Rupert Clarke Stakes Day is a gallops event largely recognised as one of the premier race days that fall outside of the official Melbourne Spring Carnival. Held annually in the last weekend of September, it is the final major race day before the Melbourne Spring Carnival officially kicks off with the Turnbull Stakes. The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is the headline event. However, the race card also features the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a Handicap race that attracts a field of as many as 16 horses of any age and gender and is run over the 1400m distance at Melbourne’s illustrious Caulfield Racecourse. Classy gallopers have a good history in this event with the likes of Exceed & Excel (2003), Testa Rossa (1999 & 2000), Encosta De Lago (1996), Our Maizcay (1995), Poetic King (1994), Mannerism (1992) and Rancho Ruler (1988) all successful. It is also a good guide to mile races later in the carnival with Solzhenitsyn winning the Group 1 Toorak in 2012 after placing third to Moment Of Change in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
|RACE NAME||STATUS||PRIZE MONEY||DISTANCE||RACE TYPE|
|SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES||GR 1||$400,000||1400m||OPEN HANDICAP|
|THOUSAND GUINEAS PRELUDE||GR 2||$200,000||1400m||3YOF SW+PEN|
|CAULFIELD GUINEAS PRELUDE||GR 3||$175,000||1400m||3YO C&G SW+PEN|