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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
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- 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field & Betting Update
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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|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
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.
|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.
- 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
|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|
|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|