Naturalism Stakes

The 2016 Naturalism Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Caulfield Racecourse.

Naturalism Stakes News

No 2016 Caulfield Cup for Antonio Giuseppe

No 2016 Caulfield Cup for Antonio Giuseppe

Chris Waller’s promising stayer Antonio Giuseppe will miss the 2016 Group 1 $3m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on Saturday and will head to the paddock for a break. Antonio Giuseppe was chasing his fifth win on the trot when second to Sir John Hawkwood in the Group 1 $750,000 McGrath Estate Agents Metropolitan…

The 2016 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’s calendar slot and distance.

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 $150,000 Naturalism Stakes attracts plenty talent and is now part of its own race day supported by the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m).

The Naturalism Stakes acts as an effective lead-up race to many major events, such as the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and offers the winner a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

The 2016 Naturalism Stakes will be run on September 17th.

Naturalism Stakes
Date: September 17th, 2016
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2016 Naturalism Stakes Field

The 2016 Naturalism Stakes field of final acceptances were released on Wednesday September 14 featuring a capacity line-up of 16 starters plus four emergencies for the race offering a Caulfield Cup ballot exemption to the winner, including early favourite Tom Melbourne for Team Freedman.

See below for the official 2016 Naturalism Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw – the race running as the MRC Foundation Cup – as well as the current Naturalism Stakes odds provided by

2016 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

The 2016 Naturalism Stakes nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday September 12 and feature a bumper 28 early entries led by the 2016 Caulfield Cup favourite The United States.

Check out the full 2016 Naturalism Stakes Nominations, Weights & Ballot Order now.

Naturalism Stakes History

Inaugurated in 2000, the Naturalism Stakes doesn’t share the extensive history that so many other events at Caulfield boast. However, in its short time as a black-type event the Naturalism Stakes has succeeded in establishing itself as a race to watch. Quite a few notable horses have ran in the Naturalism Stakes throughout the years, ensuring it remains recognised as an important form-assessment race as well as a lead-up race to major Group 1 events. In the past, some of the more impressive runners to appear in the Naturalism Stakes results have included Celestial Show, Baughurst, December Draw and Maldivian.

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. Prize money was increased from $125,000 to $150,000 in 2014 and there is every indication that the race will remain at Group 3 level or receive an upgrade over the next few years.

Notable Naturalism Stakes winners include Celestial Show (2000), Zipping (2006) and Mr O’Ceirin (2013). Naturalism Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Naturalism Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Jameka 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Gallante
3rd Berisha
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1st Magnapal 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd The United States
3rd Genuine Lad
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1st Gris Caro 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd Entirely Platinum
3rd Bonfire
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1st Mr O’Ceirin 2 minutes 7.2 seconds
2nd Kesampour
3rd Bit Of Hell
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1st Folding Gear 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Mr O’Ceirin
3rd Exceptionally
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1st December Draw 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Lucky Eighty Eight
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1st Rainbow Styling 2 minutes 1.6 seconds
2nd Valdemoro
3rd Moudre
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1st Red Lord 2 minutes 4.0 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Majestical
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1st Zagreb 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Baughurst
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1st Douro Valley 2 minutes 1.3 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Dolphin Jo
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1st Zipping 2 minutes 1.8 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Growl
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1st Sarrera 2 minutes 6.9 seconds
2nd Emerald Jack
3rd Swift Tango
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1st Confectioner 2 minutes 5.1 seconds
2nd Evil Master
3rd Devastating
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1st Rose Archway 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Another Warrior
3rd Vicksburg
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1st Pentastic 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Thong Classic
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1st Inaflury 2 minutes 2.0 seconds
2nd Celestial Show
3rd Natch
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1st Celestial Show 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Ancient City
3rd Prince Iluka