Turnbull Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

Turnbull Stakes Barrier Draw Surprise Baby has drawn barrier one (PA Images)

A final field of 15 has been declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington after the barrier draw was completed on Wednesday morning.

The Chris Waller-trained five-year-old mare Verry Elleegant has drawn barrier nine in pursuit of another Group 1 victory with jockey Mark Zahra to ride. Verry Elleegant had no luck when finishing fourth in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) won by stablemate Kolding at Royal Randwick on September 19. Prior to that, Verry Elleegant had captured the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m).

Leading jockey Craig Williams will ride the Paul Preusker-trained six-year-old gelding Surprise Baby who has drawn gate one. Surprise Baby has raced just once since finishing fifth in the 2019 Melbourne Cup (3200m); the gelding was second behind Humidor in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) at The Valley on September 5.

Six-year-old gelding Master Of Wine has drawn barrier four for trainers Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes. Following a disappointing Winx Stakes run, Master Of Wine was able to get back on track with a fourth-placed effort in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) won by Fierce Impact.

See below for the full field of Turnbull Stakes runners.

2020 Turnbull Stakes barrier draw and final field ?

1 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 10 57.5kg
2 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 8 57.5kg
3 SURPRISE BABY (NZ) Paul Preusker Craig Williams 1 57.5kg
4 WARNING Anthony & Sam Freedman Billy Egan 7 56.5kg
5 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg
6 MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Michael Rodd 4 56.5kg
7 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 14 56.5kg
8 AKTAU (GB) Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 5 56.5kg
9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 9 55.5kg
10 OCEANEX (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Dean Yendall 13 55.5kg
11 HARLEM (GB) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jamie Mott 11 54.5kg
12 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Ben Melham 15 54.5kg
13 DJANGO FREEMAN (GER) Robert Hickmott Luke Nolen 6 54.5kg
14 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 12 53.5kg
15 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 2 53.5kg