A capacity field of sixteen runners plus four emergencies have accepted for the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (200m) at Caulfield on Saturday – a race that offers the winner a ballot-free entry into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
The 2013 Naturalism Stakes looks like being an incredibly open affair with horses from a variety of different form lines set to meet in the $150,000 event.
Carrying the top-weight of 58.5kg will be the Robert Hickmott-trained duo of Seville (barrier two) and Tanby (barrier one).
Both horses are likely to qualify for a run in the Caulfield Cup, even if they don’t win on Saturday, but will be looking to turnaround their form after poor starts to their 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaigns.
Seville has failed to beat home a single runner in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) or Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) but will relish the step back up to 2000 metres, while Tanby is sure to improve on his disappointing first-up effort in the Listed Slickpix Stakes (1700m).
The Slickpix Stakes will be the key form reference for the Naturalism Stakes, with the top three placegetters Ibicenco (barrier seven), Mr O’Ceirin (barrier 19) and Pakal (barrier 11) all set to contest the race as will Peter Moody-trained Kesampour who finished seventh.
Based on natural talent, Kesampour is easily the standout in the field and carrying only 55.5kg he will be very difficult to beat if he rediscovers his European form.
The King’s Best entire beat a quality field to win the 2012 Group 2 Prix Greffulhe (2000m) in France last year and took on some of the highest-rated horses in the world in the Group 1 Prix De l’Arc De Triomphe (2400m) late last year.
The four-year-old was a first acceptor for the Caulfield Cup but still needs pass the first ballot elimination clause.
Kesampour won’t be the only imported European stayer in the Naturalism Stakes field, with the Mick Price-trained duo of Pakal and Bit Of Hell included in the acceptances.
Bit Of Hell has failed to fire since arriving in Australia, and is racing like a horse that needs to be gelded, but Pakal has performed well and will be one of the leading chances in the race.
The Lord Of England gelding started his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with a dominant victory in the Legacy 2013 Badge Appeal Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield before finishing an unlucky third behind Ibicenco in the Slickpix Stakes.
Other notable runners in the Naturalism Stakes final field are veteran gelding Moudre (barrier ten), last year’s winner Folding Gear (barrier seventeen), impressive Kiwi stayer Quintessential (barrier nine) and the part-time jumper Tuscan Fire (barrier sixteen).
For the complete Naturalism Stakes 2013 field, barriers, jockeys and weights see the below table.
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2013 Underwood Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 8 – 4:15pm (AEST) – 21/09/2013
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||x94x052x00||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||2||58.5kg||107|
|2||41031x53x0||TANBY||Robert Hickmott||Brett Prebble||1||58.5kg||107|
|3||x741x59451||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||7||56.5kg||103|
|4||089x3008x3||MOUDRE||Ciaron Maher||Mark Zahra||10||56.5kg||103|
|5||x520x61612||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Glen Boss||19||56.5kg||103|
|6||179x552x98||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben Melham||17||56kg||102|
|7||x5253112x5||QUINTESSENTIAL (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Browne||9||56kg||106|
|8||112130×150||TUSCAN FIRE||Dan O’Sullivan||Luke Currie||16||56kg||102|
|9||1x114x50x7||KESAMPOUR (FR)||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||20||55.5kg||101|
|10||12677x5x13||PAKAL (GER)||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||11||55.5kg||101|
|11||x811211x00||TREMEC (NZ)||John P Thompson||Chris Symons||8||55kg||100|
|12||2441529×20||TALENT SHOW||Graeme Ballantyne||Dean Yendall||12||54kg||99|
|13||411314×923||KEEP COOL (NZ)||Danny O’Brien||Damian Lane||15||54kg||94|
|14||2x131x2x70||BIT OF HELL (IRE)||Mick Price||Dwayne Dunn||13||54kg||93|
|15||6786x0737x||SAHARA SUN (CHI)||Ciaron Maher||Ms Michelle Payne||4||54kg||93|
|16||x012120x90||DURNFORD||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||6||54kg||92|
|17e||0168256×09||ZABISCO (NZ)||Michael Moroney||James McDonald||5||54kg||92|
|18e||52x4122x14||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||–||18||54kg||90|
|19e||221x4255x9||GOLDONI (IRE)||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||3||54kg||89|
|20e||161970×642||WEISSMULLER (NZ)||Andrew R Campbell||–||14||54kg||77|