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Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, which will take place on Saturday, 24 September, 2016 at Caulfield Racecourse.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes will once again attract a large field of talented sprinters chasing a share of $400,000 in prizemoney

We provide you with Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes stream to watch the race unfold.

SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES TIPS

When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, keeping some important factors on your side can help you

Our experts assess all the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes tips to help you back the winner.

Many well fancied runners have come unstuck in the past by getting caught out wide or even missing the start. Will we see the same again this year?

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes tips and selections.

SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES ODDS

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes and UBET will be among those offering the earliest betting odds on the 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. There will be plenty of movements in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting markets in the days leading up to the race following the release of the final field and barrier draw. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.

SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES LIVE STREAM

Australia's leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Caulfield races including the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.

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The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes features a host of special offers from bookmakers and that includes the opportunity to claim bonus bets when becoming a new customer before the race. A range of free bets and special offers, deposit matches, first bet matches and no deposit free bets are available from the bookmakers to take advantage of throughout the year.

2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips

Find out who our tipsters are predicting will win.

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SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES HISTORY

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Group 1 quality sprint race run over 1400 metres at Caulfield in September during the Spring Carnival. 

Run on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes, the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is used as a platform for the big spring carnival sprint races held in the following weeks.

The 1400m race allows for a maximum field of 18 runners and is usually run at a frantic pace. With prizemoney of $400,000, the race has a weight limit of 52kgs with the higher rated horses carrying up to 58kgs.

The race, first run in 1951 and won by Jovial Lad, was initially known as the Invitation Stakes. It had a name change in 2006 to honour the late Sir Rupert Clarke for his services as chairman of the Melbourne Racing Club, formerly known as the Victoria Amateur Turf Club (VATC). 

A lot of trainers use the Sir Rupert Clarke as a lead-up into bigger events like the Group 1 Toorak Handicap over 1600 metres. Others target races like the Group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile run at Moonee Valley and the Group 1 Longines Mile, run at Flemington on the Saturday prior to the Melbourne Cup. 

Although used as a lead-up race in itself, the Sir Rupert Clarke does have lead-up races of its own that impact greatly on the outcome of the sprint. 

The Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) run in late August at Caulfield is a good lead-up with last year’s third placegetter Stratum Star winning the Rupert Clarke four weeks later. In 2014, Memsie winner Dissident finished second in the Rupert Clarke.

Two other races used as lead-ups are the Bobby Lewis Quality Handicap (1200m) and the Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) both at Group 2 level. 

Both races are run on Makybe Diva Stakes day at Flemington, two weeks prior to the Rupert Clarke.

Some great horses have etched their name onto the honours list for this event. Horses such as the mighty Manikato (1978), Rancho Ruler (1988), St Jude (1981), the great sire Encosta Del Lago (1996) and Testa Rossa, who claimed back-to-back victories in 1999 and 2000. 

Last year saw trainer Darren Weir claim his second straight winner’s trophy when Stratum Star got up in the last stride. Weir won the race in 2014 with Trust In A Gust. 

The race takes place on Underwood Stakes day at Caulfield and is a major event on the punting calendar. 

As many as four black type races dominate the betting ring on the day. The Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Guineas and Thousand Guineas Preludes and the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes attract many of the spring racing hopefuls as they strive for bigger fish later in the carnival.

CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

Founded in 1859, Caulfield Racecourse hosts around 20 race days every year, headlined by the Caulfield Cup.

The track is commonly known at ‘The Heath’ following the early days in which jockeys would ride through rough bush, heath and sand hills during races. 

The name is now renowned across Australia and New Zealand for representing Caulfield’s superb racing and entertainment venue. 

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.

Following the 1995 Caulfield Cup, the course underwent a significant reconstruction and reopened in 1996. The track’s circumference was widened to 30m and lengthened inside the home straight by around 43m. 

Caulfield Racecourse Track Description:

Racing is contested in a left-handed direction at Caulfield and features long, sweeping turns. As a result, there can be a slight draw bias for those drawn low over distances further than seven-furlongs.

The course has a total circumference of 2080m including a home straight of just over 360m. 

In terms of the Caulfield Cup, records throughout the 21st century have showcased a slight advantage for single digit stalls due to the course’s swift anti-clockwise bends. 

Favourable positioning at Caulfield can be crucial to a contenders’ winning claims, as the setting has a short home straight of less than 400m. It means hold-up performers routinely encounter trouble in-running, resulting in many hard-luck stories. 

Over shorter distances, the emphasis is placed on speed as horses seek a prominent position before turning for home. A below-par start in Caulfield’s sprint races usually results in a poor finishing position for horses, showcasing the need for sharp early pace.
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