Turnbull Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
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|