Since 1925 the C.F Orr stakes has been on the radar for some of our best thoroughbreds. Run over the 1400m at Caulfield, the race often attracts many of the nation’s top horses as they commence their autumn campaigns.
When you look at the honour roll and see winners such as Black Caviar, Lohnro, Redoute’s Choice, Saintly, Let’s Elope and Vo Rouge, you can appreciate why racing scholars regard this race as a vital autumn stepping stone.
Although, on paper, this year’s race may appear to lack a “vintage” feel , it will still be good value, betting wise, and punters will no doubt back a few in the 15 horse field.
The Group 1 C.F Orr Stakes is set to jump at 5:50pm (AEDT). Tune into Sky Racing for all the action!
I think you can place this race into two categories. Horses that can win and horses that you can note in your little black book and collect on later in the Autumn.
Although punters were burnt last start by Dissident, he did finish nicely that last 100m and deserves to be the favourite. Three starts ago, he nearly beat Trust in a Gust over this course and distance in the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke. The start before that, he wins the Makybe Diva and before that again back here at Caulfield, again over the 1400m, he wins the Memsie. Dissident is $2.90 with TAB.com.au for a reason and you would think he will go close if he is a 100% sound.
Petrology ($5.50) and Java ($7.50), will both throw something different into the mix, having both come out of the same Sandown race. These two horses are showing good promise but this is the big “dance” now. Of the two, I really like Java. The Freedman stable is low flying at the moment and Java beat a horse two starts ago called Hong Kong Captain trained by David Hayes. I think that horse can win the Australian Guineas so I have respect for this fellow.
Check out the full TAB.com.au market for the C.F Orr Stakes here.
Entirely Platinum ($10) and Happy Trails ($13) both resume and you get the feeling they won’t be fully wound up to win. Happy Trails can race well fresh but look for him late running on. His win last spring in the Mackinnon was a cracker and if he’s 100% sound he will undoubtedly pop up over the Autumn.
Mourhino ($16) beat Dissident last start in brilliant fashion but there is a concern that he has never won at Caulfield. He has also never won over 1400m. Based purely on his previous win you would have to throw him into the exotics. You know the stable will have him happy and healthy.
Of the rest of the field, keep an eye on Toydini, Sonntag, Spillway and Real Love. They may well find this race out of their reach, but I do like this four, and with good preparations all ahead in the autumn, I’m sure their connections will be hopeful of a good showing.
All across the country this Saturday there is great racing. The autumn vibe is in the air and it will be exciting to see the return of some “superstars”.
I recommend clearing the schedule, filling the fridge or lighting the BBQ and joining Andrew Martin, Tony Brassel and myself on Sky Racing 1 at 12:00pm for all the action.
And if you’re having a punt or wanting a tip, I can’t go past Dissident! I'm putting him on top to beat Java, Happy Trails and Toydini.
Happy Punting and Good Luck.