Turnbull Stakes

Turnbull Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020
Location: Flemington Racecourse
Prize Money: $500,000
Distance: 1,000m

THE Turnbull Stakes is run in early October and is one of the main races that sets the scene ahead of Melbourne’s spring.

The Turnbull Stakes is considered one of the most important races of the Spring Carnival. It is a major lead-up race into the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cups and past winners of the race have gone on to win the biggest race in Australia.

Makybe Diva, Efficient and Green Moon took out this race en route to Melbourne Cup wins while Winx recorded a win in the race before winning a third-straight Cox Plate.

Best bookmakers the Turnbull Stakes

The Turnbull Stakes is one of the key Group 1 races leading into the big three of the Melbourne spring and the bookmakers treat the event with the respect it is due.

Turnbull Stakes odds are up at least a month in advance of the race date and any bookmaker that doesn’t have a market framed by then isn’t worth your cash.

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2020 Turnbull Stakes betting

With an all star field set to be assembled for the 2020 Turnbull Stakes, the Chris Waller trained Verry Elleegant is a $4.60 favourite in attempt to hand Waller his fourth straight Turnbull Stakes. Melbourne Cup hopeful Surprise Baby is on the second line of betting at $5.50 as Russian Camelot looks to bypass the Turnbull Stakes. Makybe Diva Stakes winner Fierce Impact is at $9.00 whilst King Of Leogrance and last years winner Kings Will Dream are priced at $11.00.

Turnbull Stakes race history

The Turnbull Stakes was promoted to Group 1 level after champion mare Makybe Diva won in 2005 — the same year it won the Cox Plate and her third Melbourne Cup.

The 2000m race is for four-year-olds and over at set weights and after being first raced in 1865, there have been plenty of short and long-priced winners.

In 2013, Happy Trails scored an upset win over the Melbourne Cup-bound Fawkner and Puissance De Lune, but there have been many favourites win also.

Horses such as Elvstroem, Northerly, Sunline, Winx and Doriemus have all used the Turnbull Stakes as a stepping stone to bigger wins later in the carnival and punters see this race as a big form guide to those major races.

With such a good form-guide reference, betting in the Turnbull Stakes is vital to making money during the Melbourne Spring Carnival in futures markets and this year’s race promises to provide that once again.

2019 Turnbull Stakes result

  • 1stKings Will Dream ($11.00)
  • 2ndFinche ($1.95)
  • 3rdHartnell ($2.60)

Past Turnbull Stakes winners

  • After being severly injured during the 2018 Cox Plate, many had Kings Will Dream retired. Instead, he got off his deathbed and produced a performance for the ages when holding out Caulfield Cup favourite Finche to help build up a redemption campaign to run in the 2019 Cox Plate. Kings Will Dream’s successful Turnbull Stakes run win was Jye McNeil’s first Group 1 victory as a jockey.
    • The 2018 Turnbull Stakes was all about the wondermare Winx and she duly delivered, just. After getting right back and finding traffic entering the straight a win was looking beyond the mare but those who doubted her looked foolish as Winx found daylight and hit the line like a steam train to record yet another Group 1 win en route to a fourth tilt at the Cox Plate.
    • Winx made her Flemington debut in the Turnbull Stakes in one of the most dominating performances in the race’s history. Balancing up nicely at the jump Winx always looked comfortable and once she decided to win, the race was over. The second placed Ventura Storm wasn’t even in the photo on the line, such was the dominance of the mighty mare.
    • Hartnell had the unfortunate luck of confronting Winx more often than not over the course of his career but the Godolphin champ made the most of the Winx-less field here. Settling just off the speed under James McDonald, Hartnell was produced at the top of the straight and quickly put away his rivals which included subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.
    • In one of the more spectacular wins you will see in Turnbull Stakes history, Hugh Bowman provided Preferment with an A-Grade ride to take out the race. Coming into the straight the horse was last and looking like an also-ran but under a bustling ride from Bowie the horse kicked it up a gear and began to surge at the 400m. It looked like it could have been too little, too late but the horse found again in the final 100m to topple Royal Descent in the final strides.
    • In a wide-open Turnbull Stakes field it was Lucia Valentina who produced enough when the race was on the line. In a three way go heading towards the 200m, Lucia Valentina fought tooth and nail towards the line to get the neck out on the line to win ahead of Brambles and Lidari. Lidari was later disqualified from the race.
    • Gun runner Happy Trails recorded his second Group 1 victory in spectacular fashion at Flemington. Almost unsighted coming into the latter stages of the race, Happy Trails found a late split and surged to the line to topple Puissance de Lune and Fawkner in a finish that saw five horses separated at the line by less than a length and a half.

    Past Turnbull Stakes winners list

    Turnbull Stakes past winners
    Year Turnbull Stakes Past Winner
    2019 Kings Will Dream
    2018 Winx
    2017 Winx
    2016 Hartnell
    2015 Preferment
    2014 Lucia Valentina
    2013 Happy Trails
    2012 Green Moon
    2011 December Draw
    2010 Zipping
    2009 Efficient
    2008 Littorio
    2007 Devil Moon
    2006 Sphenophyta
    2005 Makybe Diva
    2004 Elvstroem
    2003 Studebaker
    2002 Northerly
    2001 Sunline
    2000 Fairway
    1999 Sky Heights
    1998 Aerosmith
    1997 Marble Halls
    1996 Doriemus
    1995 All Our Mob
    1994 Redding
    1993 The Phantom Chance
    1992 Naturalism
    1991 Let’s Elope
    1990 Better Loosen Up
    1989 Super Impose
    1988 Vo Rogue
    1987 Rubiton
    1986 Just Now
    1985 Lacka Reason
    1984 Al Dwain
    1983 Chez Nous
    1982 Birchwood
    1981 No Peer
    1980 Amarla
    1979 Dulcify
    1978 Lefroy
    1977 Salamander
    1976 Denise’s Joy
    1975 Analight
    1974 Leilani
    1973 Australasia
    1972 Sharif
    1971 Igloo
    1970 Arctic Symbol
    1969 Fileur
    1968 Galilee
    1967 Star Belle
    1966 Tobin Bronze
    1965 Craftsman
    1964 Sir Dane
    1963 Sometime
    1962 Aquanita
    1961 Blue Lodge
    1960 Aircraft
    1959 Mac
    1958 Pandie Sun
    1957 Syntax
    1956 Pushover
    1955 Redcraze
    1954 Rising Fast
    1953 Petrograd
    1952 Aldershot
    1951 Morse Code
    1950 Comic Court
    1949 Comic Court
    1948 Beau Gem
    1947 Sea Monarch
    1946 Bernborough
    1945 Lawrence
    1944 Counsel
    1943 Amana
    1942 Great Britain
    1941 Panka
    1940 Ajax
    1939 Manrico
    1938 Ajax
    1937 John Wilkes
    1936 Prince Quex
    1935 Cardinal
    1934 Hall Mark
    1933 Middle Watch
    1932 Viol D’Amour
    1931 Viol D’Amour
    1930 Amounis
    1929 High Syce
    1928 Highland
    1927 Royal Charter
    1926 Manfred
    1925 Fujisan
    1924 Whittier
    1923 Whittier
    1922 Tangalooma
    1921 Tangalooma
    1920 Eurythmic
    1919 Night Watch
    1918 King Offa
    1917 Lanius
    1916 Greencap
    1915 Lavendo
    1914 Aleconner
    1913 Mountain Princess
    1912 Lady Medallist
    1911 Flavian
    1910 Captain White
    1909 Iolaire
    1908 Pink ‘Un
    1907 Subterranean
    1906 Ellis
    1905 Gladsome
    1904 Gladsome
    1903 Wakeful
    1902 Strata Florida
    1901 Haymaker
    1900 Hautboy
    1899 Mora
    1898 Bobadil
    1897 Ayrshire
    1896 Resolute
    1895 Hova
    1894 Fortunatus
    1893 Vakeel
    1892 Donation
    1891 Marvel
    1890 Megaphone
    1889 Prince Consort
    1888 Mentor
    1887 Carlyon
    1886 Trenton
    1885 Trenton
    1884 David
    1883 Legrand
    1882 Darebin
    1881 Sweetmeat
    1880 Progress
    1879 First King
    1878 Warlock
    1877 Robinson Crusoe
    1876 Tocal
    1875 Robin Hood
    1874 Dagworth
    1873 Don Juan
    1872 King Of The Ring
    1871 Warrior
    1870 Tim Whiffler
    1869 Peeress
    1868 The Barb
    1967 Warwick
    1866 Volunteer
    1865 Volunteer