2011 Naturalism Stakes Nominations & Weight

September 13th, 2011

The 2011 Naturalism Stakes Nominations were always going to be strong but the true level of strength is probably better than even the organisers were hoping for.

All up there are 31 horses battling for the 16 spots in the Naturalism Stakes run at Caulfield over 2000m this Saturday.

The reason the race is so strong comes down to the fact it carries a ballot exemption to the Caulfield Cup, an almost priceless bonus given how many target that event.

There are a few extras layers to the Naturalism Stakes this year as well with a couple of horses creating their own story with their careers.

Black And Bent is undoubtedly the most interesting runner, he’s coming back to the flat after completing a jumps season where he came became easily the best in the country.

He’s on track to an unlikely Melbourne Cup start and this is crucial to how realistic that dream is.

Another with plenty on his shoulders is December Draw who many consider an early Melbourne Cup favourite.

He’s also the favourite for the Caulfield Cup and there’s every chance he’ll be the favourite for the Naturalism Stakes as well.

Just what happens we’ll have to wait and see when the final field is announced tomorrow.

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2011 Naturalism Stakes Nominations & Weight

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 1 58.5kg 111
2 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker 2 58kg 110
3 ALANDI (IRE) Robert Hickmott 4 57.5kg 109
4 UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA) Michael Kent 5 57.5kg 109
5 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 6 56.5kg 106
6 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 7 56kg 105
7 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse 3 55.5kg 109
8 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker 8 54.5kg 101
9 LIGHT VISION (NZ) Robert Smerdon 10 54.5kg 101
10 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 54.5kg 101
11 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon 11 54kg 100
12 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh 12 54kg 100
13 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent 14 53.5kg 99
14 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman 15 53kg 98
15 AKINOSHIRABE (JPN) John P Thompson 30 53kg 76
16 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 27 53kg 89
17 BASE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 20 53kg 93
18 BRIGHT HORIZON (GB) Robert Hickmott 29 53kg 85
19 CABEZA (NZ) Danny O’Brien 28 53kg 85
20 CARNERO Dean Binaisse 18 53kg 95
21 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan 13 53kg 99
22 GALIZANI John P Thompson 22 53kg 92
23 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 26 53kg 89
24 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards 19 53kg 93
25 HEEZ BORN LUCKY (NZ) Leigh Childs 31 53kg 75
26 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake 23 53kg 90
27 INDIKATOR (NZ) Stephen Hutchinson 17 53kg 96
28 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 16 53kg 96
29 MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent 24 53kg 90
30 RIGHT OF REFUSAL Nigel Blackiston 25 53kg 89
31 ZAGREB David Hayes 21 53kg 93