The Turnbull Stakes is an exclusive four year old or upward only Group 1 race that comes around during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in Victoria, South East Australia. The event is run over a middle distance of 2000M every year in October at the Flemington Racecourse. The Turnbull Stakes is today worth up to $500,000 in prize money and is run under set weight conditions. The relatively bigger purse has done well to attract quality horses to the race and in 2013 Happy Trails capped a modest and quiet start to the Melbourne Spring with a well earned victory in the race.
Puissance De Lune finished second despite putting up a great run with Fawkner coming through in third. The Turnbull Stakes was upgraded back in 2005 from a Group 2 race to a Group 1 event and since then, the race has grown strength by Strength to become one of the major distance races in the Melbourne Spring. Although the event has been overshadowed by other big Group 1 aces such as the Caulfield Cup, a lot of horse trainers ands jockeys still hold the event in high regard and true to that, the Turnbull Stakes has never failed to assemble elite and high quality horses.
The event is always a perfect build up for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Horses that perform well in the race can also consider running in the Caulfield Stakes. In the last decade, horses that have won the Turnbull Stakes have gone on to either win or do remarkably well in the Caulfield Cup, the WS Cox Plate or The Melbourne Cup. In 2013, Fawkner finished third in the Turnbull Stakes on course towards an easy win in the Caulfield Cup just a few weeks later.
In 2012 though, outstanding 4yo Green Moon became the last horse to win the Turnbull Stakes and the Melbourne Cup double. Rekindled Interest back in 2011 won the WS Cox Plate after finishing fifth in the Turnbull Stakes. The horse would also go on to win the McKinnon Stakes at the Flemington Racecourse. Based on the number of stars to emerge from the Turnbull Stakes there is no doubt the event is by far one of the best distance races and even in 2014, the race is expected to light some fireworks in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Turnbull Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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|
|2009||Efficient||Predatory Pricer||Scenic Shot||2:01.6|
|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|
|2002||Northerly||Dash For Cash||Fields Of Omagh||2:02.3|
|2001||Sunline||Universal Prince||Primrose Sands||2:03.9|
|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|
|1995||All Our Mob||Doriemus||Sir Kingi||2:01.1|
|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|
|1988||Vo Rogue||Apollo Run||Ebeli Show||2:01.9|