The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes race is next run on Saturday, September 17th, 2023. One of the best open handicaps around, this race helps to shape the season at Caulfield Racecourse (more information about the major horse races in Caulfield).
We’ve got all the information you need as we head to September. We have past winners, form indicators and barrier stats from Caulfield to help you along.
This event has been on the calendar since 1951 but under various names. It’s latest incarnation as the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes comes after his was named for the former chair of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club. He passed away in 2005.
In its time, this race has been known as the Invitation Stakes, the Marlboro Cup, the Show Day Cup, the Vic Health Cup, the Eat Well Live Well Cup and the Dubai Racing Club Cup.
Here’s a peek at the last ten winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
- 2020 – Behemoth
- 2019 – Begood Toya Mother
- 2018 – Jungle Cat
- 2017 – Santa Ana Lane
- 2016 – Bon Aurum
- 2015 – Stratum Star
- 2014 – Trust In A Gust
- 2013 – Rebel Dane
- 2012 – Moment Of Change
- 2011 – Toorak Toff
In terms of racing weight, those carrying from 49 to 55.5 kilograms have fared best. 21 of the last 29 winners have been carrying such a weight.
The race remains very competitive overall, however, 7 of the past 22 favourites (32%) have gone in. That’s about in line with all racing overall, and pretty strong for an event of this nature.
Across the past 31 years, 17 winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes have been entires or colts. Geldings, for whatever reason, have not done well at all while mares also have a poor record in the race.
If you should find a horse close to the top of the market, carrying between 49 and 55.5kg being a full horse or a colt you’ll probably be coming close to finding the winner.
Barrier Draw Statistics
The barrier draw can turn out to be crucial in races over 1.400 metres. The runners in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes face a bend pretty quickly, their second and final turn proving crucial so a wide draw is not recommended.
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners by Barrier
Here’s a look at how each barrier has performed in terms of winners in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes:
How to Live Stream the 2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
There will be numerous ways to watch the race live. One of the easiest ways, however, is via a good online bookmaker.
Many top firms now offer tips and live streaming alongside their bet odds. That includes the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Check out the T&C’s with each bookie as some insist you place a small bet before you can access the live coverage, which will include full commentary and be shown in high definition.
Please note: due to the Interactive Gambling Act in Australia, any form of live betting cannot be conducted online.
All the most important questions answered about the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes race 2023.
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