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The Naturalism Stakes is a Group 3 race held each year under open handicap conditions.  This 2000 metre event is hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club at Caulfield Racecourse, with prize money of $125,000 on offer for the winner.  While this event has a history that stretches back to 1984, it has undergone a few name and status changes during this time.

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Naturalism Stakes Form Guide

The Naturalism Stakes was originally known as the VATC Royal Show Handicap from 1983 to 1993.  It changed name to the VATC Naturalism Stakes in 1995, although was known as the MRC Emirates Airlines Stakes in 2002, the MRC Carnival Stakes in 2003, the MRC Dubai Duty Free Stakes in 2004, and the MRC Nad Al Sheba Club Classic in 2005.  It changed back to the MRC Naturalism Stakes in 2006, with this name being used ever since.

The Naturalism Stakes is a good for guide to high profile races later in the season, including the Group 1 Caulfield Cup and the prestigious Group 1 Cox Plate.  These two events are not the only possibilities however, with horses also going on to the 2000 metre Group 1 Yalumba Stakes and the 2500 metre Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup.

Some of the well known winners of this event include Sarrera and 2006 winner Zipping, who went on to win the 2006 Moonee Valley Cup, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Sandown Classic, the 2010 Australian Cup, the 2010 Turnbull Stakes, and the 2010 Sandown Classic.  The 2011 winner of the Naturalism Stakes was December Draw, winning comfortably from At First Sight in second position and Lucky Eighty-Eight in third.

 

2011 Naturalism Stakes Result

1. December Draw

2. At First Sight

3. Lucky Eighty-Eight

4. Above Average

5. Light Vision

6. Dream Pedlar

7. Niwot

8. I’m Jake

9. Black And Bent

10. Herculian Prince

11. My Bentley

12. Guest Wing

13. Harris Tweed

14. Once Were Wild

15. Exceptionally

16. Montahlia

 

 

Past Results

 

 

Year     Winner                        Race Name That Year              Status              Distance

 

2011     December Draw            MRC Naturalism Stakes            Group 3                       2000m

2010     Rainbow Styling           MRC Naturalism Stakes            Group 3                       2000m

2009     Red Lord                      MRC Naturalism Stakes            Group 3                       2000m

2008     Zagreb                                     MRC Naturalism Stakes            Listed               2000m

2007     Douro Valley                MRC Naturalism Stakes            Listed               2000m

2006     Zipping                                    MRC Naturalism Stakes            Listed               2000m

2005     Sarrera                                     MRC Nad Al Sheba Club Classic Listed                        2000m

2004     Confectioner                MRC Dubai Duty Free Stakes   Listed               2000m

2003     Rose Archway              MRC Carnival Stakes                Listed               2000m

2002     Pentastic                      MRC Emirates Airlines Stakes   Listed               2000m

2001     Inaflury                                    VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2000m

2000     Celestial Show              VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2000m

1999     Second Coming           VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2100m

1998     Our Unicorn                  VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2000m

1997     Skybeau                      VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2000m

1996     Peep On The Sly          VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2000m

1995     Campaign Warrior         VATC Naturalism Stakes           Listed               2000m

1994     Top Rating                   VATC Naturalism Handicap       Listed               2000m

1993     Golden Serpent                        VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1992     Three Pals                    VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1991     Newbury Star                VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1990     Just A Dancer              VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1989     Tiendi                           VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1988     Ebeli Show                   VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1987     Tristram                        VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1986     Sea Legend                  VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1985     Top Banner                  VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1984     Mapperley Heights        VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

1983     Mevron Boy                 VATC Royal Show Handicap     Listed               1800m

 

 

 
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