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 2016 Naturalism Stakes was won by Jameka from Gallante with Berisha 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 and takes place alongside the Gr3 How Now Stakes for mares
|Date:||Saturday 23rd September 2017|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
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.
Jameka (2016) finished seventh in the Gr2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes over 1600m at Moonee Valley before winning this event in easy style and recent Naturalism Stakes winners have been Magnapal (2015) and Gris Caro (2014).
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. Jameka (2016) went on to run second in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington at her next start while Real Love (7th in 2016) went on to claim 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 Gr3 The Bart Cummings at Flemington.
Pakal (4th in 2013) claimed 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. $6.50 Jameka 55.5 Nicholas Hall
2. $51.00 Gallante 58.5 Damien Oliver
3. $19.00 Berisha 54.0 Patrick Moloney
4. $7.00 Set Square 55.5 Luke Nolen
5. $21.00 Magnapal 55.5 Luke Currie
6. $4.20 Tom Melbourne 54.0 Glen Boss
7. $7.00 Real Love 57.0 Brad Rawiller
8. $26.00 Excess Knowledge 57.5 Mark Zahra
9. $13.00 Observational 54.0 Ben Melham
10. $10.00 Gabella 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
11. $15.00 Second Bullet 54.0 Damian Lane
12. $101.00 Swacadelic 54.0 Stephen Baster
13. $101.00 Tall Ship 54.0 Michael Dee
14. $21.00 Almoonqith 57.5 Michael Walker
15. $101.00 Zanteca 54.0 Craig Newitt
16. $101.00 Taiyoo 56.0 Harry Coffey
Margins: 3.75 len, 1.25 len
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|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|