Capacity Field Set For the 2013 Naturalism Stakes

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).


Tanby is looking to turn around his form in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

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