Naturalism Stakes

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

2017 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Harlem
  • 2nd: #15 Samovare
  • 3rd: #6 Stampede

Naturalism Stakes News

Naturalism Stakes winner Harlem books a spot in 2017 Caulfield Cup

Naturalism Stakes winner Harlem books a spot in 2017 Caulfield Cup

French import Harlem has booked himself a spot in the 2017 Caulfield Cup with a dominant win in the Group 3 $150,000 Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup (Naturalism Stakes) (2000m) at Caulfield today. Winning jockey Dwayne Dunn saved every bit of ground on the fence from the inside barrier just behind the leading…

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 $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 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 2017 Naturalism Stakes ran on  Saturday September 23, 2017.

Naturalism Stakes
Date: Saturday September 23, 2017
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #8 Harlem
  • 2nd: #15 Samovare
  • 3rd: #6 Stampede

Check out the full Naturalism Stakes 2017 Results, the race won in an upset by the Lindsay Park-trained import Harlem who was ultra-impressive in his three length romp home to earn a spot in next month’s Caulfield Cup field.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 8 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 1 56.5kg $16
2 15 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Noel Callow 3.25L 6 54kg $7.50
3 6 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 3.35L 8 58kg $4.40EF
4 9 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Damian Lane 4.6L 13 56kg $4.40EF
5 10 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 4.9L 4 55.5kg $6
6 1 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 5.65L 15 59kg $41
7 2 TALLY James Cummings Michael Walker 5.85L 2 59kg $19
8 12 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Yendall 6.05L 12 54kg $21
9 13 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 6.15L 10 54kg $61
10 3 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir John Allen 6.45L 9 58.5kg $11
11 14 MAGNAPAL Daniel Bowman Ms Nikita Beriman 7.7L 7 54kg $81
12 11 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien James Winks 8.2L 5 54kg $51
13 4 ARTICUS (FR) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8.3L 3 58kg $21
14 16 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Craig Newitt 8.4L 14 54kg $151
15 5 GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 18.4L 11 58kg $101
7 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 0

2017 Naturalism Stakes Betting

The updated Naturalism Stakes 2017 odds and betting links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Caulfield Cup lead-up race will be provided below the week of the race.

2017 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 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) run over the mile at Moonee Valley a fortnight earlier.

The official 2017 Naturalism Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The 2017 Naturalism Stakes Field has attracted a capacity line-up of 16 Caulfield Cup hopefuls including Abbey Marie who comes off a nice Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes second at Moonee Valley and Stempede for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott chasing his fourth win on the trot.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 114407x5x8 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) Robert Hickmott Damien Oliver 16 59kg 105
2 3x37710x24 TALLY James Cummings Michael Walker 2 59kg 105
3 1121113×55 BIG DUKE (IRE) Darren Weir John Allen 10 58.5kg 104
4 5x0x010x55 ARTICUS (FR) Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3 58kg 103
5 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) Robert Hickmott Ms Katelyn Mallyon 12 58kg 103
6 1x212411x1 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Beau Mertens (a) 9 58kg 103
7 1516510×39 BOOM TIME David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Cory Parish 5 57.5kg 102
8 2384x386x5 HARLEM (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 1 56.5kg 100
9 1x4214x839 AMELIE’S STAR Darren Weir Damian Lane 14 56kg 103
10 11x8400x72 ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 4 55.5kg 102
11 x166214x27 SECOND BULLET Danny O’Brien James Winks 6 54kg 95
12 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dean Yendall 13 54kg 93
13 2482x542x9 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 11 54kg 93
14 05900×3901 MAGNAPAL Daniel Bowman Ms Nikita Beriman 8 54kg 90
15 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Noel Callow 7 54kg 82
16 5336433×70 SETTLER’S STONE Troy Blacker Craig Newitt 15 54kg 82

2017 Naturalism Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Naturalism Stakes nominations were released by Racing Victoria on Monday September 18 and feature a bumper 25 early entries including the Godolphin-raced Tally who is allocated the equal 59kg top weight along with the Darren Weir-trained Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit who leads early betting and the Lloyd Williams-owned Sir Isaac Newton.

Read more on the 2017 Naturalism Stakes Nominations.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x37710x24 TALLY G 5 James Cummings 1 59kg 105
2 1211x12x9L STAR EXHIBIT G 6 Darren Weir 2 59kg 105
3 114407x5x8 SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB) G 6 Robert Hickmott 3 59kg 105
4 1121113×55 BIG DUKE (IRE) G 6 Darren Weir 4 58.5kg 104
5 x80x621x02 GUARDINI (FR) H 7 Darren Weir 5 58.5kg 104
6 1x212411x1 STAMPEDE H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 6 58kg 103
7 1x4214x839 AMELIE’S STAR M 6 Darren Weir 7 56kg 103
8 5x0x010x55 ARTICUS (FR) G 6 Darren Weir 8 58kg 103
9 9x031x270x GALLANTE (IRE) G 7 Robert Hickmott 9 58kg 103
10 11x8400x72 ABBEY MARIE M 5 Michael Kent 10 55.5kg 102
11 1516510×39 BOOM TIME H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 57.5kg 102
12 0x0D71x000 AMRALAH (IRE) H 8 Robert Hickmott 12 57.5kg 102
13 2384x386x5 HARLEM (GB) H 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 13 56.5kg 100
14 x533x0x038 FOUNDATION (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 14 56kg 99
15 31x073x000 BERISHA G 6 Robert Smerdon 15 55.5kg 98
16 x166214x27 SECOND BULLET G 7 Danny O’Brien 16 54kg 95
17 x830x33x24 FOUNDRY (IRE) G 8 Robert Hickmott 17 54kg 95
18 2x34340x46 HARLOW GOLD (NZ) M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 18 54kg 93
19 2482x542x9 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 19 54kg 93
20 0184260×50 FANATIC (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 20 54kg 90
21 05900×3901 MAGNAPAL G 8 Daniel Bowman 21 54kg 90
22 41231x2x21 SAMOVARE M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 22 54kg 82
23 5336433×70 SETTLER’S STONE G 6 Troy Blacker 23 54kg 82
24 532×21122 SPANISH REEF M 4 Ken Keys 24 54kg 72
25 00×4026112 EUREKA STREET G 4 Robert Smerdon 25 54kg 71

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. 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), 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
2018
Naturalism Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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