Turnbull Stakes

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



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
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Conditions: 4YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
Inaugurated: 1948

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.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 TURNBULL STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

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

Year Place Horse Time
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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