The Turnbull Stakes is a 2000 metre race for Australia’s best middle distance horses. The race is held in October each year at Flemington during the Spring Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1 4YO & up SWP
- Distance: 2,000 metres
- Track: Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
- Date: Sunday, 7 October 2017
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The first Turnbull Stakes was run in 1948 and was named for Mr Richard Turnbull who was VRC Chairman at that time. Prior to that it was ran under several different names including October Stakes, September Stakes and Royal Park Stakes, with the first running in 1865 being won by The Sign. It has been a 2000m event since the 1972 running as a metric race.
The Turnbull has had several format changes throughout its history as it was a handicap event until 1963 and then a weight-for-age event from 1964-1970. Since then it has been a Set Weights and Penalties race.
It was a Group 2 race when it was won by the champion mare Makybe Diva in 2005, and has only been a Group 1 race from 2006. It carries prizemoney of $500,000 and attracts quality middle distance gallopers.
2017 Turnbull Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for latest Turnbull Stakes odds and final field.‘Odds not currently available’
2017 Turnbull Stakes Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Only 7 runners have accepted for the $500,000 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes with many trainers not wanting to take on the favourite. Winx is a very short odds-on quote after winning her last 20 races. She loves this distance and has won all 3 of her runs in an anti-clockwise direction. Second favourite is Humidor who was ultra-impressive winning the Makybe Diva Stakes last outing and is capable of letting the favourite know she is not the only runner in the race. Third favourite is Ventura Storm who struck some trouble when 6th in the Makybe Diva and will prefer this distance.
Sir Isaac Newton and Assign are both Macedon Lodge runners whose breeding suggests they are both being set for longer races. Magicool has only beaten 2 runners home in his last 5 starts. Skyfire is having his first run at Group level but will still collect over $10,000 just for going round.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
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|2 Winx||2 Winx||2 Winx|
|1 Humidor||1 Humidor||1 Humidor|
|3 Ventura Storm||6 Sir Isaac Newton||3 Ventura Storm|
|4 Assign||3 Ventura Storm||6 Sir Isaac Newton|
Previous winners of the Turnbull Stakes:
Since 1948 only two horses have won the race more than once – Vo Rogue (1987/1988) and Comic Court (1949/1950). Notable winners of the race include Elvstroem (2004), Northerly (2002), Sunline (2000), Doriemus (1996), Naturalism (1992), Let’s Elope (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990), Super Impose (1989), Dulcify (1979), Leilani (1974), Galilee (1968), Tobin Bronze (1966) and Rising Fast (1954).
|2017||Winx||Ventura Storm (IRE)||Humidor (NZ)|
|2015||Preferment||Royal Descent||Set Square|
|2013||Happy Trails||Puissance De Lune||Fawkner|
|2012||Green Moon||Seville||December Draw|
|2011||December Draw||Glass Harmonium||Playing God|
|2009||Efficient||Predatory Pricer||Scenic Shot|
|2007||Devil Moon||Scenic Shot||Haradasun|
|2006||Sphenophyta||Our Smoking Joe||Aqua D Amore|
|2005||Makybe Diva||Lad Of The Manor||Confectioner|
|2002||Northerly||Dash For Cash||Fields Of Omagh|
|2001||Sunline||Universal Prince||Primrose Sands|