Lindsey Smith's gelding is yet to miss a place in 18 career starts. The star of the West arrived in Victoria and was first-up off a break in the G2 Bobbie Lewis down the Flemington straight where he found Redkirk Warrior a little too slick over the straight six. That was Braw Rawiller's first ride on the gelding so he will take some good knowledge out of the ride as the pair aim to secure Group 1 success. Scales Of Justice is already a proven G1 winner when taking out the Railway Stakes at Ascot last November. He looks to get in nicely at the 56kg under the handciap conditions, is a two-time winner at 1400m and when second-up, his record stands at 5:2-3-0. An on-pace runner he can slide across to take up a handy position and he has already met with some solid support including $1,000 each-way at $3.80/$1.65.
The 4YO matches up on some key historical statistics as he looks to record his maiden G1 success. 4YO's have dominated this race in recent years, having won the last 7 in succession. He follows an identical path to 2016 winner Bon Aurum, placing in a benchmark 78 at Caulfield at 1200m with a big weight, then success in the Listed Tontonan at 1400m at Flemington carrying 54kg and then into the Rupert Clarke with 52kg. Both also rounded out their Autumn prep at 1600m, Theanswermyfriend when finishing 2nd on a heavy 8 in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes at Randwick when starting favourite. Racing on his home track, the gelding will be partnered by Kerrin McEvoy who was also successful on Bon Aurum in this race. His last start win was dominant when leading throughout and at 1400m is 5: 3-2-0.
Representing some value in the race, Sovereign Nation has had his runs spaced this campaign with all starts having been at Flemington. Kicking off in a 1400m handicap, he was on the minimum of 54kg and after settling back in the field finished strongly to gather in the leaders and go on to record a 1.25 length victory. With 3 weeks between runs he was sent to the post as favourite at his next start when finishing 5th. A 3rd at 1600m in the Listed Winter Championship followed a 4 week gap and then his next start came following a 5 week space. That was back to a 1400m handicap, where he was once again the ruling favourite and carrying 55.5kg he was a dominant winner, breezing past the field to go on to record a 4.25 length victory.
Facing the toughest challenge of his career to date, Mr Sneaky steps up to the elite level having only ever competed once at Listed level. However the Anthony Freedman trained 4YO is on the up, having only missed a placing twice in his 11 starts career and has been top 3 at each of his past 7 starts. Resuming over 1200m in a benchmark 78, he settled near the rear and came with a strong run to clear out for a 2.5 length victory, relegating Theanswermyfriend to 2nd. Second-up into the Listed Tontonan at 1400m, the tables were turned with Mr Sneaky unable to land the prize, taking 2nd. He has now stasrted twice at Caulfield for two wins and after opening at $8 with UBET has been kept steady at the quote with a sprinkling of money in the early market at the quote.
The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakesheld under the conditions of open handicap. The minimum weight is 52kg, with a maximum weight of 58kg. The race is officially registered as the Invitiation Stakes and was renamed in 2005 to honour the former chairman of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club.
The 2017 edition will offer total prize money of $500,000. First held in 1951 when taken out by Jovial Lad, the race received Group 1 status in 1979, where it has remained since.
In 2016 the race was taken out by the Ciaron Maher trained Bon Aurum and was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy. Other past winners include Stratum Star, Rebel Dane, Exceed And Excel, Mannerism, Manikato and the dual winner Testa Rossa.
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|Date:||Sunday 01st October 2017|
|Race Time:||16:30 AEST|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2016 Winner:||Bon Aurum|
|Bet On The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes|