2014 Naturalism Stakes Betting Update

September 18th, 2014

A talented field of 12 runners has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield Racecourse, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Spillway is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes

Spillway is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart

Having returned to the track in slick form this time in, classy British import Spillway has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite for success in Naturalism Stakes betting markets, currently available at even $3 odds.

Claiming an impressive total of four wins and five minor places from just 15 competitive starts so far, Spillway began his racing career under the guidance of British trainer Eve Johnson Houghton before transferring to the care of David Hayes at the conclusion of 2013.

Steadily building to the task over three starts in his maiden Australian racing preparation over autumn which peaked with a comfortable victory in the Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on April 25th, the Rail Link entire returned to racing with an exceptional performance in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) on August 16th and was unlucky to finish second by the bob of a head.

Running on for fourth in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) last weekend, Spillway is a great chance of returning to the winner’s circle this weekend from the ideal barrier 4, with champion jockey Damien Oliver confirmed to take the ride.

While yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of wagers for success in 2014 Naturalism Stakes betting markets, Entirely Platinum has maintained position on the second line of betting; currently available at odds of $4.60.

A strong and consistent performer for the in-form Team Hawkes stables over autumn, Entirely Platinum comfortably won each of his first three starts, including the Group 3 Sky High Stakes (1900m) before running a credible fourth in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) on April 5th.

Charging home to beat a talented field to the line in the Canterbury Hurlstone RSL Handicap (1400m) first-up on August 16th, the Pentire gelding was disappointing when failing to beat a single runner home in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) last time out, but is offered a good chance of returned to the winner’s circle this weekend from barrier 6.

Charged with overcome the wide and somewhat awkward barrier 10 in the 2014 Naturalism Stakes, Bonfire is also yet to receive much more than a sprinkling of bets for success this weekend and resulting offers punters great value for money at $6 odds, or $2.15 to run a place.

A great chance of figuring in the places for trainer Gai Waterhouse this weekend, the Manduro gelding finishing second in the Dooleys 3.y.o+ (1800m) first-up before again finishing second to Greatwood in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) on August 30th.

Confirmed to be partnered by leading jockey Craig Williams, Bonfire is more than worth consideration for a Naturalism Stakes bet this weekend.

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