A guide and tips for Group 1 Turnbull Stakes


The Group 1 Turnbull Stakes take place at Flemington on Saturday.

Ran over 2,000 meters with fixed weights and penalties for the remainder and made $1 million in total, including $600,000 for winning connections.

Incentivize won the race last year before winning the Caulfield Cup.

See our guide below:


12. Golden Journey (10)

Ciaron Maher & David Eustace / Jamie Kah (54.5kg)

The French import was solid in its two Australian races, third at Rosehill and third at Caulfield at 1500 and 2000 meters respectively.

He remains at the 2000m trip, takes on Jamie Kah and should be ready to run very well in third position.

Is maybe a little under at around $3.7, but it’s expected to be fair at the end.

2. Duai (5)

Edward Cummings / Josh Parr (57kg)

Three-time Group 1 winner who excels over 2000 meters.

The mare was a bit simple at first, but that was to be expected at 1400m, before she improved in her second run of this preparation five lengths from Anamoe in the George Main.

Maps to get a nice run, will enjoy the smooth track and will be even better if the surface is improved. Can win.


8. Inspirational girl (12)

Danny O’Brien / Jye McNeil (54.5kg)

She was decent when second (by 4.5 lengths) to Mr Brightside in the Feehan at the start of September.

The mare has an exemplary track record with four wins out of four, but she has never run beyond 1800m.

Inspirational Girl is on her way to the Caulfield Cup as long as she runs well and manages the distance.

She’s drawn and it’s a gamble, but she has a good chance of finding out.

4. Deep (7)

Richard Litt / Craig Williams (56.5kg)

Had three races in this build, all at Randwick, for different results.

His first third behind Anamoe in the Winx was promising, he stuck well for fourth behind Zaaki in the Tramway, then disappointed, dropping to seventh out of nine in the George Main.

Profondo won the 2000m but had an unranked run at Flemington in Australia’s Guineas in March.

His best would be competitive, no doubt.


15. Maximum (5)

John O’Shea / Ben Melham (54.5kg)

I didn’t do much to get excited about first place in the George Main, but that was to be expected.

Now reaches a more appropriate distance and should definitely improve on second place.

11. Young Werther (1)

Danny O’Brien / Damian Lane (54.5kg)

Resumption with a promising fourth behind Makram at Flemington three weeks ago. The winner has since moved up to G3 level in Sydney and was only average.

Usually runs well second, loves the distance and has two 2,000m finishes in two attempts in his 12-start career.

6. Smoky Romans (6)

Ciaron Maher & David Eustache / Ethan Brown (55.5kg)

Has taken form with a second and a victory over 2040 and 2000m in his last two starts.

Runs well over distance but upgrades to G1 level for the first time.

5. Big house (14)

Chris Waller / Brett Prebble (56kg)

Ran well in third-place finish at Flemington three weeks ago behind Makram.

Hit the line well on this occasion, which now extends to 2000m, which suits and loves Flemington.

Will be back on the pitch, so may need some speed up front to get home.


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