Naturalism Stakes winner Harlem books a spot in 2017 Caulfield Cup

September 23, 2017

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.

Harlem, above, books a spot in the Caulfield Cup with his win in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Harlem, above, books a spot in the Caulfield Cup with his win in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Winning jockey Dwayne Dunn saved every bit of ground on the fence from the inside barrier just behind the leading division and after moving out across the leaders heels, raced away to score a three and a quarter lengths win.

The David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig trained stablemate Samovare ($7.50) held her ground to run second with the leader Stampede ($4.40 equal favourite) hanging on for third ahead of the other equal favourite Amelie’s Star.

Co-trainer Ben Hayes said that Harlem would now take his place in the Group 1 $3.15m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 21.

“We have always really liked him. His run in the Heatherlie was excellent, he could have finished second if he had luck,” Hayes said.

“A great ride by Dwayne today. Everything went right and he won very dominantly.”

“We actually thought that this might still be a little on the short side for him today but his form over in Europe was over further so look out for the Caulfield Cup.”

The winner of the Naturalism Stakes gains an automatic entry into the Caulfield Cup and after being number sixty-two in the order of entry with 51kg before today’s race, Harlem will jump to the top of the order.

To back Harlem in the updated Caulfield Cup 2017 odds head to Ladbrokes.com.au now.

2017 Naturalism Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Caulfield Race 7 – 23/09/2017

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

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