Just 12 runners have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by some of the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival’s most exciting staying prospects.
More than stamping his claims as one to watch with an impressive first-up performance in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes, trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig have confirmed classy British import Spillway for the Naturalism Stakes.
Beginning his racing career under the guidance of notable British trainer Eve Johnson Houghton before transferring to Hayes’ stables at the conclusion of 2013, Spillway has contested an impressive total of four wins and five minor places from just 15 competitive starts and has good form around some of the world’s leading racehorses; finishing fourth behind he likes of Telescope in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (2414m) most notably in Britain.
Steadily building to the task over three starts in his maiden Australian preparation, capped with an impressive win in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 26th, the Rail Link entire was unlucky to finish second by a bob of the head in the P.B Lawrence before placing an impressive fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last weekend.
Allocated the ideal barrier 4, Spillway is a great chance of success in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes with champion jockey Damien Oliver confirmed to take the ride.
Running second in the 2014 Great Voltigeur in Britain, trainer Robert Hickmott has confirmed Foundry for the 2014 Naturalism Stakes.
Racing for trainer Aidan O’Brien before being purchased by renowned owner Lloyd Williams in the closing stages of 2013, Foundry won the TAB.com.au Trophy in what was his Australian debut on February 15th before running a close second to Lidari in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) on March 8th.
Yet to figure over two starts this time in, the Galileo entire is offered the perfect opportunity to return to competitive form from barrier 3 this week and will carry just 55.5kgs in the Naturalism Stakes.
Stamping his claims as one to watch with a perfect three race maiden Australian campaign through spring, Our Voodoo Prince is eyeing a return to the winner’s circle in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes, but will have to overcoming the somewhat wide and awkward barrier 11.
Strolling home to win each of his first two races upon arriving in the country, the Kingmambo gelding displayed a keen turn of foot to beat a classy field to the line in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) on April 19th.
Failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) first-up on August 23rd, Our Voodoo Prince has returned to competitive form via an impressive third amongst classy competition in the Sportingbet Handicap (1600m) on September 6th.
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2014 Naturalism Stakes Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||344x781x24||SPILLWAY (GB)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damien Oliver||4||58kg||105|
|2||94518010×8||IBICENCO (GER)||Peter G Moody||Brad Rawiller||5||57.5kg||104|
|3||22x1114x18||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||6||57kg||103|
|4||334x111x93||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||James Winks||11||56.5kg||102|
|5||6x37x32x22||BONFIRE (GB)||Gai Waterhouse||Craig Williams||10||56kg||101|
|6||1x25x12x00||FOUNDRY (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Chad Schofield||3||55.5kg||100|
|7||134x0313x7||ARALDO (GB)||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||1||55kg||99|
|8||71x7020x00||KINCAPLE (NZ)||Mark Webb||Damian Lane||2||54.5kg||98|
|9||2x95152x96||ZANBAGH||Patrick Payne||Ms Michelle Payne||9||54kg||100|
|10||3x87477x96||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||Dwayne Dunn||8||54kg||99|
|11||x27x128x67||GRIS CARO (GB)||Jake Stephens||Ben Melham||12||54kg||97|
|12||022x726x13||ALBONETTI||Sue Jaensch||Dean Yendall||7||54kg||80|