The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2016, previously named the Invitation Stakes, is a Group 1 open handicap held at Caulfield Racecourse in late September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
Run on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m), the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a good lead-up to the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) held three weeks later. The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a 1400m sprint offering $500,000 in prize money.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes headlines a decent day of racing with five other black type events. These include the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for three-year-olds.
The 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes will be run on Saturday September 24, 2016.
|Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday September 24, 2016|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field
The 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field of final acceptances was released by Racing Victoria on Wednesday September 21 and featured 16 hopefuls before the early scratching of Tycoon Tara. Of the 15 remaining runners the favourite is the Chris Waller-trained four-year-old Counterattack.
See below for the full Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2016 Final Field & Barrier Draw complete with the latest Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations
The 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations closed on Monday September 19 and feature 17 hopefuls including the in-form Darren Weir-trained Voodoo Lad and Chris Waller’s improver Counterattack.
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes History
The first recorded win of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was in 1951 by Jovial Lad. The event has since then been won two consecutive times by several horses starting with Anonyme in 1961-62. Tauto then won in 1970-71 and Testa Rossa placed first in 1999 and 2000. Since 1980, the fastest recorded finishing time is held by 2003 winner Exceed & Excel with 1 minute 21.2 seconds. 1991 winner St Jude won with the slowest finishing time of 1 minute 27.4 seconds.
In 2015 Stratum Star won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before a next-up third in the Toorak Handicap.
Recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners
|2016||Bon Aurum||Voodoo Lad||Fast ‘n’ Rocking||1:23.4|
|2015||Stratum Star||Disposition||Under The Louvre||1:22.0|
|2014||Trust In A Gust||Dissident||Bull Point||1:23.0|
|2012||Moment Of Change||We’re Gonna Rock||Solzhenitsyn||1:22.1|
|2011||Toorak Toff||Pinnacles||Master Of Design||1:21.9|
|2010||Response||No Evidence Needed||Woorim||1:22.23|
|2008||Orange County||Bon Hoffa||Turffontein||1:24.3|
|2007||Bon Hoffa||Niconero||Wonderful World||1:22.5|
|2005||Barely A Moment||Super Kid||Sky Cuddle||1:25.7|
|2004||Regal Roller||Our Egyptian Raine||Alinghi||1:24.2|
|2003||Exceed & Excel||Reactive||Titanic Jack||1:21.2|
|2002||Pernod||Bel Espirit||Royal Code||1:22.6|
|2000||Testa Rossa||Camarena||Porto Roca||1:21.9|
|1999||Testa Rossa||Nina Haraka||Redoutes Choice||1:22.1|
|1997||Cut Up Rough||Tarnpir Lane||Delsole||1:22.9|
|1996||Encosta De Lago||Scenic Royale||Lochrae||1:24.2|
|1995||Our Maizcay||Cut Up Rough||You Remember||1:22.3|
|1994||Poetic King||Lets Cut Loose||Subastral||1:23.2|
|1993||Black Rouge||Lets Hurry||Primacy||1:23.3|
|1991||St Jude||Our Dawn Star||Cole Diesel||1:27.4|
|1990||Submariner||Plush Embassy||Crimson Medal||1:23.6|