Our Ivanhowe Tops 2015 Naturalism Stakes Field & Weights

Lee & Anthony Freedman’s Melbourne Cup-bound German import Our Ivanhowe will carry the top weight in a capacity Naturalism Stakes 2015 field at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend in Melbourne.

Sertorious

Sertorius is one of the top weighted acceptances for the 2015 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Running as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEST), this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup (2000m) is formerly known as the Naturalism Stakes and offers a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner.

Leading the field and weights with 60kg with Ben Melham booked for the ride is the Team Freedman-trained Soldier Hollow stallion who also has a wide barrier 16 draw to deal with in the full 16-starter, 4-emergency field.

The Spring Cups hope has had just one run down under finishing midfield in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) in Adelaide back in May but won a Cranbourne trial impressively by six lengths over 1550m last Friday on way to his Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival return on the weekend.

The next heaviest-weighted Naturalism Stakes hopefuls this year are the Jamie Edwards-trained Sertorius (57.5kg) and Darren Weir’s Taiyoo (57kg) drawn in barriers nine and one respectively.

Winner of the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at the same track and distance back in early April, Galileo eight-year-old Sertorius was last seen running 10th when beaten under three lengths in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) late last month carrying 59kg.

Adelaide Cup runner-up over the two miles in March Taiyoo had a much heavier 61kg on his back when crossing eighth over 1700m at Flemington just last weekend, the Haradasun six-year-old on the short back-up chasing his first win since February.

Coming off better lead-up runs are the likes of the Ciaron Maher-trained Kapour with the outside alley who is also accepted for the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) over the same distance in Sydney on George Main Stakes Day this weekend and Magnapal.

Toylsome six-year-old Kapour ran second in the Grafton Cup in July on the back of a Listed Winter Cup (2400m) win at Rosehill and returned to racing on August 29 when third to Magic Hurricane in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m).

The in-form Magnapal meanwhile shoots for three straight wins on Saturday from gate seven with Luke Currie in the saddle, the Magnus six-year-old having won at Sandown-Hillside on August 12 before his tidy victory in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) on Memsie Stakes Day.

Other notable Naturalism Stakes chances in this year’s line-up include Chris Waller’s former Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur (56.5kg) and the Team Hawkes-trained Redoute’s Choice mare La Amistad who won the Listed Ramsden Stakes (3200m) over the two miles at Flemington back in May.

See below for the full Naturalism Stakes 2015 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2015 Naturalism Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 8 (4:45pm) – 19/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 16x1016x7x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) Lee & Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 16 60kg 112
2 x6798x21x0 SERTORIUS Jamie Edwards Ryan Maloney 9 57.5kg 105
3 111112×708 TAIYOO Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1 57kg 104
4 0033075×00 HAWKSPUR Chris Waller Mark Zahra 14 56.5kg 103
5 x015416x50 ALMOONQITH (USA) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 18 55.5kg 101
6 2321002408 BANCA MO Scott Brunton Dean Holland 5 54.5kg 99
7 16x684x4x8 PRINCE CHERI (FR) David Vandyke Craig Newitt 3 54.5kg 99
8 x0008712x0 SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Michael Dee (a) 2 54.5kg 99
9 023x8761x0 LA AMISTAD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 10 54kg 99
10 x61337x8x9 CAFE SOCIETY (FR) Gai Waterhouse Stephen Baster 15 54kg 98
11 0357x214x0 LET’S MAKE ADEAL Nigel Blackiston Patrick Moloney (a) 8 54kg 98
12 1362x893x0 LIKE A CAROUSEL Ken Keys Ms Michelle Payne 17 54kg 98
13 17x32303x8 BOLD SNIPER (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Chris Parnham 11 54kg 96
14 4x00x86123 KAPOUR (IRE) Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 20 54kg 96
15 1842494×11 MAGNAPAL Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Luke Currie 7 54kg 96
16 33322211×0 GENUINE LAD Robert Smerdon Craig Williams 19 54kg 95
17e 1x4x3x0x12 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Robert Hickmott Damian Lane 12 54kg 95
18e 4700x88x00 ETHIOPIA Pat Carey TBA 4 54kg 95
19e 2870325714 OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB) Darren Weir TBA 6 54kg 93
20e 5724518242 LORD DURANTE Simone Ferchie Darren Gauci 13 54kg 92

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