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: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



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 runs on Saturday September 19, 2020. 

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: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

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.

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.

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.

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 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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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