Held annually on the first Saturday in October, Turnbull Stakes Day is one of the most exciting meetings on the Victorian racing calendar as it heralds the start of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The race card, run at the infamous Flemington Racecourse, is headlined by the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, the first major staying race of the spring over 2000m. A host of Group 2 races are also featured on the day, including the Edward Manifold Stakes, the Gilgai Stakes and the Blazer Stakes, as well as the Group 3 The Bart Cummings.
With almost $2m dollars in prize money up for grabs on the day, the event attracts some of the best jockeys, trainers and racing identities in Australia. Inaugurated in the mid-1900s, the Turnbull Stakes is an event named in the honour of former VRC Chairman Richard Turnbull, and was given Group 1 status in 2006. The day features black type racing only, with five group and four listed events on the program. It is an indication that the carnival is moving into full swing.
|RACE NAME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE|
|TURNBULL STAKES||GR 1||$500,000||2000m||4YO&UP SW+PEN|
|EDWARD MANIFOLD STAKES||GR 2||$200,000||1600m||3YOF SW|
|GILGAI STAKES||GR 2||$200,000||1200m||3YO&UP SW+PEN|
|BLAZER STAKES||GR 2||$200,000||1400m||MARES SW+PEN|
|THE BART CUMMINGS||GR 3||$150,000||2500m||QUALITY HANDICAP|