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The Sir Rupert Clark Stakes is a prestigious Group 1 race hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club.  This event is run over a distance of 1400 metres for prize money of $350,000.  The Sir Rupert Clark Stakes is an open handicap event that attracts both sprinters and middle distance runners, taking place on the same day as the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

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The Sir Rupert Clark Stakes has been run since 1951, originally known as the Invitation Stakes between 1951 and 1974.  At first this event was a Principal race run over 7 furlongs, becoming a 1400 metre event in 1972 and graduating to a Group 1 race in 1979.  This event was named after former chairman of the Melbourne Racing Club, Sir Rupert Clarke, who was also the chairman of Cadbury Schwepps and P&O Australia.

The Sir Rupert Clark Stakes has attracted a number of famous horses over the years, including Mannerism in 1992, Poetic King in 1994, Testa Rossa in 1999 and 2000, Rewaaya in 2006, and Orange County in 2008.  This race is run before events like the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, Caulfield Guineas, and Emirates Stakes, and can be a good form guide for these later races.

The 2011 edition of this race was won by Toorak Toff, who looked comfortable ahead of Pinnacles in second place and Master Of Design in third.


2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Result


1. Toorak Toff

2. Pinnacles

3. Master Of Design

4. Majestic Music

5. Luen Yat Forever

6. Silver Grecian

7. Dao Dao

8. Gold Salute

9. Danzylum

10. Smart Missile

11. Dreamaway

12. Testascana

13. Pinwheel

14. Blackie

15. Woorim

16. Yosei

17. Jungle Ruler



Past Results



Year     Winner                        Status              Distance


2011     Toorak Toff                  Group 1            1400m

2010     Response                    Group 1            1400m

2009     Turffontein                   Group 1            1400m

2008     Orange County            Group 1            1400m

2007     Bon Hoffa                    Group 1            1400m

2006     Rewaaya                      Group 1            1400m

2005     Barely A Moment        Group 1            1400m

2004     Regal Roller                 Group 1            1400m

2003     Exceed And Excel        Group 1            1400m

2002     Pernod                            Group 1            1400m

2001     Mr. Murphy                   Group 1            1400m

2000     Testa Rossa                 Group 1            1400m

1999     Testa Rossa                 Group 1            1400m

1998     Lord Luskin                  Group 1            1400m

1997     Cut Up Rough              Group 1            1400m

1996     Encosta De Lago         Group 1            1400m

1995     Our Maizcay                 Group 1            1400m

1994     Poetic King                  Group 1            1400m

1993     Black Rouge                Group 1            1400m

1992     Mannerism                   Group 1            1400m

1991     St. Jude                         Group 1            1400m

1990     Submariner                   Group 1            1400m

1989     Potrero                             Group 1            1400m

1988     Rancho Ruler                Group 1            1400m

1987     Western Pago              Group 1            1400m

1986     Canny Lass                  Group 1            1400m

1985     Trichelle                       Group 1            1400m

1984     King Phoenix                Group 1            1400m

1983     Ranger’s Son               Group 1            1400m

1982     Magari                         Group 1            1400m

1981     Soldier Of Fortune      Group 1            1400m

1980     Torbek                         Group 1            1400m

1979     Private Talk                  Group 1            1400m

1978     Manikato                      Principal race    1400m

1977     Raffindale                    Principal race    1400m

1976     Private Talk                  Principal race    1400m

1975     Cap D’Antibes              Principal race    1400m

1974     Ptery’s Son                  Principal race    1400m

1973     Millefleurs                    Principal race    1400m

1972     Proud Toff                   Principal race    1400m

1971     Tauto                           Principal race    7F

1970     Tauto                           Principal race    7F

1969     Heralding                     Principal race    7F

1968     Joking                         Principal race    7F

1967     Snub                            Principal race    7F

1966     Maritana                       Principal race    7F

1965     Nicopolis                     Principal race    7F

1964     Ripa                             Principal race    7F

1963     Samson                       Principal race    7F

1962     Anonyme                     Principal race    7F

1961     Anonyme                     Principal race    7F

1960     My Peak                      Principal race    7F

1959     St. Joel                        Principal race    7F

1958     Gay Saba                     Principal race    7F

1957     Luire                            Principal race    7F

1956     St. Joel                        Principal race    7F

1955     Matrice                                    Principal race    7F

1954     Rio Janeiro                   Principal race    7F

1953     St. Joel                        Principal race    7F

1952     Fetlar                           Principal race    7F

1951     Jovial Lad                    Principal race    7F



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