Turnbull Stakes Stats

Royal Descent wins in the wet. Image courtesy of: www.dailytelegraph.com.au
Royal Descent is a leading hope in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington. Image courtesy of: www.dailytelegraph.com.au

Turnbull Stakes (2000m) - Flemington

Sunday, 03 October, 2015



Winners Profile


The Turnbull Stakes is an ideal lead up to the spring staying majors – the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

Older horses have a good record; those aged six and above have won this event 13/32 since 1983, including 7 of the last 10.

There have also been six 5yos and 13 four-year-olds successful.

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Geldings dominate; saluting 22 times, while there have only been four colts or entires and six fillies successful since 1983.



Form


All bar one of the 32 winners since 1983 have come via group racing. Seven won their previous start, with another 10 placed.

13 winners have come via the Group 1 Underwood Stakes, with Elvstroem the last to complete the Underwood/Turnbull double in 2004.

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Nine winners have come through the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam (John F. Feehan Stakes), with Lee Freedman’s Naturalism the last to complete that double in 1992. In 2011, December Draw notched the Group 3 Naturalism/Turnbull double.



Betting


11 favourites have saluted in the last 32 editions, with the most recent Green Moon ($4) in 2012.

There have only been four shorties (starting even money or less) since 1993, with two winning (Sky Heights in 1999 & Naturalism in 1992) and two losing (Weekend Hussler in 2008 & Sunline in 2000).

22/32 winners have started at single-figure odds since 1983.

The longest priced winner in the past three decades was Gai Waterhouse’s All Our Mob ($34) in 1995.



Barriers


Barrier 8 is the most successful producing six of the 32 winners since 1983. However, gate 5 has supplied the last two winners.

No horse has been successful from barrier 3, 10, 11 or 15 in the last three decades.

The last winner from the outside stall was triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva (16/16) in 2005.

The most recent winner from the coveted rails draw was Northerly in 2002.



Jockeys


  Greg Childs and Steven King have both won this race three times.

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Damien Oliver (15: 2-1-2) and Nick Hall (7: 2-1-1) have handy records.
  Michael Rodd 7: 1-1-1, Dwayne Dunn 10: 1-1-0, Kerrin McEvoy 4: 1-1-0, Craig Williams 10: 1-0-1, Glen Boss 6: 0-1-0, Luke Nolen 6: 0-0-1 & Craig Newitt 6: 0-0-0.



Trainers


In the last three decades, Lee Freedman dominated this race; 26: 6-5-1.

Mark Kavanagh 8: 2-1-1, Robert Hickmott 8: 2-1-1, David Hayes 16: 1-0-3 and Gai Waterhouse 9: 1-0-2.

For some well-known trainers, this race has proven elusive – Peter Moody 8: 0-1-1, Danny O’Brien 8: 0-1-0, Darren Weir 3: 0-1-0, Mike Moroney 4: 0-1-0, Chris Waller 4: 0-0-0 and John Hawkes 9: 0-0-0.



General Facts


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This $500,000 Set Weights plus Penalties contest over 2000m dates back to 1865 when known as the VRC Royal Park Stakes. The distance was originally 3200m and it has varied over the years. However, since 1971 it’s remained at 2000m.

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It was elevated to Group 1 in 2006 (won by Sphenophyta), before dropping back to Group 2 for three years and then reinstated to elite level again in 2010 (won by Zipping).
 •  The honour roll includes; Green Moon (2012), December Draw (2011), Zipping (2010), Efficient (2009), Makybe Diva (2005), Elvstroem (2004), Northerly (2002), Sunline (2001), Doriemus (1996), Naturalism (1992), Let’s Elope (1991), Better Loosen Up (1990), Super Impose (1989), Vo Rogue (1987/88), Dulcify (1979), Leilani (1974), Galilee (1968), Tobin Bronze (1966), Rising Fast (1954), Comic Court (1949/50), Bernborough (1946) and Ajax (1938/40).

 

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