Former WA star Disposition is currently installed as favourite to win Saturday’s 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne for his new trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman on Underwood Stakes Day.
The Reset four-year-old was one of the top youngsters in Perth last season winning his opening four career starts before seconds in the WA Guineas and the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) last December behind Chris Waller’s Sydney raider Moriarty.
He debuted in Victoria this February for Team Freedman with a second to Wandjina in the Group 3 CS Hayes (1400m) and then ran fourth in his first Caulfield, where he returns on Saturday, in April.
First-up the consistent gelding won the Listed Tontonan Stakes (1400m) at Flemington with Damien Oliver aboard, Oliver retaining the ride for the lightly-raced favourite to step up in class for the $400,000 Group 1 Anthea Crawford Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
Drawn a treat in barrier three, which last produced a Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner in 2007 with Bon Hoffa, Disposition is out to become the fourth favourite in as many years to win the handicap clash joining Moment Of Change (2012), Rebel Dane (2013) and Trust In a Gust (2014).
First emergency Petrology ($41) for David Hayes & Tom Dabernig also now gets a run in the classic following the early scratching of Ninth Legion who instead runs in Sydney’s $175,000 Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Along with Disposition, who gets in on the 54kg minimum, there are just two other single figure hopefuls in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with market mover Under The Louvre ($6) and the widely-drawn Stratum Star ($7).
A known backmarker from the local stables of Robert Smerdon, Excellent Art stallion Under The Louvre is set to appreciate a nice barrier six draw that could become gate five if the third emergency doesn’t get a run.
Response (2010) was the last Sir Rupert winner to come out of barrier five and Smerdon’s five-year-old Under The Louvre is out to be the next in his first Group 1 run since a third in The Goodwood in Adelaide back in mid-May.
He should be rock hard fit on Saturday three runs into this prep and was last seen crossing just a neck off the winner when second in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) down the Flemington straight on September 12.
He’s got a gun Caulfield record (6-2-3-0) and has twice run second over this track and distance from as many attempts, the punters backing him in from an earlier price of $8.
Third pick Stratum Star didn’t have as much luck in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes barrier draw coming up with 18 that will become 16 at best.
Wide barriers however have produced two of the past four winners in the classic with Moment Of Change (15) and Rebel Dane (14) in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Craig Williams is down to ride Darren Weir’s Stratum four-year-old, Williams boasting an impressive four previous victories with success aboard Barley A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Response (2010) and most recently Toorak Toff (2011).
Weir meanwhile is after back-to-back victories after Trust In A Gust (2014) won for the stable 12 months ago.
Outside the hopes under $10 for the win the next best fancied in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds this year are Weir’s other runner William Reid Stakes winner from March Lucky Hussler ($11) in barrier two with Glen Boss riding, John Sadler’s flyer Charmed Harmony ($11) shooting for a fifth win on the trot and the Gai Waterhouse-trained Northern Meteor mare Cosmic Endeavour ($13).
Other notable hopes at juicy odds for an upset Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes result include the Chris Waller-trained mare Amicus ($15) coming off back-to-back wins this time in including the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington a fortnight ago and Caulfield Guineas runner-up around this time last year Rich Enuff ($16) with the outside alley to overcome.
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