The times have been crunched and here are the standout performances from Turnbull Stakes day 2023.
Gold Trip prevailed in the Turnbull Stakes, his first victory since last year’s Melbourne Cup, and his winning time of 2:01.26 is 3L faster than the Group 1 average for 2000m at Flemington.
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Straight races were won by horses using lanes 6, 14, 14 and 23
Circle races [1400m+] saw winners use lanes 2 – 10
Who was hot at Flemington?
Training honour were split between Maher-Eustace [Future History, Gold Trip] and James Cummings [Zardozi, Tamerlane] with both stables chalking up a double while Damien Lane [Tamerlane, Stretan Angel] and Craig Williams [Future History, Bodyguard] each rode two winners on the card
RIFF ROCKET – 1ST Listed Super Impose Stakes [1800m]
Off a soft tempo he’s absolutely smashed the clock late running the fastest last 400m of the day to give him an overall time of 1:50.00, which is 2.3L faster than average for this class.
GOLD TRIP – 1st Group 1 Turnbull Stakes [2000m]
This was the second highest rated performance of his career behind only his Melbourne Cup win in 2022. He’s beaten the 2000m Group 1 average at Flemington by 3L winning eased down. The French import is clearly going better than any of these.
WILLIAM THOMAS – 6th Race 1 BM78 1200m
Overall time of 1:10.78 is just 1L slower than average for this grade at Flemington and given he went through the first 600m 9.4L slower than average, you can see how fast that final 600m was. In fact, on a day when we had top class galloper around this BM78 horse has posted the best last 600m and 200m of the day. Our data says he is going as well as ever this preparation and this was a run full of merit.
Hopefully those that read our preview last Wednesday snapped up some of the $51 for the Victoria Derby. He’s now your $3 favourite and off this will take a stack of beating if he runs a strong 2500m.
His rating here is up there with the best weight-for-age performances of the year and we feel he’s better placed in a Cox Plate than a Caulfield Cup, where there’s a risk a lightly weighted horse could knock him off.
Won The Bart Cummings [2500m] which gains him a start into the Melbourne Cup. His rating on Saturday is 3-5L off what you need to win the big one. But he drops 4kg come the first Tuesday of November and that brings him into play.
FIRST IMMORTAL was desperately unlucky in The Bart Cummings being posted wide without cover throughout. If he can get into the Melbourne Cup then he’s a proper winning chance.
VIRTUOUS CIRCLE couldn’t get a crack at them the whole way up the straight in The Bart Cummings. He drops to 51kg for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and is $101 for both. Definitely one for the longshot players.
Who was hot at Rosehill?
Nash Rawiller was the star of the show riding a treble including taking out the $2mil Hill Stakes [2000m] aboard Montefilia, the mares first win in 80 weeks. Rawiller also won on Cepheus and Magic Time
Played evenly with lanes 1- 10 used by the 10 winners
No leaders won
STANISLAUS – 1ST BM78 [1100m]
Clocked 1:02.64 for the 1100m, which is 7L faster than BM78 average and he’s done it by producing the 3rd fastest last 600m of the meeting.
CELESTIAL LEGEND – 5th Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes [1200m]
A moderate lead speed from Royal Tribute meant Celestial Legend’s first 600m was 8.1L slower than average for this grade. He’s produced the best last 400m and 200m of the day and it wasn’t good enough. What more could he have done?
MONETFILIA Flew late to win the Group 2 Hill Stakes [2000m] clocking the 4th fastest last 200m split of the day. Her ratings are 2-3L below her best but a race like the $750,000 Craven Plate on October 28 would be perfect at this point
KINGS GAMBIT He’s back! His rating of 91 on our database is around 1-2L off the top 3YO sprinters in the land. If they can get him to handle the straight at Flemington then he’s right in the mix for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes [1200m] on Derby day. That said, he’s $4.50 and favourite for the Coolmore while Celestial Legend is a $34 chance and looked unlucky upon studying the sectionals
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