2015 Turnbull Stakes Preview and Betting Tips

October 4th 2015, 2:19pm, By: tim_tips

Yellowglen Turnbull Stakes 2000m - Group 1

This shapes up as a good contest over the 2000m on the big track of Flemington which should give every horse their chance. The track has come up in the Good range and pre-race favourite Alpine Eagle has been scratched with a hoof problem. 

HAPPY TRAILS: Always takes a few runs to hit his peak and he showed last start that he is ready to win. Finished strongly in 5th, only beaten 0.7L behind Fawkner over 1600m. The step up to 2000m is ideal and he draws a good barrier. He's run 5 times over this course and distance for 2 wins and a placing. Stable are very confident and he is the on top selection for me at good each way odds.

PROTECTIONIST: Genuine 3200m horse and he will once again find a few of these too slick over 2000m.

HARTNELL: Was pretty plain first up at Randwick in the Chelmsford. Step up to 2000m works in his favour but John O'Shea said he is probably going to need the run. The plan is to ride him cold so I see him more of a place chance than a winning chance.

PREFERMENT: Massive win last start over the likes of Magic Hurricane and Complacent who have both come out and won since. Stays at 2000m and he's won at Flemington before so he comes into this as a genuine winning chance at big odds once again.

VOLKSTOK'N'BARRELL: 5th behind Mourinho over 1800m in the Underwood last start. Steps up in distance once again which helps him but his runs so far have only been fair. Needs to improve.

MAGICOOL: Well beaten in the Underwood and needs to improve signficantly to get the better of these.

DANDINO: Nice run in the Underqood where he finished midfield. Chased home pretty solidly along the rails and seems to be coming along nicely for the Cups. 2000m still a bit short for him.

WHO SHOT THEBARMAN: 5th behind Preferment last start over 2000m and not beaten all that far at all. Gets to Flemington which is a track that really suits him and I think he is definitely one that can feature in the finish at decent odds.

RISING ROMANCE: 2nd in the Makybe Diva last start where she really should have won. She's absolutely flying and the step up to 2000m really suits her. Drawn sticky but with any luck she can win.

WEARY: Finished at the back of the field in the Underwood and might not be appreciating the firm tracks. Finally draws a decent enough barrier which will allow him to settle closer in the run but he might struggle again on a firm track.

AMRALAH: Pretty disappointing since coming to Australia until his massive win in Adelaide last start. Won by 3 lengths over 1800m and the step up in distance will again work in his favour. The penny looks to have dropped and if he improves again he could be hard to beat. Drawn awkwardly so might not get the same soft run he got last start.

EXTRA ZERO: Appears to not be going well enough but he does have a tendency to pop up in these sorts of races. In well at the weights and there's every chance he could run into a place. Not for me though.

SET SQUARE: Was super first up and then unlucky last start when caught wide. Up to 2000m, big track, drawn well and in with 54.5kg. I can see her bouncing back and running a big race here.

GUST OF WIND: Coming along nicely but she's also a genuine two-miler and will find the 2000m a bit sharp against this field.

ROYAL DESCENT: Has some of the best form in the race with form around Cox Plate favourite Kermadec. Drawn sticky in barrier 13 but does get in very well with 53.5kg. I think there is one or two ahead of her, but she will have every chance to win this off such a low weight.


Going with HAPPY TRAILS who has previously performed best over 2000m. His run last start put the writing on the wall and he should be peaking today. Great each way chance at double figure odds. RISING ROMANCE is another that put the writing on the wall last start when she should have won the Makybe Diva. If she had have drawn a barrier she would be top pick but regardless of the bad draw she is a great chance. Behind that the likes of Royal Descent, Who Shot Thebarman, Preferment, Hartnell and Amralah are all place chances.

1st Happy Trails
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Who Shot Thebarman
4th Royal Descent

Take note: Any of the tips in this article are simply the author’s opinion, so bet at your own risk and always gamble responsibly.  Also be sure to check out the Before You Bet Twitter Page for all our thoughts in the lead up to bets! Happy punting!


NFL 2019-20: Week 11 Preview & Betting Tips

The 2019-20 NFL season is beginning to heat up and Week 11 gets underway Friday! We have a full preview and betting tips for some of the key games across the weekend here read more

2019 Formula 1: Brazil Grand Prix Betting Tips

There are just two races to go in the 2019 Formula 1 season and this weekend we head to Sao Paulo for the annual Brazil Grand Prix! Check out our full preview and betting tips for the race here read more

Horse Racing Tips: Thursday, November 14th

We're not far away from another big weekend of racing and there's plenty of meetings to get involved in this Thursday! Our team is in terrific form so check out Luke Krahe's best bets at Seymour, Pakenham and Beaudesert here! read more

2019-20 NBA Betting Tips: Thursday 14th November

There’s another fantastic seven-game slate in the NBA this Thursday, the 14th of November. We have a full preview and betting tips for some of the key games of the day! read more


Understanding Betfair Staking Plans

In the third instalment of our Betfair instructional series, we take a look at understanding staking plans and how they can be used to stay in control of your bank roll read more

Understanding the Betfair Markets

In our next strategy guide for the Betfair platform, we take a look at understanding how the Betfair markets work and what different types of backs and lays you can place with Betfair! read more

Understanding Back and Lay Betting on Betfair

Unlike your ‘normal’ betting agency where it’s you versus the Bookmaker, Betfair is a peer-to-peer wagering platform. Betfair allow you to both ‘back’ and ‘lay’ bets, which gives you complete control and a totally unique betting experience. View how full guide to backing and laying here read more

Major Harness Races in Australasia

There are approximately 90 Group 1 level harness races in Australia and New Zealand each year; we've highlighted some of most high profile races on the annual racing calendar here. read more


Boosted Odds For Melbourne Cup Punters

The Melbourne Cup has transformed from the race that stops the nation into the race that stops the world in recent years, and Palmerbet are giving punters more bang for their buck with boosted odds on all Melbourne Cup runners this Monday! read more

2019 Melbourne Cup Odds

The Melbourne Cup is known as the race that stops a nation, but is quickly becoming the race that stops the world! There's 42 horses left in contention for the 2019 Melbourne Cup, which will be held on the first Tuesday in November. Check out the latest betting odds for the race here! read more

Cox Plate Glory Awaits

Get fantastic odds of $4.50 for Te Akau Shark to finish in the top five in Saturday's Cox Plate thanks to Palmerbet. read more

The Luck of Playing the National Lottery

The lottery is one of the more fun ways to gamble, and who hasn't dreamt of one day striking it mega-rich by landing a jackpot! What are the odds of winning the lottery, and is there anything you can do to improve your odds? We take a look at the luck involved with playing the lottery! read more