The CF Orr Stakes is a Group 1 Weight-for-age race held annually each February at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne during the the Melbourne autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1400 metres with prizemoney of $500,000. The 2018 CF Orr Stakes was won by Hartnell from Single Gaze with Brave Smash third.
CF Orr Stakes day is the second biggest race day of the autumn for the Melbourne Racing Club, second only to Blue Diamond Stakes day a fortnight later at the same track.
|Date:||Saturday 10th February 2018|
|Track:||Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne|
The CF Orr Stakes is a quality weight-for-age race that always attracts well above average gallopers and the honour roll over the years has seen many a top class horse on the winner's list, including champion mares Black Caviar (2012) and Typhoon Tracy (2009-10).
Other top class gallopers to win the CF Orr Stakes include All Too Hard (2013), El Segundo (2007), Lonhro (2004), Redoute's Choice (2000), Saintly (1997) and three-time winner Vo Rogue (1988-90), to show the quality of horse to salute in this event.
The Gr2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley in January is a good lead up race for the CF Orr Stakes as the step up to 1400m of this race is a natural progression, plus it suits those gallopers wanting to contest upcoming longer races such as the Gr2 St George Stakes over 1800m at Caulfield.
Any capable three-year-olds contesting the CF Orr Stakes will generally head on to the Gr1 Australian Guineas at Flemington in March. Cox Plate winner Shamus Award (3rd in 2014) went on to win the Australian Guineas after running third in this race.
Hartnell (2018) resumed from a spring spell to win this event in stylish fashion and recent CF Orr Stakes winners include Black Heart Beart (2017) and Suavito (2016).
1. $6.00 Hartnell 59.0 Craig Williams
2. $19.00 Single Gaze 57.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
3. $9.50 Brave Smash 59.0 John Allen
4. $10.00 Thronum 59.0 Mark Zahra
5. $51.00 Lord Of The Sky 59.0 Damien Oliver
6. $31.00 Abbey Marie 57.0 Luke Nolen
7. $11.00 Mighty Boss 55.5 Michael Walker
8. $9.00 Mr Sneaky 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
9. $16.00 Dollar For Dollar 59.0 Jamie Kah
10. $10.00 Shillelagh 57.0 Michael Dee
11. $4.00 Tosen Stardom 59.0 Damian Lane
12. $101.00 Jester Halo 57.0 Ms Christine Puls
13. $16.00 Tshahitsi 59.0 Brendon McCoull
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.1 len
A number of group races are held on Orr Stakes day including the Gr2 Autumn Stakes, Gr3 Rubiton Stakes, Gr3 Geoffrey Bellmaine Stakes, Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G), Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (F), Gr3 Carlyon Cup & Gr3 Boronia Stakes.
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|2018||Hartnell||Single Gaze||Brave Smash||1:24.7|
|2017||Black Heart Bart||Turn Me Loose||Ecuador||1:22.6|
|2014||Moment Of Change||Eurozone||Shamus Award||1:23.0|
|2013||All Too Hard||Mawingo||Mr Moet||1:22.8|
|2012||Black Caviar||Southern Speed||Playing God||1:25.1|
|2011||Typhoon Tracy||Heart Of Dreams||Ortensia||1:22.7|
|2010||Typhoon Tracy||Heart Of Dreams||Sirmione||1:23.4|
|2007||El Segundo||Marasco||Aqua Damore||1:23.2|
|2006||Perfect Promise||Lad Of The Manor||Fields Of Omagh||1:22.3|
|2005||Elvstroem||Savabeel||Lad Of The Manor||1:22.8|
|2003||Yell||Fields Of Omagh||Innovation Girl||1:22.5|
|2001||Desert Sky||Skoozi Please||Hit The Roof||1:21.6|
|2000||Redoutes Choice||Miss Pennymoney||Intergaze||1:24.1|
|1999||Grand Archway||Bezeal Bay||Istidaad||1:24.0|
|1998||Special Dane||Al Mansour||Might And Power||1:22.5|
|1997||Saintly||Cut Up Rough||Star Dancer||1:25.6|
|1996||Racers Edge||Count Rivas||Circles Of Gold||1:26.4|
|1993||Durbridge||Jolly Old Mac||Corndale||1:21.9|
|1992||Lets Elope||Prince Salieri||Braashee||1:22.0|
|1991||Planet Ruler||Ark Regal||Vo Rogue||1:23.0|
|1990||Vo Rogue||Super Impose||Kings High||1:23.3|
|1989||Vo Rogue||Super Impose||Marwong||1:23.3|
|1988||Vo Rogue||King Phoenix||Groucho||1:24.3|