Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips & Betting Advice

Sir Rupert Clarke 2019

Date Saturday, September 21, 2019
Track Caulfield Racecourse
Distance 1400m
Class Group 1
Race Type Handicap
Prizemoney $500,000
Age No Age Restriction


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes pointers are:

  • Horses at single figure odds are the ones to concentrate on
  • Top weights have a dismal record
  • Four-year-olds have by far the best record
  • The Bobbie Lewis is the key lead-up race


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The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is held on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) which is held for the stayers. Attracting a large field of talented sprinters, the Sir Rupert Clarke is worth $400,000 in prizemoney and allows for a maximum field of 18 runners.

It is a handicap feature that has a minimum weight of 52kg for runners with a low rating and a topweight of 58kg for the highest-rated gallopers in the race.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has been run under a number of different names, the Invitation Stakes was the inaugural name, but it was changed in 2006 to honour former Victoria Amateur Turf Club (now called the Melbourne Racing Club) chairman Sir Rupert Clarke who died in 2005.

Jovial Lad claimed the inaugural running of the event in 1951. It would remain as a Principal Race until 1978 before receiving Group 1 status from 1979.

There are a number of lead-up races with runners coming through the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) or Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).

Stratum Star is the most recent winner of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes when claiming the event in 2015 to deliver trainer Darren Weir consecutive wins in the race – Trust In A Gust had won the race 12 months earlier.

It was the Memsie Stakes that Stratum Star used leading into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes with the four-year-old entire having run third in the Memsie.

One interesting trend is that a high-number of four-year-olds have won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in recent decades.

Notable winners of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes include Jovial Lad (1951), Tauto (1970-71), Manikato (1978), Mannerism (1992), Poetic King (1994), Encosta De Lago (1996), Testa Rossa (1999 & 2000), Exceed And Excel (2003), Regal Roller (2004), Barely A Moment (2005), Rewaaya (2006), Orange County (2008), Turffontein (2009), Moment Of Change (2012), Rebel Dane (2013), Stratum Star (2015) and Santa Ana Lane (2017).

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Testa Rossa
2001 Mr Murphy
2002 Pernod
2003 Exceed And Excel
2004 Regal Roller
2005 Barely A Moment
2006 Rewaaya
2007 Bon Hoffa
2008 Orange County
2009 Turffontein
2010 Response
2011 Toorak Toff
2012 Moment Of Change
2013 Rebel Dane
2014 Trust In A Gust
2015 Stratum Star
2016 Bon Aurum
2017 Santa Ana Lane
2018 Jungle Cat
2019 Begood Toya Mother


A fair course that provides most runners an even chance when the rail is True position. When the rail is out shifted our 6 metres or more it favours on pace runners and leaders.

The track’s unique triangular shaped layout comprises of three straights and all turns have a 4% to 6% banking which places less strain on horse’s joints.


The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881. The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Renovations to the track and grandstand have made it one of the premier racecourses in Australia with top class facilities for the horses, club members and the public.

The racecourse is located approximately eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs.