Peter Moody’s up-and-coming spring star Doubtful Jack will start the favourite in this Saturday’s $350,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) when Caulfield hosts the first two Group 1 races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Despite drawing out wide with barrier 10 in the 17-horse final field for the 2010 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, four-year-old gelding Doubtful Jack is the clear favourite currently paying $2.70 for a win through Sportsbet.
Doubtful Jack has been in career best form of late, winning four races on the trot including his last start victory in the Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington and will be ridden by Luke Nolen on Saturday.
Two of the other top fancies in the Sir Rupert Clarke betting are Response at $6 and $8.50 Sister Madly, two mares that are down in the weights bringing them right into contention.
Drawn favourably in barrier five, consistent mare Response is coming off two second place finishes in the Cockram Stakes and Let’s Elope Stakes this spring and could prove a good value bet.
Meanwhile, Anthony Cummings’ Redoute’s Choice mare Sister Madly is seeking her maiden Group victory after running third to More Joyous in the Sheraco Stakes last month.
Cummings is seeking back-to-back success in the Sir Rupert Clark after winning the race 12 months ago with Tuffontein.
Other notable gallopers in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes final field include Gold Salute likely to be at the front early, last start winner at Caulfield Rightfully Yours, Queensland galloper Woorim, Mark Kavanagh’s We’re Gonna Rock and the only Group 1 winner set to start, Kidnapped.
The 2010 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is scheduled to jump at 2:00pm at Caulfield on Saturday as part of elite day of action that will also be highlighted by the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).
Other Group features on the card including the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas Preludes, as well as the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes where the winner will be exempt from ballot for the Caulfield Cup.
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2010 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
|#||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||10||58||107|
|2||GOLD SALUTE||Mark Riley||Damien Oliver||9||58||107|
|3||LA ROCKET||Dale Sutton||Stephen Baster||1||58||107|
|4||RIGHTFULLY YOURS||Mick Price||Glen Boss||4||58||107|
|5||JUNGLE RULER||Peter White||Darren Gauci||17||57||104|
|6||KIDNAPPED||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||8||57||104|
|7||PINNACLES||Rick Hore-Lacy||Steven Arnold||15||57||103|
|8||RAFFAELLO||Jim Marconi||Ben Melham||16||57||104|
|9||BELTROIS||Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie||14||55||98|
|10||WOORIM||Robert Heathcote||Danny Nikolic||2||54.5||97|
|11||NO EVIDENCE NEEDED||John P Thompson||James Winks||6||53.5||96|
|12||RESPONSE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Craig Williams||5||53.5||95|
|13||DELAYEDREACTION (NZ)||Leon Corstens||Brent Stanley||11||53.5||93|
|14||ELECTROMOTIVE||Lee Freedman||Craig Newitt||13||53.5||93|
|15||SISTER MADLY||Anthony Cummings||Dwayne Dunn||7||53.5||93|
|16||GATHERING||John P Thompson||Dean Holland||3||53.5||92|
|17||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||Michael Rodd||12||53.5||77|