Turnbull Stakes Winners & Past Results. Past Winners Turnbull Stakes

The Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington is one of the premier Group 1 races of the spring carnival. Track: Flemington Group 1 Distance: 2000 metres Conditions: 4YO+ Set Weights + Penalties Prizemoney: $500,000

With the restrictions limiting the horses in the field to those four years old and older, the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes is often attractive to quality mares and geldings.

Winx was one of those and she won the Turnbull Stakes two times in a row in 2017 and 2018. Prior to those two wins, the 2016 race was won by Hartnell, a quality horse that had the misfortune to chase Winx unsuccessfully at tracks in Victoria and NSW.

Significance of the Turnbull Stakes

The Turnbull Stakes was first run in 1865, so the aspect of tradition adds some lustre to the race.

The race offers a ballot exemption for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup, so those connections with aspiring stayers use the Turnbull Stakes to assess the chances of one of their horses potentially making a good run in the Caulfield Cup and after, the Melbourne Cup.

The Turnbull Stakes Names Throughout the Years

The Turnbull Stakes made its debut in 1865 as the Royal Park Stakes and it remained so called until 1895. Once abandoned, the Royal Park name was adopted by races around the world, including one run in Adelaide at a course known as Victoria Park in 1940.

From 1895 through 1897, the race was called the September Stakes. It was renamed again three years later as the October Stakes.

Beginning in 1936, it became the Melbourne Stakes, which held until 1948.

September Stakes, October Stakes, Melbourne Stakes are not original or creative and the race could have benefitted from a name bestowed by the imaginative minds that devise Thoroughbred names.

It became the Turnbull Stakes in 1948 to honour the then Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, Richard Turnbull.

Turnbull Stakes Race Grade

Like many of the better races in Australia, the Turnbull Stakes was considered a Principal race from its inception up to 1979.

It was declared Group 2 at that time. It remained so from 1979 – 2005, and then was elevated to Group 1 for 2006.

Turnbull Stakes Historical Race Distances

The Turnbull Stakes was at one time a traditional test of stayers, with the trip being the identical 3200 metres of the Melbourne Cup, if the difference between miles and metres is overlooked.

The race was 2800 metres in one year only, 1884. That odd trip reverted to 3200 metres from 1885 – 1890 before going to an equally odd trip of 2600 metres in 1891.

Several other changes were made to the distance, including a long period of 1600 metres spanning 1925 – 1947. It spent 23 years as a race equivalent to the 2400 metre Caulfield Cup and then settled at 2000 metres from 1971 until the present.

Notable Winners

The list of star horses to win span the history of Victorian Thoroughbred racing, beginning with The Barb in 1868, Wakeful (1903), Eurythmic (1920), Whittier (1923/24), Amounis (1930), Ajax (1938 and 1940), Bernborough (1946), Comic Court (1949/50), Rising Fast (1954), Tobin Bronze (1966) and Vo Rogue (1987/88).

More Notable Winners

A Who’s Who of racers dominated the event from 1989 to 1992, beginning with Super Impose (1989) Better Loosen Up (1990), Let’s Elope (1991) and Naturalism (1992).

Sunline (2001), Northerly (2002), Elvstroem (2004), Makybe Diva (2005) and Zipping (2010) nearly complete the list, with apologies to more than a few notables overlooked here. After Zipping, the notable winners were mentioned earlier and will not be repeated here.

Year Turnbull Stakes Winners
2020 Verry Elleegant
2019 Kings Will Dream
2018 Winx
2017 Winx
2016 Hartnell
2015 Preferment
2014 Lucia Valentina
2013 Happy Trails
2012 Green Moon
2011 December Draw
2010 Zipping
2009 Efficient
2008 Littorio
2007 Devil Moon
2006 Sphenophyta
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Elvstroem
2003 Studebaker
2002 Northerly
2001 Sunline
2000 Fairway
1999 Sky Heights
1998 Aerosmith
1997 Marble Halls
1996 Doriemus
1995 All Our Mob
1994 Redding
1993 The Phantom Chance
1992 Naturalism
1991 Let's Elope
1990 Better Loosen Up
1989 Super Impose
1988 Vo Rogue
1987 Vo Rogue
1986 Just Now
1985 Lacka Reason
1984 Al Dwain
1983 Chez Nous
1982 Birchwood
1981 No Peer
1980 Amarla
1979 Dulcify
1978 Lefroy
1977 Salamander
1976 Denise's Joy
1975 Analight
1974 Leilani
1973 Australasia
1972 Sharif
1971 Igloo
1970 Arctic Symbol
1969 Fileur
1968 Galilee
1967 Stellar Belle
1966 Tobin Bronze
1965 Craftsman
1964 Sir Dane
1963 Sometime
1962 Aquanita
1961 Blue Lodge
1960 Aircraft
1959 Mac
1958 Pandie Sun
1957 Syntax
1956 Pushover
1955 Redcraze
1954 Rising Fast
1953 Petrograd
1952 Aldershot
1951 Morse Code
1950 Comic Court
1949 Comic Court
1948 Beau Gem
1947 Sea Monarch
1946 Bernborough
1945 Lawrence
1944 Counsel
1943 Amana
1942 Great Britain
1941 Panka
1940 Ajax
1939 Manrico
1938 Ajax
1937 John Wilkes
1936 Prince Quex
1935 Cardinal
1934 Hall Mark
1933 Middle Watch
1932 Viol D'Amour
1931 Viol D'Amour
1930 Amounis
1929 High Syce
1928 Highland
1927 Royal Charter
1926 Manfred
1925 Fujisan
1924 Whittier
1923 Whittier
1922 Tangalooma
1921 Tangalooma
1920 Eurythmic
1919 Night Watch
1918 King Offa
1917 Lanius
1916 Greencap
1915 Lavendo
1914 Aleconner
1913 Mountain Princess
1912 Lady Medallist
1911 Flavian
1910 Captain White
1909 Iolaire
1908 Pink 'Un
1907 Subterranean
1906 Ellis
1905 Gladsome
1904 Gladsome
1903 Wakeful
1902 Strata Florida
1901 Haymaker
1900 Hautboy
1899 Mora
1898 Bobadil
1897 Ayrshire
1896 Resolute
1895 Hova
1894 Fortunatus
1893 Vakeel
1892 Donation
1891 Marvel
1890 Megaphone
1889 Prince Consort
1888 Mentor
1887 Carlyon
1886 Trenton
1885 Trenton
1884 David
1883 Legrand
1882 Darebin
1881 Sweetmeat
1880 Progress
1879 First King
1878 Warlock
1877 Robinson Crusoe
1876 Tocal
1875 Robin Hood
1874 Dagworth
1873 Don Juan
1872 King Of The Ring
1871 Warrior
1870 Tim Whiffler
1869 Peeress
1868 The Barb
1867 Warwick
1866 Volunteer
1865 The Sign

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