Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield Inaugurates Autumn Carnivals
First run in 1925, the 1400 m Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse is the first Group 1 race of the upcoming autumn carnivals, but unfortunately, in our view at least, bookmakers have yet to announce any markets, even though they have the Group 1 1200 m Blue Diamond Stakes two weeks subsequent to the Orr available.
This year’s Orr will be on February 11 and as a weight-for-age affair, represents to some punters the truest test of a horse’s ability.
The race is an early highlight of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.
Punters could be well-served by looking to middle-distance runners coming out of the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee in January, with the 2017 edition less than a fortnight off as this is being written.
The Orr was won last year by Suavito. That bay mare has carried Damien Oliver quite adequately, winning the Group 2 Blamey following the Orr before winning her next start, the Group 1 Futurity Stakes.
Super horse black Caviar won in 2012, beating Southern Speed and Playing God. Typhoon Tracy saluted consecutively in 2010 and 2011, beating Heart of Dreams both times.
This year’s race will attract a quality field, to be certain, and if history is any guide, the horse jumping as the favourite would be the one to back, or at least, that was the case betwixt 2010 and 2015.