Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2020 Turnbull Stakes, which will take place on Saturday, October 3, at Flemington Racecourse.

The Turnbull Stakes will once again be an early Melbourne Spring Carnival outing for some of the leading contenders for the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup.

We provide you with Turnbull Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Turnbull Stakes stream to watch the race unfold.

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Turnbull Stakes


Date October 3, 2020
Track Flemington
Distance 2000m
Class Group 1
Race Type Set Weights +Penalties
Prizemoney $500,000
Age 4YO & Upwards


When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

There are several lead-up races prior to the Turnbull Stakes that can help make life just a little easier when assessing a horse’s chances to win the Group 1 event.

Our experts assess all the Turnbull Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2020 Turnbull Stakes tips to help you back the winner.

Tipster Aaron Hamilton provided his 2020 Turnbull Stakes tips and selections following the barrier draw.


We take a look at the winning trends of the Turnbull Stakes and try and identify winning patterns based on barriers, age, lead-up form, trainers, jockeys and more.

Selections based on Turnbull Stakes Trends will be available following the barrier draw.

Tipster Adam Cusworth provides his 2020 Turnbull Stakes Trends.


Nominations for the Turnbull Stakes will close at 12:00pm on September 28, 2020.

To see the full list of 2020 Turnbull Stakes Nominations click here


The final field and barrier draw for the Turnbull Stakes will be declared at 9:30am on September 30, 2020.

To see the 2020 Turnbull Stakes field & barrier draw click here


Leading bookmakers Sportsbet and Neds will be among those offering the earliest betting odds on the 2019 Turnbull Stakes. There will be plenty of movements in the betting markets in the days leading up to the race following the release of the final field and barrier draw. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.


Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Turnbull Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Flemington races including the Turnbull Stakes streamed live online at Ladbrokes, Beteasy, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2019 Turnbull Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.


The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race for horses four years old and upwards and is one of the early Spring Carnival features.

Run over 2000 metres, it is a set weights with penalties event and carries prizemoney of $500,000. It was upgraded from a Group 2 event in 2005.

Run at Flemington in early October, it is a major lead-up race for horses who have the Group 1 Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup in their sights.

Although rated below the glamour of the Cups and Cox Plate, the Turnbull Stakes remains a highly prestigious affair with many notable champions of the turf winning the event on their way to further Spring Carnival success.

In recent years it has produced numerous winners of the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup as well as the Cox Plate.

Back in 2004, Elvstroem completed the Turnbull Stakes-Caulfield Cup double, while in 2005 Makybe Diva won the Turnbull Stakes-Melbourne Cup double. Winx, meanwhile, won the 2017 Turnbull Stakes en route to winning the Cox Plate for the third year in a row.

Other notable winners of the Turnbull Stakes include Zipping (2010), Northerly (2002), Sunline (2001), Let’s Elope (1991) and back to Dulcify (1979), Leilani (1974), Galilee (1968), Rising Fast (1954), Bernborough (1946) and Ajax who won it twice (1938 & 1940).

Turnbull Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

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 Sphenephyta
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Elvstroem
2003 Studebaker
2002 Northerly
2001 Sunline
2000 Fairway


Flemington first opened in 1840 and was known originally known as Melbourne Racecourse. The original approach road to the racecourse passed through a property owned by James Watson.

He named his property Flemington after his wife’s hometown of Flemington in Morayshire, Scotland and it is believed that this is how the racecourse’s name was first introduced.

Since then, the track has become the centre-point of Australian thoroughbred horse racing. It was added to the Australian National Heritage list in November 2006 and the site is also listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.

The land in which Flemington racecourse now stands was owned by Robert Fleming who intended to use the area for farming cattle and sheep, along with running a butchery in the early 1800’s.

In 1864, the Victoria Racing Club was introduced to Flemington and up until 2001 acted as the principal authority responsible for managing the racing at the track and across Victoria, Australia.

Flemington hosts a total of 14 Group 1s throughout the Australian racing year, headed by the Melbourne Cup and Victoria Derby in the Spring Carnival in October and November.

The Melbourne Cup has been the centrepiece throughout the history of Flemington Racecourse. The two-mile handicap contest is the richest in the Australian racing calendar and routinely draws hundred of thousands of racegoers to the course each November.

Since its first running in 1861, the Melbourne Cup has produced a vast variety of longing memories at Flemington, both on and off of the track. The blend of over 100,000 attendees and world class thoroughbred racing adds further gloss to Flemington’s already rich history.

In 1875, the Melbourne Cup was awarded public holiday status due to the demand for Australian citizens to witness the unparalleled experience that the raceday provides.

Flemington Racecourse Track Description

Flemington racecourse boasts a large pear shaped course with a circumference of 2,400 metres. It also has a straight six-furlong home-straight known as ‘The Straight Six’ which hosts many of Australia’s most valuable sprint contests including the Darley Classic.

Racing at Flemington is run in an anticlockwise direction making it a left-handed track with a long, sweeping final turn before the straight.

The track itself underwent a number of improvements during the early 21st century, including a new $45 million grandstand which opened in 2000.