Held in October, the Turnbull Stakes is a key build-up race before the Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup.
It's a Group 1 race over 2000 metres and takes place at Flemington Racecourse. The total prize money on offer is $500,000. The 2019 version will be held on Saturday, 5th October at Flemington Racecourse.
Winx is the current defending champion having won the event in 2018 and 2017. So she'll be aiming for a record-setting third straight victory in 2019. This race has also been won by some of the best champions in Racing. That includes the likes of Makybe Diva in 2005 and Ajax during World War 2.
Over time, the Turnbull Stakes has been known as a few different names. Firstly, it started out as the Royal Park Stakes from 1865 until 1894. Then for a short period, it was named "September Stakes".
From 1898 until 1935, it was then called the October Stakes due to a race date change. In 1936, it was renamed again as the Melbourne Stakes for 11 years.
Finally, in 1948 the event was changed to its current name. Along with name changes, this race has bounced between the Group 1 and 2 categories. It started as Principal Race until the late 70s where it was classified as a Group 1.
For the 2006 event, it was a Group 1 race but switched back to Group 2 until 2010, then it was given Group 1 status again.
This event is a major race to watch for potential Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup runners. For example, Green Moon won this race in 2012 and went onto win the Melbourne Cup as well. The conditions of this race can generally help Group 1 runners of six years or older.
It's also a good idea to bet on barriers from 1 to around 7 as not many winners have come from the outside barriers.
An ideal lead-up race for this event should be the Underwood Stakes, which takes place at Caulfield two weeks prior.
Since 2016, the favourite has won three straight events and with Winx around, it's hard to back against her. She was at unbackable odds of $1.1 in 2018 and smashed the field in her 2017 debut.
This basically means head to head betting is off limits while she's around and exotic bets are more suitable at this stage. The field usually has 16 runners so a first four or trifecta is well recommended.
|2018||Winx||Youngstar||Kings Will Dream||2:01.6|
|2015||Preferment||Royal Descent||Set Square||2:01.3|
|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|
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