2016 Naturalism Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Naturalism Stakes

The 2016 Naturalism Stakes is a must watch event for all punters keen on scouting the talent before the major events of the spring racing carnival in Melbourne.

The Naturalism Stakes showcase plenty of up and coming talent which are trying to force their way through the grades, potentially into races such as the Caulfield Cup or Melbourne Cup.

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The 2016 Naturalism Stakes will be held on Saturday, September 17th.

Given that the Naturalism Stakes are run over a 2000m trek the most important aspect of their performance is that they run out the trip strongly.

The race is rated at Group 3 level with $150,000 in prize money on offer.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

2016 Cox Plate


Moonee Valley



Group 1

2016 Caulfield Cup




3YO up Handicap

Group 1

Thousand Guineas





Group 1

Epsom Handicap




Open Handicup

Group 1

Metropolitan Handicap




3YO & up Handicap

Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2016





The Naturalism Stakes is held in the middle of September during the Melbourne spring racing carnival, a hugely important period and a time when horse racing starts to take up a lot more space in the media.

The Naturalism Stakes always assembles a great field with the open handicap conditions making it a perfect spectacle for the racing public.

The Naturalism Stakes was elevated to Group level in 2009 and now makes up a crucial part of the Underwood Stakes Day program at Caulfield Racecourse. The Naturalism Stakes shares the race card with the Group 3 How Now Stakes.

The 2000m journey is a fantastic test as trainers try and work out just how good the staying capabilities are of their runners.

Some may find the distance at the limits of what they can handle while others may be begging for an even longer journey.

From this race the best performers will likely continue on to the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes and then even a Cups trial.

If the trainers are looking for something a little easier the Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup or Group 2 Sandown Classic are options later in the carnival.

In recent years some horses have even had success dropping back in trip to the 1600m that the Cox Plate field faces.

Plenty of horses have used the Naturalism Stakes to springboard their careers with some recognisable names coming through the ranks.

Undoubtedly the best though has to be Zipping, one of Australia’s most popular horses.

Zipping won the 2006 Naturalism Stakes before embarking on a career which included three Cox Plate placings, three Melbourne Cup fourths as well as four straight Sandown Classic titles.

Naturalism Stakes News

Trainer Ciaron Maher believes that talented mares Jameka and Set Square are too hard to split leading into their third-up appearances in Saturday‚Äôs 2016 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse. Both Group 1 winners, Jameka and Set Square have each produced smart performances from their starts in the Group 2…