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Turnbull Stakes

The Turnbull Stakes 2016 is being held at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne on Sunday, October 2nd.

Turnbull Stakes History

First run in 1865, the Turnbull Stakes is a Group 1 set weights and penalties race over 2,000 metres, and is for four year olds and upwards. With prize money of $502,500 at stake, the race attracts a strong field of middle distance runners. Along with the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate, the Turnbull Stakes is one of the major races of the Spring Racing Carnival.

Among the supporting races at the course are three Group 2 races, each carrying just over $200,000 in prize money. These are the Gilgai Stakes, the Blazer Stakes, and the Edward Manifold Stakes. Total prize money for the day is over $1.75 million.

When considering betting odds, the barrier draw has a direct effect as an inside draw gives a huge advantage.

Race Details

Flemington has a wide range of facilities, not the least of which is the Preview Lounge, overlooking the winning post, and with a wonderful view of the racecourse and Melbourne city skyline. Admission is $229 for non-members and $200 for members, but in view of the facilities on offer the dedicated race-goer may think it money well spent.

Admission includes:

  • Parking in the Members Car Park
  • Racecourse and Preview Lounge entry
  • Racebook
  • Gourmet cocktail menu
  • Exclusive track balcony
  • TV screens in the marquee (so that you can catch up with the Epsom Handicap)
  • Tote facilities
  • Premium beverage package, which includes sparkling wines, red and white Australian wines, beers, soft drinks and spirits
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Punters club

In addition to the Preview Lounge (which opens an hour before racing commences), there is the Headquarters Tavern – open for drinks, lunch, and dinner after the racing – the Flemington Lawn Lounge, Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar, and James Boag’s Premium Celebration Deck – also with a great view of the winning post and with music and entertainment.

In addition, the Flemington Heritage Centre will be open which gives behind the scenes tours including the Walk of Fame – a tribute to Melbourne Cup winners.