2023 Natasha Stakes Race Details

Race 8 at Ascot on Sunday 12th March 2023.

The Natasha Stakes is a Listed race over 2200 metres run by the Western Australian Turf Club at Ascot. It is a set weights plus penalties race for three-years-old fillies. This year it has prizemoney of $125,000.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Natasha Stakes page.

Natasha Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Good   Weather: Fine

There are 12 fillies for the $125,000 Natasha Stakes. Seven runners had their last start in the Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas over 1800m on 25 February and three in a Maiden race over 1600m at Pinjarra Park on 26 February. The other 3 came via different races. Trainers Dion Luciani and Daniel Morton both have 2 runners.

The short-priced favourite is Admiration Express who was the winner of the Ascot 1000 Guineas. Second favourite is She’s Fit who finished 2nd in that race. Third favourite is Linden Lady who was 5th in that race. Laquetta’s Gift won over 1500m at Pinjarra last outing, while Megami ran 4th in the Ascot 1000 Guineas after winning 2 in a row before that. All other runners are currently $20 or more.

2023 Natasha Stakes Runner by Runner

1. Admiration Express (12)

This grey filly was the winner of the Ascot 1000 Guineas and now has 2 wins and 3 places from 6 starts. Standout selection.

2. Megami (3)

Ran 4th in the Ascot 1000 Guineas after winning 2 in a row at Belmont before that. Will run well.

3. Laquetta’s Gift (1)

Won over 1500m at Pinjarra last outing. Place hope.

4. Linden Lady (4)

Was 5th in the Ascot 1000 Guineas. Can place.

5. Marri Martini (11)

Finished 12.7 lengths 10th in the Acot 1000 Guineas. This looks too strong.

6. Bernbrae (8)

Ran 7th in the Ascot 1000. Not the worst.

7. Sanaa (2)

11.4 lengths 9th in the Ascot 1000 Guineas. Looking elsewhere.

8. She’s Fit (7)

Finished 2nd in the Ascot 1000 Guineas. One of the main hopes.

9. Full Of Merit (10)

Has raced twice for 2nd over 1500m at Albany then 2nd over 1600m at Pinjarra Park. This is much harder.

10. Reliable Queen (9)

Has 2 places from 4 starts. This looks too tough.

11. Lova Session (5)

2 places from 4 starts. Prefer others.

12. Intervention (6)

Ran 3 lengths 3rd in a 2200m maiden at Pinjarra Scarpside last outing. Looks tested.

Natasha Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo Jackson’s Tips
1 Admiration Express
8 She’s Fit
3 Laquetta’s Gift
12 Intervention

Previews for other races this week

Group 3 Kembla Grange Classic 2023 (Kembla Grange 1600m)  – Friday

Group 1 Coolmore Classic 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 2 Ajax Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 2 Sky High Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

Group 2 Magic Night Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1200m)

Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1200m)

Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes 2023 (Rosehill 1500m)

Group 1 Newmarket Handicap 2023 (Flemington 1200m)

Group 2 Kewney Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1400m)

Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap 2023 (Flemington 1400m)

Group 3 Matron Stakes 2023 (Flemington 1600m)

Listed Bunbury Cup 2023 (Ascot 2100m)

Listed Bunbury Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1400m)

Group 3 Black Opal Stakes 2023 (Canberra 1200m)  – Sunday

Listed National Sprint 2023 (Canberra 1400m)  – Sunday

Listed J.C. Roberts Stakes 2023 (Ascot 1800m)  – Sunday

Group 2 Adelaide Cup 2023 (Morphettville 3200m)  – Monday

Listed Cinderella Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1050m)  – Monday

Listed Matrice Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1200m)  – Monday

Listed Morphettville Guineas 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)  – Monday

Listed C S Hayes Cup 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)  – Monday

Listed Canberra Cup 2023 (Canberra 2000m)  – Monday

Listed Canberra Guineas 2023 (Canberra 1400m)  – Monday

2023 Natasha Stakes Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 8 She’s Fit
2nd 2 Megami 2.26 lengths
3rd 1 Admiration Express 4.9 lengths
4th 4 Linden Lady 6.2 lengths

The track was rated as Good 4.

Scratchings: 12. Intervention.