The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a 1400 metre open handicap run by the Melbourne Racing Club. Until 2012 it was normally held on the same day as the Underwood Stakes in September during the Spring Racing Carnival, but was moved to a week later in 2012.
Race Type: Group 1, Open Handicap
Distance: 1400 metres
Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
Date: Sunday 30 September 2012
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Sir Rupert Clarke was a soldier in World War II and was involved in Victorian racing for 40 years. He was chairman of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club from 1972 to 1989 and was also chairman of several well-known companies including Cadbury Schweppes and P&O Australia. He was also on the board of the NAB and was involved in charity work He died in 2005 at the age of 85.
Lead-up races include the Memsie Stakes over 1400 metres, and horses that run well in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes may go on to run in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000 metres or a variety of weight-for age or open handicap sprints from 1200 to 1600 metres. In 1992 the race was won by a four-year-old mare called Mannerism who went on to win the Caulfield Cup later in her preparation.
2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for the latest betting markets for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
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2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Dead Weather: Fine
There are 15 runners for the $400,000 Clamms-Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. The early favourite is Moment Of Change who has had a win and a 3rd since resuming. He has drawn the outside barrier. Second favourite is We’re Gonna Rock, who won the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis when resuming. Third in the betting is Queensland galloper Solzhenitsyn who has won his last 4 races in a row and is drawn nicely in barrier 2.
Pinwheel is a Sydney horse who has won a Group 3 and a Group 2 at his last 2 starts and is a definite threat here. Next in the betting are That’s The One, Shanghai Warrior and Smokin’ Joey. The only other runners unde $20 are Mr Make Believe and Centennial Park. The topweight with 58kg is Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|9 Moment Of Change||6 Solzhenitsyn||12 That’s The One|
|6 Solzhenitsyn||12 That’s The One||3 We’re Gonna Rock|
|3 We’re Gonna Rock||2 Pinwheel||2 Pinwheel|
|2 Pinwheel||9 Moment Of Change||7 Centennial Park|
Previous winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes:
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was first run in 1951 over 7 furlongs (about 1400 metres) and was won by Jovial Lad. It was originally called the Invitation Stakes and was run for invited jockeys from 1951 to 1974. It has had many names over the years including Marlboro Cup, Show Day Cup, VicHealth Cup, Eat Well Live Well Cup, Show Day Cup and the Dubai Racing Club Cup. It became a Group 1 race in 1979.
Only a small number of horses have won this race more than once. Testa Rossa won in 1999 and 2000, Tauto won in 1970 and 1971, Anonyme won in 1961 and 1962, and St Joel won in 1953, 1956 and 1959 in an amazingly long racing career. Other notable winners include Encosta De Lago, Our Maizcay, Poetic King, St Jude, Rancho Ruler , Canny Lass, Torbek, Manikato, Raffindale, Cap d’Antibes and Matrice.
|2012||Moment Of Change||We’re Gonna Rock||Solzhenitsyn|
|2011||Toorak Toff||Pinnacles||Master Of Design|
|2010||Response||No Evidence Needed||Woorim|
|2008||Orange County||Bon Hoffa||Turffontein|
|2007||Bon Hoffa||Niconero||Wonderful World|
|2006||Rewaaya (NZ)||Miss Andretti||Undue|
|2005||Barely A Moment||Super Kid (NZ)||Sky Cuddle|
|2004||Regal Roller||Our Egyptian Raine||Alinghi|
|2003||Exceed And Excel||Reactive||Titanic Jack|
|2002||Pernod (NZ)||Bel Esprit||Royal Code|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Camarena (NZ)||Porto Roca|