The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is Group 1 handicap over 1400 metres, run at Caulfield Racecourse during the Spring Carnival. The race is named after Sir Rupert Clarke, who was a former chairman of the Victorian Amateur Race Club (VATC), which later became the Melbourne Racing Club.
The race has been around since 1951, and has been through a number a name changes over almost 70 years. It was the Invitation Stakes until 1974, when the name was changed with a string of different sponsorships which saw it become the Marlboro Cup. Show Day Cup, Vic Health Cup, Eat Well Live Well Cup and the Dubai Racing Club Cup. It was renamed for Clarke in 2006, following his passing.
The race has held Principal Race or Group 1 status since its 1951 inception, and has always been run over 1,400 or seven furlongs. Its place on the calendar means it often attracts horses aimed at major races later in the Spring Carnival, as thus often boasts a high quality field.
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Caulfield Racecourse, 1400m
Group 1 handicap, three-year-olds and up
Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2020
The 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes was won by the David Jolly-trained Behemoth, which was ridden by Craig Williams. It was Behemoth’s second-straight victory in a Group 1 race after he also took out the Memsie Stakes. The Caulfield track was rated a Good 3. Dollar For Dollar, trained by the McEvoy stable and ridden by Luke Nolen, ran second, while McEvoy stablemate Pretty Brazen finished third.
|1||1. Behemoth||Craig Williams||David Jolly||1:23.84||5||60||$3.80|
|2||6. Dollar For Dollar||Luke Nolen||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||1.0||7||56.5||$26|
|3||13. Pretty Brazen||Luke Currie||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||1.1||10||54.5||$10|
What a win in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. 🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/zxuzG0bykJ
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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes: past winners
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