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The Turnbull Stakes is a prestigious Group 1 race held in Melbourne during the spring racing carnival.  This 2000 metre event is held under set weight and penalty conditions, for horses four years old and over.  With a history that stretches back to 1865, the Turnbull Stakes is one of the longest standing horse races in Australia.

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The Turnbull Stakes was originally a Principal race run over a distance of 16 furlongs.  However, the distance did change occasionally during the early days of this event, being raced over 14 furlongs, 13 furlongs, 12 furlongs, and 10 furlongs at different times until it became a 2000 metre race in 1972.  This race graduated to a Group 2 event in 1979, becoming a Group 1 race in 2006, 2008, and since 2010.

During its long and rich history, the Turnbull Stakes has attracted a number of high profile horses.  Some of the most famous names to have graced the winners list include Rising Fast in 1954, Galilee in 1968, Super Impose in 1989, Let’s Elope in 1991, Naturalism in 1992, Doriemus in 1996, Northerly in 2001, Elvstroem in 2004, and Makybe Diva in 2005.

Lee Freedman is known as the most successful trainer in the Turnbull Stakes, including winners Rising Fast in 1954, Galilee in 1968, Super Impose in 1989, Let’s Elope in 1991, Naturalism in 1992, Doriemus in 1996, Northerly in 2001, and Elvstroem in 2004.  The 2011 race was won by December Draw, with Glass Harmonium in second and Playing God in third place.


2011 Turnbull Stakes Result

1. December Draw

2. Glass Harmonium

3. Playing God

4. Southern Speed

5. Rekindled Interest

6. Absolutely

7. Shamrocker

8. Efficient

9. Raffaello

10. Precedence

11. Extra Zero

12. Linton


Past Results


Year     Winner                        Status              Distances


2011     December Draw            Group 1            2000m

2010     Zipping                                    Group 1            2000m

2009     Efficient                       Group 2            2000m

2008     Littorio                         Group 1            2000m

2007     Devil Moon                  Group 2            2000m

2006     Sphenophyta                Group 1            2000m

2005     Makybe Diva                Group 2            2000m

2004     Elvstroem                    Group 2            2000m

2003     Studebaker                  Group 2            2000m

2002     Northerly                      Group 2            2000m

2001     Sunline                                    Group 2            2000m

2000     Fairway                        Group 2            2000m

1999     Sky Heights                 Group 2            2000m

1998     Aerosmith                    Group 2            2000m

1997     Marble Halls                 Group 2            2000m

1996     Doriemus                     Group 2            2000m

1995     All Our Mob                  Group 2            2000m

1994     Redding                       Group 2            2000m

1993     The Phantom Chance    Group 2            2000m

1992     Naturalism                    Group 2            2000m

1991     Let’s Elope                   Group 2            2000m

1990     Better Loosen Up         Group 2            2000m

1989     Super Impose               Group 2            2000m

1988     Vo Rogue                    Group 2            2000m

1987     Vo Rogue                    Group 2            2000m

1986     Just Now                      Group 2            2000m

1985     Lacka Reason              Group 2            2000m

1984     Al Dwain                      Group 2            2000m

1983     Chez Nous                   Group 2            2000m

1982     Birchwood                    Group 2            2000m

1981     No Peer                       Group 2            2000m

1980     Amarla                         Group 2            2000m

1979     Dulcify                                     Group 2                       2000m

1978     Lefroy                          Principal race    2000m

1977     Salamander                  Principal race    2000m

1976     Denise’s Joy                Principal race    2000m

1975     Analight                       Principal race    2000m

1974     Leilani                          Principal race    2000m

1973     Australasia                   Principal race    2000m

1972     Sharif                           Principal race    2000m

1971     Igloo                            Principal race    10F

1970     Arctic Symbol              Principal race    12F

1969     Fileur                           Principal race    12F

1968     Galilee                         Principal race    12F

1967     Stellar Belle                  Principal race    12F

1966     Tobin Bronze                Principal race    12F

1965     Craftsman                    Principal race    12F

1964     Sir Dane                       Principal race    12F

1963     Sometime                    Principal race    12F

1962     Aquanita                      Principal race    12F

1961     Blue Lodge                  Principal race    12F

1960     Aircraft                                    Principal race    12F

1959     Mac                             Principal race    12F

1958     Pandie Sun                  Principal race    12F

1957     Syntax                         Principal race    12F

1956     Pushover                     Principal race    12F

1955     Redcraze                      Principal race    12F

1954     Rising Fast                   Principal race    12F

1953     Petrograd                     Principal race    12F

1952     Aldershot                     Principal race    12F

1951     Morse Code                 Principal race    12F

1950     Comic Court                 Principal race    12F

1949     Comic Court                 Principal race    12F

1948     Beau Gem                    Principal race    12F

1947     Sea Monarch                Principal race    8F

1946     Bernborough                Principal race    8F

1945     Lawrence                      Principal race    8F

1944     Counsel                       Principal race    8F

1943     Amana                         Principal race    8F

1942     Great Britain                 Principal race    8F

1941     Panka                          Principal race    8F

1940     Ajax                             Principal race    8F

1939     Manrico                        Principal race    8F

1938     Ajax                             Principal race    8F

1937     John Wilkes                 Principal race    8F

1936     Prince Quex                 Principal race    8F

1935     Cardinal                       Principal race    8F

1934     Hall Mark                      Principal race    8F

1933     Middle Watch               Principal race    8F

1932     Viol D’Amour                Principal race    8F

1931     Viol D’Amour                Principal race    8F

1930     Amounis                      Principal race    8F

1929     High Syce                    Principal race    8F

1928     Highland                      Principal race    8F

1927     Royal Charter               Principal race    8F

1926     Manfred                       Principal race    8F

1925     Fujisan                                     Principal race    8F

1924     Whittier                        Principal race    9F

1923     Whittier                        Principal race    10F

1922     Tangalooma                 Principal race    12F

1921     Tangalooma                 Principal race    12F

1920     Eurythmic                     Principal race    12F

1919     Night Watch                 Principal race    12F

1918     King Offa                     Principal race    12F

1917     Lanius                          Principal race    12F

1916     Greencap                     Principal race    12F

1915     Lavendo                       Principal race    10F

1914     Aleconner                     Principal race    10F

1913     Mountain Princess        Principal race    10F

1912     Lady Medallist              Principal race    10F

1911     Flavian                                     Principal race    10F

1910     Captain White               Principal race    10F

1909     Iolaire                           Principal race    10F

1908     Pink ‘Un                       Principal race    10F

1907     Subterranean                Principal race    10F

1906     Ellis                             Principal race    10F

1905     Gladsome                    Principal race    10F

1904     Gladsome                    Principal race    10F

1903     Wakeful                       Principal race    10F

1902     Strata Florida               Principal race    10F

1901     Haymaker                     Principal race    10F

1900     Hautboy                       Principal race    10F

1899     Mora                            Principal race    10F

1898     Bobadil                                    Principal race    10F

1897     Ayrshire                       Principal race    10F

1896     Resolute                      Principal race    10F

1895     Hova                            Principal race    10F

1894     Fortunatus                    Principal race    12F

1893     Vakeel                         Principal race    12F

1892     Donation                      Principal race    12F

1891     Marvel                          Principal race    13F

1890     Megaphone                  Principal race    16F

1889     Prince Consort             Principal race    16F

1888     Mentor                         Principal race    16F

1887     Carlyon                        Principal race    16F

1886     Trenton                                    Principal race    16F

1885     Trenton                                    Principal race    16F

1884     David                           Principal race    14F

1883     Legrand                       Principal race    16F

1882     Darebin                        Principal race    16F

1881     Sweetmeat                   Principal race    16F

1880     Progress                      Principal race    16F

1879     First King                     Principal race    16F

1878     Warlock                       Principal race    16F

1877     Robinson Crusoe          Principal race    16F

1876     Tocal                           Principal race    16F

1875     Robin Hood                 Principal race    16F

1874     Dagworth                     Principal race    16F

1873     Don Juan                     Principal race    16F

1872     King Of The Ring          Principal race    16F

1871     Warrior                                     Principal race    16F

1870     Tim Whiffler                  Principal race    16F

1869     Peeress                       Principal race    16F

1868     The Barb                      Principal race    16F

1867     Warwick                       Principal race    16F

1866     Volunteer                     Principal race    16F

1865     The Sign                      Principal race    16F



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