Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday 17 September, 2022
Location: Caulfield Racecourse
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Distance: 1400m

Named after long-time Victorian Amateur Turf Club chairman Sir Rupert Clarke, the Group 1 race is one of Caulfield’s premier races.

Typically held in mid September, the Sir Rupert Clarke was first raced as the Invitation Cup in 1951 and has had various name changes in its close to 70 year history.

Gaining Group 1 status in 1980, the honour roll of the race is a veritable who’s who of Australian thoroughbred champions.

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Betting on the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Like all Group 1 races in Australia, bookmakers will have odds out weeks in advance for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. These will be ‘all-in’ fixed markets, meaning if you know a horse is targeting this race you should be able to secure some juicy odds.

Previously, the winner of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has had its final lead-up in the now Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality four times, which is usually held around a month before.

Other races’ winners who have then gone on to win the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes include the Group 1 Memsie Stakes, which have both provided three winners including 2020 winner Behemoth.

The race has traditionally suited four year olds and up, with only Exceed and Excel in 2003 and Testa Rossa in 1999 winning it as a three year old.

Another important factor to consider when wagering on the Rupert Clarke Stakes is what barrier the horse is in. History tells us that if a horse is drawn wide it will need luck over the first 250m. With the last four winners coming from barrier six and below.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has an exceptionally rich history and has had some champion horses with the likes of Santa Ana Lane, Rebel Dane, Exceed And Excel and Testa Rossa all tasting success in the race.

Lee Freedman has been a strong supporter of the race having saddled up 30 runners, for four winners, a second and a third. Other successful trainers with multiple wins in the race include Rick Hore-Lacy, Darren Weir and Ray Lawson.

The first running of the race was taken out by Jovial Lad over seven Furlongs, with the distance being changed to 1400m in 1972. It became a group 1 race in 1979.

Over the years it has been known as the Invitation Stakes, Marlboro Cup, Victoria Health Cup and the Eat Will Live Well Cup.

With the race a handicap it almost guarantees a cracking tempo and gives the back markers a chance, but it has never been a race for favourites with just three winners in the last 14 years being the punters’ elect.

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes result

1stSierra Sue ($11.00)
2ndDice Roll ($6.00)
3rdI’m Thunderstruck ($2.10)

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – recent runnings

  • Having been a good thing beaten in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes, the Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Sierra Sue bounced back with a stunning win in the Sir Rupert Clarke. On the back fo a cracking tempo, Sierra Sue aided by a well-timed steer from Daniel Moor managed to run on from the back of the field and claim victory on the back fo a sharp turn of foot. The win handed Daniel Moor is maiden Group 1 success in Australia.
  • After needing to carry 60kg, Behemoth charged home late to claim back-to-back Group 1 victories, after his Memsie Stakes win. Despite being held up for a run early on in the home straight, the David Jolly-trained runner displayed a turn of foot that would later see him be declared a runner in The Everest.
  • The Daniel Bowman trained galloper was a dominant winner of the 2019 Sir Rupert Clarke where he jumped favourite and was able to take over the running at the top of the straight after Iconoclasm set a dashing tempo, leaving the favourite facing the breeze, but proving far too strong when it mattered most to keep Age of Chivalry and Widgee Turf at bay.
  • Home Of The Brave was the more favoured Godolphin runner heading into the 2018 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes but it was Jungle Cat that delivered the goods in the feature. Coming into the final stages it looked like Jungle Cat was about to be swamped by Land Of Plenty but Jungle Cat clawed to victory in stunning fashion.
  • The market has had a habit of sleeping on Santa Ana Lane over the journey and once again the gelding defied the odds to salute in a big race. After settling towards the back of the field and needed plenty of luck coming into the latter stages of the race but Santa Ana Lane surged to the front to topple Mr Sneaky and So Si Bon.
  • Bon Aurum helped trainer Ciaron Maher to his seventh Group 1 win, with an outstanding ride from Kerrin McEvoy. McEvoy was incredibly patient and expertly guided Bon Aurum into the wall of horses challenging, before unleashing on the straight. Voodoo Lad ($6( flashed home for second, while Fast ‘n’ Rocking ($21) overcame a difficult run to finish third. Favourite Counterattack finished sixth. Read the full report.
  • Stratum Star came from the clouds to win this edition. With Disposition and Under the Louvre looking the chances, Stratum Star burst through two runners to score a breakthrough victory. Stratum Star was trained by Darren Weir, with champion jockey Craig Williams in the saddle.
  • Trust in a Gust gave jockey Damian Lane his first group 1 victory. Trained by Darren Weir, Trust in a Gust won an intriguing race from Dissident who looked a likely winner at one point, but Lane’s horse’s head was in front when it counted.
  • Rebel Dane, with Glen Boss aboard, proved too strong to win by a half head from Fontelina and Solzhenitsyn. Trained by Gary Portelli, Rebel Dane got a monkey of its back of sorts, after finally winning a group 1 after almost beating Pierro the season before.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners

Sir Rupert Clarke StakesPast Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2021 Sierra Sue Daniel Moor Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
2020 Behemoth Craig Williams David Jolly
2019 Begood Toya Mother Declan Bates Daniel Bowman
2018 Jungle Cat James Doyle Charlie Appleby
2017 Santa Ana Lane Dean Yendall Lee & Anthony Freedman
2016 Bon Aurum Kerrin McEvoy Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2015 Stratum Star Craig Williams Darren Weir
2014 Trust In A Gust Damian Lane Darren Weir
2013 Rebel Dane Glenn Boss Gary Portelli
2012 Moment Of Change Luke Nolen Peter Moody
2011 Toorak Toff Craig Williams Rick Hore-Lacy
2010 Response Craig Williams Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
2009 Turffontein Glen Boss Anthony Cummings
2008 Orange County Damien Oliver Brian Mayfield-Smith
2007 Bon Hoffa Vlad Duric Wendy Kelly
2006 Rewaaya Craig Williams David Hayes
2005 Barely A Moment Craig Williams Tony McEvoy
2004 Regal Roller Mark Flaherty Clinton McDonald
2003 Exceed And Excel Corey Brown Tim Martin
2002 Pernod Kerrin McEvoy Michael Moroney
2001 Mr Murphy Damien Oliver Michael Moroney
2000 Testa Rossa Brett Prebble Dean Lawson

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners pre-2000

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Testa Rossa
1998 Lord Luskin
1997 Cut Up Rough
1996 Encosta De Lago
1995 Our Maizcay
1994 Poetic King
1993 Black Rouge
1992 Mannerism
1991 St. Jude
1990 Submariner
1989 Potrero
1988 Rancho Ruler
1987 Western Pago
1986 Canny Lass
1985 Trichelle
1984 King Phoenix
1983 Ranger’s Son
1982 Magari
1981 Soldier Of Fortune
1980 Torbek
1979 Private Talk
1978 Manikato
1977 Raffindale
1976 Private Talk
1975 Cap D’Antibes
1974 Ptery’s Son
1973 Millefleurs
1972 Proud Toff
1971 Tauto
1970 Tauto
1969 Heralding
1968 Joking
1967 Snub
1966 Maritana
1965 Nicopolis
1964 Ripa
1963 Samson
1962 Anonyme
1961 Anonyme
1960 My Peak
1959 St. Joel
1958 Gay Saba
1957 Luire
1956 St. Joel
1955 Matrice
1954 Rio Janeiro
1953 St. Joel
1952 Fetlar
1951 Jovial Lad
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