Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare will lead the 15-horse Turnbull Stakes field out onto Flemington racecourse on Saturday.
The Danny O’Brien trained Vow And Declare will have his stablemate King Of Leogrance to keep him company while trainer Chris Waller will saddle up four runners in the Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).
The Waller trained Kings Will Dream will be trying to win back to back Turnbull Stakes and the champion Sydney trainer will also saddle up Verry Elleegant, Finche and Toffee Tongue.
The Turnbull Stakes is littered with Group 1 performers with the winner will be exempt from the ballot for the Group 1 $5m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 17.
We have analysed the entire field for the 2000m Group 1 at Flemington and our complete 2020 Turnbull Stakes tips can be found below!
Vow And Declare
Last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare is again being aimed towards the first Tuesday in November.
The Danny O’Brien trained five year old has had one run back from a spell for a ninth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and will be better suited over more ground later on his preparation.
Kings Will Dream
Kings Will Dream was the winner of the Turnbull Stakes last year but will have to make a sharp improvement on his latest form to get back to back victories in the Group 1.
The Chris Waller trained Kings Will Dream was always well back in the field last start when tenth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Surprise Baby made up plenty of ground at his first run back when second in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley.
Surprise Baby is one of the early favourites for the 2020 Melbourne Cup in November and the 2000m of the of the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington looks ideal at this stage of his campaign.
Warning will strip fitter for one run back from a spell for a seventh in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Last year’s Victoria Derby winner is another who will be better suited over more ground later in the Spring.
Dalasan was been placed twice at his first two runs this preparation before finishing a nice fifth to Fierce Impact in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington three weeks ago.
The South Australian trained four year old won’t be out of place in the Turnbull Stakes.
Master Of Wine
Master Of Wine showed plenty of improvement second up when fourth to Fierce Impact in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Look for further improvement stepping up to the 2000m of the Turnbull Stakes.
King Of Leogrance
King Of Leogrance excelled when he got up to a staying distance last preparation and proved too strong in winning the Group 2 Adelaide Cup over 3200m at Morphettville during the 2020 Autumn Carnival.
Has raced okay fresh in the past but will be better suited as the distances get longer later in his campaign.
Aktau has solid form in weaker company and has a lot of ground to make to be threat here after finishing ninth in a 1700m Flemington Handicap.
The Turnbull Stakes looks ideal for Verry Elleegant with two runs under her belt and she is one of the main chances.
The Chris Waller trained Verry Elleegant scored a nose win first up in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick but then missed a place when fourth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick.
Oceanex has been well beaten in weaker company at his last two starts and could only beat three home last start when eleventh in a 1700m Flemington Handicap.
Harlem is a two times Group 1 winner over the Flemington 2000m with his two Australian Cup victories but the nine year old has been struggling to find his old form of late.
The Lindsay Park trained Harlem was well beaten at his two runs this preparation, his latest a sixth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.
Finche had his first run back since running seventh in last year’s Melbourne Cup for a handy third in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September.
The 2000m of the Turnbull Stakes looks ideal for Finche second up and look for another bold showing.
German import Django Freeman has been placed at all three Australian starts but will find this much tougher than his last start second in a 1700m Flemington Handicap.
West Australian four year old Superstorm stepped back up Group 1 company last start but never threatened when twelfth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. No easier here.
Toffee Tongue was the winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville during the 2020 Adelaide Autumn Carnival.
Toffee Tongue has been unplaced at two runs back from a spell, her latest an eighth in a 1700m Flemington Handicap and will find this assignment much tougher.