A talented field of 20 runners have been nominated for this weekend’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by some of the Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting staying prospects.
A standout performer over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, trainer Chris Waller has nominated Our Voodoo Prince for the 2014 Naturalism Stakes.
Securing a commendable total of six wins and seven minor places from just 22 competitive starts so far, Our Voodoo Prince began his racing career under the guidance of notable British trainer Ed Dunlop before transferring to the care of Waller at the conclusion of 2013.
Claiming a perfect record of three wins from three starts over his maiden Australian campaign, including the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on April 19th, the Kingmambo gelding has steadily built to the task over two starts this time in; failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up before running on for third amongst classy competition in the Sportingbet Handicap (1600m) on September 6th.
Waller is set to launch a three-pronged attack on the 2014 Naturalism Stakes, having also nominated classy pair Junoob and Moriarty.
Also beginning his racing career abroad in Great Britain, Junoob contested a long and busy campaign over the summer and autumn of this year, arguably highlighted by impressive victories in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) and close third finishes in the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) and Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
Returning for eighth in the Show County Quality and sixth in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) on September 6th, Junoob will almost certainly be partnered by renowned jockey Blake Shinn in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes.
Irish import Moriarty has so-far contested an exceptional record of eleven race wins and 12 minor places from 46 competitive starts so far, and is a noted performer in major Australian spring events having won the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m) and finished third in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) most notably in 2013.
Continuing to build in form and class over an impressive autumn preparation highlighted by a victory in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) and second in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m), the Clodovil gelding appears to have returned in similarly competitive form this year having finished fifth in both the Show County and Chelmsford Stakes so-far.
David Hayes and Tom Dabernig are also poised to saddle several runners in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes, nominating a total of four of their stable’s runners highlighted by the likes of Spillway and Stipulate.
Performing to a high standard in major black type events in Britain before moving to Australia at the beginning of this year, Spillway won the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) at the conclusion of a three race preparation through autumn, and has returned to the track in particularly positive form this season; finishing a close second in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and fourth in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last weekend.
Returning to racing for an impressive victory in the Listed Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock Stakes (1700m) on August 30th, Stipulate is yet to finish outside the places in all appearances at Caulfield; finishing third in the Easter Cup most notably at the conclusion of his autumn preparation.
A final field and barrier draw for the 2014 Naturalism Stakes is due to be released on Wednesday morning.
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2014 Naturalism Stakes Nominations
|2||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||99|
|3||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||101|
|4||CRACKERJACK KING (IRE)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||101|
|5||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|6||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||100|
|7||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||97|
|8||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||104|
|9||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||104|
|10||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark Webb||98|
|11||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||99|
|12||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||107|
|13||MR O’CEIRIN (NZ)||Ciaron Maher||104|
|14||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||102|
|15||RECKLESS ASSASSIN||John Sadler||85|
|16||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||105|
|17||STIPULATE (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||104|
|18||THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)||Robert Hickmott||98|
|19||WROTHAM HEATH (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||84|