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The Turnbull Stakes runs at Flemington Racecourse as a lead-up to other Melbourne Group 1 spring races including the Caulfield Cup.
2023 Turnbull Stakes Results
- 1st: #2 Gold Trip
- 2nd: #5 West Wind Blows
- 3rd: #11 Soulcombe
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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 currently runs on the same Saturday as the Epsom Handicap at Randwick in Sydney. Offering $750,000 in prize money, 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 Rose Of Kingston 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 Cup races.
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) and Incentivise (2021) are the last runners to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.
The Turnbull Stakes form was further franked in the 2021 Melbourne Cup results with the 2020 winner Verry Elleegant defeating the 2021 champ Incentivise in the iconic two mile showdown that spring.
In 2023 the Turnbull Stakes was won by the previous year’s Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip.
The 2023 Turnbull Stakes ran on Saturday October 7, 2023 as a key Caulfield Cup lead-up and was won in an impressive upset by the reigning Melbourne Cup champion Gold Trip ($19) from the Maher/Eustace stable.
|2023 Turnbull Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday October 7, 2023|
|Conditions:||4YO & Up – Set Weights + Penalties|
2023 Turnbull Stakes Results
- 1st: #2 Gold Trip ($19)
- 2nd: #5 West Wind Blows
- 3rd: #11 Soulcombe
Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip ($19) demolished his rivals with a powerhouse performance in the 2023 Turnbull Stakes results after storming down the outside to return to winning form in an impressive bolt home at big odds on way to a title defence in the world’s richest handicap on the first Tuesday of November.
|1||2||GOLD TRIP (FR)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Mark Zahra||16||58kg||$19|
|2||5||WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE)||Simon & Ed Crisford||Jamie Spencer||1.75L||7||56.5kg||$6.50|
|3||11||SOULCOMBE (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||2.15L||2||56kg||$6|
|4||1||ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE)||Danny Shum||James McDonald||3.9L||10||59kg||$2.45F|
|5||16||LUNAR FLARE||Grahame Begg||Michael Dee||4.65L||13||54kg||$101|
|6||12||DUKE DE SESSA (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Ben Allen||4.85L||11||56kg||$26|
|7||4||FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE)||Chris Waller||Damian Lane||5.05L||6||57kg||$19|
|8||13||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||Beau Mertens||5.15L||9||55kg||$151|
|9||14||EL BODEGON (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||5.55L||8||55kg||$151|
|10||7||OSIPENKO (NZ)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||6.3L||5||56kg||$7.50|
|11||15||RIGHT YOU ARE||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Dean Yendall||7.8L||14||55kg||$14|
|12||6||EMISSARY (GB)||Michael Moroney||Ms Jamie Kah||10.05L||4||56kg||$51|
|13||3||SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jamie Mott||12.55L||15||58kg||$101|
|14||10||BANK MAUR||Richard Laming||Craig Newitt||12.95L||3||56kg||$101|
|15||8||UNCLE BRYN (GB)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Daniel Moor||13.7L||1||56kg||$21|
|16||9||BERKELEY SQUARE||Dan O’Sullivan||Harry Coffey||16.7L||12||56kg||$51|
|18e||GOLDMAN (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Jordan Childs||0|
|17e||EL PATRONESS||Danny O’Brien||Jye McNeil||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Turnbull Stakes Odds & Betting
The Turnbull Stakes 2023 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).
There was a notable upset in 2022 with Smokin’ Romans winning at Turnbull Stakes odds of $21, and again in 2023 with the previous year’s Melbourne Cup hero Gold Trip saluting at $19.
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2023 Turnbull Stakes Form
2023 Turnbull Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Turnbull Stakes 2023 Tips on the Spring Cups’ lead-up this season.
- To Win: #11 Soulcombe ($6.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW
Taking on the Hong Kong galloper at the short odds preferring to see them down under first and have the Chris Waller-trained Melbourne Cup-bound import Soulcombe on top third-up and fit. This progressive five-year-old won the Listed Heatherlie fresh with a big weight. Franked that form with an eye-catching fourth last time out up in grade when only 1.4 lengths off Alligator Blood at WFA in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m). Will appreciate the drop back to 56kg here, the extra furlong and a gun barrier two draw with Craig Williams coming aboard. Good horse at a good price going the right way.
2023 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).
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. Note, the Hill Stakes now takes place on the same day as the Turnbull.
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 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.
The 2023 Turnbull Stakes field features a star-studded line-up of potential Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup hopefuls led in betting by the Danny Shum-trained Hong Kong raider Romantic Warrior racing down under for the first time from gate 11 with James McDonald booked for the prized ride.
|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||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||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.
2023 Turnbull Stakes Nominations
The 2023 Turnbull Stakes nominations are released by Racing Victoria on the Monday leading-up to Turnbull Stakes Day.
The Turnbull Stakes 2023 nominations attracted 29 spring hopefuls including all-in Cox Plate favourite Romantic Warrior from Hong Kong in his Australian race debut.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||1x1122x12x||ROMANTIC WARRIOR (IRE)||G||6||Danny Shum||1||59kg||120|
|2||291x2570x4||GOLD TRIP (FR)||H||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||2||58kg||117|
|3||177x884x60||SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ)||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||3||58kg||107|
|5||1232821×05||FRANCESCO GUARDI (IRE)||G||6||Chris Waller||5||57kg||107|
|6||x51761x573||OSIPENKO (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||6||56kg||106|
|7||8x27410x89||BANK MAUR||H||4||Richard Laming||7||56kg||99|
|8||11416×4374||BERKELEY SQUARE||G||4||Dan O’Sullivan||8||56kg||97|
|9||1613×31232||WEST WIND BLOWS (IRE)||G||5||Simon & Ed Crisford||9||56.5kg||108|
|10||1x1x682x14||SOULCOMBE (GB)||G||5||Chris Waller||10||56kg||108|
|11||12x7931x80||LUNAR FLARE||M||8||Grahame Begg||11||54kg||107|
|12||151x86x801||UNCLE BRYN (GB)||G||6||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||12||56kg||106|
|13||52x131x8x0||DUKE DE SESSA (IRE)||H||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||13||56kg||105|
|14||812x530x95||EMISSARY (GB)||G||7||Michael Moroney||14||56kg||104|
|15||22x22418x9||LUNCIES (GB)||G||7||Kris Lees||15||56kg||104|
|16||102x100x24||PROTAGONIST (FR)||G||7||Kris Lees||16||56kg||104|
|18||16x69x00x0||ALENQUER (FR)||G||6||Michael Moroney||18||55kg||112|
|19||34x339x3x7||SPANISH MISSION (USA)||H||8||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||19||55kg||112|
|20||3x3x907x00||EL BODEGON (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||20||55kg||110|
|22||1111121×25||RIGHT YOU ARE||G||7||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||22||55kg||107|
|23||6746×40311||YOUNG WERTHER (NZ)||G||6||Danny O’Brien||23||55kg||106|
|24||1x847014x3||EL PATRONESS||M||5||Danny O’Brien||24||53kg||103|
|25||x31x111x96||GOLDMAN (NZ)||G||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||25||55kg||103|
|26||3x05420x80||HEZASHOCKA (NZ)||G||6||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||26||55kg||103|
|27||3x9x0050x8||MOUNT POPA (IRE)||G||9||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||27||55kg||100|
|28||402369×901||IRONCLAD (GB)||G||8||Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea||28||55kg||99|
|29||60847×7253||ALASKAN GOD||G||5||Daniel Morton||29||55kg||97|
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.
One of the most famous recent Turnbull Stakes winners 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
|2023 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Gold Trip||2 minutes 01.62 seconds|
|2nd||West Wind Blows|
|2022 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Smokin’ Romans||2 minutes 02.23 seconds|
|2021 Turnbull Stakes||1st||Incentivise||2 minutes 01.46 seconds|
|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|