Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) serves as a good lead-up into the Caulfield Cup.

Held on a weekend in mid to late September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival at Caulfield Racecourse, the Naturalism Stakes – currently run as the MRC Foundation Cup – is a Group 3 race for horses aged three and above contested over 2000m.

2022 Naturalism Stakes winner Smokin' Romans

2022 Naturalism Stakes winner Smokin’ Romans. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The quality handicap race is one of three Group races at the meeting that is headlined by the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) and also features the Caulfield Guineas-bound three-year-olds facing off in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).

The Naturalism Stakes has been recently been run as the MRC Foundation Cup and offers $200,000 in prize money as well as a ballot exemption into the Group 1 $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) the following month.

Jameka (2016) was the last stayer to complete the Naturalism Stakes – Caulfield Cup double.

More recently in 2021 the Naturalism Stakes winner Nonconformist finished second in both the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes and Caulfield Cup results that spring.

In 2022 the Naturalism Stakes winner Smokin’ Romans won the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at his next start, while that spring’s subsequent Melbourne Cup winner Gold Trip finished third in the Naturalism.

The latest edition of the Naturalism Stakes runs on Saturday September 23, 2023 as the MRC Foundation Cup and saw last year’s runner-up Uncle Bryn ($26) return to his best with a big two-length upset at blowout odds.

2023 Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Results

The official MRC Foundation Cup 2023 results & finishing order will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 23, 2023.

2023 Naturalism Stakes winner Uncle Bryn

2023 Naturalism Stakes winner Uncle Bryn earned his shot at the $5 million Caulfield Cup with a big upset win. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #8 Uncle Bryn
  • 2nd: #3 Floating Artist
  • 3rd: #17e Alaskan God

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Uncle Bryn ($26) is into the $5 million Caulfield Cup field on October 21 after his upset win in the 2023 MRC Foundation Cup results having charged home to defeat the beaten favourite Floating Artist by over two lengths in an improved effort on his second in the same race last year.

2023 Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Odds

The latest MRC Foundation Cup 2023 betting odds and links to our Caulfield racing markets will be open below as soon as released so stay tuned for the top odds on the Caulfield Cup-bound stayers this spring.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 MRC Foundation Cup will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Naturalism Stakes Race Info

  • Current Race Name: MRC Foundation Cup
  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YOs and above – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1983

Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Betting

Naturalism Stakes betting markets are dominated each year by in-form staying types with proven ability over 2000m and further in distance.

Well-weighted runners, those with a strong record at the Caulfield track as well as any past Group 1 horses down in grade are usually at short Naturalism Stakes odds in the spring.

Nonconformist ($4.40 in 2021) was the last favourite in Naturalism Stakes betting to win.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Uncle Bryn improving on his second the year before to win at Naturalism Stakes odds of $26!

Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Tips

Good Naturalism Stakes tips include backing progressive stayers with form over 2000m plus and any Group 1 horses down in grade.

Gallopers with a strong spring lead-up and solid strike-rate at the Caulfield track also make a nice bet in Naturalism Stakes tipping.

2023 Naturalism Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider MRC Foundation Cup 2023 betting tips and Group 3 racing picks for the Caulfield Cup lead-up race will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the horses to lock-in for the win and to take in Group 1 futures markets on the mile and a half feature next race.

  • To Win: #3 Floating Artist ($4 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Caulfield Cup hopefuls do battle in the MRC Foundation Cup (Naturalism) and we’ve put Floating Artist on top from the Maher/Eustace stable. The import was fourth in the 2021 Melbourne Cup results before spending over a year on the sidelines. Was a masterful training effort to get him back and the now eight-year-old looks to be going as good as ever. A light and forgettable autumn before resuming with a 2040m Moonee Valley win last month. Runs spaced, drops two kilos from his first-up weight and can win again.

Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Field

The Naturalism Stakes race field attracts a line-up of the season’s promising stayers heading towards a Caulfield Cup target the next month.

Following the Naturalism Stakes, some of the more dour stayers may target the Group 3 The Bart Cummings on Turnbull Stakes Day as a Melbourne Cup lead-up.

2023 Naturalism Stakes Field

The official MRC Foundation Cup 2023 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday of race week and will be published below.

The MRC Foundation Cup (Naturalism) 2023 final field features a quality line-up of spring stayers led in betting by the comeback galloper Floating Artist prepared by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.

2023 Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Nominations

The MRC Foundation Cup 2023 Nominations are taken the Monday of race week and the list of early entries will be provided below once announced.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 291x2570x4 GOLD TRIP (FR) H 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 60kg 60kg   117
2 1177x884x6 SMOKIN’ ROMANS (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 58.5kg 58.5kg   108
3 51111121×2 RIGHT YOU ARE G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57.5kg 57.5kg   106
4 23x05420x8 HEZASHOCKA (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 4 57kg 57kg   105
5 5812x530x9 EMISSARY (GB) G 7 Michael Moroney 5 56.5kg 56.5kg   104
6 1x46x70x05 REGAL POWER G 8 John Leek (Jnr) 6 56.5kg 56.5kg   104
7 1324x47x51 FLOATING ARTIST (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 56.5kg 56.5kg   104
8 7x31x111x9 GOLDMAN (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8 56kg 56kg   103
9 x0706x0x00 DAQIANSWEET JUNIOR (NZ) G 6 Phillip Stokes 9 55.5kg 55.5kg   102
10 0151x86x80 UNCLE BRYN (GB) G 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 55.5kg 55.5kg   102
11 6472x295x0 SHERAZ (FR) G 7 Chris Waller 11 55.5kg 55.5kg   102
12 132x8802x0 VIRTUOUS CIRCLE (NZ) H 4 Liam Howley 12 54.5kg 54.5kg   100
13 18x27410x8 BANK MAUR H 4 Richard Laming 13 54kg 54kg   99
14 015×832236 MILFORD (NZ) G 6 Michael Moroney 14 54kg 54kg   99
15 52x1x00x06 BEAR STORY (IRE) G 6 Clinton McDonald 15 54kg 54kg   99
16 402369×901 IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 16 54kg 54kg   99
17 211416×437 BERKELEY SQUARE G 4 Dan O’Sullivan 17 54kg 53kg   97
18 2415931×17 DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE) M 6 Michael Kent 18 54kg 51kg   97
19 15x4430x76 FORGOT YOU (NZ) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 19 54kg 52.5kg   96
20 3x5x8313x0 HASTA LA WAR G 8 Sue Murphy 20 54kg 52.5kg   96
21 5x7043100x TIMOUR (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 21 54kg 52kg   95
22 22x008x814 THE SUMMIT (FR) G 7 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 22 54kg 52kg   95
23 61154×7212 FUTURE HISTORY (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 23 54kg 51kg   93
24 x60847x725 ALASKAN GOD G 5 Daniel Morton 24 54kg 50.5kg   92
25 611x192x8 REO M 4 Richard Laming 25 54kg 46.5kg   88
26 x13x212213 BRAYDEN STAR (GB) H 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 26 54kg 48.5kg   88
27 2311320×56 SHE’S FIT M 4 Daniel Morton 27 54kg 45.5kg   86
28 1894340×70 FULL OF SINCERITY (NZ) G 4 Andrew Forsman 28 54kg 47kg   85
29 x7111011x2 FIRST IMMORTAL G 4 Mark & Levi Kavanagh 29 54kg 46.5kg   84
30 32312x18x7 MR WATERVILLE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 30 54kg 46.5kg   84

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Naturalism Stakes (MRC Foundation Cup) Form Guide

The Naturalism Stakes form guide details to punters all the need-to-know information from trainers and jockeys to barriers and lead-up runs.

The Naturalism Stakes form has also stacked up in tougher spring races in recent years including the Caulfield Cup and Moonee Valley’s prestigious Cox Plate.

2023 Naturalism Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed MRC Foundation Cup 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Naturalism Stakes / MRC Foundation Cup Results

Notable recent Naturalism Stakes / MRC Foundation Cup winners include Zipping (2006), Mr O’Ceirin (2012), Jameka (2016), subsequent dual Group 1 Australian Cup hero Harlem (2017), and Nonconformist (2021).

Jameka (2016) was the last Naturalism Stakes winning mare.

Gold Trip (3rd in 2022) was the last Melbourne Cup winner to come off a Naturalism Stakes run.

Harlem holds the current Naturalism Stakes race record winning over 2000m in 2017 in 2 minutes 00:43 seconds.

Past Naturalism Stakes / MRC Foundation Cup Winners

Past Naturalism Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 1994 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Uncle Bryn Floating Artist Alaskan God
2022 Smokin’ Romans Uncle Bryn Gold Trip
2021 Nonconformist Delphi Tralee Rose
2020 Orderofthegarter Chapada Steel Prince
2019 Brimham Rocks So You Win Sikandarabad
2018 Night’s Watch Rising Red Odeon
2017 Harlem Samovare Stampede
2016 Jameka Gallante Berisha
2015 Magnapal The United States Genuine Lad
2014 Gris Caro Entirely Platinum Bonfire
2013 Mr O’Ceirin Kesampour Bit Of Hell
2012 Folding Gear Mr O’Ceirin Exceptionally
2011 December Draw At First Sight Lucky Eighty Eight
2010 Rainbow Styling Valdemoro Moudre
2009 Red Lord Light Vision Majestical
2008 Zagreb Light Vision Baughurst
2007 Douro Valley Maldivian Dolphin Jo
2006 Zipping Show Barry Growl
2005 Sarrera Emerald Jack Swift Tango
2004 Confectioner Evil Master Devastating
2003 Rose Archway Another Warrior Vicksburg
2002 Pentastic Spirit Of Westbury Thong Classic
2001 Inaflury Celestial Show Natch
2000 Celestial Show Ancient City Prince Iluka
1999 Second Coming Figurehead Ancient City
1998 Our Unicorn Kristalero Vitrinite
1997 Skybeau Waterford Road Dendy Park
1996 Peep On The Sly Centico Prince Calaf
1995 Campaign Warrior Native Zam Skliero
1994 Sugarstone Shatin Heights Paxmat Will