C. F. Orr Stakes Cannot Get Here Soon Enough

We are experiencing a severe case of Group 1 thoroughbred racing withdrawal as the endless hiatus between the Kingstown Town Classic and the C.F. Orr Stakes finally gets here on February 10.

Hard to imagine that two months can seem so interminable, but it feels something like it did when we were buy tykes and the calendar rolled over to December, but Christmas and Boxing Day seemed as though they would never arrive.

With that as our excuse, we want to have a quick look at the Group 1 C. F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield racecourse this autumn, as the quality racing withdrawal seems less that way.

We pledge not to ask, “Is it here yet?”

One of our favourite gallopers won the 1400 m race last year, Black Heart Bart. It might be said that Darren Weir sent Bart out just because he was relatively certain that Winx would not be present, but if so, we say, well-done Weir.

Bart jumped at $3.25 and took the race from Turn me Loose and Ecuador. He ran them both down in the final 400 metres, as he was sixth when the race got to that point.

The race dates back to 1925 and it has featured some of the most impressive fields to be found in weight-for-age racing. The list of notable winners is too long to mention, but we do name Manikato and Vo Rogue as thee time winners. Black Caviar won in 2012 for the 18th win in her remarkable unbeaten 25 consecutive.

The winners’ list is replete with Hall of Famers, stallions, and mares that have produced successful progeny.

We do not know if Black Heart Bart will be back in 2018 for the race. We would like to see that and it stands to reason that Weir will want to send Bart out for one last autumn campaign, so we hope Bart is sound and ready to defend.

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