The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is typically one of the more open Group 1 contests of the Melbourne Spring Carnival and if you ask me, that is absolutely going to be the case again in 2019.
You have asked me, given that you’ve clicked through to my 2019 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes tips and while I think that he’s up to running a big race, I’m happy to take on Begood Toya Mother as favourite – that is largely why I think it is wide open.
Check out my Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes tips below.
- 2 Units E/W #12 Amphitrite
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
There was a lot to like about the way Amphitrite hit the line here at Caulfield first-up and there will be a lot to like about my Saturday night prospects if she lobs at around the $8 mark in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting. The Group 1 winner returned several pleasing efforts during her autumn prep this year and gets into this race lightly, with the proven formula of Craig Williams in the saddle. She can slot in behind a genuine early tempo and with even luck, can power over the tops of her rivals.
He didn’t quite measure up in his first crack at Group 1 company last time out, but it’s obviously difficult to argue with the form that he boasted prior and he’ll enjoy a big relief in the weights in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. His record at Caulfield is immense and his first-up win in the Listed Regal Roller was about as good as anything he’s done. Daniel Bowman has had this race earmarked for a while and while I think he might be slightly outclassed; it will be exciting to see what Begood Toya Mother can do here.
Widgee Turf is another horse that I think is going to enjoy good improvement into his second campaign appearance on Saturday and typically, I think that he is over the odds in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting. The Turffontein gelding is as tough as they come and rarely returns a bad performance. He loves racing at Caulfield, loves the 1400m and I’m expecting him to land somewhere similar to Amphitrite, and finish off in a similar way.
He’s drawn a potentially awkward barrier, but I genuinely believe that Best Of Days is one of the best horses in the field at his best and I think that he can fight out the finish at double figures in Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes betting. He clearly needed the run when he finished seventh in the Group 1 Winx Stakes first-up, but there was a lot to like about his run in the Group 2 Feehan a fortnight ago and I think that he’s ready to do something third-up.