Turnbull Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

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

A final field will be declared for Saturday’s Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington after the barrier draw is completed on Wednesday morning, 29th September.

Check back to see how each runner fared at the barrier draw.

Below is last year’s field and barriers:


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