2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & Betting Update

September 16, 2021

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & Betting Update

The quinella out of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes – Behemoth and Beau Rossa – face off again as two of the best in betting at Caulfield Racecourse in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2021 on Saturday.

Behemoth (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) | Races.com.au

Reigning champion Behemoth headlines a class field in Saturday’s 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. Ultimate Racing Photos.

A fortnight ago it was David Jolly’s hulking South Australian-trained star Behemoth who narrowly denied the Will Carken-trained four-year-old Beau Rossa victory in the opening Group 1 of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Returning to the same track and distance this weekend, the duo are two of the three top fancies in a capacity field gathered for the Group 1 $1 million Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

The markets suggest Beau Rossa, drawn barrier one with Linda Meech to ride, can turn the tables on his last start conqueror carrying 55kg to Behemoth’s 59kg.

The son of Unencumbered is at $4.40 and firming in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting at Ladbrokes.com.au and also ran second to Behemoth two back in Morphettville’s Group 3 Spring Stakes (1200m).

Behemoth, also drawn well in gate three with Craig Williams taking over in the saddle, follows closely at current Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds of $5.50 to beat Beau Rossa for the third time on the trot.

Behemoth also defends his Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes title having won the race with a kilo more (60kg) aboard when ridden to victory by Williams in last year’s event.

Success on Saturday will see the gun son of All Too Hard become the first back-to-back Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes champion since Testa Rossa (1999-2000).

In a tight top half of the market, one other runner is sandwiched between Beau Rossa and last year’s hero with Jamie Richards’ outstanding mare Probabeel at $5 to win from gate two.

In-form hoop Brett Prebble, aboard Behemoth for his Memsie Stakes win on August 28, rides the New Zealand-trained daughter of Savabeel in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field.

Probabeel is unbeaten at Caulfield having secured her third win at the track from as many starts when saluting for the punters first-up with 60kg in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m) on Memsie Stakes Day.

She returns to elite level company here and drops to 57kg, fitter for her last start run and even better suited to the 1400m distance (6:4-1-0) as proven by her Group 1 Futurity Stakes win back in February.

Outside of the dominant trio the other main dangers include the sole emergency I’m Thunderstruck ($8) drawn wide and sweating on a start, the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained perennial placegetter Amish Boy ($13) coming off a second to Masked Crusader in the Group 3 The Heath 1100 also drawn out in double-digits and Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes winning mare Sierra Sue ($13).

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is scheduled to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEST) on Saturday with the latest markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available in full here.

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & Barriers  

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x143x7x11 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Craig Williams 3 59kg 115
2 117x1102x1 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 2 57kg 115
3 x1167x2875 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Damien Oliver 14 56kg 109
4 407x0733x0 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ben Allen 16 55.5kg 108
5 x11210x122 BEAU ROSSA Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 1 55kg 107
6 2203x2340x BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 4 52.5kg 102
7 97×0604117 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 10 52.5kg 106
8 6x81102x18 GROUNDSWELL Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 9 52kg 101
9 622x229x04 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 13 52kg 100
10 111x5823x3 IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Matthew Cartwright (a) 5 52kg 100
11 74346×1825 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Michael Dee 8 52kg 100
12 6414925×13 SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi Craig Newitt 6 52kg 100
13 82234734×2 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 15 52kg 97
14 0x0x11143x DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 7 52kg 96
15 131114×935 REGARDSMAREE Nick Ryan Dean Holland 11 52kg 93
16 2310x153x8 POLAND Michael Moroney Teodore Nugent (a) 12 52kg 90
17e 15×1311 I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 17 52kg 80

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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