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Turnbull Stakes: Date, how to watch, past winners, latest odds and more

The Turnbull Stakes is one of the biggest middle-distances races of the Victorian Spring Carnival and takes place at Flemington Racecourse in October.

The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race for horses aged four-years-old and above and is raced under set-weights and penalty conditions over 2000m.

The legendary Winx won the Turnbull Stakes on her Flemington debut in 2017 and went back-to-back when winning the race again in 2018.

Here is our guide to the Turnbull Stakes.

WhatTurnbull Stakes
WhereFlemington Racecourse, Melbourne
WhenSaturday 7th October, 2023
How to watchChannel 7
OddsRomantic Warrior 2.25, West Wind Blows 6.00, Alligator Blood 7.50, Mr Brightside 7.50

What is the Turnbull Stakes?

The Turnbull Stakes is a group 1 race for horses aged four-years and above and is one of the highlights of the Victorian Spring Carnival.

It always attracts a top-quality field of up to 16 gallopers, some of which will go on to run in the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup.

When is the Turnbull Stakes?

The Turnbull Stakes is the headline race of Turnbull Stakes day and will take place on Saturday 7th October in 2023.

Some of the finest thoroughbreds in Australia will race on Turnbull Stakes day.

The nine-race card will also include the Group 2 Danehill (1100m), Group 2 Gilgai (1200m), Group 2 Rose of Kingston (1400m, Group 2 Edward Manifold (1600m) and the Group 3 Lexus Bart Cummings (2500m).

The Turnbull Stakes will be Race 7 on the card with runners and riders set to go to post at 16.25 (AEST).

The Kalgoorlie Cup is raced over 2300m on the same day in Western Australia.

Can I watch the Turnbull Stakes?

Yes. The Turnbull Stakes will be free-to-air on Channel 7 and on the 7Plus app.

How old is the Turnbull Stakes?

The Turnbull Stakes was first raced in 1864 and was originally run under handicap conditions until 1963.

Back then the race was known as the Royal Park Stakes, before switching to the Turnbull Stakes in 1948.

From 1964 until 1970 the Turnbull Stakes was raced under weight-for-age conditions, but is currently raced under Set Weights and Penalty conditions.

The Turnbull Stakes has been a group 2 race in the past but was upgraded to group 1 in 2010 and has remained that way ever since.

Who has won the Turnbull Stakes?

Smokin’ Romans won the Turnbull Stakes in 2022 for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

The legendary Winx won the Turnbull Stakes on her Flemington debut in 2017 and went back-to-back when winning the race again in 2018.

Makybe Diva won the Turnbull Stakes in 2005 before going on to win a Cox Plate and three Melbourne Cups on the bounce.

What is the prize money for the Turnbull Stakes?

The total prize fund for the Turnbull Stakes is $750,000 for the 2023 race after being cut from $1million.

The winner of the race will receive $450,000. Second place will pick up $135,000, while third will scoop $67,500.

Each of the top eight horses will win prize money with sixth, seventh and eighth all picking up $15,000 for their efforts.

Who are the hot fancies to win the Turnbull Stakes?

Romantic Warrior is the hot fancy to win the Turnbull Stakes and is priced at 2.25.

West Wind Blows is available at 6.00, with both Alligator Blood and Mr Brightside priced at 7.50.

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