The United States Leads 2016 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

Early co-favourite for the Caulfield Cup The United States is the headline stayer among the Naturalism Stakes 2016 nominations for this weekend in Melbourne.

The United States

Early 2016 Caulfield Cup favourite The United States leads the Naturalism Stakes nominations for this weekend at Caulfield Racecourse. Photo: Steve Hart.

Two Group races highlight the Caulfield Racecourse program on Saturday including the $150,000 Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) that offers a ballot exemption for the winner into the $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) back at the track on October 15.

Prepared by Robert Hickmott for the Macedon Lodge power stable headed by owner Lloyd Williams, Galileo stallion The United States is second-up into this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival prep.

The seven-year-old returned on September 3 at Moonee Valley running under four lengths away sixth to Awesome Rock in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).

Back up over more distance on Saturday he is sure to improve boasting a good record over the Naturalism Stakes distance of two wins and two seconds from five 2000m runs to date.

The import is best known for his Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill from March this year and is out to go one better than his second to Magnapal in last year’s Naturalism Stakes result.

The United States is also the shortest-priced of the bumper 28 Naturalism Stakes nominees in futures Caulfield Cup betting through Ladbrokes.com.au currently installed as the $15 co-favourite with international raider Scottish.

Hickmott has a total of four Naturalism Stakes entries this season.

The race’s top weight The United States (60kg) is joined in the nominations by stablemates Observational (54kg), Foundry (54kg) and Gallante (58.5kg).

Gallante was last seen racing in Sydney on April 9 winning the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) over the two miles at Randwick, but also has winning form over the 2000m.

The other highest-rated Naturalism Stakes nominee is the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Tavago (59kg).

Winner of the Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in the autumn, the now four-year-old son of Tavistock has moved from New Zealand to Cranbourne and is out to atone for a first-up 11th in the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

He pays $21 in all-in Caulfield Cup odds and is one of three four-year-olds in the mix for Saturday along with Ciaron Maher’s Crown Oaks winner Jameka and the Tony Pike-trained Queensland Oaks winner Provocative.

After The United States, Myboycharlie mare Jameka is the next shortest-priced Caulfield Cup entry running on Saturday at a current quote of $19 to take out the mile and a half classic.

Her and the Kiwi raider Provocative are joined by four other mares including Maher’s 2014 Crown Oaks champ Set Square coming off a third in the Dato’ and the Darren Weir-trained runner-up in the same Group 2 lead-up Real Love.

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Weir has a total of six Naturalism Stakes entries led by the former Perth Cup winner Real Love.

The reigning Naturalism Stakes winner Magnapal is back shooting for successive wins on the back of a fourth to Great Esteem in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) at the track on August 27.

The now seven-year-old son of Magnus carried 54kg to victory in the race on the back of a Heatherlie Handicap win 12 months ago, and goes up to 55.5kg this season.

The other best out of the Heatherlie this year are the Stuart Webb-trained winner Great Esteem who shoots for three straight Caulfield wins if accepted for on Saturday and the progressive Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained runner-up Tom Melbourne.

See below for the full Naturalism Stakes 2016 nominations and weights before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for access to the weekend’s best betting odds and offers.

2016 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

Caulfield Racecourse – 17/09/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 610x5212x6 THE UNITED STATES (IRE) H 7 Robert Hickmott 1 60kg 111
2 2113061×0 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 2 59kg 108
3 33132114×2 REAL LOVE M 6 Darren Weir 3 57kg 108
4 x0069x031x GALLANTE (IRE) G 6 Robert Hickmott 4 58.5kg 107
5 1x45324x47 JAMEKA M 4 Ciaron Maher 5 55.5kg 105
6 0x25305x93 SET SQUARE M 5 Ciaron Maher 6 55.5kg 105
7 72217x20x9 EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 57.5kg 105
8 101x9065x8 ALMOONQITH (USA) H 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 8 57.5kg 105
9 1416x411x0 PROVOCATIVE (NZ) M 4 Tony Pike 9 54kg 102
10 12x26x5x60 ALPINE EAGLE H 5 Tony McEvoy 10 56kg 102
11 x708757x56 TAIYOO G 7 Darren Weir 11 56kg 102
12 x11120x984 MAGNAPAL G 7 Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 12 55.5kg 101
13 703x8148x0 ARAB DAWN (GB) G 6 John O’Shea 13 54.5kg 99
14 4821x7x000 TALL SHIP (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 14 54kg 98
15 11x8331x07 BERISHA G 5 Robert Smerdon 15 54kg 97
16 5400070711 GREAT ESTEEM G 6 Stuart Webb 16 54kg 97
17 0171x110x2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 6 Lee & Anthony Freedman 17 54kg 97
18 1x0x0730x5 OBSERVATIONAL (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 18 54kg 97
19 x009x830x3 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 19 54kg 97
20 7×78142516 BOLD SNIPER (GB) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 54kg 96
21 2157134×64 SWACADELIC (GER) G 6 Aaron Purcell 21 54kg 94
22 1122x323x5 SECOND BULLET G 6 Danny O’Brien 22 54kg 93
23 35x8421x74 GABELLA (FR) M 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 23 54kg 93
24 2x0071x070 ZANTECA (NZ) M 7 Darren Weir 24 54kg 93
25 673x7689x0 MANNDAWI (FR) G 7 Darren Weir 25 54kg 92
26 x976144x36 MASTER ZEPHYR (GB) G 5 Darren Weir 26 54kg 87
27 10x81642x4 THE BANDIT (JPN) H 5 John Sadler 27 54kg 78
28 4x2x1145x5 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 5 Michael Moroney 28 54kg 78

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