Despite not being as celebrated as other Group 1 races in the spring such as the Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup, the Turnbull Stakes is a significant event which attracts some of the finest gallopers, as they prepare for the couple of months of racing ahead of them. Run over the 2000m at the infamous Flemington Racecourse, the Turnbull Stakes gives the staying types a chance to race over a more suitable distance. Named in honour of former VRC Chairman Richard Turnbull, the Turnbull Stakes was elevated to Group 1 status in 2006. From its inaugural year in 1948 until 1970, the race was run over 2400m, before the trip was shortened to the ten furlong mark.
The Turnbull has been an excellent guide to future big race winner at the carnival. The Robert Hickmott trained Green Moon claimed the Turnbull Stakes back in 2012, before going on to win the Melbourne Cup later that spring. Third in this event in 2013 behind Happy Trails, Fawkner won the Group 1 Caulfield Cup at his next start. Incidentally, 2013 Melbourne Cup victor Fiorente finished fourth as the $4.80 favourite. In 2011, runner-up Glass Harmonium went on to win the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes, third-placed Playing God won the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic and fourth-placed Southern Speed took out a gripping Caulfield Cup. Legends of the turf like Makybe Diva, Elvstroem, Northerly, Sunline, Better Loosen Up and Vo Rogue are all previous Turnbull winners.
|2016||HARTNELL||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||02:01.0|
|2015||PREFERMENT||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||02:01.3|
|2014||LUCIA VALENTINA||KERRIN MCEVOY||KRIS LEES||02.01.8|
|2013||HAPPY TRAILS||DWAYNE DUNN||PAUL BESHARA||02.02.9|
|2012||GREEN MOON||CRAIG WILLIAMS||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02.02.1|
|2011||DECEMBER DRAW||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||02.03.9|
|2010||ZIPPING||NICHOLAS HALL||ROBERT HICKMOTT||02.03.2|
|2009||EFFICIENT||NICHOLAS HALL||JOHN SADLER||02.01.6|
|2008||LITTORIO||STEVEN KING||NIGEL BLACKISTON||02.02.4|
|2007||DEVIL MOON||COREY BROWN||MARK KAVANAGH||02.03.4|
|2006||SPHENOPHYTA||DANNY NICKOLIC||LEE FREEDMAN||02.01.9|