Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Four-year-olds have the best recent record in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is a handicap clash for middle distance sprint types held at Caulfield Racecourse and now takes place in November having been moved from its previous September time-slot ahead of the 2023 edition.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day also now features the Group 1 $1.5 million Thousand Guineas (1600m) for the three-year-old fillies.

2022 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Callsign Mav

2022 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Callsign Mav. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Other Group status races on the card include the Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m), and the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m).

Raced over 1400m and worth $1 million in prize money, the race previously served as a good lead-up into the Toorak Handicap with Trust In A Gust (2014) was the last galloper to complete the popular Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double before the former was moved to after the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Inaugurated in 1951 when Jovial Lad scored the race was originally known as the Invitation Stakes and it has held Group 1 status since a 1979 upgrade. It was renamed in honour of former Victorian Amateur Turf Club chairman Sir Rupert Clarke after his death in 2005.

Many notable horses have won the race including Stratum Star (2015), Moment Of Change (2012), Exceed And Excel (2003), dual Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes champ Testa Rossa (1999 & 2000), and Encosta De Lago (1996).

The Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at the same track and distance serves as an early lead-up into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes with star South Australian galloper Behemoth (2020) the last to do the double.

For the first time in 2023 the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner also earned a guaranteed start in the following autumn’s $4 million The All-Star Mile race held in 2024 on March 16 at Caulfield Racecourse. 

It was the first ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the 2024 All-Star Mile. 

The latest edition of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes ran on Saturday November 18, 2023 alongside the Thousand Guineas having been moved from September to November and was won by the best-backed mare Magic Time ($4.80F). 

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

The official Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results for 2023 will be available in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 18, 2023.

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Magic Time

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Magic Time. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #11 Magic Time
  • 2nd: #2 I Am Me
  • 3rd: #3 Strait Acer

Grahame Begg’s in-form Hellbent mare Magic Time ($4.80F) improved on a lead-up third in The Invitation race to overcome a wide gate to post a one-length Group 1 success when saluting for the punters in the 2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results.

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Odds

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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 18, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1951

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Betting

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting odds are usually dominated by in-form four-year-old horses in the field with four-year-olds winning all seven editions of the race from 2010 – 2018.

Wide barriers are a non-issue but a good lead-up run ensures a shorter price in the markets, especially for graduates of the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington, which is a traditional Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes lead-up producing four winners from 2007 – 2018.

Favourites in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting have a solid recent record in the race winning three times on the trot from 2012 – 2014.

There has also been notable upsets including Santa Ana Lane ($26 in 2017), European raider Jungle Cat ($11 in 2018), Sierra Sue ($11 in 2021), and talented Kiwi runner Callsign Mav ($16 in 2022).

In 2019 the favourite in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting Begood Toya Mother saluted on the back of a lead-up sixth in the Memsie Stakes, while in 2020 Behemoth also won as the top fancy in betting coming off a win in the Memsie.

Magic Time ($4.80 in 2023) is the latest Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes favourite to salute. 

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes race field had a capacity of 18 starters, a number the race has run at a number of times in recent years, most recently in 2015 when Stratum Star beat home 17 rivals from a wide barrier 15 draw, but now can have a maximum of 16 starters.

Horses may come into the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field via an earlier Group 1 spring run in the season’s opening elite level race, the Memsie Stakes.

Behemoth (2020) became the first to do the Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double since Regal Roller (2004).

Callsign Mav (6th in 2022) was the last Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner to come via a lead-up run in the Memsie Stakes.

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Field

The official Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week with the full line-up to be published below.

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Nominations

The early Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2023 nominations close the Monday ahead of the event.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes tips favour the shorties in the markets with the favourite saluting plenty of times in the past decade including three times on the trot with Moment Of Change (2012), Rebel Dane (2011) and Trust In A Gust (2014) all getting the job done for the punters, along with Begood Toya Mother in 2019 and Behemoth in 2020 followed in 2023 by Magic Time. 

Many Sir Rupert Clarke tipsters also like to predict Craig Williams’ mount to run well as the top hoop has ridden six Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners since 2005, most recently aboard Behemoth (2020).

Other key Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting tips include backing the in-form four-year-olds in the field with seven four-year-olds winning on the trot from 2010 – 2016, and only three winners have finished worse than fourth in their lead-up run from 2002 – 2021 including the internationally-trained 2018 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Jungle Cat who came off a lead-up win in Dubai’s Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) that March.

In 2023 Magic Time became the latest Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winning mare coming off a third in Sydney’s $2 million The Invitation

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2023 betting tips will be detailed in full below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the horses to back and sack in the late spring racing feature this season.

  • To Win: TBD

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Form Guide

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes form guide has all the info punters need to place a well-informed wager on the Caulfield spring classic like saddlecloth numbers, starting barriers, jockeys and trainers as well as the allocated weights. The form guide also shows the lead-up races horses come via and their record at the track and distance.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes form guide data from the past decade reveals some key things to consider including the dominant record of four-year-olds in the race and the fact that from 2012 – 2023 five of the winners jumped from wide barriers including Moment Of Change (15 of 15 in 2012) and most recently Magic Time (13 of 16 in 2023).

Magic Time was also the last four-year-old Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner. 

The 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke form was franked with the third placed I’m Thunderstruck going on to win the Toorak Handicap – Golden Eagle interstate double at his next two starts.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Form Facts

  • Four-year-olds have dominated the recent Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes results. 
  • Horses coming off a top three run last time out are the best bets in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field.
  • The Memsie Stakes and Bobbie Lewis Quality have served as top Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes lead-up races.
  • Jockey Craig Williams has ridden six Sir Rupert Clarke winners since 2005.
  • Single-figure horses in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting have a dominant record in the race over the past 20 years.

2023 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Results

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes race results and race finishing order of all the starters is known after the event runs late on the Sir Rupert Day card and also reveals the winning margin, time and starting price of each horse so you can see how the favourites fared.

Exceed And Excel (2003) was the last three-year-old Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner.

Exceed And Excel also holds the current Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes race record winning over 1400m in 2003 in a time of 1 minute 21.20 seconds.

Magic Time (2021) was the last Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winning mare.

Past Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winners

Past Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winners going back to the year 1951 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Jockey Trainer/s Time
2023 Magic Time Michael Dee Grahame Begg 1:22.51
2022 Callsign Mav Danny O’Brien Jamie Mott 1:26.88
2021 Sierra Sue Daniel Moor Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 1:23.07
2020 Behemoth Craig Williams David Jolly 1:23.84
2019 Begood Toya Mother Declan Bates Daniel Bowman 1:21.98
2018 Jungle Cat James Doyle Charlie Appleby 1:21.31
2017 Santa Ana Lane Dean Yendell Anthony Freedman 1:22.28
2016 Bon Aurum Kerrin McEvoy Ciaron Maher 1:22.28
2015 Stratum Star Craig Williams Darren Weir 1:23.4
2014 Trust In A Gust Damian Lane Darren Weir 1:22.0
2013 Rebel Dane Glen Boss Gary Portelli 1:23.0
2012 Moment Of Change Luke Nolen Peter G Moody 1:23.9
2011 Toorak Toff Craig Williams Rick Hore-Lacy 1:22.1
2010 Response Craig Williams Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra 1:21.9
2009 Turffontein Glen Boss Anthony Cummings 1:22.23
2008 Orange County Damien Oliver B Mayfield-Smith 1:24.3
2007 Bon Hoffa Vlad Duric Wendy Kelly 1:22.5
2006 Rewaaya Craig Williams D A Hayes 1:23.4
2005 Barely A Moment Craig Williams Tony McEvoy 1:25.7
2004 Regal Roller M Flaherty Clinton McDonald 1:24.2
2003 Exceed & Excel C W Brown Tim Martin 1:21.2
2002 Pernod Kerrin McEvoy Michael Moroney 1:22.6
2001 Mr Murphy D Oliver D L Freedman 1:23.5
2000 Testa Rossa B Prebble D R Lawson 1:21.9
1999 Testa Rossa D Oliver D R Lawson 1:22.1
1998 Lord Luskin S Baster R N McDonell 1:23.3
1997 Cut Up Rough S R King David Noonan 1:22.9
1996 Encosta De Lago S R King D L Freedman 1:24.2
1995 Our Maizcay B York G L Searle 1:22.3
1994 Poetic King D Oliver D L Freedman 1:23.2
1993 Black Rouge N Wilson Brendan McCarthy 1:23.3
1992 Mannerism D Oliver D L Freedman 1:26.2
1991 St Jude B York B J McLachlan 1:27.4
1990 Submariner D Oliver Bart Cummings 1:23.6
1989 Potrero R S Dye DR G Chapman 1.23.6
1988 Rancho Ruler H White G Marconi 1.24.0
1987 Western pago J Scorse Wally Mitchell 1:23.8
1986 Canny Lass Greg Hall Rick Hore-Lacy 1:24.2
1985 Trichelle R Mallyon C S Hayes 1:23.4
1984 King Phoenix M Goreham T R Howe 1:25.8
1983 Ranger’s Son M Goreham J K McIntosh 1:26.7
1982 Magari 1:23.0
1981 Soldier of Fortune 1:23.0
1980 Torbek 1:22.8
1979 Private Talk
1978 Manikato
1977 Raffindale
1976 Private Talk
1975 Cap D’Antibes
1974 Ptery’s Son
1973 Millefleurs
1972 Proud Toff
1971 Tauto
1970 Tauto
1969 Heralding
1968 Joking
1967 Snub
1966 Maritana
1965 Nicopolis
1964 Ripa
1963 Samson
1962 Anonyme
1961 Anonyme
1960 My Peak
1959 St. Joel
1958 Gay Saba
1957 Luire
1956 St. Joel
1955 Matrice
1954 Rio Janeiro
1953 St. Joel
1952 Fetlar
1951 Jovial Lad