Naturalism Stakes

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

2019 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Brimham Rocks
  • 2nd: #13 So You Win
  • 3rd: #5 Sikandarabad



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 $160,000 Naturalism Stakes attracts plenty talent and is now part of the support card on Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day. Along with the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), the other feature on the program is 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 2019 Naturalism Stakes ran on Saturday September 21, 2019 as the MRC Foundation Cup and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Brimham Rocks. 

Naturalism Stakes
Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Open Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Naturalism Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Brimham Rocks
  • 2nd: #13 So You Win
  • 3rd: #5 Sikandarabad

The official Naturalism Stakes 2019 Results saw last year’s The Metropolitan runner-up Brimham Rocks enjoy his maiden win down under, the Chris Waller-trained import breaking a notably drought to take out the race and secure a spot in the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup field next month.

Read more on the eye-catching 2019 Naturalism Stakes win by the Caulfield Cup-bound Brimham Rocks.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 7 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 9 55kg $21
2 13 SO YOU WIN Chris Waller Dean Yendall 1.25L 2 54kg $12
3 5 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 3L 5 56.5kg $3.90
4 3 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 3.75L 4 57kg $26
5 14 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 3.95L 3 54kg $7.50
6 4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Clayton Douglas 4.05L 7 57kg $7.50
7 2 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 4.35L 11 58kg $26
8 11 SUPER TITUS (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 4.45L 1 54kg $3.60F
9 9 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings Ben Melham 4.95L 8 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $8.50
10 6 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 5.7L 6 56.5kg $19
11 10 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Ben Allen 10.7L 10 54kg $61
16 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 0
15 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 0
1 MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 0
8 SELF SENSE David Brideoake Daniel Stackhouse 0
12 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 0

2019 Naturalism Stakes Betting

The updated Naturalism Stakes 2019 odds and betting links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Caulfield Cup lead-up race will be provided below the week of the race.

2019 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 2019 Naturalism Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria.

The Naturalism Stakes 2019 Field originally attracted 16 runners before four early scratchings from the line-up. The favourite in betting to secure the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption is the Lindsay Park-trained Sikandarabad. All but one of the horses in in the Naturalism Stakes field are Caulfield Cup nominated making for an intriguing race.

Read more on the 2019 Naturalism Stakes field of Caulfield Cup hopefuls.

Update: By race morning there were five official scratchings from the Naturalism Stakes 2019 Field with: #1 Muntahaa (8), #8 Self Sense (9), #12 Maurus (7), #15 Supernova (1) and #16 Valac (15) all coming out of the Caulfield Cup lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 4341x9x00x MUNTAHAA (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jamie Kah 8 58kg 106
2 2112x30x80 NEUFBOSC (FR) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Dwayne Dunn 16 58kg 106
3 840x5516x0 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Damian Lane 5 57kg 104
4 22x11111x4 STEEL PRINCE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Clayton Douglas 11 57kg 104
5 5x42170x46 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Dee 6 56.5kg 103
6 x0x6000x64 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Brett Prebble 10 56.5kg 103
7 2x87400x09 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 13 55kg 100
8 9711575×80 SELF SENSE David Brideoake Daniel Stackhouse 9 55kg 100
9 3111890×83 ETYMOLOGY James Cummings Ben Melham 12 54kg 98
10 0x364408x9 LORD FANDANGO (GER) Archie Alexander Ben Allen 14 54kg 98
11 38414x0x31 SUPER TITUS (GB) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 2 54kg 98
12 30x02062x0 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 7 54kg 97
13 814×211234 SO YOU WIN Chris Waller Dean Yendall 3 54kg 93
14 11x211x18 WOLFE (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Linda Meech 4 54kg 91
15 x112x216x2 SUPERNOVA (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 1 54kg 90
16 4x772231x6 VALAC (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 15 54kg 89

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
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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