Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

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

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sierra Sue
  • 2nd: #14 Dice Roll
  • 3rd: #17e I'm Thunderstruck



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 $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2021 and is run under quality handicap conditions.

The 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by Sierra Sue at 10/1.  

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Sierra Sue
  • 2nd: #14 Dice Roll
  • 3rd: #17e I’m Thunderstruck

The Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young-trained Sierra Sue ($11) was ridden to her first Group 1 success with a perfectly-timed performance by both mare and her hoop Daniel Moor to post a narrow victory in the 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes result.

Click here to read more on the brave late Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2021 win by Sierra Sue.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 SIERRA SUE (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Daniel Moor 10 52.5kg $11
2 14 DICE ROLL (FR) Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 0.1L 7 52kg $21
3 17e I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 0.6L 16 52kg $4.20F
4 9 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Harry Coffey 1L 13 52kg $61
5 2 PROBABEEL (NZ) Jamie Richards Brett Prebble 1.2L 2 57kg $5
6 1 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Craig Williams 2.2L 3 59kg $7.50
7 5 BEAU ROSSA Will Clarken Ms Linda Meech 2.4L 1 55kg $7.50
8 4 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ben Allen 2.6L 15 55.5kg $61
9 13 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Yendall 2.8L 14 52kg $13
10 6 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 3.8L 4 52.5kg $21
11 8 GROUNDSWELL Anthony & Sam Freedman Damien Thornton 3.9L 9 52kg $26
12 10 IRISH FLAME (NZ) Brett Scott Matthew Cartwright (a) 4.4L 5 52kg $101
13 11 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Michael Dee 4.6L 8 52kg $91
14 12 SAMIZDAT Chris & Michael Gangemi Craig Newitt 4.8L 6 52kg $51
15 15 REGARDSMAREE Nick Ryan Dean Holland 4.9L 11 52kg $21
16 16 POLAND Michael Moroney Teodore Nugent (a) 5.1L 12 52kg $26
3 STREETS OF AVALON Shane Nichols Damien Oliver 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia

2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Betting

The season’s updated Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2021 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.

2021 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 2021 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 2021 field features a capacity line-up of gallopers including the defending champion Behemoth coming off a Group 1 Memsie Stakes win, the Memsie Stakes runner-up Beau Rossa drawn the rails and star Kiwi mare Probabeel who is undefeated at Caulfield.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field and betting markets.

  •  Scratched: #3 Streets Of Avalon (14) has been scratched due to some irregularities in his blood work and the emergency I’m Thunderstruck gets in chasing a hat-trick of wins.
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. 

2021 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.

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
2021 Sierra Sue Dice Roll I’m Thunderstruck 1:23.07
2020 Behemoth 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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