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 $500,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes was won by Santa Ana Lane from Mr Sneaky with So Si Bon third.
Held alongside the Group 1 Underwood Stakes for middle distance gallopers, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes provides a good platform for the better mile races ahead during the spring.
|Date:||Saturday 22nd September 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2017 Winner:||Santa Ana Lane|
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.
Santa Anna Lane (2017) ran fourth in the Listed Mcleod Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley before storming home to win this event in outstanding style and recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners include Bon Aurum (2016) and Stratum Star (2015).
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 Linlithgow 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.
1. $26.00 Santa Ana Lane 52.0 Dean Yendall
2. $8.00 Mr Sneaky 52.0 Brenton Avdulla
3. $26.00 So Si Bon 52.0 Craig Newitt
4. $21.00 Sovereign Nation 52.0 Regan Bayliss
5. $4.00 Theanswermyfriend 52.0 Kerrin McEvoy
6. $6.00 Tosen Stardom 55.5 Blake Shinn
7. $3.60 Scales Of Justice 56.0 Brad Rawiller
8. $41.00 Land Of Plenty 52.0 Ms Linda Meech
9. $21.00 Grande Rosso 52.5 Corey Brown
10. $21.00 It’S Somewhat 58.0 Hugh Bowman
11. $41.00 Attention 52.0 Ben Thompson
12. $101.00 Royal Tudor 52.5 Chris Symons
13. $51.00 Lucky Hussler 56.5 Mark Zahra
14. $31.00 Cannyescent 52.0 Beau Mertens
Margins: 0.75 len, 1.25 len
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|2017||Santa Ana Lane||Mr Sneaky||So Si Bon||1:22.2|
|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||1:22.2|
|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|
|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|
|1982||Magari||Pure Of Heart||Getting Closer||1:23.0|
|1981||Soldier Of Fortune||Manikato||Zegna||1:23.0|