Folding Gear Earns Caulfield Cup Entry With 2012 Naturalism Stakes Win

Folding Gear has gained ballot exemption into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup with a win in the 2012 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse today.

Folding Gear

Folding Gear has earned a ballot exemption for the Caulfield Cup after winning the 2012 Naturalism Stakes

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

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
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