2011 Naturalism Stakes Field & Barriers

September 14th, 2011

The 2011 Naturalism Stakes Field easily reached maximum capacity after final acceptances closed this morning with 16 horses to take to the track at Caulfield this Saturday.

There are another two on standby as well ensuring that it’ll be a hotly run race with plenty of chances throughout.

While we won’t go through the entire Naturalism Stakes field now there are a couple that are worth special mention and really stand out when glossing over the list.

Black And Bent is the obvious one, after six straight wins over the jumps he’s back in action on the flat and things won’t be easy for him first up.

Not only is he still a way away from being fully fit, he’ll also have to deal with barrier 17.

Trainer Robert Smerdon acknowledged they’d be too quick for him in the early stages over 2000m so look for him to settle near enough to the very back.

It’s unlikely he’ll run on to the lead form there but his measuring stick will be whether or not he’s making any ground at all as they run for home.

The likely favourite for the race will be December Draw, the Irish import has been a revelation since arriving here and his last run sent him hurtling up to the top of Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup betting.

He’s a big player and this is his race to lose from barrier one.

Other horses worth noting in the Naturalism Stakes final field are Harris tweed, Once Were Wild, Niwot and Lucky Eighty Eight.

Markets are almost open for the race at Luxbet so jump on tomorrow and see just how good they are.

You’ll son work out for yourself that there’s no better Aussie bookmaker than the Tabcorp owned Luxbet!

2011 Naturalism Stakes Final Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 X98125X8X0 HARRIS TWEED (NZ) Murray Baker Brad Rawiller 13 58kg 110
2 5190X707X0 HERCULIAN PRINCE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse Ben Melham 15 56.5kg 106
3 1X23245X06 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott Steven King 12 56kg 105
4 30X40919X8 ONCE WERE WILD Gai Waterhouse Damien Oliver 16 55.5kg 109
5 4211255X00 DREAM PEDLAR Troy Blacker Craig Newitt 5 54.5kg 101
6 2X70067170 LIGHT VISION (NZ) Robert Smerdon Chris Symons 9 54.5kg 101
7 21X40121X0 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Yendall 11 54.5kg 101
8 12X6611111 BLACK AND BENT Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 17 54kg 100
9 5698X11X21 DECEMBER DRAW (IRE) Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 1 54kg 100
10 82281947X7 MY BENTLEY (NZ) Michael Kent James McDonald (a) 18 53.5kg 99
11 2362X78X00 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Danny Nikolic 7 53kg 99
12 52X53230X9 ABOVE AVERAGE (IRE) Anthony Freedman Ms Lisa Cropp 8 53kg 98
13 31111X5X37 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Ms Michelle Payne 4 53kg 96
14 3332190X80 GUEST WING Shane A Edwards Michael Walker 6 53kg 93
15 505X90X097 ZAGREB David Hayes James Winks 14 53kg 93
16 42103132X5 I’M JAKE (NZ) David Brideoake Dwayne Dunn 2 53kg 90
17e 706X66212X MONTAHLIA (NZ) Michael Kent Ibrahim Gundogdu (a) 10 53kg 90
18e 032322X004 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 3 53kg 89