Smart Missile Spearheads 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations

Spruik colt Smart Missile is the headline entry for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2011, Anthony Cummings’ star three-year-old set to make their Melbourne race debut in the elite level feature at Caulfield this Saturday.

Smart Missile

Smart Missile will make their Melbourne debut this Saturday, possibly in the 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

The $350,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) is the sole Group 1 race in Australia this weekend, making it a must bet feature at Australia’s leading online bookmaker Luxbet.

There were 28 horses among the 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations, Fastnet Rock three-year-old Smart Missile ready to bounce back after their unlucky second behind Manawanui in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 10.

Connections of the progressive Manawanui have opted against taking the three-year-old into open company in Melbourne at this stage of their preparation, the galloper to take on a field of fellow three-year-olds in the $250,000 Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill instead.

Cummings has also nominated Smart Missile in a lower-class race at Caulfield this Saturday as well, the $175,000 Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).

Smart Missile is currently the $4.20 favourite through Luxbet for the $1 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8, with Cummings yet to confirm which race they will contest in the lead-up this weekend.

It is a classy list of contenders making up the Sir Rupert Clarke nominees this year with other notable entries including the Peter Moody-trained three-year-old Golden Archer coming off a win in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m), Peter Snowden’s always honest Lonhro six-year-old Pinwheel, last-start Sebring Sprint conqueror Master Of Design, Cox Plate-bound Toorak Toff, Robert Heathcote’s in-form Brisbane raider Woorim and dual Group 1 winning mare Yosei.

Below is the full list of Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2011 nominations.

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2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rtg.
1 ADNOCON Gerald Ryan 99
2 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent 98
3 C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ) Robert Hickmott 103
4 CHOSEN TO FLY Colin & Cindy Alderson 89
5 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths 104
6 DAO DAO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
7 DOUBTFUL JACK Peter G Moody 102
8 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse 102
9 GATHERING John P Thompson 105
10 GOLD SALUTE Mark Riley 93
11 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody 100
12 I’M IMPOSING (GB) Robert Hickmott 89
13 JUNGLE RULER Peter White 93
14 KNEELING John P Thompson 84
15 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody 102
16 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 102
17 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne 101
18 MOMENT IN TIME John P Thompson 97
19 PARABLES Peter Snowden 100
20 PINNACLES Rick Hore-Lacy 101
21 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden 111
22 SILVER GRECIAN (GB) John Moore 101
23 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings 104
24 TESTASCANA Peter G Moody 103
25 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy 106
26 WIND SHEAR Dale Sutton 97
27 WOORIM Robert Heathcote 109
28 YOSEI Stuart Webb 110