Naturalism Stakes

The Naturalism Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Caulfield Racecourse and offers the winner a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

2020 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Orderofthegarter
  • 2nd: #11 Chapada
  • 3rd: #6 Steel Prince



The Naturalism Stakes is a Group 3 staying event held during September each year as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The Naturalism Stakes draws considerable attention from both punters and trainers due to it offering the winner a ballot exemption for the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) a month later.

Raced over 2000m, the Naturalism Stakes provides horses with a good opportunity mid-campaign to adjust their distance. The Naturalism Stakes has in the past been used by milers who are keen to step up in distance, while it is also regularly targeted by top class stayers kicking off their spring preps.

Run under open quality handicap conditions, the $160,000 Naturalism Stakes attracts plenty talent and is now part of the support card on Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day. Along with the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), the other feature on the program is the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m).

The Naturalism Stakes acts as an effective lead-up race to many major events such as the mile and a half classic, the Caulfield Cup, and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) run at weight-for-age at Moonee Valley the weekend after Caulfield Cup Day.

The last horse to complete the Naturalism Stakes – Caulfield Cup double was the classy mare Jameka (2016).

The 2020 Naturalism Stakes ran on Saturday September 19, 2020 as the MRC Foundation Cup and was won by the Danny O’Brien-trained favourite Orderofthegarter.

Naturalism Stakes
Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Orderofthegarter
  • 2nd: #11 Chapada
  • 3rd: #6 Steel Prince

Orderofthegarter ($2.90) saluted for the punters in the 2020 MRC Foundation Cup results, the sparingly-raced import given a clinical ride by ace hoop Damien Oliver to win the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

Click here to read more on Danny O’Brien’s Caulfield Cup-bound Naturalism Stakes 2020 winner.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 56kg $2.90F
2 11 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 0.75L 7 55kg $21
3 6 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 0.85L 3 58.5kg $11
4 10 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.6L 14 55kg $21
5 13 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller John Allen 2.85L 10 55kg $31
6 14 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3.05L 8 55kg $10
7 12 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 4.05L 2 55kg $13
8 7 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 4.15L 1 57.5kg $13
9 15 THINK WE’RE DUE Andrew Noblet William Pike 4.35L 13 55kg $31
10 8 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 4.55L 6 56.5kg $61
11 19e SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Billy Egan 5.05L 9 55kg $91
12 20e SHANDY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Daniel Moor 6.05L 15 55kg $31
13 18e KINANE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 6.35L 11 55kg $11
14 17e THE KING (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 6.85L 16 55kg $101
15 4 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 10.85L 12 59kg $71
16 3 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 12.6L 5 59kg $6
2 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jamie Mott 0
1 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 0
5 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller 0
16 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Naturalism Stakes Betting

The updated Naturalism Stakes 2020 odds and betting links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Caulfield Cup lead-up race will be provided below the week of the race.

Orderofthegarter ($2.90 in 2020) was the last favourite in MRC Foundation Cup betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Naturalism Stakes Field

The Naturalism Stakes field of final acceptances are released on the Wednesday leading up to Naturalism Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse and traditionally attracts a capacity 16-starter line-up of Caulfield Cup-bound horses.

Horse may come into the Naturalism Stakes field via a number of different spring lead-up races including the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) run over the mile at Moonee Valley a fortnight earlier.

The official 2020 Naturalism Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The 2020 Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) field features a capacity line-up of Caulfield Cup hopefuls led in betting by Danny O’Brien’s perennial runner-up Orderofthegarter.

Update: The original two top-weights #1 Mirage Dancer and #2 Cape Of Good Hope have been scratched along with #5 Shared Ambition and the Chris Waller-trained #16 Djukon – running in Sydney’s Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes field instead – have all been scratched.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 30x03643x7 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 13 61kg 108
2 x100x80x00 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Jamie Mott 5 60.5kg 106
3 115x3010x5 DR DRILL (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 6 59kg 103
4 0386x051x9 HAKY (IRE) Archie Alexander Declan Bates 15 59kg 103
5 11x3103x09 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller 9 59kg 103
6 111x4679x0 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman Jye McNeil 3 58.5kg 102
7 0932148116 MAHAMEDEIS Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 1 57.5kg 100
8 874x9748x0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 7 56.5kg 98
9 15627x2x22 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 4 56kg 97
10 410x38x311 IN GOOD HEALTH Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 17 55kg 98
11 36x953125x CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 8 55kg 94
12 x615129x33 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 2 55kg 94
13 x652x02524 POLLY GREY (NZ) Chris Waller John Allen 12 55kg 93
14 06x1111x33 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 10 55kg 92
15 231134×014 THINK WE’RE DUE Andrew Noblet William Pike 16 55kg 92
16 21112x08x0 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller 19 55kg 91
17e x34923x4x7 THE KING (IRE) Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 20 55kg 87
18e 2x2113x50 KINANE (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 14 55kg 85
19e 81x4143x15 SUPER GIRL Josh Julius Billy Egan 11 55kg 80
20e x84109x111 SHANDY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 18 55kg 79


Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Naturalism Stakes close the Monday leading-up to Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day and will be published for punters below as soon as announced.

The 2020 Naturalism Stakes nominations attracted a bumper 31 stayers chasing the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption including consistent import Orderofthegarter for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 30x03643x7 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 7 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 1 61kg 108
2 x100x80x00 CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 2 60.5kg 106
3 11x3103x09 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 3 59kg 103
4 115x3010x5 DR DRILL (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 4 59kg 103
5 55x5663x90 DANZDANZDANCE M 6 Chris Waller 5 57kg 103
6 902x7691x8 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 6 59kg 103
7 0386x051x9 HAKY (IRE) G 7 Archie Alexander 7 59kg 103
8 111x4679x0 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) G 7 Anthony & Sam Freedman 8 58.5kg 102
9 58321023×6 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 5 Peter G Moody 9 58kg 101
10 70504150×0 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 10 55.5kg 100
11 0932148116 MAHAMEDEIS G 6 Nick Ryan 11 57.5kg 100
12 7702×90411 AL GALAYEL (IRE) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 57kg 99
13 410x38x311 IN GOOD HEALTH M 5 Peter G Moody 13 55kg 98
14 874x9748x0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 8 Archie Alexander 14 56.5kg 98
15 26x1122x80 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15 56kg 97
16 731x7836x0 NORWAY (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 16 56kg 97
17 11x880x806 MANTASTIC (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 17 56kg 97
18 15627x2x22 ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) H 7 Danny O’Brien 18 56kg 97
19 36x953125x CHAPADA G 5 Michael Moroney 19 55kg 94
20 x615129x33 DABIYR (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 20 55kg 94
21 x652x02524 POLLY GREY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 21 55kg 93
22 06x1111x33 GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 22 55kg 92
23 231134×014 THINK WE’RE DUE G 6 Andrew Noblet 23 55kg 92
24 21112x08x0 DJUKON (GB) G 5 Chris Waller 24 55kg 91
25 0x0684x9x5 VIN DE DANCE (NZ) G 6 Symon Wilde 25 55kg 91
26 x34923x4x7 THE KING (IRE) G 6 Lindsey Smith 26 55kg 87
27 2x2113x50 KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 27 55kg 85
28 633x632x48 MASAFF (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 28 55kg 85
29 81x4143x15 SUPER GIRL M 6 Josh Julius 29 55kg 80
30 x84109x111 SHANDY M 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 30 55kg 79
31 490365×532 VEGAS KNIGHT G 4 Colin Little 31 55kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Naturalism Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1983, the Naturalism Stakes has become a key early form race to follow for Caulfield Cup horses during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

At its inception, the Naturalism Stakes was a Listed event. In 2009 it received an upgrade to Group 3 status and has retained that ever since.

Notable Naturalism Stakes winners include Celestial Show (2000), Zipping (2006), Mr O’Ceirin (2013) and Jameka (2016) who went on to win that season’s Caulfield Cup. Naturalism Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Naturalism Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Naturalism Stakes
1st Orderofthegarter 2 minutes 01.86 seconds
2nd Chapada
3rd Steel Prince
2019
Naturalism Stakes
1st Brimham Rocks 2 minutes 2.39 seconds
2nd So You Win
3rd Sikandarabad
2018
Naturalism Stakes
1st Night’s Watch 2 minutes 2.19 seconds
2nd Rising Red
3rd Odeon
2017
Naturalism Stakes
1st Harlem 2 minutes 0.43 seconds
2nd Samovare
3rd Stampede
2016
Naturalism Stakes
1st Jameka 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Gallante
3rd Berisha
2015
Naturalism Stakes
1st Magnapal 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd The United States
3rd Genuine Lad
2014
Naturalism Stakes
1st Gris Caro 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd Entirely Platinum
3rd Bonfire
2013
Naturalism Stakes
1st Mr O’Ceirin 2 minutes 7.2 seconds
2nd Kesampour
3rd Bit Of Hell
2012
Naturalism Stakes
1st Folding Gear 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Mr O’Ceirin
3rd Exceptionally
2011
Naturalism Stakes
1st December Draw 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Lucky Eighty Eight
2010
Naturalism Stakes
1st Rainbow Styling 2 minutes 1.6 seconds
2nd Valdemoro
3rd Moudre
2009
Naturalism Stakes
1st Red Lord 2 minutes 4.0 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Majestical
2008
Naturalism Stakes
1st Zagreb 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Baughurst
2007
Naturalism Stakes
1st Douro Valley 2 minutes 1.3 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Dolphin Jo
2006
Naturalism Stakes
1st Zipping 2 minutes 1.8 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Growl
2005
Naturalism Stakes
1st Sarrera 2 minutes 6.9 seconds
2nd Emerald Jack
3rd Swift Tango
2004
Naturalism Stakes
1st Confectioner 2 minutes 5.1 seconds
2nd Evil Master
3rd Devastating
2003
Naturalism Stakes
1st Rose Archway 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Another Warrior
3rd Vicksburg
2002
Naturalism Stakes
1st Pentastic 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Thong Classic
2001
Naturalism Stakes
1st Inaflury 2 minutes 2.0 seconds
2nd Celestial Show
3rd Natch
2000
Naturalism Stakes
1st Celestial Show 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Ancient City
3rd Prince Iluka

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