Featuring on the same race card as the eye-catching Group 1 Underwood Stakes, the Naturalism Stakes is a Group 3 Open Handicap thoroughbred horse race run at Melbourne’s iconic Caulfield Racecourse. Held annually in mid/late September, the event is the first major race that is run over the mid-distance of 2000m. Given that it’s staged early in the spring, the event provides trainers with the opportunity to test their horses over a middle distance, and decide whether to compete in bigger races.
The race has only been around since 2000 and was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2009. Since then, the event has been won by a number of classy gallopers. The Robert Hickmott trained champion gelding Zipping was triumphant in 2006, before going on to win the Group 1 Sandown Classic four times and place in both the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup on three occasions.
|2016||JAMEKA||NICHOLAS HALL||CIARON MAHER||02:03.9|
|2015||MAGNAPAL||LUKE CURRIE||TERRY & KARINA O'SULLIVAN||02:02.7|
|2014||GRIS CARO||BEN MELHAM||JAKE STEPHENS||02:02.6|
|2013||MR O'CEIRIN||GLEN BOSS||CIARON MAHER||02:07.2|
|2012||FOLDING GEAR||BEN MELHAM||LEE & SHANNON HOPE||02:03.1|
|2011||DECEMBER DRAW||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||02:02.2|
|2010||RAINBOW STYLING||CHRIS MUNCE||MICHAEL HAWKES||02:01.6|
|2009||RED LORD||DAMIEN OLIVER||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||02:04.0|
|2008||ZAGREB||CRAIG WILLIAMS||DAVID HAYES||02.03.7|
|2007||DOURO VALLEY||DARREN BEADMAN||PETER MORGAN||02.01.3|
|2006||ZIPPING||STEVEN ARNOLD||GRAEME ROGERSON||02.01.8|