Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes on the Horizon to Alleviate Racing Withdrawal
If you, like us, are having a little thoroughbred racing withdrawal, withdrawal from the Group races that capture our attention at other times in the year, take heart that it is really not all that far in the future before the Group 1 C. F. Orr Stakes in February offers the return of quality weight for age racing.
The race made its debut in 1925 and has shifted grades upwards over the years, been run at 1600 m originally, then 1400 m, 1600 m once more and 1400 m from 1964 onwards. It has also been run at various venues before moving to Caulfield in 1997, where it remains.
Last year’s winner, Suavito, was a handy mare that was six years of age at the time, she has since been retired, the C.F. Orr Stakes being something of a swan song for her. She ran third her next time out, in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield, but the C.F. Orr Stakes was to be her final salute.
Black Caviar won in 2012, making the C.F. Orr Stakes one of her record setting 25 consecutive wins, but Vo Rogue, with three consecutive in 1988 – 1990, along with Manikato, in 1979 – 1981, are the two that left the greatest impression on the race.