Turnbull Stakes


This race is an important lead-up to the big Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. It’s a set-weight event, and is run over 2000 metres at Flemington racecourse.

Run in early October, this race provides horses with a springboard to those aforementioned ‘big two’ races, along with other suitable tune-up races such as the Toorak Handicap, Herbert Power Stakes and the Caulfield Stakes, which follow shortly after.

The Turnbull Stakes has been in existence since 1948, and was upgraded to its current Group One status in 2006.

Rising Fast, Galilee, Dulcify, Vo Rogue, Better Loosen Up and Sunline are former champions of this race.


Most Recent Winners

Year Winner 2nd Placegetter 3rd Placegetter
2014 Lucia Valentina Lidari Brambles
2013 Happy Trails Puissance De Lune Fawkner
2012 Green Moon Seville December Draw
2011 December Draw Glass Harmonium Playing God
2010 Zipping Shocking Shoot Out
2009 Efficient Predatory Pricer Scenic Shot
2008 Littorio Master O’Reilly Zipping
2007 Devil Moon Scenic Shot Haradasun
2006 Sphenophyta Our Smoking Joe Aqua D’amore, Serenade Rose (DH)
2005 Makybe Diva Lad Of The Manor Confectioner
2004 Elvstroem Mummify Confectioner



Located in Melbourne’s western suburbs, the Flemington course is one of three premier venues for horse racing in the city.


This race starts from the 2000 metre position, which is located on the track proper just around from the winning post. There’s a 600 metre run before the first turn, but still, inside barriers are an advantage.

The last 30 years have seen 10 favourites come first, 3 come second and 2 come third. (15 out of 30). From the list above, 4 favourites were winners: Green Moon, December Draw, Makybe Diva and Elvstroem.

This Years Runners

The race is due to be run Saturday October 3rd, 2015. Luxbet’s team of experts will assess the line-up closer to the time.