Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2011 Winner Toorak Toff Eyes Emirates Stakes

September 26, 2011

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2011 Winner Toorak Toff Eyes Emirates Stakes

Connections of Saturday’s 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Toorak Toff will not be lured by Australasia’s weight-for-age championship, trainer Rick Hore-Lacy confirming the galloper will bypass next month’s $3 million Cox Plate in favour of the Emirates Stakes during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Toorak Toff

Toorak Toff won the 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield ahead of an Emirates Stakes bid

Show A Heart four-year-old Toorak Toff broke a 13 month drought scoring their first turf triumph since last year’s Golden Rose with an authoritative return to the winner’s stall at Caulfield when beating a crack field in the $350,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

Backing up from a first-up fifth when beaten only a length by Lone Rock in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at the start of the month, Toorak Toff went out in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2011 as a $12 chance.

First out of the gates, Toorak Toff settled well in third and was given a gun ride by jockey Craig Williams as Master Of Design hit the lead early and set the pace.

On the home straight Toorak Toff drove forward into the lead with stablemate, the fellow Hore-Lacy-trained Pinnacles, moving up into second and the pair raced stride for stride.

With 100 metres left to travel Toorak Toff burst into the lead to beat home Pinnacles ($26) by one and a half lengths while the David Payne-trained Master Of Design ($21) did well to hang on for a close third a further head away.

As the 56.5kg topweight of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field, Toorak Toff became the first horse since Testa Rossa (58.5kg) in 2000 to carry more than 55.5kg to victory in the feature.

It was an excellent result for Hore-Lacy, not only for the prize money collected from the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes quinella, but to see Toorak Toff back to their best after having been retired last December only to return to racing when a suitable stud price could not be found.

“He’s always been a good horse and will all the problems that he’s had it’s just wonderful to see him come back and beat a good field like the way he did,” Hore-Lacy said.

“He had a throat operation and I’ve just had a lot of problems with him but this time everything’s gone smoothly.”

Toorak Toff will now be kept for the spring’s mile features.

Hore-Lacy named the $350,000 Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield Saturday week, the $200,000 Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on October 22 and the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, November 5, as the galloper’s targets.

“He definitely won’t run in the Cox Plate,” Hore-Lacy said

“He’s a sprinter miler.

“The best stallions are sprinter milers and I think this horse is going to be a wonderful stallion so the program will be the Toorak, the Waterford Crystal Mile and the Emirates Stakes, all two weeks apart.”

They are ambitious goals for Toorak Toff who has now won six of their 14 starts for $1.27 million in prize money, but who is yet to win over the mile.

After missing the start in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and falling back to last, boom three-year-old and $2.90 favourite Smart Missile never featured in the race and eventually finished four lengths away in a disappointing 10th.

Smart Missile’s trainer Anthony Cummings opted to run the last-start Golden Rose runner-up in the Sir Rupert Clarke against older horses despite having drawn the far outside gate 17 of 17.

Prior to Saturday’s loss, Smart Missile was at the top of the Luxbet markets for the upcoming 2011 Caulfield Guineas on October 8.

They have since dropped into second spot in the Caulfield Guineas odds paying $3.80 with Peter Snowden’s well-performing Exceed And Excel colt Helmet soaring into $3.40 favouritism after their win in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Saturday’s Caulfield meet.

Brett Prebble, aboard Smart Missile for the first time in the Sir Rupert replacing the injured Glen Boss, tipped the colt as a genuine $1 million Caulfield Guineas chance saying they were “crying out” for the 1600 metres.

“The last 150 metres was the best part of his race,” Prebble said when analysing Smart Missile’s run on Saturday

“I think he’s crying out for the mile. There’s no doubt he’s a serious horse.”

Below are the full Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2011 results so you can see exactly how the field finished.

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2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Finishing Order & Results

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 4 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy Craig Williams 7 56.5kg $12
2 8 PINNACLES Rick Hore-Lacy Chris Symons 1.5L 6 54.5kg $26
3 12 MASTER OF DESIGN David Payne Damien Oliver 1.7L 10 53.5kg (cd 54kg) $21
4 15 MAJESTIC MUSIC Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Craig Newitt 2.45L 3 53kg $61
5 7 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody Ben Melham 3.2L 13 55kg $19
6 9 SILVER GRECIAN (GB) John Moore Darren Beadman 3.3L 4 54.5kg $26
7 3 DAO DAO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3.4L 14 56.5kg $26
8 16 GOLD SALUTE Mark Riley Michael Walker 3.8L 11 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $101
9 5 DANZYLUM Robbie Griffiths Luke Currie 4L 15 55.5kg $51
10 13 SMART MISSILE Anthony Cummings Brett Prebble 4.1L 17 53kg $2.90F
11 14 DREAMAWAY Dean Binaisse William Pike 4.5L 9 53kg $20
12 10 TESTASCANA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4.6L 16 54.5kg $11
13 1 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5.35L 8 58kg $9
14 11 BLACKIE (NZ) Michael Kent Nicholas Hall 6.35L 12 53.5kg $10
15 2 WOORIM Robert Heathcote Damian Browne 7.6L 5 57.5kg $6.50
16 6 YOSEI Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 8L 2 55.5kg $31
17 17 JUNGLE RULER Peter White Dean Yendall 15L 1 53kg $201


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