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: Saturday 24 September 2016
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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.
2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Final Field & Odds:
See below for the latest betting markets for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
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2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Overcast
There is a field of 15 for the for the $500,000 Yulong Park Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, following the early scratching of Tycoon Tara. The early favourite is Counterattack who charged home for a close 2nd in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes over 1300m when resuming. Second favourite is Voodoo Lad who comes off 2 wins over 1200m and has won his only start at this track. He is flying and looks good enough to perform at Group level. Third in the market is Bon Aurum who won by 2 lengths over 1400m at Flemington last start.
Under The Louvre ran 3rd in this race last year and loves this track. He worked home well for 4th in the G2 Bobby Lewis over 1200m last start. Xtragavant won a 1400m Group 1 race in New Zealand by 8 lengths and obviously has ability but hasn’t shown anything in 2 runs at Flemington. Tivaci was 2nd in the Bobby Lewis and looks well-suited here. All other runners are currently 20 to 1 or longer including Well Sprung who put in a remarkable race last week coming from last to claim a close 2nd in the Testa Rossa Stakes.
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The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|7 Voodoo Lad||6 Counterattack||6 Counterattack|
|1 Under The Louvre||7 Voodoo Lad||11 Bon Aurum|
|6 Counterattack||11 Bon Aurum||7 Voodoo Lad|
|11 Bon Aurum||14 Well Sprung||9 Tivaci|
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.
|2016||Bon Aurum||Voodoo Lad||Fast’n’Rocking|
|2015||Stratum Star||Disposition||Under The Louvre|
|2014||Trust In A Gust||Dissident||Bull Point|
|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|