Back to Back Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Stratum Star added his name to the stable honour roll when he won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m, following in the footsteps of stable mate Trust In A Gust.

After a luckless autumn campaign, when he finished in the placings at his three black type starts, this race was earmarked as his main target for the spring and isn’t it great when a plan works out.

It was always going to be tricky from the wide gate, but with the assistance of our track specialist Peter Ellis a plan was made and executed to the bob of the nose by Craig Williams.

From an outside barrier, Craig was able to roll forward to settle in a first four position. Coming into the home turn he was crowded for room, but was able to find a passage through to lunge right on the line at Disposition and Under The Louvre.

It was a nervous few minutes as the judge took his time to declare the winner, but the roar from the owners was mind blowing when Stratum Star was declared the winner.

“I thought he had a terrific ride from Craig and if he hadn’t got that sort of ride he wouldn’t have won the race,” said Weir after the triumphant win.

Stratum Star will now contest the Toorak Handicap on the 10th of October, as will stable mate Lucky Hussler who had a luckless run in the Rupert Clarke.

Photo: Peter Morganti

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