This Saturday the first Group 1 races of the esteemed Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival will take place at Caulfield Racecourse as the $350,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) headlines a bumper meeting.
The 2010 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has attracted 20 nominations including a number of top spring hopefuls worth checking out the odds on such as Peter Moody’s Doubtful Jack.
In-form four-year-old Doubtful Jack is coming off four successive wins including the gelding’s last start victory in the Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington.
Their impressive recent success has seen Doubtful Jack allocated a hefty 58kg in the Sir Rupert Clarke as they head towards later spring features including the 2010 Cox Plate and 2010 Melbourne Cup.
The other nominees allocated the top weight of 58kg are 2009 Emirates Stakes winner Gold Salute, six-year-old Rightfully Yours and La Rocket.
Only one other horse in metric history has carried 58kg to victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Other top chances among the 2010 Sir Rupert Clarks Stakes entries include SA Derby victor Kidnapped having their first-up spring start, Eagle Farm Cup runner-up Raffaello, the Rick Hore-Lacy-trained Pinnacles who had a luckless run in the race 12 months ago to finish eighth, Let’s Elope Stakes winning mare No Evidence Needed and runner-up Response.
There are five other Group race features highlighting the Caulfield race card on Saturday including the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) featuring a star studded field including 2009 Melbourne Cup winner Shocking along with 2009 Cox Plate champion So You Think.
Other exciting events are the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) where Toorak Toff heads the nominations and the Group 3 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) to be contested by the best three-year-old fillies of the season.
Meanwhile, the action of the Sydney Spring Carnival also continues this Saturday as Rosehill hosts a quality day of racing headlined by four Group 2 events.
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2010 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations & Weights
|No.||Horse||Trainer||Ballot||Weight (kg)||Hcp. Rating|
|1||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||1||58||107|
|2||GOLD SALUTE||Mark Riley||2||58||107|
|3||RIGHTFULLY YOURS||Mick Price||3||58||107|
|4||LA ROCKET||Dale Sutton||4||58||107|
|7||JUNGLE RULER||Peter White||7||57||104|
|9||NINE TALES||Mick Price||10||56||100|
|12||IRISH LIGHTS||David Hayes||9||53.5||99|
|13||NO EVIDENCE NEEDED||John P Thompson||13||53.5||96|
|14||RESPONSE||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||14||53.5||95|
|15||RED COLOSSUS||Greg Eurell||15||53.5||93|
|16||SISTER MADLY||Anthony Cummings||16||53.5||93|
|18||DELAYEDREACTION (NZ)||Leon Corstens||18||53.5||93|
|19||GATHERING||John P Thompson||19||53.5||92|
|20||WE’RE GONNA ROCK||Mark Kavanagh||20||53.5||77|