Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

A strong field has been named to contest the only Group 1 race of the weekend with 15 accepting for the $400,000 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday.


Pinwheel is chasing his first Group 1 in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Included is in-form Darley gelding Pinwheel who will be chasing a third consecutive win and his first at Group 1 level.

The seven-year-old heads into the race on the back of wins in the Group 3 Missile Stakes and the Group 2 Warwick Stakes last month.

Last year’s Mackinnon Stakes winner Glass Harmonium will be having his first start of the spring after failing to make an impact in two autumn starts.

The seven-year-old who has won more than $1 million in prizemoney will kick off his campaign from the inside barrier with Damien Oliver aboard.

A number of horses will be stepping up for their first test at Group 1 level including four-year-old Shanghai Warrior and Queensland gelding Solzhenitsyn.

Shanghai Warrior will need to bounce back from an uncharacteristic poor showing in the Bobbie Lewis but showed he is ready to make the next step last month when winning the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m).

Solzhenitsyn arrives in the Victorian capital chasing a fourth consecutive victory with a successful winter carnival backed up by a one-length over Bold Glance in his first-up run at Doomben earlier this month.

We’re Gonna Rock is another in-form horse contesting Sunday’s feature race after edging out Spirit Of Boom in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 8.

Leading trainer Peter Moody has accepted with two runners including four-year-old Moment Of Change who won the Lised Show County Quality first up before finishing third in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m).

Other Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes contestants include PB Lawrence Stakes winner Second Effort, the Anthony Freedman-trained Smokin’ Joey and David Payne’s Centennial Park.

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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 242010x47x GLASS HARMONIUM (IRE) Michael Moroney Damien Oliver 1 58kg 112
2 30x4284x11 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 10 57.5kg 111
3 7x8x1162x1 WE’RE GONNA ROCK Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 9 55.5kg 107
4 43×1106137 SECOND EFFORT Clinton McDonald Chris Symons 14 54.5kg 105
5 x2421110x8 SMOKIN’ JOEY Anthony Freedman Craig Newitt 3 53kg 102
6 x8x32111x1 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote Corey Brown 2 53kg 102
7 00706×2574 CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ) David Payne Michael Walker 5 52.5kg 101
8 12116×3110 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland Glen Boss 11 52kg 100
9 11x3301x13 MOMENT OF CHANGE Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 15 52kg 99
10 16x6851x28 MR MAKE BELIEVE Peter G Moody Jason Benbow 8 52kg 97
11 15x527544x STRIKE THE STARS (NZ) Anthony Cummings Vlad Duric 4 52kg 95
12 116x2149x4 THAT’S THE ONE Colin & Cindy Alderson Craig Williams 7 52kg 91
13 11x139x398 INSTINCTION Mick Price Daniel Moor 6 52kg 89
14 17439×9545 MISTER MILTON Norman Waymouth TBA 12 52kg 89
15 74158×4883 BOMBALATOMBA (NZ) Chris Hyland Dean Holland 13 52kg 68