The Naturalism Stakes is a Group 3 open handicap race that is held each year at Caulfield racecourse during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in September. The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Naturalism Stakes was won by Night's Watch from Rising Red with Odeon third.
Run most recently as the 'Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup' on the Melbourne Racing Club's popular charity day, the Naturalism Stakes was elevated to Group 3 status for the 2009/2010 racing season. It takes place alongside the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Group 3 How Now Stakes.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd September 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Night's Watch|
The Naturalism Stakes has been a good launching pad in recent years for up and coming stayers and being over 2000m it provides a good option for trainers who want to test their horses over a middle distance.
The better class gallopers who contest this event may go on to races like the Gr1 Caulfield Stakes or Gr1 Caulfield Cup, while the lesser likes may tackles easier events such as the Gr2 Moonee Valley Cup or Gr2 Sandown Classic later in the spring.
In recent times only Maldivian (2nd in 2007) has gone on to win one of the big three spring races, winning the 2008 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley, while Zipping (2006) ran second behind Maldivian in that event.
Winners of the Naturalism Stakes are are more likely to win or be more than competitive in similar type handicap events during the Melburne spring racing carnival.
Night's Watch (2018) ran third in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley before proving too strong in this event for leading trainer Darren Weir.
Recent Naturalism Stakes winners include Harlem (2017) and Jameka (2016).
The Naturalism Stakes has generally proven to be a handy guide to some of the better staying races ahead during the spring and the autumn. Amelie's Star (4th in 2017) captured the Gr3 The Bart Cummings at Flemington at her next start. Jameka (2016) went on to run second in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, while Real Love (7th in 2016) claimed the Gr3 JRA Cup at Moonee Valley.
Magnapal (2015) finished runner-up in the JRA Cup and Let's Make Adeal (8th in 2015) took out The Bart Cummings.
Pakal (4th in 2013) won the listed Cranbourne Cup at Cranbourne after running fourth in this event.
December Draw (2011) took out the Gr1 Turnbull Handicap at Flemington at his next start, while At First Light (2nd in 2011) finished runner-up in the listed Bendigo Cup.
1. $2.70 Night's Watch 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $16.00 Rising Red 55.0 Ms Linda Meech
3. $9.00 Odeon 54.0 Damien Thornton
4. $19.00 Sir Charles Road 56.5 Dwayne Dunn
5. $81.00 Megablast 56.0 John Allen
6. $51.00 Mighty Boss 57.0 Michael Walker
7. $7.00 Our Venice Beach 57.0 Jordan Childs
8. $31.00 Northwest Passage 54.0 Stephen Baster
9. $26.00 Ventura Storm 57.5 Regan Bayliss
10. $101.00 Vengeur Masque 57.0 Patrick Moloney
11. $71.00 Red Cardinal 57.5 Ben Allen
12. $15.00 Divine Unicorn 54.5 Craig Williams
13. $41.00 Spanish Reef 54.0 Luke Currie
14. $17.00 Hiyaam 54.5 Michael Dee
15. $151.00 Zacada 56.5 Beau Mertens
16. $6.50 Folkswood 59.5 James Doyle
Margins: 0.4 len, 0.1 len
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|2018||Night's Watch||Rising Red||Odeon||2:02.1|
|2015||Magnapal||The United States||Genuine Lad||2:02.7|
|2014||Gris Caro||Entirely Platinum||Bonfire||2:02.6|
|2013||Mr O'Ceirin||Kesampour||Bit Of Hell||2:07.2|
|2012||Folding Gear||Mr O'Ceirin||Exceptionally||2:03.1|
|2011||December Draw||At First Sight||Lucky Eighty Eight||2:02.2|
|2009||Red Lord||Light Vision||Majestical||2:04.0|
|2007||Douro Valley||Maldivian||Dolphin Jo||2.01.3|
|2005||Sarrera||Emerald Jack||Swift Tango||2.06.9|
|2003||Rose Archway||Another Warrior||Vicksburg||2.03.5|
|2002||Pentastic||Spirit Of Westbury||Thong Classic||2.03.0|
|2000||Celestial Show||Ancient City||Prince Iluka||2.02.1|