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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips - a clear standout on weights and form

Begood Toya Mother (PA Images)

The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) generally favours those down in the weights, and that looks to be the case again with a field of 15 set to line up at Caulfield on Saturday. 

Historically, you need a horse that can run at least low 1:22s at the track and distance, and with he Memsie Stakes (1400m) being run in a slick 1:22.14, this looks like the form race to follow. 

Age Of Chivalry has won his past two at the track and trip, but he only carried 54kg last time and ran 1:24.46 in the race after the Memsie, and I question him being able to go 14 lengths quicker with a hotter early tempo. 

In assessing the Memsie form, So Si Bon was impressive charging home from the rear and he meets Black Heart Bart 1kg better at the weights for beating him by 3.25 lengths. 

Despatch was only 1.5 lengths from So Si Bon, but Jamie Kah jumps off Despatch and rides So Si Bon, and that’s a big pointer to who she thinks is the better chance – and I agree. 

So Si Bon was 3rd in this race in 2017, and I think he’ll go close again, but at the weights, it’s impossible to go past Daniel Bowman’s Begood Toya Mother. 

While So Si Bon drops 2kg on last start, Begood Toya Mother drops a massive 7kg as he carries 52kg on Saturday – and in my opinion, light weights favour front runners more than run-on types. 

Having come up with barrier 13 last time, Begood Toya Mother was bustled out of the gates to cross the field, and as a result, he overdid it a bit and went 7.5 lengths above class benchmark (BM) to the 600m mark. 

Being second-up, he faded late but was still only 2.85 lengths from Scales Of Justice, and Begood Toya Mother still ran good time 1:02.69.

In his first two runs last campaign, the son of Myboycharlie went 2.4 lengths below all BM and then 0.4 below all BM before spiking third-up where he went 8.9 lengths above all BM.

First-up this campaign he went 7.8 lengths above BM and then 15.8 lengths above all BM last start, and if he can spike again third-up when fitter and dropping 7kg, he’s clearly the one to beat. 

Having drawn barrier 3, regular rider Declan Bates can take a bit of time to find the front instead of having to burn across the field, that should leave a bit extra in the tank for the home straight, and I can’t see anything running him down with the light weight. 


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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips - a clear standout on weights and form

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