Lucky Hussler Leads 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Field & Weights

September 23, 2015

Lucky Hussler Leads 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Field & Weights

After winning the handicap clash last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival the Wangoom-based trainer Darren Weir will saddle-up the top weight Lucky Hussler in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2015 in Melbourne this weekend.

Lucky Hussler

Lucky Hussler carries top weight in the 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne on Saturday. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Twelve months ago Weir prepared Trust In A Gust (2014) to win the $400,000 Group 1 Anthea Crawford Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and this year his chance at back-to-back victories lies in Husson six-year-old Lucky Hussler.

The gelding is second-up for the season after a brave fourth at Flemington a fortnight ago in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) when beaten just over a length by the lightly-weighted winner Churchill Dancer (53kg).

Lucky Hussler, winner of the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley back in March, meanwhile had a hefty 59kg on his back with Glen Boss riding.

On Saturday Boss will shoot for his second Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes win following his success aboard Rebel Dane (2013), staying on Lucky Hussler who drops a kilo to 58kg and is drawn a treat in barrier two.

This year’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes runs as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEST) on Saturday and is at capacity with 18 starters plus four emergencies.

Following Lucky Hussler in the weights is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Cosmic Endeavour (56.5kg) who is looking to hand her trainer with her maiden win in the race and become the first mare since Response (2010) to take it out.

The dual Group 1 winning Northern Meteor five-year-old hasn’t won a race since the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick back in early March and comes off a fifth when beaten only half a length by Amicus in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago at Flemington.

There is then three 56kg chances in the mix with the rails-drawn Amorino for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander, the Team Hawkes-trained son of Zabeel Leebaz out wide in gate 15 and Chris Waller’s Redoute’s Choice seven-year-old Strawberry Boy.

Second-up on the weekend, Strawberry Boy carried 58kg last time out at Rosehill on September 12 when crossing only 0.6 lengths off stablemate Winx in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m).

He has drawn awkwardly on the weekend in barrier 17 that will at best become 14 if the emergencies don’t get a run.

Two of the past four Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners jumped from double digit gates with Moment Of Change (15 in 2012) and Rebel Dane (14 in 2013).

Also drawn wide this spring in the feature are the likes of last year’s Caulfield Guineas runner-up Rich Enuff in the outside alley for jockey James McDonald to overcome, Peter Moody’s last start winning Kiwi expat Abidewithme (20), the Darren Weir-trained Stratum Star (18) who ran third in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the same track and distance as Saturday in late August, and Waller’s other runner Amicus (16).

Craig Newitt rides four-year-old Fastnet Rock mare Amicus who comes off back-to-back victories most recently in the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).

She has a good Caulfield track record and has run second in both her previous 1400m runs here.

Other notable Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes hopefuls this season include Theo Marks Stakes third placegetter Ninth Legion, Robert Smerdon’s Group 1 performed backmarker Under The Louvre who will run well from gate six, the flying Charmed Harmony shooting for a fifth consecutive win in Melbourne and Disposition who won over third distance at Flemington last start.

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2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 8 (4:45pm) – 26/09/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2212x167x4 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Glen Boss 2 58kg 109
2 x421005x75 COSMIC ENDEAVOUR Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 10 56.5kg 110
3 76031171×5 AMORINO Archie Alexander Chris Parnham 1 56kg 105
4 4x630210x0 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes James Winks 15 56kg 105
5 332x5611x4 STRAWBERRY BOY Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 17 56kg 105
6 4x127202x3 NINTH LEGION Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 12 55.5kg 104
7 3x11127x26 RICH ENUFF Ken Keys James McDonald 22 55.5kg 104
8 12x2123x52 UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 6 55.5kg 104
9 1x94460x11 AMICUS Chris Waller Craig Newitt 16 54.5kg 106
10 x810231111 CHARMED HARMONY John Sadler Ben Melham 9 54.5kg 102
11 22x2332x73 STRATUM STAR Darren Weir Craig Williams 18 54.5kg 102
12 11122x24x1 DISPOSITION Lee & Anthony Freedman Damien Oliver 3 54kg 101
13 x334645x55 FAST ’N’ ROCKING David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 5 54kg 101
14 014x12358x HOPFGARTEN Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 14 54kg 101
15 50x2326x73 GREGERS David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damian Lane 11 53kg 103
16 24004361×1 ABIDEWITHME (NZ) Peter G Moody Patrick Moloney (a) 20 52kg 99
17 620x565x89 BULL POINT Tony McEvoy Michael Dee (a) 7 52kg 97
18 123x00x0x0 WE’RE GONNA ROCK Tony Romeo Dean Holland 19 52kg 97
19e 11x290x389 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Jye McNeil (a) 13 52kg 95
20e 710x045x93 MOONOVERMANHATTAN Mick Price TBA 8 52kg 92
21e 6x12971x38 YESTERDAY’S SONGS Michael Moroney Daniel Moor 4 52kg 92
22e 6211375×17 WORTHY CAUSE John Zielke Luke Tarrant (a) 21 52kg 89

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