The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Group 1 1400-metre race that is run annually at Caulfield in late September. Run under handicap conditions, the race can unearth up-and-coming champion sprinters, with Testa Rossa a notable winner of back-to-back races in 1999 and 2000.
The 2022 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes will be run on Saturday 17th September with a total prize pool of $1,000,000.
Why Bet On The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
With Group 1 status and fantastic prize money on offer, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a great race to bet on. The race always has a big field with the handicap conditions of the race providing for a competitive betting race.
The beauty of betting on Group 1 races is there is always a lot of exposed form and data to analyse for punters and online bookmakers. The race distance is an interesting one. It provides race-fit sprinters to step up from 1200m in search of a Group 1 win, while the quality stayers who are heading onto the lucrative distance races can perform well in their first Spring race. There is something in the race for everyone!
Sir Rupert Clarke Betting History
Originally named the Invitation Stakes, the race has had many name changes, with the change to Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes after the former chairman of the VATC occurring in 2006. Favourites have won seven of the last 23 races with horses at single-figure odds dominating in recent times. SANTA ANA LANE won in 2017 at odds of $26-1, the longest-priced winner in many years.
The Group 1 Memsie Stakes which is run over 1400m at Caulfield a fortnight earlier and the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality over 1200m at Flemington is the best lead in races for the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Placing A Bet On The Rupert Clarke Stakes
Punters have enjoyed betting on the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in recent years, with favourites and well-supported runners saluting on the majority of occasions. An analysis of recent winners reveals some interesting trends.
Female horses have struggled in recent times with SIERRA SUE the first mare to win the race in over ten years when saluting last year.
Four-year-old horses have won over half of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes this century and nearly all of the recent winners have finished in the top 4 at their previous start. Star sprinter EXCEED AND EXCEL was the last 3yo to win the race back in 2003, illustrating the difficulties that the younger horses have when stepping up against their more experienced and hardened rivals in Handicap conditions.
Now that is a good starting point when assessing the form!
2022 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Predictions & Odds
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