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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips & Runner-by-Runner Preview

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Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Tips & Runner-by-Runner Preview


The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes has attracted a full field of 17 runners and it's one of the more even betting fields in recent history.

The field includes the likes of Probabeel, Behemoth, Beau Rossa and I'm Thunderstruck, so it's a high-class race.

We look at the form of every runner in the 2021 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

Behemoth


There is nothing wrong with the form of Behemoth, who won on protest fresh up before powering home to beat Beau Rossa last start. It's Group 1 form and we wouldn't be ruling him out at each-way odds.

Probabeel


The Kiwi didn't win easily last start, but she fought bravely to hold off Chassis. She will need to improve on that form here, but she loves racing second-up.

Streets of Avalon


He looks held at this level after showing little in his last few starts. He would need to improve significantly.

Dalasan


Looked good as a three-year-old but hasn't matured into an older horse. That's reflected in betting markets, so leave him out of selections.

Beau Rossa


A talented type who opened as favourite. Drifting a touch now, but if he gets luck off the inside draw, he should be tough to handle.

Buffalo River


Didn't win from four starts last campaign, but the ability is there. Unsure if he's a genuine Group 1 contender, but he could hit the line nicely late.

Sierra Sue


She had no luck last start at The Valley and running at Caulfield should help. She has been heavily backed after opening at generous odds. Wouldn't be leaving her out.

Groundswell


He will push forward and make his own luck in front. Unlikely to hold on against some of the fast finishers in this field.

Aysar


He will likely need the run as he has different targets in mind later in the spring. 52kg helps, but a win would surprise.

Irish Flame


He has been specked after opening at $46, but it would be a shock to see him winning. He is twice-placed at Caulfield, but we can't see him breaking through against this level of opposition.

Romancer


Could be found wanting over this distance. Expect him to be struggling before the turn.

Samizdat


We can't completely rule out the Perth-based runner, who has been around the mark throughout his career. Money is coming, so keep safe.

Amish Boy


Better for his second placing last start and carrying 52kg is ideal, but we can't see him winning the George Main Stakes.

Dice Roll


A former Hong Kong runner who looked good early on. Disappointing his last couple, but carrying 52kg helps. Consider at a big price.

Regardsmaree


Better for three runs back from a spell. Good enough to handle this field if they go hard up front.

Poland


Unbeaten in two starts at the distance, but those came against easier opposition. Likely to struggle here.

I'm Thunderstruck


Better over longer distances, but he is a smart type in the making. We wouldn't leave him out of selections.

Verdict

It's an open field for the Group 1 contest, so we suggest backing three runners.

The first is Probabeel, who is a class act and capable of beating this field. We would also add Behemoth, who is getting stronger with every run.

I'm Thunderstruck is a horse for the future and he could settle off the pace and strike late.

Best Bet: Probabeel Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Winner @450 at Sportsbet - 5 Units

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31 October 2021

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