A field of 14 top gallopers will face off in Melbourne’s second Group 1 race this weekend in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). The classy field features a number of Group 1 winners and performers so read on to get the best betting tips.
This year’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is registered as the Bendigo Bank East Malvern Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup and will jump as race 7 at Caulfield Racecourse at 4:40 PM this Sunday.
The Sir Rupert Clarke betting market is a tight one, with five runners featuring as single figure hopefuls.
Two of them sit atop the 2014 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au with both Peter Moody’s Dissident and Gai Waterhouse’s Sweet Idea sharing the $7 favourite spot.
The remaining single figure hopes are all at tight odds. Both Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1400m) winner Cluster and market moving Caulfield Handicap winner Trust In a Gust are available for $7.50 while double Group 3 runner-up A Time For Julia is a $9 bet.
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Dissident will run for his third consecutive Group 1 win from gate five while Sweet Idea, who finished runner-up in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on her last out, will jump from barrier eight.
However, past Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes have shown that drawing low barriers is no real advantage for runners, with over half of the past 30 winners jumping from 10 or wider, including 10 from 14 or wider.
So if you were looking to back riders such as Colin Scott’s Speediness in barrier 12 ($10) or Theo Marks runner-up Bull Point in barrier 10 ($10) you don’t need to be put off by their wide barrier draws.
There are a number of longer priced Sir Rupert Clarke hopefuls to put your money on, including Wendy Kelly’s Listed The Sofitel (1400m) winner Late Charge ($13).
Will one of the five single figure betting hopes take out the Sir Rupert Clark title? Or will an upset be caused by an outside long-priced runner?
#7 Cluster ($7.50)
Cluster has drawn the widest barrier (14) with Tim Clark set to ride but this is also last year’s winning barrier so Cluster could steal victory from the dual-favourites. A win on his last time out in the Theo Marks will have Cluster entering the field in top form. This is a solid bet for your trifecta.
#1 Dissident ($7)
Dissident is co-favourite for a reason. Back-to-back wins in two Group 1 races – the Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) – prove he is in perfect form. He’s also shown he can easily win over the Sir Rupert Clarke distance. Easy, predictable placing here.
#3 Sweet Idea ($7)
You can’t go wrong with the other co-favourite in the fixed odd betting market either. Waterhouse’s four-year-old mare hasn’t been seen since August, but taking out a Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) win and placing second in the Memsie Stakes behind Dissident were her last outs proving she is in good form.
There are so many talented horses running in the 2014 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, and a longer-priced horse could easily cause an upset.
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