Former Weir Horses Top Chances in Group 1 C F Orr Stakes

Now that Darren Weir has got what he had coming, it is time to move on and hopefully have something spicy to get the taste out of our mouths.

Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will take over the Ballarat operation, with the likes of Extra Brut, Humidor, Sopressa, Voodoo Lad, Land Of Plenty and Gailo Chop.


The lineup for Saturday racing has full cards at Caulfield, Doomben, Morphettville and Warwick Farm.

Caulfield leads off with the Big Screen Company Handicap. The rest of the day is devoted to Group 3 and Group 2 racing. Race eight is the one that will capture all the attention and if you visit one of the online bookies’ websites, you will find the Ladbrokes C. F. Orr Stakes (1400 m).

Kementari holds the top line at $3.40 with Ladbrokes and has drifted a bit since the market went up, opening at $3. His recent form is not inspiring of confidence and the Orr is his resumption from a 13-week spell. The four-year-old entire is a son on Lonrho, so if pedigree counted, this would be one to back in some manner, as he offers a 65 percent win/place strike rate. He has James McDonald for his rider and has drawn decently with the second barrier.

Whispering Brook will come out of eight with Mark Zahra aboard. She is on a run of three consecutive wins, the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200 m) at Flemington, where she came out of eight, so maybe this is a lucky slot for her. She took the Group 2 Australia Stake on 25 January at Moonee Valley. Simon Miller has taken her in, as she used to work for he whose name we prefer not to mention. She is priced at $6.50.

The horse in between is Land Of Plenty at $5.50, ridden by Damian lane and coming out of eleven. This one now runs for Maher and Eustace.

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