Turnbull Stakes 2020

Saturday October 3, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Underwood Stakes – Turnbull Stakes is a popular spring betting double

The Turnbull Stakes is a 2000m Group 1 classic held at Flemington Racecourse at the start of October during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival each year, traditionally held the day before the NRL Grand Final.

The headline race on the card and only event holding elite level status, the set weights plus penalties clash is open to horses aged four and above and is worth $500,000 in prize money.

Many Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup bound horses go into those majors via the Turnbull Stakes, which has been a Group 1 race since 2010. Named in honour of Richard Turnbull in 1948 who was the current Victoria Racing Club chairman, the event first ran in 1865 and has been won by many turf greats.

Notable Turnbull Stakes winners over the years include Wakeful (1903), dual champ Ajax (1938 & 1940) who won on non-consecutive years, Bernborough (1946), Rising Fast (1954), Dulcify (1979), Vo Rogue (1987 & 1988), Let’s Elope (1991), Sunline (2001), Makybe Diva (2005), Zipping (2010), Green Moon (2012) and Winx (2017) who saluted by six and a half lengths in her Flemington debut. Winx also returned enjoying back-to-back Turnbull Stakes wins in 2018.

This year the Turnbull Stakes ran on Saturday October 3, 2020 and saw trainer Chris Waller secure his fourth straight win with Verry Elleegant.

2020 Turnbull Stakes Results

The official Turnbull Stakes 2020 results and Flemington finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 3, 2020.

  • 1st: #9 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #15 Toffee Tongue
  • 3rd: #12 Finche

Trainer Chris Waller celebrated his fourth straight success in the 2020 Turnbull Stakes results with the stable running the trifecta thanks to a win by the $5 favourite Verry Elleegant ($5) over Toffee Tongue ($71) and Finche ($5.50). 

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. 

Turnbull Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday October 3, 2020
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1865
 

Turnbull Stakes Odds

Turnbull Stakes betting odds traditionally favour horses with previous Group 1 form and six-year-olds as this older age group has dominated the recent results with six winners from 2011 – 2020 including most famously Winx (2017) and two years later the fellow Chris Waller-trained Kings Will Dream (2019). Winx also won again the following year (2018) as a seven-year-old.

Horses drawn in double digit barriers are found further down the Turnbull Stakes markets with the only horses to jump from wider than gate eight since Makybe Diva (16 of 16 in 2005) being Preferment (9 of 15 in 2015) and Verry Elleegant (9 of 15 in 2020).

Favourites in the Turnbull Stakes odds only have a mediocre recent record in the race in the past decade with six winning from 2006 – 2020 including Hartnell (2016), super star mare Winx (2017-18) back-to-back and most recently Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020). 

2020 Turnbull Stakes Betting

The season’s top Turnbull Stakes 2020 betting odds and links to our markets on the Group 1 spring feature at Flemington will be available below once open so stay tuned to back your early Turnbull Stakes tips at the right price.


Turnbull Stakes Field

The Turnbull Stakes field has a capacity of 16 starters and has run at that capacity four times since 2010. The race had not featured under 12 starters since 1999 when Sky Heights beat home just five rivals in a diminutive six starter field until 2017 when Winx scared off her rivals. The super mare beat home only six other runners in 2017 and then in 2018 Winx defeated nine others in a slightly larger Turnbull Stakes field.

The Turnbull Stakes final acceptances close the week of the race and usually feature a host of previous Group 1 winners looking for more elite level glory with proven performers dominating the markets.

Turnbull Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes.com.au

Hartnell (2016) saluted for the Flemington punters as the favourite in Turnbull Stakes betting. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Good lead-up races for horses heading into the Turnbull Stakes field including the previous weekend’s Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield – a double last completed by Elvstroem (2004) – and Sydney’s Group 2 Hill Stakes (1800m) held at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day.

The Hill Stakes – Turnbull Stakes double was completed on back-to-back years by Preferment (2015) and Hartnell (2016) in recent years. In 2020 the Hill Stakes ran on the same day in Sydney as the Turnbull Stakes due to COVID-19 affecting the spring program. 

2020 Turnbull Stakes Field

The official Turnbull Stakes 2020 Final Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below as soon as announced.

The 2020 Turnbull Stakes field features 15 hopefuls led in betting by Chris Waller’s class mare Verry Elleegant looking to bounce back off a loss in Sydney. 

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. 

Turnbull Stakes Tips

Turnbull Stakes tips favour horses coming out of a race like the Group 1 Underwood Stakes, which has produced three winners since 2008 including Happy Trails (4th in 2013).

The last horse to complete the Underwood Stakes – Turnbull Stakes double meanwhile was Elvstoem (2004).

Betting tips also rate six-year-olds highly because of their good record in the race and those drawn an inside alley, while mares aren’t shied away from with five winning female gallopers since 2007 including Lucia Valentina (2014), the brilliant Winx (2017, 2018) and the fellow Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant (2020). 

2020 Turnbull Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Turnbull Stakes 2020 betting tips and exotic Flemington racing selections will be detailed for punters below so bookmark this page for the hopeful spring horses to back for the win this season. 

Turnbull Stakes Form Guide

The Turnbull Stakes form guide shows punters the saddlecloth number, jockey, trainer, weight and barrier for each horse in the field along with other important information like the galloper’s record at the track and distance and their lead-up form. All of this is crucial when placing bets, including looking for graduates out of the Hill Stakes and Underwood Stakes.

Turnbull Stakes Form Facts

  • No horse has won the Turnbull Stakes from a double-digit barrier draw since Makybe Diva (16 of 16 in 2005)
  • Since the Turnbull Stakes win by Makybe Diva five other Turnbull Stakes winners have been mares with Devil Moon (2007), Lucia Valentina (2014), dual champion Winx (2017, 2018) and Verry Elleegant (2020)
  • From 2011 – 2020 six favourites in Turnbull Stakes betting saluted for the punters including Winx (2017, 2018) who was the odds-on favourite for both of her wins at Flemington and the also Waller-trained Verry Ellegant ($5 in 2020) 

2020 Turnbull Stakes Form

A link to our comprehensive Turnbull Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Turnbull Stakes Results

The Turnbull Stakes results and finishing order are known when the event jumps at Caulfield at the early October meeting and shows the winner, the margin by which they won by and the time they did it in as well as any horses scratched from the original field.

In recent years Turnbull Stakes results have been dominated by six-year-olds and those coming off a Sydney lead-up run.

All the Turnbull Stakes winners from 2014-18 had their final run in Sydney including Preferment (2015) and Hartnell (2016) who won the Hill Stakes at Randwick before success in the Flemington Group 1.

Winx (2017) meanwhile came off a George Main Stakes win before her runaway effort for her 21st straight victory in the Turnbull Stakes. Winx also took out the Turnbull Stakes results in 2018 to complete the George Main – Turnbull interstate double for the second straight year.

In 2019 Kings Will Dream changed that proven lead-up form into the Turnbull Stakes winning the race on the back of an unplaced run in Flemington’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Notable Turnbull Stakes winners include Vo Rouge (1987-88), Super Impose (1989), Let’s Elope (1991), Northerly (2002), Makybe Diva (2005), Zipping (2010), Green Moon (2012), Hartnell (2016) and the world’s best mare Winx (2017, 2018).

Turnbull Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Verry Elleegant  Toffee Tongue Finche 2:01.8
2019 Kings Will Dream Finche Hartnell 2:03.5
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