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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

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BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Picture: Racing and Sports

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Group 1 race run under handicap conditions for open class horses at Caulfield conducted by the Melbourne Racing Club.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is run over 1400m. It was first run in 1951 and was won by Jovial Lad.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes used to be known as the Invitation Stakes but has had numerous name changes until settling on the current name who was former chairman of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club.
It has been at 1400m since inception.
Previously run on Show Day Holiday which was a Thursday, it is now on feature weekends. After being on Underwood Stakes day recently, it is now run a week earlier.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was a Principal Race until graded at Group 1 in 1979.
St Joel won the race three times but all of them three years apart twice.
Only mare winner in the last decade is Response in 2010.
Three year olds had a great run 20 years ago but none since Exceed And Excel.
Santa Ana Lane recorded his initial G1 victory last year and backed it up later in the season in the Goodwood and Stradbroke Handicaps and then won the VRC Sprint Classic the following Spring.
Godolphin's international arm had a plan to bring some quality horses to campaign in Australia in 2018 and G1 Al Quoz Sprint winner Jungle Cat was in that team. He sat wide under a big weight but James Doyle got him home by a nose.
Many horses run in this race and then the Toorak Handicap over the mile.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was worth $500,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes include Jungle Cat (2018), Santa Ana Lane (2017), Stratum Star (2015), Trust In A Gust (2014), Rebel Dane (2013), Moment Of Change (2012), Rewaaya (2006), Barely A Moment (2005), Exceed And Excel (2003), Testa Rossa (1999/2000), Encosta De Lago (1996), Our Maizcay (1995), Poetic King (1994), Mannerism (1992), St Jude (1991), Canny Lass (1986), Manikato (1978), Cap D'Antibes (1975) and St Joel (1953/1956/1959).
The 2019 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was won by Begood Toya Mother from Age Of Chivalry and Widgee Turf.
Racing and Sports

Previous Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
BEHEMOTH (AUS) 5G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - PENNY BANGER (AUS) ZEDRICH (AUS)
C WILLIAMS 60.0 DAVID JOLLY 5
BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER (AUS) 5G
MYBOYCHARLIE (IRE) - LADY OF HELENA (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
DECLAN BATES 52.0 DANIEL BOWMAN 3
JUNGLE CAT (IRE) 6H
IFFRAAJ (GB) - MIKE'S WILDCAT (USA) FOREST WILDCAT (USA)
JAMES DOYLE 58.0 C APPLEBY 5
SANTA ANA LANE (AUS) 5G
LOPE DE VEGA (IRE) - FAST FLEET (AUS) FASTNET ROCK (AUS)
D YENDALL 52.0 ANTHONY FREEDMAN 6
BON AURUM (AUS) 4H
BON HOFFA (AUS) - GOLDSMOBILE (AUS) PROMONTORY GOLD (USA)
K MCEVOY 52.0 CIARON MAHER 5
STRATUM STAR (AUS) 4H
STRATUM (AUS) - PURELY SPECTACULAR (NZ) PINS (AUS)
C WILLIAMS 54.5 DARREN WEIR 15
TRUST IN A GUST (AUS) 4H
KEEP THE FAITH (AUS) - SUBTLE BREEZE (USA) STORM CAT (USA)
DAMIAN LANE 52.0 DARREN WEIR 9
REBEL DANE (AUS) 4H
CALIFORNIA DANE (AUS) - TEXARCANA (AUS) MORE THAN READY (USA)
G BOSS 55.5 GARY PORTELLI 14
MOMENT OF CHANGE (AUS) 4G
BARELY A MOMENT (AUS) - EUROPIUM (AUS) METAL STORM (FR)
L NOLEN 52.5 PETER MOODY 15
TOORAK TOFF (AUS) 4H
SHOW A HEART (AUS) - ORONG (AUS) GRAND LODGE (USA)
C WILLIAMS 56.5 RICK HORE-LACY 7
RESPONSE (AUS) 4M
CHARGE FORWARD (AUS) - LIVE IT UP (AUS) MATCH WINNER (FR)
C WILLIAMS 53.5 MATHEW ELLERTON & SIMON ZAHRA 5
TURFFONTEIN (AUS) 5H
JOHANNESBURG (USA) - SPIRIT OF GRACE (AUS) DR. GRACE (NZ)
G BOSS 55.5 ANTHONY CUMMINGS 11
ORANGE COUNTY (NZ) 6G
VOLKSRAAD (GB) - SAFFIE (NZ) KAAPSTAD (NZ)
D OLIVER 54.0 BRIAN MAYFIELD-SMITH 15
BON HOFFA (AUS) 5H
BELONG TO ME (USA) - ASIAN REEF (GB) MANILA (USA)
V DURIC 53.0 WENDY KELLY 3
REWAAYA (NZ) 4M
SINGSPIEL (IRE) - NASMAH (AUS) AT TALAQ (USA)
C WILLIAMS 51.0 D A HAYES 1
BARELY A MOMENT (AUS) 4H
GILDED TIME (USA) - LADY DANNA (AUS) DANEHILL (USA)
C WILLIAMS 52.0 D A HAYES 8
REGAL ROLLER (AUS) 5G
REGAL CLASSIC (CAN) - ARANTXA ROSE (AUS) RANCHO RULER (AUS)
M FLAHERTY 55.5 CLINTON MCDONALD 11
EXCEED AND EXCEL (AUS) 3C
DANEHILL (USA) - PATRONA (USA) LOMOND (USA)
C W BROWN 52.5 T R MARTIN 5
PERNOD (NZ) 5M
CENTAINE (AUS) - MARTINE MICHELLE (NZ) GROSVENOR (NZ)
K MCEVOY 53.5 MICHAEL MORONEY 15
MR. MURPHY (AUS) 4G
DANEHILL (USA) - MARSCAY'S DREAM (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
D OLIVER 54.5 D L FREEDMAN 13
TESTA ROSSA (AUS) 4H
PERUGINO (USA) - BO DAPPER (AUS) SIR DAPPER (AUS)
B PREBBLE 58.5 DEAN LAWSON 9

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