2012 Naturalism Stakes Nominees Chase Caulfield Cup Ballot Exemption

32 horses have nominated for a start in the 2012 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday September 22, 2012.

The horses will be looking to gain a ballot exemption for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup next month.

Included in the 2012 Naturalism Stakes is Robert Hickmott’s Efficient.


Efficient is nominated for the 2012 Naturalism Stakes.

Efficient, who is now a nine-year-old, placed tenth in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes last start and will be looking for a better result second-up this weekend.

The Zabeel gelding has won seven of his 29 race starts and has earned more than $4.78 million in prize money.

The once Melbourne Cup winner proved he was not too old to perform during the autumn, where he finished a close second to Niwot in the Group 1 Sydney Cup.

Efficient is nominated for a run in the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup this spring racing carnival.

Lamasery is another stayer nominated for the 2012 Naturalism Stakes this Saturday.

The Commands gelding has won 10 of his 20 race starts and has earned more than $480,000 in prize money during his career.

Lamasery finished fourth first-up this spring in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes, before placing third in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes last start.

Fruehling, Mourayan and Zabeelionaire are also included in the 2012 Naturalism Stakes nominations.

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2012 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 AULD BURNS (GB) David Hayes 82
2 AVIENUS Mark Webb 101
3 BIANMICK Michael Brady 85
4 BUDAI (GER) David Hayes 92
5 CUBAN SUNDAY Pat Carey 98
6 DANCE WITH HER David Brideoake & David Feek 103
7 EFFICIENT (NZ) Robert Hickmott 111
8 ERUPTIOUS (NZ) Michael Kent 85
9 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 97
10 FOLDING GEAR (NZ) Lee & Shannon Hope 97
11 FRUEHLING (IRE) Anthony Freedman 86
12 LAMASERY David Vandyke 104
13 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 109
15 MOUDRE Ciaron Maher 104
16 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 108
17 MR O’CEIRIN (NZ) Ciaron Maher 90
18 NORSQUI Walter McShane 99
19 PACINO Clinton McDonald 77
20 POLISH KNIGHT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 101
21 RIALYA Lloyd Kennewell 99
22 SEA GALLEON Colin & Cindy Alderson 93
23 SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott 106
24 SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ) Michael Moroney 102
25 SHEWAN Robert Smerdon 101
26 SILENT SURROUND William Smart 93
27 SINGLE MINDED (NZ) Graham Richardson 98
28 STREETS AWAY (NZ) Darren Weir 96
29 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 104
30 WINCHESTER (USA) John Sadler 111
31 ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ) Leon Corstens 101
32 ZURELLA (NZ) Shaune Ritchie 102