A particularly talented and capacity field of eighteen plus emergencies has been confirmed for Saturday’s 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several previous winners at the highest level of racing.
Disposition has returned to racing in typically slick form this time and is a leading chance to break through for a maiden win at the highest level in the 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes after drawing the ideal barrier 3, and charged with carrying only 54kgs.
Disposition began his racing career in Perth under the guidance of leading trainer Grant Williams and immediately stamped his claims as one to watch through the 2014 spring and summer; winning each of the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) and Listed Fairetha Stakes (1400m) before placing second in both the Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m) and Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).
Having performed well in two Victorian starts through autumn in a short campaign hindered by injury, the son of Reset charged home to win the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) by a length first-up and is sure to be given a gem of a ride from champion hoop Damien Oliver.
Under The Louvre appears to have returned to racing in typically slick form this time and is a leading chance for success in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes from barrier 6.
Undoubtedly returning to racing in career-best form this year, Under The Louvre produced a monumental turn of foot to finish second in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up before claiming winning form in the Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m).
Continuing to impress in running second in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) on April 18th, the Excellent Art gelding ran on for third amongst classy company in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 16th.
Mark Zahra has been confirmed to retain the ride on Under The Louvre, who will carry a very manageable 55.5kgs in the 2015 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Lucky Hussler has been charged with lugging a race-high 59kgs in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, but will relish the conditions of the 1400m Caulfield course, particularly second-up.
Capping a strong 2014 Spring Carnival campaign second in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m), Lucky Hussler returned this year for success in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m), but failed to make much of an impact in his next two starts.
Having boxed on for a credible fourth in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) a fortnight ago, the son of Husson is sure to have taken priceless condition from the run and will be hard to beat on Saturday.
Four-year-olds Rich Enuff and Stratum Star have also been confirmed in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field, however Queenslander Hopfgarten arguably figures as the most interesting starter, but will need luck in transit from barrier 14.
Posting nine wins and a further six minors through 28 career starts so far, Hopfgarten has found excellent form this year; running a close second to Sir Moments in the Listed Tails Stakes (1630m) before placing third behind Pornichet in the Toowoomba Cup (2150m) and fifth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
Trainer Robert Heathcote has set the gelding for an appearance in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) in a fortnight, but is confident he is up to the standard of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
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