2017 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Winx||2 minutes 2.07 seconds|
|2016 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Hartnell||2 minutes 1.03 seconds|
|2015 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Preferment||2 minutes 1.34 seconds|
|2014 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Lucia Valentina||2 minutes 1.84 seconds|
|2013 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Happy Trails||2 minutes 2.94 seconds|
|2nd||Puissance De Lune|
|2012 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Green Moon||2 minutes 2.11 seconds|
|2011 Turnbull Stakes||1st||December Draw||2 minutes 3.98 seconds|
|2010 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Zipping||2 minutes 3.23 seconds|
|2009 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Efficient||2 minutes 1.6 seconds|
|2008 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Littorio||2 minutes 2.4 seconds|
|2007 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Devil Moon||2 minutes 3.4 seconds|
|2006 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Sphenophyta||2 minutes 1.9 seconds|
|2nd||Our Smoking Joe|
|3rd||Aqua D Amore|
|2005 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Makybe Diva||2 minutes 1.5 seconds|
|2nd||Lad Of The Manor|
|2004 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Elvstroem||2 minutes 0.4 seconds|
|2003 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Studebaker||2 minutes 4 seconds|
|2002 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Northerly||2 minutes 2.3 seconds|
|2nd||Dash For Cash|
|3rd||Fields Of Omagh|
|2001 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Sunline||2 minutes 3.9 seconds|
|2000 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Fairway||2 minutes 2.2 seconds|