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.
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|
|19e||2870325714||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Darren Weir||TBA||6||54kg||93|
|20e||5724518242||LORD DURANTE||Simone Ferchie||Darren Gauci||13||54kg||92|