Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

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Peter Moody has always had a big opinion of Moment Of Change. Image courtesy of news.com.au
Peter Moody has long regarded Moment Of Change  a Group One horse and he gets his chance to win at the top level in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield. The four year-old had no luck at his last start in Sydney when trapped wide, but still battled to the line to be beaten less than a length. Although he is drawn wide in barrier 15, that shouldn’t impact his chances to much, with eight of the past sixteen winners coming from double figure barriers.

Rob Heathcote will be looking for his second Group One in Melbourne when he saddles up Solzhenitsyn  in the 1400m feature. The Queensland trained galloper has won his past four starts and scored an incredible win on his reappearance, when missing the start before rattling home from ten lengths off the pace to reel in the leader. Despite being a six year old, the gelding is lightly raced and still improving and hasn’t been treated too harshly by the handicapper.

Craig Williams has won four of the past seven renewals of the race and takes to mount on That’s The One , while Damien Oliver will be looking for his sixth win in the race aboard Glass Harmonium . Glass Harmonium, Pinwheel  and Centennial Park  have history against them however with no horse aged seven or older having won the race since Cut Up Rough was successful as a seven year old in 1997.

We’re Gonna Rock  will be bidding to join Bon Hoffa (2007) as just the second horse to win the Bobbie Lewis/Sir Rupert Clarke double since 1983, while Second Effort  will have to come into consideration if the forecast inclement weather arrives in Melbourne.

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