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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview

Jimmy Brownley’s Runner by Runner Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Preview

The Victorian feature this week is the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes, a handicap for three year olds and older at Caulfield over 1400m.  It sets up to be an action-packed race with a full field and 4 hopeful emergencies, with a lot to unpack and loads of exciting chances and emerging talents to compete.

Dalasan returns to Victoria a winner after his drought breaking win in the Macdonald Stakes at Morphetville. He rarely runs a poor race and is ultra-consistent, and loves the 1400 being placed 4 times from 6 runs. Should sit midfield and be given every opportunity to be running them down. A genuine top 4 hope here and at $7.50 a place, he is one for the exotics.

Laws Of Indices is first up here and is coming off an average jumpout.  First up form is poor and is hard to see him figuring in the finish here.

Sinawann was good first up here over 1200 and has had a jumpout since so should be rock hard fit.  Back on top of the ground this time and back up to 1400 where he’s won before. Draw does no favours in this field and might find it difficult to get a run but if he can get out, he might run into the placings.

Callsign Mav was good first up in the Memsie where he sat behind the eventual winner.  Second up form is good and had won four times over the trip.  A firmer surface is a positive and is a Group 1 winner. Should give himself a chance on the pace and another smokey chance to run into the placings.

I Am Superman was super behind Mr Brightside first up in the Lawrence and now returns back to the track and trip.  Has trialled since and was good enough there. Tricky draw maps for a difficult run however, if things go right and slots in has good enough form to be competitive here.

Just Folk went close to upsetting Dalasan second up but finds a much tougher task here.  Has a tricky draw and will need lots of luck to be competitive here. Is a better horse with the sting out of the ground and has way too many things against him here to be competitive.

Graceful Girl was good second up last week behind Baller and comes here on the week back up. I think she might enjoy the step back up to 1400m where she’s won before however, does draw tricky with her racing pattern.  Think there’s better value elsewhere.

Ayrton has a perfect first up record and loves the track and trip.  Draws to get a good enough run and has had a good trial leading into this. His previous preparations form is good enough to be really competitive here and is a genuine winning hope.

Hilal was good behind Anamoe second up however draws the carpark here and might be made to work. He has to be respected in this class however think there’s too much against him to be winning here.

Showmanship was super first up winning the Show Country quality over 1200 at Randwick. Second up here looks primed over a distance of which he holds a perfect record over. Has won at Caulfield before and maps well to be extremely competitive here. Genuine winning hope.

Red Can Man will be rock hard fit after a positive first two runs. Has drawn wide though and just think he might have a bit too much work to do in the early stages to be a winning chance but might sneak into the placings with luck.

Buffalo River needs to be doing a rain dance to be competitive here. He was very plain second up and has had an ok jumpout since. He has won third up in the past but a wide draw provides no favours and looks too hard here.

Aysar was good winning last time out at The Valley and steps back up to the 1400 here which might be a step too far. Does draw for a good run but think others are better suited here.

Bankers Choice got a mile back last time here and ran on well. Think he might be asking for further now at this point in his career so prefer to watch here.

Tuvalu resumes here fresh off a Casterton jumpout win. Loves the 1400 and should find a positive spot on the speed.  Does step up in grade here but early form has been good enough. Genuine place chance.

Chaillot resumes for the first time here under Price and Kent Jr. First up record is good but think the trials were just fair. Might be too much of a task here.

Dragon Leap was set to be a genuine chance. Was a massive run first up in the Memsie that form is well and truly good enough. Might just be asking for a little further now but is a classy horse and must be followed.

I Wish I Win was the other unlucky runner not to get a start. He blew them away first up and could be a classy horse in the making. Would have been ultra-competitive.

FINAL WORD

On top hope here is Ayrton ($7), he is the top hope with Showmanship and Dalasan in for the placings.

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