Folding Gear won the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse last Saturday September 22, 2012.
The win earned Folding Gear a ballot exemption for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup on October 20, 2012.
The five-year-old gelding won the race by half a length ahead of Mr O’Ceirin, who finished in second, and Exceptionally, who placed third.
Folding Gear has now won four of his 14 race starts and earned more than $350,000 in prize money.
The win was a huge form turnaround for Folding Gear, who has finished no better than 12th in his first two race starts of the spring.
Trainer Shannon Hope revealed that Folding Gear would not be pushed towards the 2012 Caulfield Cup and would instead only go if he was ready.
“At this stage we are aiming at it but we will just see how he comes through it,” Hope said.
”He has a patient owner, and you give them time and they come to hand.
”It’s not the end of the world if we don’t get there.
”He won’t have another run going into it, I don’t think he needs it. He doesn’t take a lot of work. He’s one of those horses you just have to keep above himself.”
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2012 Naturalism Stakes Race Results
|1||11||FOLDING GEAR (NZ)||Lee & Shannon Hope||Ben Melham||–||4||54kg||$7.50|
|2||16||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||Glen Boss||0.5L||8||54kg||$5|
|3||10||EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ)||Terry & Karina O’Sullivan||Dean Yendall||0.7L||16||54kg||$13|
|4||3||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Eddie Wilkinson||2.45L||9||55.5kg||$6|
|5||1||SEVILLE (GER)||Robert Hickmott||Craig Williams||2.75L||7||58kg||$31|
|6||12||STREETS AWAY (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||4L||13||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$16|
|7||7||ZURELLA (NZ)||Shaune Ritchie||Craig Newitt||4.75L||10||54kg||$4.40F|
|8||14||SILENT SURROUND||William Smart||Chad Schofield (a)||5.15L||3||54kg||$51|
|9||6||RIALYA||Lloyd Kennewell||Dwayne Dunn||7.9L||5||54.5kg||$31|
|10||15||BUDAI (GER)||David Hayes||Steven King||8L||11||54kg||$101|
|11||2||UNUSUAL SUSPECT (USA)||Michael Kent||Peter Mertens||8.75L||1||57kg||$41|
|12||4||SHEWAN||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||9.25L||15||55.5kg||$14|
|13||5||NORSQUI||Walter McShane||Chris Symons||9.65L||2||54.5kg||$81|
|14||8||CUBAN SUNDAY||Pat Carey||Michael Walker||12.15L||14||54kg||$14|
|15||9||SINGLE MINDED (NZ)||Graham Richardson||Darren Gauci||16.15L||12||54kg||$51|
|16||13||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Nicholas Hall||31.15L||6||54kg||$9.50|