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Some facts about the Turnbull Stakes


Some facts about the Group One $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) run at Flemington on Sunday.-

* First run in 1948 when won by Beau Gem.

* Handicap until 1963. Weight-for-age 1964-70. Now run as set weights and penalties race.

* Run over 2400m from 1948-70.

* Group One since 2006.

* Notable winners include: Comic Court (1949-50); Rising Fast (1954); Redcraze (1955); Tobin Bronze (1966); Galilee (1968); Leilani (1974); Denise’s Joy (1976); Dulcify (1979); Vo Rogue (1987-88); Super Impose (1989); Better Loosen Up (1990); Let’s Elope (1991), Naturalism (1992), Sunline (2001); Northerly (2002); Elvstroem (2004); Makybe Diva (2005), Efficient (2009).

* Multiple winners: Comic Court (1949-50) and Vo Rogue (1987-88).

* In 1994 Paris Lane was first past the post but the race was awarded to Redding on protest.

* Horses to have won Turnbull-Caulfield Cup double in last 30 years: Elvstroem (2004); Northerly (2002); Sky Heights (1999); Let’s Elope (1991).

* Horses to have won the Turnbull-Cox Plate double in last 30 years: Makybe Diva (2005); Northerly (2002); The Phantom Chance (1993); Better Loosen Up (1990).

* Horses to have won Turnbull-Melbourne Cup double in the last 30 years: Makybe Diva (2005); Let’s Elope (1991).

* Makybe Diva claimed the Turnbull-Cox Plate-Melbourne Cup treble and Northerly the Turnbull-Caulfield Cup-Cox Plate treble.

* Trainers who have won it and have starters this year: Mark Kavanagh – Shocking (Devil Moon 2007); Lee Freedman – Speed Gifted (Sphenophyta 2006, Makybe Diva 2005; Marble Halls 1997, Doriemus 1996, Naturalism 1991, Super Impose 1989); Bart Cummings – Faint Perfume, Dariana (Let’s Elope 1991); Gai Waterhouse – Descarado (All Our Mob 1995); Tony Vasil – Valdemoro (Elvstroem 2004).

* Jockeys who have won it and have a ride this year: Danny Nikolic – Speed Gifted (Sphenophyta 2006); Steven King – Sterling Prince (Littorio 2008, Makybe Diva 2005, Let’s Elope 1991)