Folding Gear has gained ballot exemption into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup with a win in the 2012 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse today.
The Johar gelding won the race ahead of second place-getter Mr O’Ceirin and Exceptionally, who placed third in the 2012 Naturalism Stakes.
Folding Gear has won four of his 14 race starts and has earned more than $350,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.
Co-trainer Shannon Hope revealed that a 2012 Caulfield Cup start was not yet a certainty.
“At this stage we’re aiming at it,” Hope said.
“We’ll just see how he comes through it.
“It’s not the end of the world if we don’t get there.
“We’ll just see how he pulls up.
“I won’t have another run into it. I don’t think he needs it.”
Jockey Ben Melham will have to get down to under 51 kilograms to ride Folding Gear in the 2012 Caulfield Cup on October 20, 2012.
Melham does not feel he would have a problem getting down to the required weight.
“Look I’d say (I could do it). It’s probably worthwhile,” Melham said.
“He’s got a bit of class about him.”
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2012 Naturalism Stakes Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||11||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben Melham||–||4||54kg||$7.50|
|2||16||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Glen Boss||0.5L||8||54kg||$5|
|3||10||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||0.7L||16||54kg||$13|
|4||3||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Eddie Wilkinson||2.45L||9||55.5kg||$6|
|5||1||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||2.75L||7||58kg||$31|
|6||12||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||4L||13||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$16|
|7||7||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Craig Newitt||4.75L||10||54kg||$4.40F|
|8||14||SILENT SURROUND||William Smart||Chad Schofield (a)||5.15L||3||54kg||$51|
|9||6||RIALYA||Lloyd Kennewell||Dwayne Dunn||7.9L||5||54.5kg||$31|
|10||15||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes||Steven King||8L||11||54kg||$101|
|11||2||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Peter Mertens||8.75L||1||57kg||$41|
|12||4||SHEWAN||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||9.25L||15||55.5kg||$14|
|13||5||NORSQUI||Walter McShane||Chris Symons||9.65L||2||54.5kg||$81|
|14||8||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey||Michael Walker||12.15L||14||54kg||$14|
|15||9||SINGLE MINDED (NZ)||Graham Richardson||Darren Gauci||16.15L||12||54kg||$51|
|16||13||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Nicholas Hall||31.15L||6||54kg||$9.50|