General Beau will contest the Pinchapoo Plate. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2021 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day Tips & Preview

Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day will light up Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, and one of our favourite Group 1 features headlines the nine-race program.

Yet to do the form? Don’t worry about it! You can find my complete 2021 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day Tips below.

Race 1 – PFD Food Services for NJT Handicap (1200m) – 12:30pm
No. 2 The Gauch

The Gauch rates as a key winning chance in the first on Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.

The Gauch has been a great horse throughout his career, and returned a nice effort to finish fourth over 1100m here when fresh.

His second-up record is outstanding, and I am happy to stick with him.

Henley Homes For RPC Handicap (1100m) – 1:05pm
No. 5 Wisdom Of Water

This shapes as a very winnable race for Wisdom Of Water.

Wisdom Of Water has returned plenty of good efforts throughout his career, and he ended his first prep for Annabel Neasham a credible third in the Group 2 Moreton Cup.

I thought that there was a bit to like about his resuming effort in the McEwen Stakes at The Valley a fortnight ago, and he will enjoy plenty of improvement for that effort.

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Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) – 1:40pm
No. 2 Scorched Earth

I’m going to have something on Scorched Earth each-way at around the $9 mark in Saturday’s Thousand Guineas Prelude.

Scorched Earth was excellent during her autumn preparation and went to the paddock after recording consecutive wins in the Murray Bridge Magic Millions race and the Listed St Albans at The Valley.

She filled the minors in the Quezette Stakes here when resuming, but she was a little flat in the Atlantic Jewel last time.

I think that fitter, third-up and getting out to 1400m is going to prove ideal for her.

Group 3 Neds Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) – 2:15pm
No. 2 Lightsaber

Lightsaber can take up the running in this year’s Neds Caulfield Guineas Prelude, and he’ll be tough to catch.

The Zoustar colt recorded an impressive win over 1400m in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce last time in, and he has improved for two starts back this time, including a credible fourth placing in the McNeil Stakes, beaten only a length by Bruckner and Artorius.

Fitter third-up and without horses like that engaged, I think that it looks his opportunity to strike.

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Pinchapoo Plate (1000m) – 2:55pm
No. 1 General Beau

I am a big fan of General Beau, and he will take a power of beating in race like this one.

The Brazen Beau colt was excellent during his two-year-old season, winning the Preview and Prelude races in the Neds Blue Diamond series before ending his prep fifth in the Group 1 feature.

He only just missed in the Vain Stakes when fresh, and while he could only manage a fifth placing in the McNeil last time, I think third-up and dropping in class, he is my best bet on the program.

4CYTE For Living Legends Handicap (1400m) – 3:35pm
No. 7 Snickerdoodledandy

I am going to have something on Snickerdoodledandy in Race 6 on Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day.

Snickerdoodledandy was good during her first preparation for Peter Moody, but she clearly needed the run when finishing down the order behind Probabeel in the Cockram Stakes last time.

She is a mare who tends to enjoy sharp improvement with a run under her belt, and this does look to be a decent drop in class.

Group 3 MRC Foundation Cup (2000m) – 4:15pm
No. 2 Angel Of Truth

Angel Of Truth has returned a couple of competitive efforts back this time, and third-up, I think that he can return to winning form on Saturday.

The Animal Kingdom gelding famously won the ATC Derby in 2019, and while he is yet to return to those heights, he has managed plenty of competitive performances, particularly since transferring to the care of Team Hawkes.

He nearly pipped Sierra Sue in the Group 2 PB Lawrence here when fresh, and he strikes this race in perfect timing.

Group 1 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) – 4:50pm
No. 2 Probabeel

The Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is always a highlight of the Spring Carnival, and a typically strong field will contest this year’s edition.

I’ve put Probabeel on top, but be sure to check out our full race preview and complete 2021 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips RIGHT HERE.

Group 3 Neds How Now Stakes (1200m) – 5:25pm
No. 3 Bella Nipotina

She’s hardly put a hoof wrong all prep, and I am happy to stick with my girl Bella Nipotina in the Neds How Now Stakes.

Bella Nipotina has been a strong and consistent performer throughout her entire career, and she led all the way in the Mark Mazzaglia Handicap here two starts back before only just missing behind Express Pass in the Chautauqua Stakes last time.

She’s rock-hard fit and can take up the running once more.