C.F. Orr Stakes runner-by-runner betting guide & top tips | 6/2

Where Caulfield Racecourse – Gate 22 Station St, Caulfield East VIC 3145
When Saturday, Feburary 06, 2021 | 04:55pm AEDT | Race 8
Prizemoney $500,000
Distance 1400m
Status Group 1
Race Conditions Standard Weight for Age, Three-Years-Old and Upwards
2020 Winner Alabama Express – 55.5kg | Jockey: Micheal Dee | Trainer: Michael Moroney

Group 1 racing returns in Victoria when the C.F Orr Stakes is run and won on a blockbuster Caulfield card on Saturday afternoon. With $500,000 up for grabs it was always going to attract a star-studded field for the 1400m event. In the field of 10 there are seven Group 1 victories between them, including market favourite Sir Dragonet who kicks off his autumn carnival as a $3 favourite in the C.F Orr Stakes. The field looks set to be led up by either Sovereign Award or Streets Of Avalon, and we expect Crosshaven to not be too far away in the running

The C.F Orr Stakes is the eighth race on the Caulfield card and is set to jump at 4:55pm AEDT and we have a mammoth runner by runner preview of the Group 1 over 1400m.

#1 – Humidor (10)

The old boy fronts up for another autumn carnival, and Chris Waller looks to have gotten him to go to another level in his spring campaign and will be hoping it continues this preperation. Despite being a $26 chance he is not the worst horse to back in the race, especially if the expected rain deteriorates the track as he possesses a fine record in the wet. The query is his first up form, having only one win to his name first up, but that did come in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes during the spring. He has won a Group 1 at 1400m in the past, but this might be too sharp for him at this stage in his career.

#2 – Sir Dragonet (3)

The reigning Cox Plate winner comes to the C.F Orr stakes first up from a three month spell, and sent tongues wagging with an impressive trial at Geelong over 1200m on January 28. Glen Boss was keen on the stallion’s upcoming preparation, but considering this is his first crack under race conditions under 2000m, could he find the 1400m a bit too sharp for his liking compared to his rivals? He looks to be too risky to back at the short price of $3, his class may get him across the line in front of everything else, but it is a hard pass from us for the champ.

#3 – Fifty Stars (6)

Early on in his career, the Dabernig and Hayes trained Fifty Stars used to relish the 1400m. However at this stage of his career he seemingly does his best work over 1600m and beyond. What brings him into calculations in the C.F Orr Stakes is that he has six wins from 11 starts on rain affected going, but will need plenty to go his way if he is to claim his second Group 1 race.

#4 – Angel Of Truth (7)

The Hawkes team send Angel Of Truth down to Melbourne for the first time since his 2019 spring campaign where he failed in the Caulfield Cup and then the Bendigo Cup where he finished no better than 11th in either of those starts. Based on that, and his form throughout the spring it is hard to entertain his chances and should go around at big odds.

#5 – Streets Of Avalon (5)

With a majority of his market rivals coming to C.F Orr Stakes first up, the win in the Group 2 Australia Stakes could prove the difference for Streets Of Avalon as he attacks this second up. He was a maiden in terms of first up performances prior to that win at The Valley on January 22, but it’s hard to see him topple some of his opponents here with only three minor placings on rain affected ground. If the rain comes his chances diminish, but if we are somehow on a Good 4 he must be included.

#6 – Imaging (7)

Chris Waller sends his six-year-old gelding Imaging down south for the first time and he looks to be one of the key chances in the 2021 C.F Orr Stakes. With a genuine tempo expected throughout the race it could be set up perfectly for a backmarker like Imaging. Imaging produced the best last 600m split in his effort in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes before heading to the paddock despite being well held by the superstar sprinter Gytrash. He has only ran out of the quinella once when racing at 1400m, and with a proven first up record and wet track form he will be fighting out the finish in the C.F Orr Stakes on Saturday afternoon.

#7 – Blazejowski (1)

The winner of the Listed John Dillon Stakes repaid his faithful backers when carrying 60kgs on January 26 over the track and distance. However, this is his toughest test to date. Mark Zahra hops on board for the first time, but there looks to be a clear class gap that he has to make up and is another who is hard to entertain despite five wins from eight attempts on wet ground.

#8 – Arcardia Prince (2)

He’s $81 for a reason in C.F Orr markets, and could drift out to well over the $101 mark come race day. It has been over two years since his last win and looks to be out of his depth, and based on that we can not have him here.

#9 – Sovereign Award (5)

The $13 on offer looks generous for the Danny O’Brien trained Sovereign Award. Her form on wet ground is phenomenal having finished no worse than second, with three wins from five attempts. She has won first up in the past, with two second place finishes in three first up attempts and is undefeated with Jamie Kah on board, with three wins from three races. On paper she looks the one to beat and it is hard ignore her considering she will be up on speed and could lead the field from barrier to box

#10 – Crosshaven (4)

The three-year-old star from the Dabernig and Hayes stable attacks the C.F Orr Stakes first up in a race where he faces old horses for the first time in his career. In a weight-for-age race he gets in well at the weights and has a 3.5kg advantage on the market elect Sir Dragonet. He is unbeaten on rain affected tracks and maps to be just off the leaders heels throughout. If his trial at Geelong is anything to go by he is ready to go first up and will fight out the finish.

Bet on the 2021 C.F. Orr Stakes – Saturday, Feburary 6, 2021

$100 Betting Strategy
$50 each way: Sovereign Award

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