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The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race for 4yo & upwards horses that takes place each year in early October at Flemington racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres under set weight & penalty conditions with $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Turnbull Stakes was won by Hartnell from Jameka with Tally third.
In 2005 the Turnbull Stakes was upgraded from Group 2 to Group 1 status and this race is one of the pivotal middle distance events of the spring.
The Turnbull Stakes is rated below the major Group 1 spring races like the Melbourne Cup and WS Cox Plate, but it is held in high esteem and has become a prestigious event on the racing calendar each year.
The race is the first quality 2000 metre event of the spring and gives staying types a chance to race over a more suitable middle distance with the upcoming Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in mind. The Turnbull Stakes also provides a more than handy lead up race to the Caulfield Stakes at Caulfield the following week and the Caulfield Cup two weeks later.
The race itself has been a tremendous guide to winners of major spring races and a number of high class gallopers have managed to win this race. In recent years the Turnbull Stakes has provided multiple winners of the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup and WS Cox Plate, and every year it continues to be a pivotal race for horses contesting the major Group 1 races to come.
The Turnbull Stakes always attracts top class gallopers and is one of the premier middle distance events of the spring carnival. History says to keep an eye on the Turnbull Stakes.
Hartnell (2016), like Preferment the year before, won the Gr2 Hill Stakes over 2000m at Randwick in Sydney before heading to Melbourne to win this event in brilliant style. Recent Turnbull Stakes winners have been Preferment (2015) and Lucia Valentina (2014).
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Classy Ciaron Maher-trained mare Jameka scored a resounding victory in the Gr1 Caulfield Cup at Caulfield after finishing runner-up to Hartnell in this event. Hartnell (2016) finished an eight-length second to Winx in the Cox Plate following his easy Turnbull Stakes win.
Amralah (7th in 2015) headed to Caulfield next start to win the Gr2 Herbert Power Stakes in stylish fashion.
Fawkner (3rd in 2013) won the Caulfield Cup at his next start while Dear Demi (8th in 2013) ran third in the same race. Fiorente (4th in 2013) ran third in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley before winning the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
Green Moon (2012) went on to win the Melbourne Cup after taking out this event.
The 2011 Turnbull Stakes provided plenty of feature race winners later in the spring with Glass Harmonium (2011) claiming the Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington, Playing God (3rd in 2011) winning the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot, and Southern Speed (4th in 2011) taking out the Caulfield Cup at Caulfield. Rekindled Interest (5th in 2011) ran third in both the WS Cox Plate and Mackinnon Stakes.
Zipping (2010) went on to place in the WS Cox Plate for the third year in a row before going on to win the Group 2 Sandown Classic for the fourth consecutive year.
2016 Turnbull Stakes result
1. $1.90 Hartnell 57.5 James McDonald
2. $5.00 Jameka 54.5 Nicholas Hall
3. $19.00 Tally 55.5 Brenton Avdulla
4. $20.00 Preferment 59.0 Hugh Bowman
5. $61.00 Happy Trails 57.5 Ben Melham
6. $31.00 Tarzino 58.0 Craig Newitt
7. $151.00 De Little Engine 54.5 Damian Lane
8. $21.00 Our Ivanhowe 57.5 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $8.50 Raw Impulse 54.5 Craig Williams
10. $17.00 Set Square 55.5 Luke Nolen
11. $31.00 Sofia Rosa 54.5 Ms Danielle Johnson
12. $101.00 Second Bullet 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
Margins: 3.25 len, 3.25 len Time: 2:01.03
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