Jockey Tommy Berry has spent this week talking up the chances of his ride in Sunday’s 2014 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, confident Sweet Idea is fit and ready to peak in the Group 1 at Caulfield Racecourse.
Gai Waterhouse’s in-form Snitzel mare Sweet Idea is one of 14 hopes in the field for this year’s $400,000 Group 1 Bendigo Bank East Malvern Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup (1400m) which runs as Race 7 at 4:40pm.
She’s drawn well midfield in gate eight and gets in with 53.5kg, weights led by Peter Moody’s triple Group 1 winner Dissident.
Coming off back-to-back elite level victories in the Memsie Stakes and the Makybe Diva Stakes this season, Sebring four-year-old Dissident is the $7 co-favourite in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au with market mover Sweet Idea.
Money is coming for Berry’s mount too based her two nice lead-up runs.
“She’s a great chance on Sunday and has raced well this prep,” Berry told The Sydney Morning Herald this week.
First-up off a spell the classy chestnut beat home the likes of Messene (2nd) and Rebel Dane (3rd), who races against Lankan Rupee in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley tonight, to win the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.
She then came to Caulfield for her first Melbourne run of the season finishing a credible second to Dissident in her maiden run at the track in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).
Berry rode her for the Missile win but Craig Newitt replaced him in the Memsie, an effort the former is confident Sweet Idea can improve on now she’s been around Caulfield and has had a couple of runs this time in.
“Her record speaks for itself and she’s rarely out of the placings,” Berry said with Sweet Idea boasting 13 top three runs from 15 starts including six victories.
“She’s had a few runs under her belt so she’s nice and fit.
“She’ll get around Caulfield no problems and her jump-out the other day was very good, showing how sharp she is.”
A victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke would see Sweet Idea score her maiden Group 1 trophy and break through the $2 million prize money mark with her current earnings sitting at a tidy $1,939,350.
Along with Dissident the other major dangers in the star-studded field include Peter & Paul Snowden’s last start Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes winner Cluster ($7.50), the Darren Weir-trained Trust In A Gust ($8) coming off a win over the track and distance from last Saturday, and Moody’s other runner A Time For Julia ($9) with barrier one.
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