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The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Group 1 open handicap race held each year at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the Melbourne spring racing carnival in September. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes was won by Bon Aurum from Voodoo Lad with Fast 'n' Rocking third.

Held alongside the Gr1 Underwood Stakes for middle distance gallopers, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes provides a good platform for the better mile races ahead during the spring.

2017 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes info
Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $400,000
2016 Winner: Bon Aurum

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a good quality sprint race that generally assembles a more than handy field where the winner will quite often be a very good type. Some top liners have managed to etch their name on the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes honour role and classy types such as Exceed & Excel (2003), Testa Rossa (1999-2000), Encosta De Lago (1996), Our Maizcay (1995) and Poetic King (1994) have all won this race.

Winners and placegetters in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes are likely to go on and tackle open handicap or weight-for-age sprint races from 1200m to 1600m during the carnival and this event has been a great guide in recent years to the Gr1 Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres at the same track in early October.

Bon Aurum (2016) won the listed Tontonan Stakes over 1400m at Flemington before scoring a classy victory in this event and recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners include Stratum Star (2015) and Trust In A Gust (2014).

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Classy Darren Weir trained sprinter Voodoo Lad (2nd in 2016) took out the G3 Moonga Stakes at Caulfield on Cup Day after finishing runner-up in this event.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has proven to be a more then reliable guide to the major mile races of the spring in recent times with Lucky Hussler (6th in 2015) and Solzhenitsyn (3rd in 2012) winning the Toorak Handicap at Caulfield after performing admirably in this race beforehand. Disposition (2nd in 2015) won the Gr3 Chatham Stakes on Derby day at Flemington during the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Trust In A Gust (2014) also claimed the Toorak Handicap after winning this event and Sweet Idea (4th in 2014) took out the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield at her next start.

Toorak Toff (2011) ran third in the Chatham Stakes at Flemington and No Evidence Needed (2nd in 2010) finished runner-up in the Gr2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes at Flemington on Turnbull Stakes Day.

Turffontein (2009) came second in both the Gr2 Caulfield Sprint at Caulfield and Gr1 Salinger Stakes at Flemington later in the carnival, while All American (6th in 2009) managed to win the Gr1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the four-day Flemington carnival.

2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes result
1. $4.40 Bon Aurum 52.0 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $6.00 Voodoo Lad 54.0 Chris Parnham
3. $21.00 Fast 'n' Rocking 55.0 Stephen Baster

then followed
4. $16.00 Thames Court 52.0 Corey Brown
5. $26.00 Badawiya 52.0 Craig Newitt
=6. $14.00 Tivaci 52.0 Patrick Moloney
=6. $3.80 Counterattack 54.0 Craig Williams
8. $31.00 Telopea 52.0 Michael Dee
9. $31.00 Well Sprung 52.0 Chris Symons
10. $13.00 Mr Individual 52.0 Regan Bayliss
11. $81.00 Rangipo 55.5 Damian Lane
12. $12.00 Xtravagant 56.5 Damien Oliver
13. $101.00 Jungle Edge 52.0 Darren Gauci

Margins: 0.4 len, 0.4 len
Time: 1:23.49

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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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 1:23.8
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
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 Esprit 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 Haltemann 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
1989 Potrero Glenview Dark Beau 1.23.6
1988 Rancho Ruler My Artic Wolf Our Westminster 1.24.0
1987 Western Pago Cold Hearted Isomer 1:23.8
1986 Canny Lass Taj Quillo Luthers Luck 1:24.2
1985 Trichelle Lockleys Tradition King Phoenix 1:23.4
1984 King Phoenix Nouvelle Star Pride Of Kellina 1:25.8
1983 Rangers Son Torbek Showmeran 1:26.7
1982 Magari Pure Of Heart Getting Closer 1:23.0
1981 Soldier Of Fortune Manikato Zegna 1:23.0
1980 Torbek Countess Marizza Watney 1:22.8

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