Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Preview, Trends & Analysis
One of the hottest 1400-metre Group 1 handicap races in the nation takes place when the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield is run and won.
Inaugurated in 1951, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was originally known as the Invitational Stakes and has had various name changes throughout its illustrious tenure as a mainstay on the Victorian racing calendar.
The race has been a catalyst for star horses in the spring carnival and used as a catapult towards miles races and beyond.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is opened for three-year-old horses and older at weight-for-age level and attracts some the fastest and most brilliant horses in Australia.
Current reining champion Behemoth will line up in the race this year alongside South Australian compatriot Beau Rossa with both set to peak into the race and duel it out at the finish.
Some absolutely stars of the turf made a name for themselves by winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Manikato (1978), Torkbek (1980), Mannerism (1992), Encosta De Lago (1996) and Testa Rossa (1999, 2000) are some of the champions to have scored victory in this race prior to the turn of the century.
Since then, Exceed and Excel (2003), Toorak Toff (2011), Stratum Star (2015), Santa Ana Lane (2017) and Begood Toya Mother (2019) are those horses to have stolen the headlines as winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
It is a race that required the fittest and strongest of horses to get that economical run who usually end up winning.
The starting position is at the back of the course and takes an immediate left hand turn within 100-metres of the starting position as they trek up the hill.
The early sharp turn combined with the short run into the final bend makes the Sir Rupert Clark one of the most testing 1400-metre races in the spring carnival.
The Famous Winners and Record Results
Testa Rossa is arguably the the most famous horse to have won this race as he achieved the double through 1999 and 2000.
He is one of only three horses since the inception of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes to have won the race twice.
Tauto (1970, 1971) and Anonyme (1961, 1962) are the other two.
But the record for wins in the Sir Rupert Clarke belongs to St. Joel (1953, 1956, 1959) who won the race three times in his career.
Champion thoroughbred Manikato scored victory in 1979 to prove to punters his ability to sprint and get beyond that 1200-metre range he was so famously domintant in.
The race has born fruit to star sires with Testa Rossa and Exceed and Excel going on to have great success outside the races in the breeding barn.
Behemoth (2020) is the current champion of the race after producing a barnstorming finish to run over the top of his rivals despite having to carry 60kgs.
The barrier draw for the Sir Rupert Clarke is one of intrigue when we go through the list of winners what barrier they draw.
The most successful barrier since 1983 has been number five with seven winners coming from this gate.
Interestingly, wide barriers do not seem to be much of a concern.
Barrier 15 has provided the second most amount of wins in this time with five winners.
Seven winners: Barrier five
Five winners: Barrier 15
Three winners: Barrier eight and barrier 14
Two winners: Barrier one, barrier two, barrier three, barrier four, barrier nine, barrier 10, barrier 11, barrier 16
One winner: Barrier six, barrier, seven, barrier 12, barrier 13, barrier 18
The Recent Winners
Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young
Begood Toya Mother
Santa Ana Lane
Trust In A Gust
Moment of Change
Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
The race will be run and won on the 18th of September, 2021 at Caulfield racecourse.
- The running of Caulfield Guineas Prelude and the Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400 metres are both run and won.
- The meeting is also backed up by the Naturalism Stakes (2000 metres) and the How Now Stakes (1200 metres)
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The winner and runners in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes generally head towards the big mile in the spring.
Some of those mile races will include the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield as well as the Caulfield Guineas should a three-year-old opt to use the Sir Rupert Clarke as a springboard.
The Cantala Stakes at Flemington is also an option.