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.
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
|2||BLACKIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||98|
|3||C’EST LA GUERRE (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||103|
|4||CHOSEN TO FLY||Colin & Cindy Alderson||89|
|6||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||106|
|7||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||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|
|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|