A particularly talented group of twenty-seven short course specialists have been included in 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations, highlighted by the pending appearance of some of the Spring Carnival’s most exciting horses at Caulfield on Saturday.
Disposition returned to racing for a resounding first-up success and appears primed for a maiden Group 1 win for Lee and Anthony Freedman in the 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Beginning his racing career in Perth under the guidance of Grant Williams, Disposition more than stamped his claims as one to watch through a standout summer three-year-old campaign; winning each of his first four starts included in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) before finishing second in both the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes (18000m).
Debuting on the east coast for second in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on February 21st, the Reset gelding was unlucky to be ruled out of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) before running on for a credible fourth in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m).
Having jogged home to win the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) first-up, Disposition will be tough to beat over the distance and conditions of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Group 1 winner Lucky Hussler will have taken plenty of benefit from his first-up run for fourth in The Sofitel and is a leading chance for success in the 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Lucky Hussler has been a different horse since his transferral to the care of Darren Weir prior to the 2014 Spring Carnival, and running in the minors in each of the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) and Listed Tavern Stakes (1400m) before winning the Group 3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) and finishing second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last spring.
Returning this year for first-up success in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m), the Husson gelding finished mid-pack in his next two starts before being put back into the paddock with a view towards spring targets.
Trainer Chris Waller appears as though he will launch a multi-pronged attack on Saturday’s feature race after including a total of three of his stable stars in 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes nominations, including both Amicus and Catkins.
Amicus broke through for a maiden win at the highest level in last year’s edition of the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), and has continued to impress this year.
While unable to return to the winner’s circle in a five start autumn preparation highlighted by a close fourth in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m), the Fastnet Rock mare is yet to taste anything by success this time, having won each of the Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) and Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).
Popular mare Catkins charged home to win the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) first-up a fortnight ago and will take plenty of benefit from the run.
Undoubtedly the country’s best current race horse yet to post a Group 1 win, the Dubawi mare has posted sixteen wins and further thirteen minors through 35 career starts so far.
The 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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