Turnbull Stakes

The Turnbull Stakes runs at Flemington Racecourse as a lead-up to other Melbourne Group 1 spring races including the Caulfield Cup.

2021 Turnbull Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #10 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #6 Chapada



The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race for staying types held in early October at Flemington Racecourse.

The Turnbull Stakes currently runs on the same Saturday as the Epsom Handicap at Randwick in Sydney. Offering $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2021, the event is the marquee race at the meeting.

There are five 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), Group 2 Danehill 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. 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.

Verry Elleegant (2020) was the last runner to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won by the Peter Moody-trained Incentivise. 

 2021 Turnbull Stakes
Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 4YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1948

2021 Turnbull Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #10 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #6 Chapada

The Peter Moody-trained Queensland expat Incentivise ($2.70) continued towards the Spring Cups digging deep to hold off the improved Young Werther ($26) and salute in the 2021 Turnbull Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the gutsy Turnbull Stakes 2021 win by Incentivise.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 INCENTIVISE Peter G Moody Brett Prebble 6 57.5kg $2.70
2 10 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) Danny O’Brien Daniel Moor 0.5L 4 53.5kg $26
3 6 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 1.75L 7 56.5kg $101
4 4 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Damian Lane 3.5L 5 57kg $2.10F
5 2 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 3.9L 3 58kg $41
6 1 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Allen 5.15L 9 59kg $8
7 7 PERSAN Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Luke Currie 5.25L 1 55.5kg $21
8 9 MOUNT POPA (IRE) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Fred Kersley 20.25L 8 54.5kg $31
9 5 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Lachlan King (a) 29.25L 2 56.5kg $101
8 COLETTE James Cummings Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Turnbull Stakes Odds & Betting

The Turnbull Stakes 2021 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. Verry Elleegant jumped the $2.10 favourite in the 2021 Turnbull Stakes but only managed to run fourth to Incentivise ($2.70).

2021 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 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes field features 10 runners dominated by Peter Moody’s Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise and the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant coming off Group 1 wins in the Makybe Diva Stakes and George Main Stakes respectively.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Turnbull Stakes 2021 field and betting markets.

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. 

2021 Turnbull Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday leading-up to Turnbull Stakes Day.

Peter Moody’s Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise is the headline entry in the 2021 Turnbull Stakes nominations in Melbourne this weekend.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x31111x141 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 99
2 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 105
3 3x73590x00 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 102
4 1x12454x65 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 111
5 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
6 x1111x6x42 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
7 51132113×9 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
8 3x31x932x2 HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 110
9 7x78111x84 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
10 68111111×1 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 112
11 0329431×00 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 105
12 654x300x47 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
13 7x32107x12 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 110
14 x41x211x08 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
15 215x1244x3 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
16 1122x3321x SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 100
17 6x794159x3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
18 91x211x SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 78
19 17x3112x21 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 119
20 23x75232x5 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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

Year Place Horse Time
2021 Turnbull Stakes 1st Incentivise 2 minutes 01.46 seconds
2nd Young Werther
3rd Chapada
2020 Turnbull Stakes 1st Verry Elleegant 2 minutes 1.84 seconds
2nd Toffee Tongue
3rd Finche
2019 Turnbull Stakes 1st Kings Will Dream 2 minutes 3.54 seconds
2nd Finche
3rd Hartnell
2018 Turnbull Stakes 1st Winx 2 minutes 1.60 seconds
2nd Youngstar
3rd Kings Will Dream
2017 Turnbull Stakes 1st Winx 2 minutes 2.07 seconds
2nd Ventura Storm
3rd Humidor
2016 Turnbull Stakes 1st Hartnell 2 minutes 1.03 seconds
2nd Jameka
3rd Tally
2015 Turnbull Stakes 1st Preferment 2 minutes 1.34 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Set Square
2014 Turnbull Stakes 1st Lucia Valentina 2 minutes 1.84 seconds
2nd Lidari
3rd Brambles
2013 Turnbull Stakes 1st Happy Trails 2 minutes 2.94 seconds
2nd Puissance De Lune
3rd Fawkner
2012 Turnbull Stakes 1st Green Moon 2 minutes 2.11 seconds
2nd Seville
3rd December Draw
2011 Turnbull Stakes 1st December Draw 2 minutes 3.98 seconds
2nd Glass Harmonium
3rd Playing God
2010 Turnbull Stakes 1st Zipping 2 minutes 3.23 seconds
2nd Shocking
3rd Shoot Out
2009 Turnbull Stakes 1st Efficient 2 minutes 1.6 seconds
2nd Predatory Pricer
3rd Scenic Shot
2008 Turnbull Stakes 1st Littorio 2 minutes 2.4 seconds
2nd Master O’Reilly
3rd Zipping
2007 Turnbull Stakes 1st Devil Moon 2 minutes 3.4 seconds
2nd Scenic Shot
3rd Haradasun
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
3rd Confectioner
2004 Turnbull Stakes 1st Elvstroem 2 minutes 0.4 seconds
2nd Mummify
3rd Confectioner
2003 Turnbull Stakes 1st Studebaker 2 minutes 4 seconds
2nd Pentastic
3rd Strasbourg
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
2nd Universal Prince
3rd Primrose Sands
2000 Turnbull Stakes 1st Fairway 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd Sunline
3rd Diatribe

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