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Turnbull Stakes

The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race for 4yo & upwards horses that takes place each year in early October at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres under set weight & penalty conditions with $500,000 in prize money. The 2019 Turnbull Stakes was won by Kings Will Dream from Finche with Hartnell third.

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Once football finishes, the Turnbull Stakes heralds in big-time spring racing. It was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status in 2005, and over time has grown into a pivotal middle distance race of the spring racing carnival.

Turnbull Stakes info

Date: Saturday 3rd October 2020
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: 4yo&Up - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000
2019 Winner: Kings Will Dream
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The Turnbull Stakes is rated below the major Group 1 spring races like the Melbourne Cup and WS Cox Plate, but it's held in high esteem and has become a prestigious event on the racing calendar each year.

This race is the first quality 2000 metre event of the spring and gives staying types a chance to race over a more suitable middle distance with the upcoming Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in mind. The Turnbull Stakes also provides a more than handy lead up race to the Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield the following week, along with the Caulfield Cup two weeks later. The race itself has been a tremendous guide to winners of major spring races and a number of high class gallopers have managed to win this race.

In recent years the Turnbull Stakes has provided multiple Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and WS Cox Plate winners, and continues to be a pivotal race every year for horses contesting the major Group 1 races to come.

The Turnbull Stakes always attracts top class gallopers and is one of the premier middle distance events of the spring carnival. History says to keep an eye on the Turnbull Stakes.

Kings Will Dream (2019) finished unplaced in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington before scoring a stylish victory in this event for the Chris Waller stable.

Recent Turnbull Stakes winners include champion mare Winx (2017-2018) in successive years, and Hartnell (2016).

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Classy Ciaron Maher-trained mare Jameka (2016) scored a resounding victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield after finishing runner-up to Hartnell in this event. Hartnell (2016) finished an eight-length second to Winx in the Cox Plate following his easy Turnbull Stakes win.

Amralah (7th in 2015) headed to Caulfield next start to win the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes in stylish fashion.

Fawkner (3rd in 2013) won the Caulfield Cup at his next start while Dear Demi (8th in 2013) ran third in the same race. Fiorente (4th in 2013) ran third in the Group 1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley before winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.

Green Moon (2012) went on to win the Melbourne Cup after taking out this event.

The 2011 Turnbull Stakes provided plenty of feature race winners later in the spring with Glass Harmonium (2011) claiming the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington, Playing God (3rd in 2011) winning the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot, and Southern Speed (4th in 2011) taking out the Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Rekindled Interest (5th in 2011) ran third in both the WS Cox Plate and Mackinnon Stakes.

Zipping (2010) went on to place in the WS Cox Plate for the third year in a row before going on to win the Group 2 Sandown Classic for the fourth consecutive year.

2019 Turnbull Stakes result

1. $11.00 Kings Will Dream 54.5 Jye McNeil
2. $5.50 Finche 55.0 Damian Lane
3. $10.00 Hartnell 57.5 Brad Rawiller

then followed
4. $17.00 Vow And Declare 54.5 Damien Oliver
5. $3.90 Mystic Journey 56.0 Anthony Darmanin
6. $31.00 Looks Like Elvis 54.5 Declan Bates
7. $151.00 Sound 54.5 James Winks
8. $26.00 Kentucky Breeze 54.5 Jamie Kah
9. $12.00 Rostropovich 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $3.40 Mr Quickie 56.5 John Allen
11. $31.00 Trap For Fools 57.5 Peter Hall

Margins: 0.1 len, 0.75 len
Time: 2:03.54

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Turnbull Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Kings Will Dream Finche Hartnell 2:03.5
2018 Winx Youngstar Kings Will Dream 2:01.6
2018 Winx Youngstar Kings Will Dream 2:01.6
2017 Winx Ventura Storm Humidor 2:02.0
2016 Hartnell Jameka Tally 2:01.0
2015 Preferment Royal Descent Set Square 2:01.3
2014 Lucia Valentina Lidari Brambles 2:01.8
2013 Happy Trails Puissance De Lune Fawkner 2:02.9
2012 Green Moon Seville December Draw 2:02.1
2011 December Draw Glass Harmonium Playing God 2:03.9
2010 Zipping Shocking Shoot Out 2:03.2
2009 Efficient Predatory Pricer Scenic Shot 2:01.6
2008 Littorio Master O'Reilly Zipping 2:02.4
2007 Devil Moon Scenic Shot Haradasun 2:03.4
2006 Sphenophyta Our Smoking Joe Aqua D Amore 2:01.9
2005 Makybe Diva Lad Of The Manor Confectioner 2:01.5
2004 Elvstroem Mummify Confectioner 2:00.4
2003 Studebaker Pentastic Strasbourg 2:04.0
2002 Northerly Dash For Cash Fields Of Omagh 2:02.3
2001 Sunline Universal Prince Primrose Sands 2:03.9
2000 Fairway Sunline Diatribe 2:02.2
1999 Sky Heights Ruy Lopez Inaflury 2:04.6
1998 Aerosmith Gold Guru Our Unicorn 2:05.8
1997 Marble Halls Always Aloof Seascay 2:03.1
1996 Doriemus Beaux Art Cheviot 2:09.3
1995 All Our Mob Doriemus Sir Kingi 2:01.1
1994 Redding Paris Lane Tristalove 2:03.7
1993 The Phantom Chance Naturalism Kiwi Golfer 2:05.7
1992 Naturalism London Bridge Mr Eurostar 2:03.0
1991 Lets Elope Prince Salieri Renteeno 2:01.9
1990 Better Loosen Up Royal Creation Shuzohra 2:04.4
1989 Super Impose Research Sydeston 2:03.4
1988 Vo Rogue Apollo Run Ebeli Show 2:01.9
1987 Vo Rogue Fair Sir King Of Brooklyn 2:01.3
1986 Just Now Pharostan Cimarra 2:03.7
1985 Lacka Reason Our Sophia Glen Moriston 2:04.8
1984 Al Dwain Alibhai Beechcraft 2:04.9
1983 Chez Nous La Cocotte Malvita 2:02.0
1982 Birchwood Fearless Pride Prince Majestic 2:02.8
1981 No Peer Deck The Halls Saxon Slew 2:03.9
1980 Amarla Polo Player My Brown Jug 2:03.1

Flemington Racecourse hosts the Turnbull Stakes

The Victoria Racing Club hosts the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in Victoria. It typically takes place the week after the AFL Grand Final and signals the onset of feature racing action in October and November.

Flemington racecourse is home to the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival in November where thoroughbred racing sets Melbourne alight with four magnificent days of racing. Melbourne comes alive during Melbourne Cup Week as racegoers and socialtes gather for a week-long festival of racing, partying and socialising.

Some great horses have won the Turnbull Stakes over the years including three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (2015). Other greats to win this time-honoured race are Elvstroem (2014), Northerly (2002), Sunline (2001), Doriemus (1996), Lets Elope (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990), Super Impose (1989) and Vo Rogue (1987 & 1988).