The 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field has been announced and it has fallen just short of capacity at Caulfield this weekend.
Still though with 17 quality horses in the race it’s bound to be a top quality contest, especially given just about all of them should be approaching their peak form.
The biggest thing to come out of today’s final field announcement wasn’t who was in it though, it was what barriers they’ve been allocated.
That’s where the story of the day comes with the Anthony Cummings trained Smart Missile slugged with gate 17, another cruel blow for this hugely unlucky horse.
Sure he’s won three of four starts but when it comes to Group 1’s he appears to be cursed.
First off it was the Golden Slipper, he loomed as a top winning threat before being scratched at the gates in a controversial manner.
Fats forward to last start and he jumped in the Golden Rose but copped plenty of attention back in the running despite it being only a six horse race, then he veered wide and cost himself a win down the straight.
This time he jumps to open company at Group 1 level and with gate 17 Cummings must just about be thinking his horse is cursed.
It’s very different for Robert Heathcote, his charger Woorim came up with barrier five and should be able to find a sweet spot in the middle of the pack.
He’s coming off a first up win at Moonee Valley and looms as the one to beat again here.
In terms of the other main chances Pinwheel got gate eight, Testacana 16, Master Of Design 10, Yosei 2, Toorak Toff 7 and Pinnacles in 6.
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His first trip to open grade and from the outside barrier it’ll take a minor miracle from Glen Boss but if the horse is as good as he says he is then that just might happen.
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2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||1241331314||PINWHEEL||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||8||58kg||111|
|2||90X45171X1||WOORIM||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||5||57.5kg||109|
|3||662X32708X||DAO DAO||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||14||56.5kg||106|
|4||1124X5X0X5||TOORAK TOFF||Rick Hore-Lacy||Craig Williams||7||56.5kg||106|
|5||143068X036||DANZYLUM||Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie||15||55.5kg||103|
|6||6190X601X0||YOSEI||Stuart Webb||Ms Michelle Payne||2||55.5kg||110|
|7||45X89290X4||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||Ben Melham||13||55kg||102|
|8||0X90X52512||PINNACLES||Rick Hore-Lacy||Chris Symons||6||54.5kg||101|
|9||X9499X751X||SILVER GRECIAN (GB)||John Moore||Darren Beadman||4||54.5kg||101|
|10||741X521111||TESTASCANA||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||16||54.5kg||101|
|11||41X1117X2||BLACKIE (NZ)||Michael Kent||Nicholas Hall||12||53.5kg||98|
|12||83X0X1X191||MASTER OF DESIGN||David Payne||Damien Oliver||10||53.5kg||98|
|13||1X1X12||SMART MISSILE||Anthony Cummings||Glen Boss||17||53kg||104|
|14||26211111X8||DREAMAWAY||Dean Binaisse||William Pike||9||53kg||102|
|15||70X24452X0||MAJESTIC MUSIC||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Newitt||3||53kg||102|
|16||0X60700X80||GOLD SALUTE||Mark Riley||Michael Walker||11||53kg||93|
|17||6001060070||JUNGLE RULER||Peter White||Dean Yendall||1||53kg||93|