The 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes form guide certainly isn’t something you’re going to get through too quickly with a host of top level chances leading into this Saturday at Caulfield.
Just about all of them have already had their first up runs though so at this stage of the carnival we should be able to start following a few form lines into the races.
This is especially the case at Group 1 level and these horses are here because they’ve earned their spots through solid race results.
For some they may be recent and for others they may be in seasons past but the fact remains in a Group 1 event every runner should be capable of something special.
In the 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes though we’ve narrowed the list down to seven runners which we think pose the biggest threat.
In a 1400m Group 1 contest at Caulfield we feel that recent form is the best form and momentum is a vital attribute to the spring carnival.
So check out our 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Form Guide below and see if you can pick yourself out a winner.
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2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Form Guide
This Snowden runner has been up for longer than any of them after running right the way through the Brisbane winter carnival and heading straight back to Sydney and Melbourne. That being said he’s in fantastic form and a more consistent horse you’d struggle to find. This company is the next level though and he’ll need something special, especially with a 58kg top weight.
This classy Queenslander has already run once in Melbourne this spring and if that was anything to go by he’s in for one hell of a campaign. He looked good all winter carnival and jagged two black type wins and was unlucky in the Stradbroke. From gate five he’ll find a spot and you’ll know about him late.
This is our first look at the European import who has come via Hong Kong on his way to Australia. Reports out of the Moore camp are all good about his prospects but the fact is we simply won’t know until we see him. They say to forget about his last runs and focus on what he showed in Europe, interesting runner and a real danger.
Trained by Moody so there’s no doubts about the lead up and given it comes in with a four in a row winning streak it’s pretty hard to argue with. Sure it’s a step up in class but that’s the same for all horses going to a group 1, the killer here though is gate 16, Luke Nolen needs to weave some magic.
This is a really good horse, a Group 1 horse yet though is the question. He won three in a row last prep and the crucial thing was they were all different. Some by big margins in commanding fashion and another by a whisker after a tough battle. That shows this horse has the talent and coming in off a first up second he’s ready to go.
Master Of Design
Won last start and won first up as well so this David Payne runner knows how to find the line. There’s been a big push for this horse of late and with just 53.5kgs it seems well suited here. Damien Oliver will take the ride but form barrier 10 it’s crucial he doesn’t get himself caught up in any trouble as he crosses.
We don’t need to talk up the quality of this horse because jockey Glen boss does that for us. If you believe him he’s the best horse in the race and in reality few would argue. As always with this horse in Group 1 races though there is a problem, this time gate 17. Boss doesn’t seem too concerned and history shows us outside gates aren’t the death nail in this event, however it certainly doesn’t help him.
These are the top seven horses we think will be battling it out in the 2011 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the ones we implore you to take a closer look at.
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