After taking on the G1 Breeders Cup at Del Mar in November, the gelding was sent to Australia and after completing quarantine and a spell, was first sighted in a trial over 900m at Randwick when finishing a narrow 2nd to Siege Of Quebec. Making his Australian race debut in the Aurie’s Star, he led them up down the Flemington Straight Six when grabbed in the last strides by Voodoo Lad to go under by three-quarters of a length. Second-up in the G2 Theo Marks at Rosehill under 57.5kg he was too dominant in leading throughout, scoring by two lengths taking the scalp of the top-weight Trapeze Artist in the process. Mark Zahra takes the ride and will become the 3rd different hoop to ride the 7YO since arriving. His favouritism tag appears justified after his display in the Theo Marks coupled with his record at 1400m where he has five victories and been runner-up a further three times.
One of two Godolphin owned runners in the race, Jungle Cat will be first up since taking out the G1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai back in March. Given a three start campaign on the turf at Meydan, the entire secured victory in all three starts during his Arabian adventure. Stepping out first-up at 1400m in the G2 Al Fahidi Fort he carried 57kg to score and backed that up with a second-up win at 1200m in scoring by an impressive 2.25 lengths. Part of the astute Charlie Appleby team that has had good success in past campaigns in Australia, Jungle Cat brings International G1 form which is a real X-Factor for this type of race. His lone win at 1400m came when resuming last campaign in Dubai and his overall first-up record is strong at 5: 2-1-1. Englishman James Doyle will fly in to partner both of Appleby’s runners at Caulfield, the other being Folkswood in the Naturalism and they will be his only mounts for the day.
The Hawkes trained Showtime should appreciate the drop to handicap conditions after taking on WFA assignments at three runs this campaign. In the Autumn his prep was rounded out with a 2nd to Catchy in the G2 Arrowfield at 1200m followed by a 3rd at 1400m in the G1 All Aged Stakes when rundown in the closing stages by Trapeze Artist and Le Romain. Returning for his 4YO term in the G2 Missile, Tommy Berry was up and the entire was ridden much further back when finishing mid-field behind Pierata. Taken to Melbourne for the PB Lawrence second-up, he was ridden on the pace which has been a more successful pattern and he was able to hit the front and hold on for a half-length victory over Hartnell. Prepared to forgive his effort in the Memsie in the blanket finish when finishing 4.5 lengths from Humidor, he can bounce back here, with his Memsie run his only ‘miss’ at the Caulfield 1400m in 3 attempts. The other 2 are his Lawrence victory and a 1 length 3rd to Brave Smash in the G1 Futurity in the Autumn.
The Anthony Freedman trained 5YO will be hoping to go one better than his 2017 performance in this race. Jumping from gate 4 under Brenton Avdulla, he was ridden on the pace and was able to make it a quinella for the stable when finishing three-quarters of a length from Santa Ana Lane. Given one more run for following that eefort in the G1 Toorak, he took on both G1 1400m events here at Caulfield in the Autumn when beaten 1.2 lengths in teh CF Orr and four lenghts from Brave Smash in the Futurity. Returning this prep in the Listed Norman Carlyon under 56kg, the High Chaparral gelding was under one length from the winner Faatinah. Second-up in the Chandler Macleod when ridden closer to the speed, he was only one length from the winner Land Of Plenty. The light-weight is a bonus and at Caulfield he has a solid record of 6: 2-1-0 while at the seven furlong trip is 7: 1-2-2.
The Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakesheld under the conditions of open handicap. The minimum weight is 52kg, with a maximum weight of 58kg. The race is officially registered as the Invitiation Stakes and was renamed in 2005 to honour the former chairman of the Victorian Amateur Turf Club.
The 2018 edition will offer total prize money of $500,000. First held in 1951 when taken out by Jovial Lad, the race received Group 1 status in 1979, where it has remained since.
In 2017 the race was taken out by the Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane and was ridden by Dean Yendall. Other past winners include Stratum Star, Rebel Dane, Exceed And Excel, Mannerism, Manikato and the dual winner Testa Rossa.
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|Date:||Saturday 22nd Septemeber 2018|
|Race Time:||16:50 AEST|
|2017 Winner:||Santa Ana Lane|
|2018 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Odds|
|2017||Santa Ana Lane|
|2014||Trust In A Gust|
|2012||Moment Of Change|