Naturalism Stakes

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Looking for early info on this year’s Naturalism Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

The Naturalism Stakes, run in recent years as the MRC Foundation Cup, is a key Group 3 race contested over 2000m at Caulfield Racecourse on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day in mid-late September each Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The open handicap has been run and won since 1983 and since 2007 has offered the winner a ballot free ride into the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in October. Jameka (2016) was the last galloper to do the Naturalism Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.

Many horses may back-up out of the Naturalism Stakes and continue towards the Spring Cups via the Group 3 $750,000 The Bart Cummings held on Turnbull Stakes Day.

Naturalism Stakes 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Run As: MRC Foundation Cup
  • Race Day: Saturday 18th September, 2021
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Surface: Turf
  • Track: Left handed
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Weight Class: Quality Handicap
  • Qualification: Open
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
  • Purse: $200,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1983
  • 2021 Naturalism Stakes Winner: Nonconformist

Naturalism Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Naturalism Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 18, 2021.

  1. #11 Nonconformist
  2. #4 Delphi
  3. #15 Tralee Rose

The Grahame Begg-trained Nonconformist ($4.40F) saluted for the punters in the 2021 Naturalism Stakes / MRC Foundation Cup results holding for a narrow victory over the late-lunging Delphi to claim the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption.

Naturalism Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Naturalism Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Naturalism Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Naturalism Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Naturalism Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Naturalism Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Naturalism Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Naturalism Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Naturalism Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Naturalism Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.


How To Bet On The Naturalism Stakes In 2021

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  1. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  2. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  3. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Naturalism Stakes 2021 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Naturalism Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE Naturalism Stakes IN 2021

The best way to pick which horse will win the Naturalism Stakes in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry along with their previous record at the Caulfield track.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Naturalism Stakes winner include:

  • Upsets Happen – There’s been a poor recent record for the favourites in the Naturalism Stakes so looking further down the markets can prove profitable for punters.
  • Waller Factor – Trainer Chris Waller prepared both the 2018 and 2019 Naturalism Stakes winners.

Naturalism Stakes FAVOURITES 2021

The early 2021 Naturalism Stakes favourites include the Grahame Begg-trained Nonconformist and Symon Wilde’s class mare Tralee Rose.

Night’s Watch ($2.70 in 2018) followed by Orderofthegarter ($2.90 in 2020) and Nonconformist ($4.40 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Naturalism Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

Naturalism Stakes FIELD 2021

The official line-up of horses in the 2021 Naturalism Stakes final field will be announced by Racing Victoria the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

A capacity field of stayers chasing the Caulfield Cup ballot exemption face off in this year’s MRC Foundation Cup including the autumn’s Adelaide Cup fourth-placed mare Tralee Rose and roughie topweight Vow And Declare who hasn’t won a race since the 2019 Melbourne Cup.

Naturalism Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #11 Nonconformist ($4.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #15  Tralee Rose ($5.50 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #13 No Effort ($17 at time of publish)

Our insider tips on the 2021 Naturalism Stakes will be detailed here the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Naturalism Stakes RACE DAY 2021

The Naturalism Stakes takes place on Saturday September 18, 2021 as part of 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day. The meeting’s other Group status are the:

Naturalism Stakes 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The Naturalism Stakes barrier draw takes place following final acceptances on the Wednesday of race week. The official 2021 Naturalism Stakes barriers will be available in our above Naturalism Stakes Field section.

Naturalism Stakes 2021 Nominations

Nominations for the Naturalism Stakes 2021 are taken the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be made available below. 

Naturalism Stakes 2021 WEIGHTS

Quality Handicap conditions apply. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on the Tuesday of race week. The official Naturalism Stakes weights will be available in our above Naturalism Stakes Field section. 

2021 Naturalism Stakes Top Weight:

  • #1 Vow And Declare (59kg)

Naturalism Stakes 2021 ACCEPTANCES

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on the Wednesday of race week. The official 2021 Naturalism Stakes acceptances will be published in our above Naturalism Stakes Field section.

Naturalism Stakes 2021 JOCKEYS

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on the Wednesday of race week. The official Naturalism Stakes jockeys will be available in our above Naturalism Stakes Field section.

Naturalism Stakes SCRATCHINGS 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 18th of September, 2021.

Naturalism Stakes PRIZE MONEY 2021

Prize money is set at $200,000 including $120,000 going to the Naturalism Stakes winner.

Place Prize Money
1st $120,000
2nd $36,000
3rd $18,000
4th $9,000
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $4,000
8th $4,000

naturalism Stakes race nubmer 2021

The 2021 Naturalism Stakes is set to run as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:15pm (AEST) on Saturday the 18th of September, 2021. Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day features nine races in total at Caulfield Racecourse.

Naturalism Stakes Form Guide 2021

The final form guide will be available the week before the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Naturalism Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Naturalism Stakes Winners

Winners and placegetters in the Naturalism Stakes going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below.

Year Place Horse Time
Naturalism Stakes
1st Nonconformist 2 minutes 01.80 seconds
2nd Delphi
3rd Tralee Rose
Naturalism Stakes
1st Orderofthegarter 2 minutes 01.86 seconds
2nd Chapada
3rd Steel Prince
Naturalism Stakes
1st Brimham Rocks 2 minutes 2.39 seconds
2nd So You Win
3rd Sikandarabad
Naturalism Stakes
1st Night’s Watch 2 minutes 2.19 seconds
2nd Rising Red
3rd Odeon
Naturalism Stakes
1st Harlem 2 minutes 0.43 seconds
2nd Samovare
3rd Stampede
Naturalism Stakes
1st Jameka 2 minutes 3.9 seconds
2nd Gallante
3rd Berisha
Naturalism Stakes
1st Magnapal 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd The United States
3rd Genuine Lad
Naturalism Stakes
1st Gris Caro 2 minutes 2.7 seconds
2nd Entirely Platinum
3rd Bonfire
Naturalism Stakes
1st Mr O’Ceirin 2 minutes 7.2 seconds
2nd Kesampour
3rd Bit Of Hell
Naturalism Stakes
1st Folding Gear 2 minutes 3.1 seconds
2nd Mr O’Ceirin
3rd Exceptionally
Naturalism Stakes
1st December Draw 2 minutes 2.2 seconds
2nd At First Sight
3rd Lucky Eighty Eight
Naturalism Stakes
1st Rainbow Styling 2 minutes 1.6 seconds
2nd Valdemoro
3rd Moudre
Naturalism Stakes
1st Red Lord 2 minutes 4.0 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Majestical
Naturalism Stakes
1st Zagreb 2 minutes 3.7 seconds
2nd Light Vision
3rd Baughurst
Naturalism Stakes
1st Douro Valley 2 minutes 1.3 seconds
2nd Maldivian
3rd Dolphin Jo
Naturalism Stakes
1st Zipping 2 minutes 1.8 seconds
2nd Show Barry
3rd Growl
Naturalism Stakes
1st Sarrera 2 minutes 6.9 seconds
2nd Emerald Jack
3rd Swift Tango
Naturalism Stakes
1st Confectioner 2 minutes 5.1 seconds
2nd Evil Master
3rd Devastating
Naturalism Stakes
1st Rose Archway 2 minutes 3.5 seconds
2nd Another Warrior
3rd Vicksburg
Naturalism Stakes
1st Pentastic 2 minutes 3.0 seconds
2nd Spirit Of Westbury
3rd Thong Classic
Naturalism Stakes
1st Inaflury 2 minutes 2.0 seconds
2nd Celestial Show
3rd Natch
Naturalism Stakes
1st Celestial Show 2 minutes 2.1 seconds
2nd Ancient City
3rd Prince Iluka