Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Race Information

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 different day in 2012.

  • Race Type: Group 1
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000
  • Date: Saturday 18 November 2023

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Race History

See the 2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview and results

See the 2022 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview and results

See the 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview and results

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.

In 2023 the timing was moved from September to mid-November which means the lead-up races will change.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Sierra Sue (2021)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Exceed And Excel (2003); Filly – none

Multiple winners: Testa Rossa (1999 & 2000); Private Talk (1976 & 1979); Tauto (1970 & 1971); St Joel (1953, 1956 & 1959).

Fastest time (1400m): Exceed And Excel (2003) 1:21.20

Interesting trivia: It was Daniel Moor’s 37th birthday when he won his first Australian Group 1 race on Sierra Sue in 2021.

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.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Magic Time I Am Me Strait Acer
2022 Callsign Mav I Am Superman Tuvalu
2021 Sierra Sue Dice Roll I’m Thunderstruck
2020 Behemoth Dollar for Dollar Pretty Brazen
2019 Begood Toya Mother Age Of Chivalry Widgee Turf
2018 Jungle Cat Dollar For Dollar Land Of Plenty
2017 Santa Ana Lane Mr Sneaky So Si Bon
2016 Bon Aurum Voodoo Lad Fast’n’Rocking
2015 Stratum Star Disposition Under The Louvre
2014 Trust In A Gust Dissident Bull Point
2013 Rebel Dane Fontelina Solzhenitsyn
2012 Moment Of Change We’re Gonna Rock Solzhenitsyn
2011 Toorak Toff Pinnacles Master Of Design
2010 Response No Evidence Needed Woorim
2009 Turffontein Stickpin Raffaelo
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
2001 Mr Murphy Fubu Umrum
2000 Testa Rossa Camarena (NZ) Porto Roca

From the archives:

2018 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview & Tips:

Track: Good   Weather: Overcast

There is a full field of 15 plus 4 emergencies for the $500,000 Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. The early favourite is Home Of The Brave who is a Godolphin import with two previous Australian starts. He led all the way for an impressive 2 length win in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes last start. Second favouritism is shared between Osborne Bulls another Godolphin runner with the impressive record of 8 wins from 11 starts, and Land of Plenty, one of 3 runners for Darren Weir who has 3 wins and a second from his last 4 starts.

Jungle Cat hasn’t started since winning the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March where he won all 3 races last campaign. Peaceful State ran on strongly for 2nd in a Listed race over 1200m last start, and likes this distance. Showtime was checked at the 150m and finished last in the Memsie Stakes after winning the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes the start before. Oregon’s Day was 5th in the Memsie  less than a length from the winner, and has won a Group 2 race. All other runners are currently 15 to 1 or longer.

The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.

Jo’s Tips
4 Osborne Bulls
2 Home Of The Brave
8 Land Of Plenty
13 Oregon’s Day