Turnbull Stakes

Looking for early info on how to lay the best bets for this year’s Turnbull Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need

The Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 race held at Flemington Racecourse in early October on the same day as Sydney’s Epsom Handicap Day card at Royal Randwick.

Since 1972, this event has been a 2000 metre race. Run at set weights plus penalties, the Turnbull Stakes offers $1,000,000 in total prize money as of 2021. 

This race can be a great lead in to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, especially for people wanting to bet on the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and the iconic Melbourne Cup. Green Moon (2012) was the last galloper to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Melbourne Cup double. 

In 2020 trainer Chris Waller prepared the First Four in the Turnbull Stakes results led by the champion mare Verry Elleegant who went on to become the latest galloper to complete the Turnbull Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.

Plenty of outstanding horses have won the Turnbull Stakes throughout history including: Ajax (1938, 1940), Comic Court (1949, 1950), triple Melbourne Cup champion Makybe Diva (2005) and more recently four-time Cox Plate hero Winx (2017, 2018).

Turnbull Stakes 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,000 metres
  • Weight Class: Set weights with penalties
  • Qualification: Four year olds and older (excluding maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1865
  • 2021 Turnbull Stakes Winner: Incentivise

turnbull Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Turnbull Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 2, 2021. 

  1. #3 Incentivise
  2. #10 Young Werther
  3. #6 Chapada

The Peter Moody-trained Incentivise ($2.70) secured the Makybe Diva – Turnbull Stakes 2021 double with a gutsy win over the fast-finishing roughie Young Werther ($26) in the latter over 2000m at HQ.

Turnbull Stakes Betting 2021

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Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Turnbull Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Turnbull Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Turnbull Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in Turnbull Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within Turnbull Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within Turnbull Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within Turnbull Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within Turnbull Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from Turnbull Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Turnbull Stakes In 2021

Log into neds.com.au

  1. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  2. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Turnbull Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE turnbull stakes in 2021

When looking at which horse will win the Turnbull Stakes in 2021 it is crucial to consider form indicators like the lead-up runs of the contenders, their experience over the 2000m distance and their previous record in Group 1 races.

Other important factors to determine the Turnbull Stakes winner include:

  • Waller Factor: Trainer Chris Waller prepared five of the six Turnbull Stakes winners from 2015-21 and trained the First Four in 2020 led by Verry Elleegant.
  • Inside Alleys: Makybe Diva (16 of 16 in 2005) was the last Turnbull Stakes winner to salute from wider than barrier nine.

turnbull stakes FAVOURITES 2021

The early 2021 Turnbull Stakes favourites include Chris Waller’s reigning champion Verry Elleegant and the Peter Moody-trained Incentivise.

Verry Elleegant ($5 in 2020) became the sixth Turnbull Stakes favourite since 2011 to win. Verry Elleegant jumped the $2.10 favourite in 2021 but only managed to run fourth behind the $2.70 second elect Incentivise.

Turnbull Stakes FIELD 2021

The official Turnbull Stakes 2021 field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

Ten runners do battle in the 2021 Turnbull Stakes field and it shapes-up as a two-horse affair between Chris Waller’s nine-time Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant and the outstanding Peter Moody-trained Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise.

  • Scratched: #8 Colette (7) has been scratched from the Turnbull due to a foot abscess. 

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #4 Verry Elleegant ($2.30 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #3 Incentivise ($2.80 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #1  Sir Dragonet ($8.50 at time of publish) 

Our insider 2021 Turnbull Stakes tips and betting selections will be detailed above the week of the race and a complete Turnbull Stakes tipping preview available on the Neds Blog. 


Turnbull Stakes Race Day 2021

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 2nd of October, 2021. Turnbull Stakes Day 2021 is also host to five other Group status races with the running of the: 

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Nominations

Closing time for nominations is 12 PM on Monday the 27th of September, 2021. 

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 20 weight-for-age horses led by the Peter Moody-trained Spring Cups’ favourite Incentivise and the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant who won the race last spring.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x31111x141 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 99
2 x216570x5x BUCKHURST (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 105
3 3x73590x00 CHAPADA G 6 Michael Moroney 102
4 1x12454x65 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings 111
5 313616x2x0 DAWN PATROL (IRE) G 5 Robert Hickmott 103
6 x1111x6x42 DELPHI (IRE) H 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
7 51132113×9 EXPLOSIVE JACK (NZ) H 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
8 3x31x932x2 HOMESMAN (USA) G 8 Anthony & Sam Freedman 110
9 7x78111x84 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 106
10 68111111×1 INCENTIVISE G 5 Peter G Moody 112
11 0329431×00 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 105
12 654x300x47 KEIAI NAUTIQUE (JPN) H 7 Matthew Smith 106
13 7x32107x12 MO’UNGA (NZ) H 4 Annabel Neasham 110
14 x41x211x08 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
15 215x1244x3 PERSAN G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 104
16 1122x3321x SHERAZ (FR) G 5 Chris Waller 100
17 6x794159x3 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
18 91x211x SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 78
19 17x3112x21 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 119
20 23x75232x5 YOUNG WERTHER (NZ) G 4 Danny O’Brien 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Weights

The race is run at set weights plus penalties. Final weights will be declared at 4pm on Monday, the 27th of September, 2021. The official Turnbull Stakes 2021 weights for the final field will be published in our above Turnbull Stakes Field section. 

2021 Turnbull Stakes Top Weight:

  • #1 Sir Dragonet (59kg)

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances will be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 29th of September, 2021. The official Turnbull Stakes 2021 final acceptances will be published in our above Turnbull Stakes Field section. 

Turnbull Stakes 2021 jockeys

Riders must be announced by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 29th of September, 2021. The official Turnbull Stakes 2021 jockeys will be published in our above Turnbull Stakes Field section. 

turnbull stakes BARRIER DRAW 2021

The official 2021 Turnbull Stakes barriers are confirmed on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in our above Turnbull Stakes Field section.

turnbull stakes SCRATCHINGS 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 2nd of October, 2021.

2021 Turnbull Stakes Scratchings: 

  • #8 Colette (7)

Turnbull Stakes Race Number 2021

The 2021 Turnbull Stakes is set to run as Flemington Race 7 at 3:45pm (AEST) on Saturday October 2nd, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse. 

Turnbull Stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Turnbull Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


turnbull stakes LIVE 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Turnbull Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Free-to-air television: Seven Network

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Stream Online: 7Live

Turnbull Stakes Winners (Past Results)

Winners of the Turnbull Stakes dating back to the year 1983 are detailed in the table below.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 Incentivise Brett Prebble Peter Moody 2:01.4
2020 Verry Elleegant Mark Zahra Chris Waller 2:01.8
2019 Kings Will Dream Jye McNeil Chris Waller 2:03.5
2018 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:01.6
2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:02.0
2016 Hartnell James McDonald John O’Shea 2:01.0
2015 Preferment Hugh Bowman Chris Waller 2:01.3
2014 Lucia Valentina Kerrin McEvoy Kris Lees 2:01.8
2013 Happy Trails Dwayne Dunn Paul Beshara 2:02.9
2012 Green Moon Craig Williams Robert Hickmott 2:02.1
2011 December Draw Michael Rodd Mark Kavanagh 2:03.9
2010 Zipping Nicholas Hall Robert Hickmott 2:03.2
2009 Efficient Nicholas Hall John Sadler 2:01.6
2008 Littorio Steven King Nigel Blackiston 2:02.4
2007 Devil Moon 2:03.4
2006 Sphenophyta 2:01.9
2005 Makybe Diva S R King D L FREEDMAN 2:01.5
2004 Elvstroem N Rawiller Tony Vasil 2:00.4
2003 Studebaker S Baster B W PETERSON 2:04.0
2002 Northerly G J Childs Fred Kersley 2:02.3
2001 Sunline G J Childs T J MCKEE 2:03.9
2000 Fairway D Beadman J DENHAM 2:02.2
1999 Sky Heights D Oliver C ALDERSON
1998 Aerosmith G J Childs Peter Hurdle
1997 Marble Halls D Oliver D L FREEDMAN
1996 Doriemus Greg Hall D L FREEDMAN
1995 All Our Mob W Harris Gai Waterhouse
1994 Redding D Brereton G J KELLY
1993 The Phantom Chance R D Vance John Wheeler
1992 Naturalism S D Marshall D L FREEDMAN
1991 Let’s Elope S R King Bart Cummings
1990 Better Loosen Up M Clarke D A HAYES
1989 Super Impose D Gauci D L FREEDMAN
1988 Vo Rogue C Small V R RAIL
1987 Vo Rogue C Small V R RAIL
1986 Just Now H White J J ATKINS
1985 Lacka Reason G Willetts MS M BULL
1984 Al Dwain R J Skelton R Autridge
1983 Chez Nous M Clarke C S HAYES