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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Group 1 open handicap race held each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in September. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $750,000 in prize money. The 2020 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes was won by Behemoth from Dollar For Dollar with Pretty Brazen third.

Moved to the Melbourne Racing Club's Foundation Race Day, alongside the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes provides a good platform for the better spring mile races ahead.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes info

Date: Saturday 18th September 2021
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000
2020 Winner: Behemoth
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The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a good quality sprint race that generally assembles a more than handy field where the winner will quite often be a very good type. Some top liners have managed to etch their name on the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes honour role and classy types such as Exceed & Excel (2003), Testa Rossa (1999-2000), Encosta De Lago (1996), Our Maizcay (1995) and Poetic King (1994) have all won this race.

Winners and placegetters in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes are likely to go on and tackle open handicap or weight-for-age sprint races from 1200m to 1600m during the carnival and this event has been a great guide in recent years to the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres at the same track in early October.

Jungle Cat (2018) captured the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint over 1200m at Meydan in Dubai before UK trainer Charlie Appleby produced the classy galloper in outstanding fashion to score a first-up victory in this event.

Begood Toya Mother (2019) ran sixth in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before scoring a classy victory in this event to give trainer Daniel Bowman his first group one success.

Recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners include Jungle Cat (2018) and Santa Anna Lane (2017).

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Black Heart Bart (11th in 2019) went on to win the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington at 100/1, while Land Of Plenty (3rd in 2018) took out the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield at his next start.

Classy Darren Weir trained sprinter Voodoo Lad (2nd in 2016) won the Gr3 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield on Cup Day after finishing runner-up in this event.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has proven to be a more then reliable guide to the major mile races of the spring in recent times with Lucky Hussler (6th in 2015) and Solzhenitsyn (3rd in 2012) winning the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield after performing admirably in this race beforehand. Disposition (2nd in 2015) won the Gr3 Chatham Stakes on Derby day at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Trust In A Gust (2014) also claimed the Toorak Handicap after winning this event and Sweet Idea (4th in 2014) took out the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield at her next start.

Toorak Toff (2011) ran third in the Chatham Stakes at Flemington and No Evidence Needed (2nd in 2010) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day.

Turffontein (2009) came second in both the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield and Group 1 Linlithgow Stakes at Flemington later in the carnival, while All American (6th in 2009) managed to win the Group 1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the four-day Flemington carnival.

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes result

1. $3.80 Behemoth 60.0 Craig Williams
2. $26.00 Dollar For Dollar 56.5 Luke Nolen
3. $10.00 Pretty Brazen 54.5 Luke Currie

then followed
4. $51.00 Achernar Star 55.5 Jamie Mott
5. $41.00 Reykjavik 56.0 Dean Yendall
6. $11.00 Tagaloa 54.0 Michael Walker
=7. $7.00 Banquo 54.0 Jye McNeil
=7. $21.00 Madam Rouge 56.0 Ben Melham
9. $51.00 Mandela Effect 56.0 Craig Newitt
10. $10.00 Age Of Chivalry 55.5 Damian Lane
11. $8.50 Cascadian 58.0 Damien Oliver
12. $11.00 Superstorm 57.0 William Pike
13. $26.00 Begood Toya Mother 58.0 Declan Bates
14. $26.00 Harlech 54.0 Michael Dee
15. $41.00 Streets Of Avalon 58.5 Daniel Stackhouse
16. $101.00 Debt Agent 54.5 Billy Egan

Margins: 1 len, 0.1 len
Time: 1:23.84

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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Behemoth Dollar For Dollar Pretty Brazen 1:23.8
2019 Begood Toya Mother Age Of Chivalry Widgee Turf 1:21.9
2018 Jungle Cat Dollar For Dollar Land Of Plenty 1:22.3
2017 Santa Ana Lane Mr Sneaky So Si Bon 1:22.2
2016 Bon Aurum Voodoo Lad Fast 'n' Rocking 1:23.4
2015 Stratum Star Disposition Under The Louvre 1:22.0
2014 Trust In A Gust Dissident Bull Point 1:23.0
2013 Rebel Dane Fontelina Solzhenitsyn 1:23.8
2012 Moment Of Change We're Gonna Rock Solzhenitsyn 1:22.1
2011 Toorak Toff Pinnacles Master Of Design 1:21.9
2010 Response No Evidence Needed Woorim 1:22.2
2009 Turffontein Stickpin Raffaello 1:25.3
2008 Orange County Bon Hoffa Turffontein 1:24.3
2007 Bon Hoffa Niconero Wonderful World 1:22.5
2006 Rewaaya Miss Andretti Undue 1.23.4
2005 Barely A Moment Super Kid Sky Cuddle 1.25.7
2004 Regal Roller Our Egyptian Raine Alinghi 1.24.2
2003 Exceed & Excel Reactive Titanic Jack 1.21.2
2002 Pernod Bel Esprit Royal Code 1.22.6
2001 Mr Murphy Fubu Umrum 1.23.5
2000 Testa Rossa Camarena Porto Roca 1.21.9
1999 Testa Rossa Nina Haraka Redoutes Choice 1.22.1
1998 Lord Luskin Theatre Haltemann 1.23.3
1997 Cut Up Rough Tarnpir Lane Delsole 1.22.9
1996 Encosta De Lago Scenic Royale Lochrae 1.24.2
1995 Our Maizcay Cut Up Rough You Remember 1.22.3
1994 Poetic King Lets Cut Loose Subastral 1.23.2
1993 Black Rouge Lets Hurry Primacy 1.23.3
1992 Mannerism Black Rouge Vows 1.26.2
1991 St Jude Our Dawn Star Cole Diesel 1.27.4
1990 Submariner Plush Embassy Crimson Medal 1.23.6
1989 Potrero Glenview Dark Beau 1.23.6
1988 Rancho Ruler My Artic Wolf Our Westminster 1.24.0
1987 Western Pago Cold Hearted Isomer 1:23.8
1986 Canny Lass Taj Quillo Luthers Luck 1:24.2
1985 Trichelle Lockleys Tradition King Phoenix 1:23.4
1984 King Phoenix Nouvelle Star Pride Of Kellina 1:25.8
1983 Rangers Son Torbek Showmeran 1:26.7
1982 Magari Pure Of Heart Getting Closer 1:23.0
1981 Soldier Of Fortune Manikato Zegna 1:23.0
1980 Torbek Countess Marizza Watney 1:22.8