2019 Naturalism Stakes Field & Odds Update: Caulfield Cup Hopes on the Line

September 20, 2019

2019 Naturalism Stakes Field & Odds Update: Caulfield Cup Hopes on the Line

A chance to secure a ballot free ride into next month’s Caulfield Cup field is up for grabs in Melbourne on Saturday with the running of the Naturalism Stakes 2019.

Sikandarabad. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Sikandarabad is the market mover to win the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption with a Naturalism Stakes victory on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Run this year as the Group 3 $160,000 MRC Foundation Cup (2000m), the Naturalism Stakes field originally attracted 16 acceptors before four early scratchings: Muntahaa (8), Self Sense (9), Maurus (7) and Valac (15).

All but one of the remaining runners in the line-up – the Chris Waller-trained So You Win – are nominated for the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 19 back at the track.

Jameka (2016) was the last horse to complete the Naturalism Stakes – Caulfield Cup double and thus spring it is the Lindsay Park-trained Sikandarabad tipped the most likely to win the first leg.

Heading Naturalism Stakes betting at $4.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au, the seven-year-old chases his first victory since a black-type over the same track and distance back in February.

Third-up on the weekend, Sikandarabad was last seen finishing sixth in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes (1600m) and should appreciate the extra metres in an easier race here.

Currently Sikandarabad sits 69th on the Caulfield Cup ballot with 52.5kg and pays $41 in pre-field Caulfield Cup betting.

Sikandarabad has firmed in the markets for Saturday’s Group 3 in from opening odds of $6 and now shares the top line of betting with stablemate Super Titus ($4.80).

Super Titus with just 50.5kg in the Caulfield Cup weights is even further down the order of entry for the mile and a half classic (86th) despite a last start victory.

The Dansili six-year-old saluted in the Listed Heatherlie Handicap (1700m) at the Caulfield track on August 31 carrying 54kg and gets in on the same weight this weekend with Craig Williams coming aboard.

The lightly-raced import – rated a $51 Caulfield Cup hope –  is drawn to get a favourable run in the Naturalism from barrier two as he looks for back-to-back wins at the course.

The shortest-priced of the Naturalism Stakes horses in the ante-post Caulfield Cup odds at $34 is the also David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig-trained Neufbosc ($34).

Carrying 58kg topweight on Saturday, the French-bred Neufbosc is also drawn the outside barrier with Dwayne Dunn aboard the Mastercraftsman grey.

Group 1 placed in France, the import is out to atone for a second last in the Feehan Stakes and is a $34 roughie hope this weekend.

Following Sikandarabad and Super Titus in a wide open Naturalism Stakes betting market at $5 is Wolfe for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott.

The flying Linda Meech is aboard the Novellist five-year-old, Meech replacing Tim Clark in the saddle.

First-up Wolfe won over 1800m at the Kensington track before a last start eighth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (1900m) at Rosehill when hampered by a Heavy (9) course.

Wolfe is in desperate need of the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption sitting near the very bottom of the ballot (112th) with only 50kg for next month’s Group 1.

Other standouts to steal the show on Saturday include Ramsden Stakes winner Steel Prince ($7) coming off a first-up fourth in the Heatherlie, the rails-drawn Rowley Mile runner-up Supernova ($8) and Godolphin’s runner Etymology ($8) who has three thirds from three runs at the track.

The 2019 Naturalism Stakes runs as Caulfield Race 6 at 3:35pm (AEST) on Saturday, betting on the race is open now by following the link to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Lost And Running Heads 2021 Th...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results:...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results: Zaaki Wins Consolation Prize

Annabel Neasham‘s scratched Cox Plate favourite Zaaki returned to...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Res...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Results: Everest Champion Nature Strip Wins Again

Nature Strip had been beaten as an odds-on favourite five times previously but...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Fle...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

The final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Headquarters in...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Wil...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Willowy Wins for Godolphin

The James Cummings-trained Willowy donning the iconic Royal Blue of Godolphin...

Horse Racing Today

Winx Guineas 2022 Results: Maj...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Filly Startantes Powers Through To Win

Rob Heathcote’s special little filly Startantes was enormous late, breaking a...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Day: Eagle Farm Scratchings & Track Report

The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival comes to a close today, Saturday June...

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheez...

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheeza Belter For Team Snowden

Peter & Paul Snowden added to their impressive Group 1 tally this Brisbane...

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian...

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian Goes All-The-Way For Neasham

In a huge performance the front-running Numerian lead from barrier to box to...

Race Results

Winx Guineas 2022 Results: Majestic Colour Wins Fourth Straight

Caloundra Cup 2022 Results: Le Don De Vie Too Good

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Filly Startantes Powers Through To Win

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheeza Belter For Team Snowden

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian Goes All-The-Way For Neasham

Race Previews

Mileva Heads 2022 Bletchingly Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Dr Drill Leads 2022 Grafton Cup Field & Betting Markets

2022 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting Update: Oxley Road First-Up Favourite

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

Battleton Tops 2022 Winx Guineas Field & Betting Markets

Fields & Form

Mileva Heads 2022 Bletchingly Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Dr Drill Leads 2022 Grafton Cup Field & Betting Markets

2022 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting Update: Oxley Road First-Up Favourite

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

Battleton Tops 2022 Winx Guineas Field & Betting Markets