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Sir Rupert Clarke Runner-by-Runner Guide

  • Sir Rupert Clarke Runner-by-Runner guide
Begood Toya Mother

The Group One Sir Rupert Clarke (1400m) will be run at Caulfield on Saturday, September 21. A full field of 15 runners will contest the $500,000 event and it looks set to be a fascinating race. 

Here is our runner-by-runner guide for the Sir Rupert Clarke.

1. BEST OF DAYS (13) - James Cummings, Dean Yendall, 58kg
He looks well past his best as a six-year-old, as he got up to a mile last start in the Feehan Stakes at The Valley and was given a perfect ride by Willo but could only manage a third behind Homesman, running just the 12th-fastest last 200m of the race. The switch from Willo to D.Yendall is a negative and it looks a poor map from barrier 13. 
Odds: $15.00 (Sportsbet

2. BLACK HEART BART (5) - Lindsay Smith, Brad Rawiller, 58kg 
I was impressed with the return of Black Heart Bart in the Memsie Stakes (1400m). I didn’t give him much of a hope but a few good judges thought he was live chance. He sat off a brutal tempo set by Begood Toya Mother and I thought his work through the line was sound. I’ve seen plenty of worse $71 chances around and I won’t be losing on him. 
Odds: $71.00 (Palmerbet

3. DESPATCH (9) - Tony & Calvin McEvoy, Ben Melham, 57kg 
I thought there was plenty of merit in the run of Despatch in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) three weeks ago, sitting outside Begood Toya Mother at a brutal tempo of 7.5 lengths above the Group One benchmark to the 600m and still battling on for fifth, only beaten 2.8 lengths. That run could’ve flattened him, he’ll have to run the gauntlet again from barrier nine and the favourite gets the weights swing on him. 
Odds: $11.00 (Beteasy

4. MADISON COUNTY (2) - Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Damian Lane, 57kg
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained Madison County is a very interesting runner. He wasn’t far away from The Autumn Sun last preparation and looked very sharp in a recent Flemington jumpout, running 800m in 48.18s. He will need plenty of luck from barrier two but D.Lane is the man for the job and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him flashing late. 
Odds: $13.00 (Sportsbet)

5. SO SI BON (7) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Jamie Kah, 57kg 
So Si Bon is a new horse and I’m now happy to judge him more on his last two runs than his checkered career. He won the Group 3 Aurie’s Star (1200m) down the Flemington straight two starts ago, running 13.1 lengths above the all benchmark. He backed that up with a big figure of 17.6 lengths above the benchmark last start, splitting Scales Of Justice and Alizee in the Memsie Stakes. 
Odds: $8.50 (Neds

6. CLIFF’S EDGE (10) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Jamie Mott, 56.5kg
I’ve been a big Cliff’s Edge fan but he was very disappointing last start in the Memsie Stakes (1400m). If he can get back to his form two starts ago in the P.B. Lawrence, splitting Mystic Journey and Hartnell then he is right in this race. He will push forward from barrier 10 with Jamie Mott and most importantly, the blinkers go on for the first time. 
Odds: $26.00 (Ladbrokes

7. SPIRIT OF VALOR (12) - Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Ben Allen, 56.5kg 
He was outstanding in three runs over the Spring carnival last preparation and was the only sprinter Adian O’Brien brought over that really flourished. He clearly isn’t going as well this preparation but is racing like a high pressure 1400m will suit and gets the blinkers off for the first time here. 
Odds: $17.00 (Sportsbet

8. WIDGEE TURF (6) - Patrick Payne, Billy Egan, 56kg 
Could Widgee Turf be the knockout chance? We saw a horse slice through the field and flash late to win this race last year (Jungle Cat) and although obviously Widgee Turf doesn’t have the class of a horse like that, he finally strikes a race shape that suits. He will enjoy getting up to 1400m and goes from Moonee Valley to Caulfield which is a positive. Watch for him late. 
Odds: $17.00 (Beteasy

9. DEPRIVE (14) - James Cummings, Rachel King, 54.5kg 
The five-year-old gelding Deprive beat all but a very smart one, The Inevitable last start at The Valley but does go from D.Oliver to R.King, which is an obvious negative but Rachel does know the horse well. He maps three-wide with cover and the Trope/Arcadia Queen formlines is different form coming into a race like this. 
Odds: $15.00 (Beteasy

10. FASTEST TEMPEST (15) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Andrew Mallyon, 54.5kg 
Andrew Mallyon has won on the horse before, that’s about the only positive I can find, Not here. 
Odds: $101.00 (Ladbrokes

11. STREETS OF AVALON (4) - Shane Nicols, Zac Spain, 54.5kg 
He is on the quick back-up, maps well and the figures from his last two races aren’t terrible for this but looking at his form, you wouldn’t think he’s up to these. 
Odds: $41.00 (Sportsbet

12. AMPHITRITE (8) - David & B Hayes & T Dabernig, Craig Williams, 54kg
Judging by her first-up run at Caulfield in the Cockram Stakes (1200m), Amphitrite has returned enmourmous. She was ridden cold, peeled wide which was an advantage on the day and flashed home, savaging the line. She ran the fourth-fastest last 200m of the meeting, fourth-fastest last 400m of the meeting and third-fastest last 600m of the meeting, running 8.2 lengths above the class benchmark over the final 600m. She gets the speed on and should get a perfect run in transit from barrier eight with C.Williams on, top pick. 
Odds: $7.50 (Beteasy

13. ICONOCLASM (11) - Danny O’Brien, Linda Meech, 53kg 
Once a super consistent galloper, Iconoclasm seems a ways away from his best. He was poor first-up off a short let-up in the Aurie’s Star (1200m) down the straight and although he finished less than a length behind Age Of Chivalry over this track and distance last start, I thought he was entitled to be stronger though the line. 
Odds: $14.00 (Beteasy

14. BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER (3) - Daniel Bowman, Declan Bates, 52kg 
He is a deserved favourite but I couldn’t possibly take the current price on offer. That Memsie Stakes (1400m) run was a gut buster, as he led at a pace (16-lengths above benchmark) which was 5.4 lengths quicker than any run in his career. His run was outstanding in the inferior ground, the figures are on the board and he gets the weight swing but I can’t shake the fact that the run might have cooked him, as the majority of horses who have run since the Memsie, Hartnell, Fundamentlist, Oohood, Material Man and Humidor have all run poorly. 
Odds: $3.60 (Beteasy

15. AGE OF CHIVALRY (1) - Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Michael Dee, 52kg  
This is clearly the toughest test for the four-year-old, Age Of Chivalry. He came off a flashing light run first-up at The Valley behind Usain Bowler and has strung together two consecutive victories, however they have both been in slow times and he hasn’t struck a race with a fast tempo since he won his maiden at Sandown. D.Lane to M.Dee is a negative and I couldn’t have him here. 
Odds: $10.00 (Sportsbet


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Sir Rupert Clarke Runner-by-Runner Guide

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