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.

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. Prize money for the race over 2000 metres at Flemington Racecourse is worth $500,000.

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 confusing punters.

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 - TattsBet

YearTurnbull Stakes Winners
2021Incentivise
2020Verry Elleegant
2019Kings Will Dream
2018Winx
2017Winx
2016Hartnell
2015Preferment
2014Lucia Valentina
2013Happy Trails
2012Green Moon
2011December Draw
2010Zipping
2009Efficient
2008Littorio
2007Devil Moon
2006Sphenophyta
2005Makybe Diva
2004Elvstroem
2003Studebaker
2002Northerly
2001Sunline
2000Fairway
1999Sky Heights
1998Aerosmith
1997Marble Halls
1996Doriemus
1995All Our Mob
1994Redding
1993The Phantom Chance
1992Naturalism
1991Let's Elope
1990Better Loosen Up
1989Super Impose
1988Vo Rogue
1987Vo Rogue
1986Just Now
1985Lacka Reason
1984Al Dwain
1983Chez Nous
1982Birchwood
1981No Peer
1980Amarla
1979Dulcify
1978Lefroy
1977Salamander
1976Denise's Joy
1975Analight
1974Leilani
1973Australasia
1972Sharif
1971Igloo
1970Arctic Symbol
1969Fileur
1968Galilee
1967Stellar Belle
1966Tobin Bronze
1965Craftsman
1964Sir Dane
1963Sometime
1962Aquanita
1961Blue Lodge
1960Aircraft
1959Mac
1958Pandie Sun
1957Syntax
1956Pushover
1955Redcraze
1954Rising Fast
1953Petrograd
1952Aldershot
1951Morse Code
1950Comic Court
1949Comic Court
1948Beau Gem
1947Sea Monarch
1946Bernborough
1945Lawrence
1944Counsel
1943Amana
1942Great Britain
1941Panka
1940Ajax
1939Manrico
1938Ajax
1937John Wilkes
1936Prince Quex
1935Cardinal
1934Hall Mark
1933Middle Watch
1932Viol D'Amour
1931Viol D'Amour
1930Amounis
1929High Syce
1928Highland
1927Royal Charter
1926Manfred
1925Fujisan
1924Whittier
1923Whittier
1922Tangalooma
1921Tangalooma
1920Eurythmic
1919Night Watch
1918King Offa
1917Lanius
1916Greencap
1915Lavendo
1914Aleconner
1913Mountain Princess
1912Lady Medallist
1911Flavian
1910Captain White
1909Iolaire
1908Pink 'Un
1907Subterranean
1906Ellis
1905Gladsome
1904Gladsome
1903Wakeful
1902Strata Florida
1901Haymaker
1900Hautboy
1899Mora
1898Bobadil
1897Ayrshire
1896Resolute
1895Hova
1894Fortunatus
1893Vakeel
1892Donation
1891Marvel
1890Megaphone
1889Prince Consort
1888Mentor
1887Carlyon
1886Trenton
1885Trenton
1884David
1883Legrand
1882Darebin
1881Sweetmeat
1880Progress
1879First King
1878Warlock
1877Robinson Crusoe
1876Tocal
1875Robin Hood
1874Dagworth
1873Don Juan
1872King Of The Ring
1871Warrior
1870Tim Whiffler
1869Peeress
1868The Barb
1867Warwick
1866Volunteer
1865The Sign

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