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 ?

1VOW AND DECLAREDanny O’BrienDamien Oliver1057.5kg
2KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)Chris WallerJye McNeil857.5kg
3SURPRISE BABY (NZ)Paul PreuskerCraig Williams157.5kg
4WARNINGAnthony & Sam FreedmanBilly Egan756.5kg
5DALASANLeon Macdonald & Andrew GluyasJamie Kah356.5kg
6MASTER OF WINE (GER)Michael, Wayne & John HawkesMichael Rodd456.5kg
7KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR)Danny O’BrienDamian Lane1456.5kg
8AKTAU (GB)Michael MoroneyDaniel Moor556.5kg
9VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ)Chris WallerMark Zahra955.5kg
10OCEANEX (NZ)Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Dean Yendall1355.5kg
11HARLEM (GB)Tom Dabernig & Ben HayesJamie Mott1154.5kg
12FINCHE (GB)Chris WallerBen Melham1554.5kg
13DJANGO FREEMAN (GER)Robert HickmottLuke Nolen654.5kg
14SUPERSTORMGrant & Alana WilliamsWilliam Pike1253.5kg
15TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ)Chris WallerMichael Dee253.5kg