It’s always a highlight of the Melbourne Spring Carnival, and the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes looms as another outstanding contest at Caulfield on Saturday afternoon.
Defending champ Behemoth has been charged with carrying topweight, but he has returned to the races in typically outstanding condition, and he’ll take plenty of beating in the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Have I put him on top? Check out my complete 2021 Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips below to find out!
- 3 Units straight out #2 Probabeel
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
She’s not typically one of mine, but I was quite taken with how tough Probabeel was when resuming a fortnight ago, and I think she’ll take big improvement into the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Probabeel is a multiple Group 1 winner, and she added the Futurity Stakes (run over this route) to her CV most notably in autumn of this year.
This is a decent rise in class from her resuming win in the Cockram Stakes, but she has won four of five starts at this point of her prep.
Having drawn well under in-form hoop Brett Prebble, she needs only run up to the level we know she can to win.
I wasn’t sure if he was up to Group 1 company, but he went within a bee’s you-know-what of upsetting Behemoth in the Memsie Stakes last time, and the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes looks another lovely race for Beau Rossa.
To his credit, he has returned one poor effort in twelve previous trips to the races, and he announced himself to the greater Australian racing community with a lovely Group 2 win during the Adelaide Autumn Carnival.
He takes his place in this field rock-hard fit, and Linda Meech has options in running from the rails draw.
He’s now a three-time Group 1 winner over this track and trip, and I am happy to put Behemoth into my Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes trifecta.
He was unlucky not to record an upset win in The Goodwood as a three-year-old in 2019, but it is fair to say that he has continued to improve with age and with each preparation.
He strikes the Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in peak order, and with Craig Williams returning to the saddle, I can’t find a reason why he won’t be in the finish.
This looks to be the sort of race that Amish Boy could pop up in, and he adds a nice bit of value to our Neds Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes first four.
Amish Boy has been a good horse for the Maher & Eustace operation since debuting, and he has returned some eye-catching efforts in good races throughout.
He enters Saturday’s feature off the back of a smart second placing behind Masked Crusader here, and I am expecting that form to hold up.