The possibility of gaining automatic qualification for the 2012 Caulfield Cup has led to thirty-two horses being nominated for the 2012 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) that will run at Caulfield this Saturday.
The Naturalism Stakes offers the winner ballot exemption for the Caulfield Cup, which has led to the nominations list being packed full of Caulfield Cup hopefuls.
December Draw won the 2011 edition of the Naturalism and went on to win the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and start the 2011 Caulfield Cup as favourite.
A number of regional cup winners have been nominated for the 2012 Naturalism Stakes.
Shenzhou Steeds won both the Ipswich Cup (2150m) and Caloundra Cup (2400m) in the Queensland Winter Carnival.
He finished a credible sixth first-up in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) but will need to improve if he is to qualify for the Caulfield Cup.
Adelaide Cup (3200m) winner Rialya is another Cup winner who has been nominated for the Naturalism Stakes.
Rialya finished a disappointing seventh in the Balaklava Cup at his last start.
However, young trainer Lloyd Kennewell wanted to have Rialya horse peaking for the Naturalism Stakes and believes that his horse is better for the run.
Tasmanian galloper Norsqui has also been nominated for the Naturalism Stakes but is already assured of a run in the Caulfield Cup after winning the ballot exempt Mornington Cup earlier in the year.
Other Naturalism Stakes nominees are Dance With Her, Efficient, Shewan and Zabeelionaire.
Naturalism Stakes 2012 Nominations
|1||AULD BURNS (GB)||David Hayes||82|
|4||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes||92|
|5||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey||98|
|6||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||103|
|7||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||111|
|8||ERUPTIOUS (NZ)||Michael Kent||85|
|9||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||97|
|10||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||97|
|11||FRUEHLING (IRE)||Anthony Freedman||86|
|13||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||109|
|14||MISS WITH ATTITUDE||Mick Price||85|
|16||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||108|
|17||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||90|
|20||POLISH KNIGHT (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||101|
|22||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||93|
|23||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||106|
|24||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||102|
|26||SILENT SURROUND||William Smart||93|
|27||SINGLE MINDED (NZ)||Graham Richardson||98|
|28||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Darren Weir||96|
|29||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||104|
|30||WINCHESTER (USA)||John Sadler||111|
|31||ZABEELIONAIRE (NZ)||Leon Corstens||101|
|32||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||102|