Naturalism Stakes

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

2021 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #4 Delphi
  • 3rd: #15 Tralee Rose



The Naturalism Stakes – run in 2021 as the MRC Foundation Cup – 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 $200,000 Naturalism Stakes attracts plenty talent and is now part of the support card on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day. Along with the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) the other features on the program are the: Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m), Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and 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 2021 Naturalism Stakes ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 as the MRC Foundation Cup and was won by the favourite Nonconformist. 

Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup)
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Nonconformist
  • 2nd: #4 Delphi
  • 3rd: #15 Tralee Rose

The Caulfield Cup ballot exemption went to the Grahame Begg-trained five-year-old Nonconformist ($4.40F) who saluted for the punters with a devastatingly close win in the 2021 Naturalism Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the narrow 2021 Naturalism Stakes win by Nonconformist. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 11 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 7 55.5kg $4.40F
2 4 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman John Allen 0.1L 4 57kg $8
3 15 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Craig Williams 2.35L 2 54kg $4.80
4 3 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 2.45L 12 57.5kg $101
5 12 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 2.95L 14 55kg $9
6 9 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Jamie Mott 3.45L 9 56kg $101
7 16 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Declan Bates 3.65L 3 54kg $101
8 6 AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 3.95L 6 56.5kg $12
9 5 KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 4.15L 16 57kg $31
10 13 NO EFFORT Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 4.25L 11 54.5kg $20
11 1 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 5L 5 59kg $31
12 7 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 6.25L 10 56.5kg $21
13 10 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 6.45L 13 55.5kg $26
14 14 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 7.7L 1 54.5kg (cd 55kg) $19
15 2 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 7.9L 8 57.5kg $9
16 8 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 10.15L 15 56kg $41
19e ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 0
18e CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell 0
17e ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Teodore Nugent (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Naturalism Stakes Betting

The updated Naturalism Stakes 2021 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) followed by Nonconformist ($4.40 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Naturalism Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 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 2021 Naturalism Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The Naturalism Stakes runs as the 2021 MRC Foundation Cup and the field features a capacity line-up of star stayers chasing the Caulfield Cup exemption including 2019 Melbourne Cup hero Vow And Declare, Adelaide Cup fourth placegetter Tralee Rose and the well-backed Grahame Begg-trained Nonconformist

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5x9000x8x0 VOW AND DECLARE Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 5 59kg 107
2 3x66538x25 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jye McNeil 8 57.5kg 104
3 x9308x8268 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Craig Newitt 12 57.5kg 104
4 7x1111x6x4 DELPHI (IRE) Anthony & Sam Freedman John Allen 4 57kg 103
5 6143x8511x KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Michael Dee 16 57kg 103
6 11x121x41x AMADE (IRE) Phillip Stokes Ben Allen 6 56.5kg 102
7 93x73590x0 CHAPADA Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 10 56.5kg 102
8 7x878333x0 MIAMI BOUND (NZ) Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 15 56kg 105
9 11x1510x0 PORT GUILLAUME (FR) Ben & JD Hayes Jamie Mott 9 56kg 101
10 1253x6133x FUTURE SCORE (IRE) Matt Cumani Dean Yendall 13 55.5kg 100
11 19x3502x64 NONCONFORMIST Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 7 55.5kg 100
12 44×2212112 GRAND PROMENADE (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Harry Coffey 14 55kg 99
13 7×72511231 NO EFFORT Gavin Bedggood Beau Mertens 11 54.5kg 102
14 62x62251x0 REALM OF FLOWERS Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Oliver 1 54.5kg 102
15 x1112114x3 TRALEE ROSE (NZ) Symon Wilde Craig Williams 2 54kg 100
16 7651716×80 MOSH MUSIC Archie Alexander Declan Bates 3 54kg 99
17e 7900x00x50 ROSTROPOVICH (IRE) Ben & JD Hayes Teodore Nugent (a) 19 54kg 95
18e 0x0x0558x9 CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE) Aaron Purcell 17 54kg 89
19e 1122x05x6 ZEYREK (FR) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 18 54kg 84

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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.

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
2021
Naturalism Stakes
(Run as the MRC Foundation Cup)
1st Nonconformist 2 minutes 01.80 seconds
2nd Delphi
3rd Tralee Rose
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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