Caulfield Cup Hopes Among 2015 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

A host of 2015 Caulfield Cup-nominated stayers are also entered for the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend vying for the ballot exemption on offer to winner of the lead-up race.

Chance to Dance (outside), The United States (inside)

Robert Hickmott-trained stablemates The United States (inside) and Chance To Dance (outside) are both nominated to face off in the 2015 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

There are two Group races on the Caulfield line-up in Melbourne on Saturday including the Naturalism Stakes, registered this spring as the $150,000 Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup (2000m).

Among the bumper 30 early entries taken for the quality handicap are a number of chances eyeing a run back at the track on October 17 in the $3 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Currently the shortest priced of the Naturalism Stakes nominees in futures Caulfield Cup odds at is The United States ($26).

The Robert Hickmott-trained Lloyd Williams’ galloper has won four of his nine starts to date and is only very lightly raced for a six-year-old stallion.

Two back he saluted over 1500m at Moonee Valley and was last seen crossing second just a nose off fellow Naturalism Stakes nominated stablemate Chance To Dance in a mile handicap back at the track on September 5.

Along with the winning quinella that day Hickmott also has Gallante and Amralah nominated for the weekend’s race.

The next best Naturalism Stakes hope in futures Caulfield Cup betting this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained German import Our Ivanhowe ($34).

The Soldier Hollow stallion is a dual Group 1 winner overseas over 2400m and is also the 58kg top weight for the upcoming $750,000 Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) in Sydney on October 3.

His only run down under to date was in mid-May at Morphettville when midfield in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m), an effort he is tipped to improve on when up in distance having never won over less than 2200m.

Other notable Caulfield Cup-bound gallopers entered for the Naturalism on Saturday include the Gai Waterhouse-trained Monsun stallion Excess Knowledge ($41), his imported stablemate Café Society and former Hong Kong galloper Almoonqith ($51) now prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

Some of the other hopes coming off nice lead-up runs include the Ciaron Maher-trained Premier’s Cup third placegetter Kapour who was also runner-up in the Grafton Cup back in July, Darren Weir’s in-form veteran Our Voodoo Prince and Stawell-trained Magnapal who has won his past two on the trot.

Magnapal’s latest win was in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) at Caulfield on Memsie Stakes Day, August 29, a race another Naturalism Stakes nominee Lord Durante ran fourth in before a second over 2040m at Moonee Valley a fortnight ago.

Check out the full Naturalism Stakes 2015 nominations below, the final field and barriers out on Wednesday.

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2015 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 19/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x015416x50 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 101
2 x36211x0x0 AMRALAH (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 101
3 2321002408 BANCA MO G 8 Scott Brunton 99
4 x340061264 BARON ARCHER G 5 Wez Hunter 78
5 88174×7 BIKILA G 4 Pat Carey 74
6 17x32303x8 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 96
7 x61337x8x9 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 98
8 134321x6x1 CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 99
9 5360×05339 DIAMETRIC (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 92
10 4700x88x00 ETHIOPIA G 7 Pat Carey 95
11 x715x11x57 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 101
12 6x23x98x21 EXTRA NOBLE (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 81
13 3311x6x0x0 GALLANTE (IRE) H 5 Robert Hickmott 105
14 33322211×0 GENUINE LAD G 5 Robert Smerdon 95
15 0033075×00 HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 103
16 21x03336x9 I’M IMPOSING (GB) G 10 Chris Waller 104
17 4x00x86123 KAPOUR (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher 96
18 023x8761x0 LA AMISTAD M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
19 0357x214x0 LET’S MAKE ADEAL M 6 Nigel Blackiston 98
20 1362x893x0 LIKE A CAROUSEL G 6 Ken Keys 98
21 5724518242 LORD DURANTE G 7 Simone Ferchie 92
22 1842494×11 MAGNAPAL G 6 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 96
23 71212146×0 MAYGROVE G 5 Murray Baker 96
24 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 112
25 2870325714 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) G 8 Darren Weir 93
26 16x684x4x8 PRINCE CHERI (FR) H 7 David Vandyke 99
27 x6798x21x0 SERTORIUS G 8 Jamie Edwards 105
28 x0008712x0 SONNTAG G 5 Henry Dwyer 99
29 111112×708 TAIYOO G 6 Darren Weir 104
30 1x4x3x0x12 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 6 Robert Hickmott 95


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