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Turnbull Stakes runners - Top 5 contenders for the Turnbull Stakes

  • Who are the leading contenders for the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 3?
Alpine Eagle winning the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield in February

It is Turnbull Stakes (2000m) day at Flemington on Sunday and the traditional spring carnival lead up should be a beauty. 

The feature of the day has attracted a cracking field to do battle in the $500,000 Group 1 race. 

Here are the leading contenders

Alpine Eagle ($5.00 Bet365)

The exciting Alpine Eagle lines up for another shot at a Group 1 and we will find out just how good he is when he faces his acid test this weekend. The Tony McEvoy-trained galloper is renowned for his finishing burst and was a close up 6th in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at his last start. He gets out to the 2000m for the first time in his career but was a massive winner over the 1800m journey in the Autumn Classic (1800m) back in February before finishing runner up to Wandjina in the Australian Guineas (1600m). That form reads very well for this as he finished ahead of a couple of Group 1 stars in Stratum Star and Kermadec that day. He should run very well. 

Royal Descent ($6.50 Bet365)

The Chris Waller-trained mare was also entered for the Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick but the stable have decided to send her to Melbourne for a crack at the Turnbull. Despite being renowned for her efforts over a mile, she has some solid 2000m form including a 3rd in Australia's richest weight-for-age race, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) back in the autumn. One of the most consistent horses in Australia, Royal Descent has had 14 starts at the highest level and has finished in the top three at eight of those. She should be right in it at the business end. 

Hartnell ($6.00 Sportsbet)

The Godolphin galloper steps out for his second start this campaign after claiming the BMW (2400m) at Rosehill in the autumn. The former import had a four start autumn campaign for two wins and saluted when second up over this distance in the Sky High Stakes (2000m). His run when first up in the Chelmsford saw him finish 4th behind Complacent, Kermadec and Royal Descent. He is a likely improver as he heads towards either the Caufield Cup (2400m) or Cox Plate (2040m)

Rising Romance ($9.00 Bet365)

The former Kiwi galloper has had two starts this campaign for her new trainers, David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, and should go close if she runs up to her last start effort when she finished a narrow 2nd to Fawkner in the Makybe Diva Stakes. The 2014 Caulfield Cup runner up switched stables over the winter break and looks to be in for another big spring. She has a 2000m Group 2 win to her credit over Lucia Valentina but could only manage 6th last year in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), when at the end of her campaign. The five-year-old is a solid each-way contender. 

Happy Trails ($13 Sportsbet)

The South Australian galloper is always in the mix in anything he contests and comes off another solid performance, this time in the Makybe Diva Stakes when finishing 5th, less than a length off Fawkner. The eight-year-old loves the Flemington 2000m having taken out the Mackinnon Stakes  last year before finishing 3rd in this years Australian Cup (2000m) behind Spillway. He will run his usual honest race.


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