The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a quality open handicap Group 1 race run over a sprint distance of 1400M. The event has a purse of $350,000 in prize money and is held annually at the Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. The event is generally a great race for quality sprinters and in recent years, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has managed to showcase some of the best sprinters from Victoria and other parts of Australia.
In the 2013 edition of the race, Rebel Dane put up a breathtaking show to take home the title with Fontelina and Solzhenitsyn both having to settle for second and third respectively. A number of great sprinters have managed to win the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in recent years. Notable names include Exceed and Excel back in 2003, Orange County in 2008 and the Outstanding Regal Roller back in 2004.
Horses that perform relatively well in the race can consider taking on other open handicap races run over sprint distances not exceeding 1600M. The event is a great guide and build up for the Group 1 Toorak Handicap run at Caulfield over 1600M. the Bobby Lewis Quality is a great lead up race for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and last year, Rebel Dane came from a Fourth Placed finish in the Bobby Lewis Quality to score an easy win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Solzhenitsyn came close to a Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Toorak Handicap Double after finishing third in the former on course towards an easy win in the latter. In 2006, All American finished sixth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes but did exemplary well to claim the Emirates Stakes. Such is the quality and talent showcased in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and in fact, the race in recent years has remained a reliable guide and build-up to other mile races in the Melbourne Spring Carnival. The event is definitely one of the most anticipated Group 1 races in the 2014 carnival.
Manhattan Rain did well to finish a respectable second in the WS Cox Stakes after running third in the 2009 edition of the Caulfield Guineas Prelude. The future is definitely bright for the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and based on the quality racing the event has been showcasing year after year, there is no doubt the Caulfield Guineas Prelude will be a major must see for horse racing fans across the country.
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners & placegetters
|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||1:22.2|
|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 Esprit||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|
|1988||Rancho Ruler||My Artic Wolf||Our Westminster||1.24.0|