With the AFL Grand Final signalling a close to the football season, sporting fans will turn their focus trackside for Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day atFlemington tomorrow, where the World’s Best Horse on Turf in Winx will make her debut at Australia’s premier racetrack.
Tomorrow, Saturday 7 October 2017, will see Winx shoot for her 21st consecutive victory in the $500,000 Group 1 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes (2000m), where Melburnians will get the opportunity to witness arguably the best horse since Black Caviar to race at Flemington.
Winx’s trainer Chris Waller will use the Seppelt Turnbull Stakes as the six-year-old bay mare’s final lead up run as she prepares to chase her third Cox Plate victory.
Winx’s key rival in the Seppelt Turnbull Stakes will be the Darren Weir-trained galloper Humidor, who is already a dual Group 1 winner at Flemington this year.
Other notable races on Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day will be the $200,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m), which will feature talented sprinterSpeith, and the $300,000 Group 3 Bart Cummings (2500m), which will see defending Emirates Melbourne Cup champion Almandin seek to repeat his feats of last year and win The Bart Cummings en route to the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will have additional facilities at Flemington for all racegoers to enjoy Winx, with the course bolstered by additionalscreens, food and beverage outlets and Winx merchandise to ensure all racegoers can be in the moment of Winx.
All profits from merchandise will go to the National Jockeys Trust, as well as proceeds from the auction of signed saddlecloths from the Seppelt Turnbull Stakes, including Winx’s saddlecloth.
Members can get up close and personal with the wonder mare from the Members’ Lawn, or watch the action from a range of venues including The Forum, The Atrium and The Peak.
A themed Absolut Winx cocktail will be sold in The Atrium and The Terrace. General Admission areas will also be expanded, with the James Boag’s Premium Celebration Deck featuring entertainment from the Emerson Duo and the James Boag’s Premium Lawn Bar presenting the perfect space for racegoers to relax and revel in the action with a drink and live music by The Mad Hatters.
In the Parade Lounge, 3AW’s Ross Stevenson will host the sold out Love Letter to Racing event, where guests will hear from passionate racing enthusiasts including radio presenter Tony Leonard, writer Andrew Rule, former sports star and racing enthusiast Simon O’Donnell, and VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott about their personal relationships and experiences with racing. All proceeds from the event, including the raffle and live auction, will be donated to the National Jockey’s Trust.
Children and their families can get into the spirit of Winx with Winx-themed hobby horse racing, silks and face painting. Other exciting free activities in the Kids’ Zone include yard games such as giant chess, croquet, jenga, lawn bowls, bocce, mini-golf and pony rides.
General admission precinct Saintly Place will hold extra significance on Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day, as it will be the first time the public can view the entire trophy collection bequeathed to the VRC by Cups King Bart Cummings.
Flemington favourites and Living Legends Efficient and Zipping will be parading in the Mounting Yard prior to Race 1 and again before Race 6. Efficient famously won the 2006 AAMI Victoria Derby, before claiming the 2007 Emirates Melbourne Cup one year later, and securing the Turnbull Stakes at six years of age in 2009.
Pin & Win volunteers will be out in force in support of Melbourne Cup Carnival charity partner Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Racegoers can contribute by purchasing Emirates Melbourne Cup pins for just $5 for a Melbourne Cup pin and $10 for a diamante horse shoe pin.
Gates open at 11:20am on Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day, with the first of nine races set to jump at 12:50pm. Other notable races include The Bart Cummings (2500m), a Group 3 event which offers the winner a ticket into the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Metro trains will run special services to and from Flemington for Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day, with trains departing Southern Cross Station between10:59am and 1:39pm and return services departing Flemington between 4:55pm and 7:20pm.
Tickets to Seppelt Turnbull Stakes Day are available from Ticketek and at the gate. Children under 16 are FREE when accompanied by an adult.