Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2012 – Betting Update

As the only Group 1 race of the weekend, the 2012 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) has attracted plenty of attention from punters.

Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn is the market mover in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

After being seen at double figure odds earlier in the week, there has been a massive push for Queensland gelding Solzhenitsyn who is now equal $4.60 favourite with Moment Of Change at bookmaker.com.au.

The Robert Heathcote-trained gelding is facing the biggest test of his career but comes into the race on the back of four consecutive victories.

After starring at the Brisbane winter carnival he opened his spring campaign in impressive fashion as he strolled passed former Doncaster placegetter to win first-up at Doomben.

Moment Of Change has also made a promising start this spring, winning first-up in the Listed Show County Quality (1200m) and finishing third in the Group 3 Tramway Handicap (1400m).

In what appears to be an open race, there appears to be a number of winning chances with both We’re Gonna Rock ($6.50) and Pinwheel ($7.50) also falling under double figures.

We’re Gonna Rock kicked off his spring campaign with a win in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis (1200m) while Pinwheel is chasing a third straight win after winning both the Group 3 Missile Stakes (1200m) and the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm.

Reported to be fully over a lung infection is promising four-year-old Shanghai Warrior ($11.00) who won the Aurie’s Star Handicap before having an illness-affected run in the Bobbie Lewis.

Other horses in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field include the Anthony Freedman-trained Smokin’ Joey ($13.00), Lawrence Stakes winner Second Effort ($21.00) and Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium ($26.00).

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