September 19: 9 Horses to Watch on Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day

There’s some quality throughout the card at Caulfield on 2020 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day, in what looks like a tough day at the office for punters. Let’s have a look at a few that are worth keeping an eye on…

Race 1 – 3YO Handicap – 1600m

A tough one to start the day but I like the form of Albarado at the $6 mark. Beat Derby hopeful Alycone and placed second behind Cherry Tortoni last preparation, and had excuses at Mornington first up.

Happy to take on the favourite Celestial Sol and I’m leaning towards Albarado in an open three-year-old race.

Verdict: I’ll be having a small play on Albarado at $6.

Horse Win Place
4 Albarado (5)J: Michael Dee 60kg T: T Busuttin & N Young $6.00 $2.15

Watch: Albarado finish strongly behind Cherry Tortoni.

Race 4 – Handicap – 1100m

I’m looking to take on favourite Front Page, who will be targeting The Kosciuszko and is too short in the market following its big win at Flemington.

I’m much happier siding with Octane who has found a new lease of life under the Stokes stable. He draws to stalk the leaders and should be able to unleash that big turn of foot we’ve seen over in South Australia.

William Thomas resumes here and is a track and distance specialist (3 wins from 5 attempts) and will be my saver.

Verdict: I’ll be backing Octane at $3.50 and saving on William Thomas at $9.

Horse Win Place
3 William Thomas (9)J: Michael Dee 59kg T: J W Price $8.00 $2.30
6 Octane (5)J: Damian Lane 56kg T: P Stokes $3.50 $1.35

Watch: Octane win well at Flemington last start

Race 6 – Jim Moloney Stakes – 1400m

Some very talented fillies going around here on their road to the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.

I am a big fan of Mozzie Monster, who has started her career a perfect 2 from 2 and looks tough to beat here.

At $3 she’s well found in the market, and I’m also weary of Aidensfield ($4), who did a stack of work to finish behind another smart filly Night Raid last time.

Verdict: Happy to stay out and watch Mozzie Monster and Aidensfield battle it out.

Watch: Mozzie Monster scoot up along the rail to salute last outing.

Race 7 – Naturalism Stakes – 2000m

A golden ticket into the Caulfield Cup is up for grabs here. Favourite Orderofthegarter should have won last start and will be right in the finish again.

Dr Drill is a consistent type and resumed well last start, and will take improvement out of the run.

The most interesting runner here looks to be Game Keeper, who ran out of gas last start over the 1700m, but lacked a platform there having jumped up straight from 1200m. Is on a Caulfield Cup path and will be very forward for this.

Not as interested in Kinane, think he’s a talented horse but will need to see him put it all together this preparation.

I could also entertain Haky for an each way play at the big overs.

Verdict: I’ll decide on the day between Dr Drill, Orderofthegarter, and Game Keeper, and will have an each way play on Haky.

Watch: Orderofthegarter just miss in a driving finish last start.

Race 8 – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – 1400m

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Author: Will Guest

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.

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