Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Group 1 handicap held at Caulfield in late September over the spring carnival.

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Behemoth
  • 2nd: #6 Dollar For Dollar
  • 3rd: #13 Pretty Brazen



The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, previously named the Invitation Stakes, is a Group 1 feature held at Caulfield Racecourse in late September during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Previously run on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on the AFL Grand Final weekend, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is now the feature race on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day, which takes place on the same date as Sydney’s George Main Stakes.

The Sir Rupert Clarke is good lead-up to the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) held a few weeks 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 is run under quality handicap conditions.

The 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ran on Saturday September 19, 2020 and was won by the top-weighted favourite Behemoth. 

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Behemoth
  • 2nd: #6 Dollar For Dollar
  • 3rd: #13 Pretty Brazen

David Jolly’s last-start Memsie Stakes winner Behemoth ($3.80F) was heavily backed on race day and saluted for the punters bursting through late to produce a brilliant turn of foot under the 60kg topweight in the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the impressive late win in the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes by Behemoth.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Craig Williams 5 60kg $3.80F
2 6 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Nolen 1L 7 56.5kg $26
3 13 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 1.1L 10 54.5kg $10
4 10 ACHERNAR STAR Lindsey Smith Jamie Mott 1.4L 1 55.5kg $51
5 9 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 1.6L 11 56kg $41
6 15 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 1.8L 12 54kg $11
7 16 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 1.9L 6 54kg $7
7 7 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ben Melham 1.9L 16 56kg $21
9 8 MANDELA EFFECT Scott Brunton Craig Newitt 2.4L 2 56kg $51
10 11 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 2.5L 13 55.5kg $10
11 4 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 2.8L 8 58kg $8.50
12 5 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 3.2L 15 57kg $11
13 3 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 3.4L 4 58kg $26
14 17e HARLECH (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 3.5L 9 54kg $26
15 2 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Daniel Stackhouse 6.25L 14 58.5kg $41
16 12 DEBT AGENT (NZ) Jim Conlan Billy Egan 21.25L 3 54.5kg $101
19e GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill 0
20e RUNSON Leon & Troy Corstens 0
14 ROHERYN James Cummings John Allen 0
18e I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Betting

The season’s updated Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided below the week of the race.

Behemoth ($3.80 in 2020) was the last favourite in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting to salute.

2020 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 the week prior.

Bon Hoffa (2007) was the last horse to complete the Bobbie Lewis – Sir Rupert double when the former only held Group 3 status, while Behemoth (2020) became the first Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke double winner since 2004.

The official 2020 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.

Impressive last-start Memsie Stakes winner Behemoth heads a capacity 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field of 16 starters plus four emergencies and retains top spot in betting despite carrying the 60kg topweight.

Click here to read more on the top hopes in the 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field and betting markets.

Update: #14 Roheryn (14) has been scratched with the first emergency Harlech (9) gaining a start.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4184x14x11 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Craig Williams 5 60kg 110
2 x3210x2705 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Daniel Stackhouse 17 58.5kg 107
3 161x777x46 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 4 58kg 106
4 3x25319x44 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 8 58kg 106
5 2154x122x9 SUPERSTORM Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 18 57kg 104
6 55x2308x85 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Nolen 7 56.5kg 103
7 011x9702x6 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ben Melham 20 56kg 106
8 45212111×5 MANDELA EFFECT Scott Brunton Craig Newitt 2 56kg 102
9 10×3815674 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 11 56kg 102
10 440x0223x8 ACHERNAR STAR Lindsey Smith Jamie Mott 1 55.5kg 101
11 1123x63x23 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 13 55.5kg 101
12 x870x4905x DEBT AGENT (NZ) Jim Conlan Billy Egan 3 54.5kg 99
13 1151x22x71 PRETTY BRAZEN Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 10 54.5kg 103
14 8x1275x121 ROHERYN James Cummings John Allen 14 54.5kg 99
15 31x4124x3 TAGALOA Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Michael Walker 12 54kg 102
16 114x325x72 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Jye McNeil 6 54kg 98
17e 3x1212224x HARLECH (NZ) Michael Moroney Michael Dee 9 54kg 98
18e 13x0x470x1 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden 15 54kg 98
19e 83x45050x6 GOLD FIELDS Logan McGill 19 54kg 97
20e 80x82120x3 RUNSON Leon & Troy Corstens 16 54kg 97

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes close the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

The 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations feature 24 hopefuls including the in-form Perth galloper Showmanship coming off six straight wins, his All-Star Mile second placed stablemate Superstorm and the reigning champion Begood Toya Mother.

Click here to read more on the key Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020 nominations.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 440x0223x8 ACHERNAR STAR G 6 Lindsey Smith 101
2 1123x63x23 AGE OF CHIVALRY (NZ) G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 101
3 114x325x72 BANQUO H 4 Danny O’Brien 98
4 161x777x46 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER G 6 Daniel Bowman 106
5 4184x14x11 BEHEMOTH G 5 David Jolly 110
6 x111x0x11x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 95
7 3x25319x44 CASCADIAN (GB) G 6 James Cummings 106
8 x870x4905x DEBT AGENT (NZ) G 8 Jim Conlan 99
9 55x2308x85 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 8 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 103
10 83x45050x6 GOLD FIELDS G 8 Logan McGill 97
11 3x1212224x HARLECH (NZ) H 4 Michael Moroney 98
12 13x0x470x1 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
13 3131037×31 JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 94
14 011x9702x6 MADAM ROUGE M 5 Chris Waller 106
15 45212111×5 MANDELA EFFECT G 6 Scott Brunton 102
16 1151x22x71 PRETTY BRAZEN M 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 103
17 10×3815674 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 102
18 8x1275x121 ROHERYN G 5 James Cummings 99
19 80x82120x3 RUNSON G 8 Leon & Troy Corstens 97
20 14×111111 SHOWMANSHIP (NZ) G 5 Grant & Alana Williams 99
21 x3210x2705 STREETS OF AVALON G 6 Shane Nichols 107
22 2154x122x9 SUPERSTORM G 4 Grant & Alana Williams 104
23 31x4124x3 TAGALOA C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 102
24 x930751721 TRAVIMYFRIEND (NZ) G 8 Rachael Frost 97

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 for a number of years took place on the same Sunday Sydney hosts the NRL Grand Final.

The Sir Rupert Clarke recently moved forward a week earlier as the feature event on its own race card. It has been won by many quality types over the years including the 2018 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Jungle Cat, a raider from the UK who came off a Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint win in Dubai.

Recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third Time
2020 Behmoth Dollar For Dollar Pretty Brazen 1:23.84
2019 Begood Toya Mother Age Of Chivalry Widgee Turf 1:21.98
2018 Jungle Cat Dollar For Dollar Land Of Plenty 1:22.31
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
2013 Rebel Dane Fontelina Solzhenitsyn 1:23.9
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
2009 Turffontein Stickpin Raffaello 1:25.3
2008 Orange County Bon Hoffa Turffontein 1:24.3
2007 Bon Hoffa Niconero Wonderful World 1:22.5
2006 Rewaaya Miss Andretti Undue 1:23.4
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
2001 Mr Murphy Fubu Umrum 1:23.5
2000 Testa Rossa Camarena Porto Roca 1:21.9
1999 Testa Rossa Nina Haraka Redoutes Choice 1:22.1
1998 Lord Luskin Theatre Haltermann 1:23.3
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
1992 Mannerism Black Rouge Vows 1:26.2
1991 St Jude Our Dawn Star Cole Diesel 1:27.4
1990 Submariner Plush Embassy Crimson Medal 1:23.6

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