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Some facts about the Sir Rupert Clarke


Some facts about the Group One $350,000 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday:

* Known as the Invitation Stakes from 1951-74. Also known as the Marlboro Cup, Show Day Cup, VicHealth Cup, Eat Well Live Well Cup and Dubai Racing Club Cup.

* First run in 1951 when won by Jovial Lad.

* St. Joel won the race three times in 1953, 1956 and 1959 and ran second in 1954.

* Horses to win the race twice: Anonyme (1961, 1962), Tauto (1970, 1971), Private Talk (1976, 1979) and Testa Rossa (1999, 2000).

* Other notable horses to have won the race include Matrice (1955), Samson (1963), Ripa (1964), Nicopolis (1965), Cap d’Antibes (1975), Raffindale (1977), Manikato (1978), Canny Lass (1986), Rancho Ruler (1988), Mannerism (1992), Our Maizcay (1995), Encosta De Lago (1996), Exceed And Excel (2003), Barely A Moment (2005).

* Feature race connections – (same year victories): – Clarke Stakes-Caulfield Cup: Mannerism (1992).

– Clarke Stakes-Cox Plate: Tauto (1971).

– Clarke Stakes-Toorak Hcp (same year since 1975): Canny Lass (1986), Magari (1982), Torbek (1980).

– Ascot Vale Stakes-Clarke Stakes (same year since 1975): Encosta De Lago (1996), Our Maizcay (1995), Manikato (1978).

* Mares’ record since 1975 – Six wins: Rewaaya (2006), Pernod (2002), Mannerism (1992), Canny Lass (1986), Trichelle (1985) and Cap d’Antibes (1975).

* Three-year-old record since 1975 – Five wins: Exceed And Excel (2003), Testa Rossa (1999), Encosta De Lago (1996), Our Maizcay (1995) and Manikato (1978).

* Winning trainers with a runner on Saturday: Leon Corstens – Delayedreaction (Lord Luskin 1998); Lee Freedman – Electromotive (Mannerism 1992, Poetic King 1994, Encosta De Lago 1996, Mr. Murphy 2001); Anthony Cummings – Sister Madly (Turffontein 2009).

* Winning jockeys with a ride this year: Damien Oliver – Gold Salute (Submariner 1990, Mannerism 1992, Poetic King 1994, Testa Rossa 1999, Mr. Murphy 2001, Orange County 2008); Stephen Baster – La Rocket (Lord Luskin 1998); Glen Boss – Rightfully Yours (Turffontein 2009); Craig Williams – Response (Barely A Moment 2005, Rewaaya 2006).