Turnbull Stakes 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021

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 $1,000,000 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.

Trainer Chris Waller enjoyed his fourth consecutive Turnbull Stakes victory in 2020 with Verry Elleegant saluting ahead of her next-up victory in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

This season the Turnbull Stakes ran on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won by the Peter Moody-trained Incentivise. 

2021 Turnbull Stakes Results

The official Turnbull Stakes 2021 results and Flemington finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 2, 2021.

  • 1st: #4 Incentivise
  • 2nd: #10 Young Werther
  • 3rd: #6 Chapada

Peter Moody’s Caulfield Cup-bound stayer Incentivise ($2.70) backed-up from a Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes win to salute in the Turnbull Stakes 2021 results in a fighting finish over dual Derby placegetter Young Werther ($26).

Turnbull Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $750,000
  • 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 – 2021 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 – 2021 including Hartnell (2016), super star mare Winx (2017-18) back-to-back and most recently Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020).

2021 Turnbull Stakes Betting

The season’s top Turnbull Stakes 2021 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Turnbull Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

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 2021 Turnbull Stakes field ran with just nine starters.

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.

2021 Turnbull Stakes Field

The official Turnbull Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers are announced by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and will be listed below as soon as announced.

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes field features 10 spring hopefuls led by the Peter Moody-trained Makybe Diva Stakes winner Incentivise and Chris Waller’s nine-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant.

  • Scratched: #8 Colette (7) has been scratched from the Turnbull due to a foot abscess. 

2021 Turnbull Stakes Nominations

The early Turnbull Stakes 2021 Nominations on the Spring Cups’ lead-up are taken the Monday ahead of race day and will be published below once confirmed.

A bumper 20 weight-for-age gallopers make-up the 2021 Turnbull Stakes nominations this spring dominated by the star Peter Moody-trained stayer Incentivise.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x31111x141 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 99
2 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 105
3 3x73590x00 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 102
4 1x12454x65 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 111
5 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
6 x1111x6x42 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
7 51132113×9 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
8 3x31x932x2 HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 110
9 7x78111x84 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
10 68111111×1 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 112
11 0329431×00 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 105
12 654x300x47 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
13 7x32107x12 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 110
14 x41x211x08 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
15 215x1244x3 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
16 1122x3321x SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 100
17 6x794159x3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
18 91x211x SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 78
19 17x3112x21 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 119
20 23x75232x5 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 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).

2021 Turnbull Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Turnbull Stakes 2021 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.

  • To Win: #3 Incentivise ($2.80 at time of publish) 

Really WANT Verry Elleegant to win, but think Peter Moody’s Spring Cups’ favourite will salute again here over 2000m after the effortless Makybe Diva win first-up over a mile. This is a staying star, a super equine athlete and he’ll be improving. They’ll try to restrain him, but he’ll be too strong. Strap in, the mare’s so tough and this will be some race!

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 – 2021 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)

2021 Turnbull Stakes Form

A link to our comprehensive Turnbull Stakes 2021 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). In 2021 Incentivise became the latest horse to complete the Makybe Diva Stakes – Turnbull Stakes double.

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), the world’s best mare Winx (2017, 2018) and next-up Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant (2020).

Turnbull Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Incentivise Young Werther Chapada 2:01.4
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