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The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is one of two Group 1 spring races held on Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield Racecourse on the same Sunday that Sydney hosts the NRL Grand Final.
2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results
- 1st: #9 Santa Ana Lane
- 2nd: #14 Mr Sneaky
- 3rd: #11 So Si Bon
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes News
- 2017 Railway Stakes Field: Douglas Whyte to re-unite with Scales Of Justice
- 2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results: Santa Ana Lane Wins
- Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2017 Tips & Betting Update
- 2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & Odds: Scales Of Justice Favourite
- Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2017 Nominations Feature Royal Symphony
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, previously named the Invitation Stakes, is a Group 1 open handicap held at Caulfield Racecourse in late September or early October 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 a fortnight later. From 2012 – 2016 all four Toorak Handicap winners had their final lead-up in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, including Trust In A Gust (2014) who did the double. The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a 1400m sprint offering $500,000 in prize money and it, along with the Underwood Stakes, take place on the Sunday of the AFL Grand Final long weekend.
Other highlights of Underwood Stakes Day include the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for three-year-olds heading towards the respective Group 1 mile races back at Caulfield Racecourse in a fortnight.
The 2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ran on Sunday October 1, 2017.
|Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes|
|Date:||Sunday October 1, 2017|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results
- 1st: ##9 Santa Ana Lane
- 2nd: #14 Mr Sneaky
- 3rd: #11 So Si Bon
See below for the full Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the race won in an upset by the Anthony Freedman-trained Santa Ana Lane ($26) who defeated stablemate Mr Sneaky by three-quarters of a length. It was a juicy Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes trifecta with Robbie Laing’s So Si Bon finishing third at big odds of $26 also, while the $3.60 favourite Scales Of Justice only managed to finish a midfield seventh.
|1||9||SANTA ANA LANE||Anthony Freedman||Dean Yendall||–||6||52kg||$26|
|2||14||MR SNEAKY||Anthony Freedman||Brenton Avdulla||0.75L||4||52kg||$8|
|3||11||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||Craig Newitt||2L||2||52kg||$26|
|4||7||SOVEREIGN NATION||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||2.1L||7||52kg||$21|
|5||10||THEANSWERMYFRIEND||Robert Smerdon||Kerrin McEvoy||2.4L||9||52kg||$4|
|6||4||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||2.6L||14||55.5kg||$6|
|7||3||SCALES OF JUSTICE||Lindsey Smith||Brad Rawiller||2.7L||5||56kg||$3.60F|
|8||16||LAND OF PLENTY||Grahame Begg||Ms Linda Meech||3L||12||52kg||$41|
|9||5||GRANDE ROSSO||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Corey Brown||3.75L||8||52.5kg||$21|
|10||1||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||3.95L||11||58kg||$21|
|11||13||ATTENTION||Peter & Paul Snowden||Ben Thompson (a)||5.2L||1||52kg||$41|
|12||15||ROYAL TUDOR||Rodney Ollerton||Chris Symons||5.95L||3||52kg (cd 52.5kg)||$101|
|13||2||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||8.2L||10||56.5kg||$51|
|14||8||CANNYESCENT||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Beau Mertens (a)||11.7L||13||52kg||$31|
|–||12||EL DIVINO||Darren Weir||Michael Dee||–||0||–||–|
|–||6||CHARMED HARMONY||John Sadler||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||–||0||–||–|
2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Betting
The season’s updated Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.
2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance gallopers each spring that may have had a lead-up run in a race like the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the same track / distance earlier in the season, or the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) run down the Flemington straight a fortnight prior. Bon Hoffa (2007) was the last horse to complete the Bobbie Lewis – Sir Rupert double when the former only held Group 3 status.
The official 2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field of final acceptances is released by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided in full below.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2017 Final Field has drawn the full 16 starters including Scales Of Justice, a Group 1 winner in Perth coming off a second in the Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington. Bons Away was a notable non-acceptor, while Darren Weir has accepted for three runners including Tosen STardom who has the outside barrier (16 of 16) to overcome.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||4313x1119x||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||13||58kg||114|
|2||x791x705x6||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||12||56.5kg||111|
|3||1112x211x2||SCALES OF JUSTICE||Lindsey Smith||Brad Rawiller||7||56kg||110|
|4||09x4x22x53||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||Darren Weir||Blake Shinn||16||55.5kg||109|
|5||7121175×31||GRANDE ROSSO||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Corey Brown||10||52.5kg||103|
|6||9x60229x42||CHARMED HARMONY||John Sadler||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||3||52kg||101|
|7||23276×1531||SOVEREIGN NATION||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||9||52kg||97|
|8||x151611125||CANNYESCENT||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Beau Mertens (a)||15||52kg||96|
|9||7x49155x34||SANTA ANA LANE||Anthony Freedman||Dean Yendall||8||52kg||96|
|10||x41212x221||THEANSWERMYFRIEND||Robert Smerdon||Kerrin McEvoy||11||52kg||96|
|11||x4030x2283||SO SI BON||Robbie Laing||TBA||2||52kg||95|
|12||7x2504x527||EL DIVINO||Darren Weir||Michael Dee||6||52kg||91|
|13||x5240x48x5||ATTENTION||Peter & Paul Snowden||TBA||1||52kg||90|
|14||2413311×12||MR SNEAKY||Anthony Freedman||Brenton Avdulla||5||52kg||90|
|15||24x1401x56||ROYAL TUDOR||Rodney Ollerton||TBA||4||52kg||90|
|16||29x3380x53||LAND OF PLENTY||Grahame Begg||TBA||14||52kg||80|
2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations
The 2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations close on the Monday leading up to Underwood Stakes Day and will be provided in full below.
The official Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2017 early entries attracted a bumper 24 hopefuls including the flying Bons Away for last year’s winning trainer Ciaron Maher who won a Listed race at the track only last weekend, while the nominated three-year-old Royal Symphony will avoid the older gallopers in favour of a run in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x5240x48x5||ATTENTION||H||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||90|
|2||157×321111||BONS AWAY||G||4||Ciaron Maher||98|
|3||x151611125||CANNYESCENT||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||96|
|4||9x60229x42||CHARMED HARMONY||G||8||John Sadler||101|
|5||7x2504x527||EL DIVINO||H||4||Darren Weir||91|
|6||7121175×31||GRANDE ROSSO||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||103|
|7||x073397x00||GREAT ESTEEM||G||7||Stuart Webb||94|
|8||4313x1119x||IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA)||G||7||James Cummings||114|
|9||29x3380x53||LAND OF PLENTY||H||4||Grahame Begg||80|
|10||x791x705x6||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||8||Darren Weir||111|
|12||2413311×12||MR SNEAKY||G||4||Anthony Freedman||90|
|13||111×1||ROYAL SYMPHONY||C||3||Tony McEvoy||85|
|14||24x1401x56||ROYAL TUDOR||G||5||Rodney Ollerton||90|
|15||7x49155x34||SANTA ANA LANE||G||5||Anthony Freedman||96|
|16||x6321220x0||SAVILE ROW (NZ)||H||4||Michael Moroney||98|
|17||1112x211x2||SCALES OF JUSTICE||G||5||Lindsey Smith||110|
|18||114173×546||SNITZSON||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||94|
|19||x4030x2283||SO SI BON||H||4||Robbie Laing||95|
|20||23276×1531||SOVEREIGN NATION||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||97|
|22||09x4x22x53||TOSEN STARDOM (JPN)||H||7||Darren Weir||109|
|23||210x257x14||VOODOO LAD||G||6||Darren Weir||108|
|24||353510×682||WYNDSPELLE (NZ)||H||4||Michael Kent||84|
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. Formerly known as the Invitation Stakes, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has held Group 1 status since 1979 and now takes place on the same Sunday Sydney hosts the NRL Grand Final.
Recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners
|2017||Santa Ana Lane||Mr Sneaky||So Si Bon||1:22.28|
|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|