In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the CF Orr Stakes:
|Date||Saturday, 12th February, 2022|
|Racecourse||Caulfield Racecourse, VIC, Australia|
The CF Orr Stakes is a Group 1 race which takes place each year in February. The race in 2022 will be held on Saturday 12th of February at Caulfield Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2021, it was won by Streets of Avalon.
It has been run over the seven furlongs, or 1400m since 1973, has been a Group 1 since 1993, and has been run at Caulfield since 1997.
With the races scheduling in the late Summer, it is considered a race for all-comers with sprinters linking into the race from races like the Australia Stakes, or heading toward the Futurity Stakes, whilst it has also been a traditional starting point for Autumn middle distance horses kicking off their campaign heading to races like the Australian Cup or the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The diversity of the race is highlighted by its previous winners with star sprinters such as Manikato, Black Caviar and Typhoon Tracey featuring in its honour roll, whilst the race has also produced Melbourne Cup winners such as Saintly and Jeune. And it is for this reason that it almost always attracts a high quality field.
The CF Orr Stakes is an Australian Group 1 held at Caulfield Racecourse, it is one of the first major races in the calendar year and the $750,000 prizemoney attached to it means the race brings some of the best horses from across the country to Melbourne, whilst also attracting many Aussies, just like us, who like to have a casual punt. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of CF Orr Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.
Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2022 CF Orr Stakes, it is hard to provide any updates in relation to our tips at this time. However, as the new racing season starts to kick into gear, the horses that are targeting this race will become clearer and then we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after CF Orr Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with confidence!
When we have an idea of the horses that are likely to be targeting the CF Orr Stakes, then we can provide you with updates. If you are looking for CF Orr Stakes tips, we have indicated some key factors to success in the betting section below!
We will list The Sharks’ CF Orr Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!
Our tips are not out for the CF Orr Stakes in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field for the CF Orr Stakes is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 CF Orr Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. In the meantime have a read on below at our runner-by-runner tips for the CF Orr Stakes in 2021:
1 – Humidor – $26 💰
Won first up in the Feehan Stakes over the mile last preparation, and went around in another Cox Plate under Chris Waller’s care, in a prep where the eight-year-old looked as good as he has in a while. Tough to have him here first up over 1400m, but could run a hole if everything goes to plan.
2 – Sir Dragonet – $2.80 👀🏆💰
If The Dragon lines up, he’ll be very tough to beat. The Cox Plate winner is the clear class runner in the race, and looks ready to rock and roll first up after an outstanding trial win at Geelong.
The question mark is the seven furlongs, but he appears to have the brilliance needed over the shorter distance, and handled a Good surface in the Melbourne Cup, though connections will be hoping the track starts in the Soft range.
3 – Fifty Stars – Scratched
4 – Angel Of Truth – $31
Put in a reasonable run in the Metropolitan at the end of last prep, but this looks like a barrier trial over 1400m first up. Could add a zero to the end of the price and still wouldn’t be entertained.
5 – Streets Of Avalon – $7.50 💰
An honest trier who goes well at the track and the distance, is in with rough claims here, especially if the track is on pace biased. Will inject some early speed into the race, as he’ll try to cross Crosshaven from the wide gate.
Outside shot if he gets a dream run at the front of the pack, but expect he’ll be outclassed by a few here. Goes in exotics.
6 – Imaging – $6.50 💰
Desperately unlucky last preparation, with genuine cases to be made that he could have won the Missile Stakes and the Winx Stakes, and didn’t run poorly in each appearance.
Certainly isn’t coming up against any real A Graders here except for Sir Dragonet, but will be getting back and doing a lot of work from the draw. Should be coming home with a wet sail and should go in all exotics.
7 – Blazejowski – $15
Won the listed John Dillon Stakes on this track and trip last start, but this looks too hard for him. No.
8 – Arcadia Prince – $71
Went around in the Australia Stakes last outing after over a year off, and may still be shaking off the rust. Price tells the tale.
9 – Sovereign Award – $10 💰
Finished last preparation with a hat trick of wins including back-to-back Group 3s, but is untested above that level of competition. Does her best work at the mile but could be worth throwing into wider exotics at the double figure quote.
10 – Crosshaven – $4.00 👀🏆💰
Winner of 5 from 7, put together an outstanding spring and has a number of positives here, rock bottom in the weights and maps well from barrier four.
Should get a nice run behind Streets Of Avalon, and will probably jump a lot shorter than the current price come race time. Just a few question marks as his Grand Final, the Australian Guineas, is in three weeks’ time, and he’s making the jump to weight for age.
If Sir Dragonet doesn’t run, then Crosshaven looks a great bet to have and he’s the clear second pick.
CF Orr Stakes Tips: 2-10-6-5
🏆= Big Winning Chance
💰= Worth Including in Exotics
👀= Must Watch
There are a lot of important factors to consider before betting on the CF Orr Stakes. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:
Is Previous CF Orr Stakes Form a Good Indicator of Future Success?
It most certainly is.
Since moving to a 1400m race, Typhoon Tracey, the mighty Vo Rogue, and one of our all time great sprinters in Manikato have won the race multiple times with the latter pair both having won it on three consecutive occasions.
The likes of Lonhro and Let’s Elope both won this race before going on to win the Australian Cup whilst All Too Hard and Redoute’s Choice both won the race before going on to successful careers at stud.
An interesting side note to the race is that it was the only start beyond 1200m for Black Caviar, which of course she won as part of her unbeaten 25 start career.
Should I Bet On The Favourite in the CF Orr Stakes?
Whilst Black Caviar started $1.05 in the race, the average starting price over the past five years is just shy of $10 which is a fair indication that the race can be difficult to line up with race fit sprinters being tried out in trip mixed in with some quality middle distance horses resuming.
Formlines from Lead Up Races
The Australia Stakes run at Moonee Valley a fortnight prior over 1200m is one of the stronger lead up races of which to take a form line through.
The most recent example of this is last year’s winner Streets of Avalon who took out both sprint features.
The race has also been won on numerous occasions by classy middle distance horses first up, such as Hartnell 2018, and Lonhro 2004.
In recent years the race has been won by more seasoned geldings aged five or over but this may be a reflection on the quality of our weight for age ranks rather than a traditional pattern for the race.
The race is run under weight for age conditions which are traditionally won by high quality open horses five years and older.
The race is typically won by older geldings whilst entires have also enjoyed some success in the race whilst it is generally only the highest quality of mares that have tasted success.
Our CF Orr Stakes best bets for 2022 are not out just yet, make sure you keep an eye out on this page as we will provide more details about our best bets when the final field is announced.
You will find our best bets below once available. Stay tuned!
Well before the official CF Orr Stakes field is announced – many online bookmakers will open early markets, or all-in markets, for CF Orr Stakes betting. This is known as the best time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong runners for the 2022 CF Orr Stakes at juicy odds.
Once the bookies release the 2022 CF Orr Stakes odds, they will tend to fluctuate pretty much day-by-day in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of the group of horses that will be targeting the race, as well as their form leading into the race.
Punting early on these markets means you could find the favourite at a price of $10 or more, which means if your chosen horse does go on to win, you will get a much higher return. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.
Depending on when you put your 2022 CF Orr Stakes futures bet on, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, then you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.
The 2022 CF Orr Stakes odds are out, and currently Zaaki is the narrow favorite to Im Thunderstruck. Have a look below at the current odds, courtesy of Sportsbet, as of early-January:
Zaaki was scratched race morning as a short priced favourite for the Cox Plate but as history shows he may well have had his hands full that day getting over the top of Anamoe and State of Rest.
Neither of those horses look likely to line up here but we expect he may have his work cut out for him in the form of another rising star, that being Im Thunderstruck.
His win in the Golden Eagle was phenomenal, and it is hard to see him not being a maybe player at the highest level this Autumn.
As the market suggests, there is probably a few lengths back to the rest of the contenders at this stage with kiwi mare Probabeel looking the most likely of that lot with her brilliant record at the course and distance and you can expect her to be wound right up for every tilt at a G1 race from now until she heads off to the breeding barn as a very pricey broodmare.
With the 2022 CF Orr Stakes field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2021 field, headlined by winner Streets of Avalon:
|1. HUMIDOR (NZ) (59kg)||10||Damian Lane||Chris Waller|
|2. SIR DRAGONET (IRE) (59kg)||3||Glen Boss||C Maher & D Eustace|
|3. FIFTY STARS (IRE) (59kg)||6||John Allen||T Dabernig & B Hayes|
|4. ANGEL OF TRUTH (59kg)||7||Jye McNeil||M, W & J Hawkes|
|5. STREETS OF AVALON (59kg)||8||Zac Spain||Shane Nichols|
|6. IMAGING (GB) (59kg)||9||Craig Williams||Chris Waller|
|7. BLAZEJOWSKI (59kg)||1||Mark Zahra||Greg Eurell|
|8. ARCADIA PRINCE (59kg)||2||Jordan Childs||Amy McDonald|
|9. SOVEREIGN AWARD (57kg)||5||Jamie Kah||Danny O’Brien|
|10. CROSSHAVEN (55.5kg)||4||Daniel Stackhouse||T Dabernig & B Hayes|
With the 2022 CF Orr Stakes yet to be run and won, let’s analyse the 2021 edition of the famous Caulfield Group 1 run over 1400m and taken out by Streets of Avalon.
Typical of Caulfield over the warmer months, the race was run on a very firm Good 3 surface which is not necessarily to the liking of all horses, particularly the European breed. But it proved no issue for Streets of Avalon who is by Australian sire Magnus and out of a New Zealand bred mare.
The diversity of the field the race attracts is very evident here most notably by two horses with contrasting form, that being eventual winner, Streets of Avalon who was coming off a last start Group 2 Australia Stakes win over the short course of the Moonee Valley, 1200m.
And conversely, the Cox Plate winner of the previous Spring, Sir Dragonet who was resuming after a game 6th in the Melbourne Cup. He finished down the track here and is a good example of a European breed not appreciating the firm surface at the Caulfield heath.
The tempo of the race was solid with many runners off the bit chasing before the corner. Streets of Avalon was able to rifle across to take a position outside the lead before taking over at the 300m and, with the on pace victory in the Australia Stakes under his belt, proved too strong in the run to the line.
It is worth noting that despite attracting a solid field, none of the horses went on to win at their next start and performed moderately at best. This was most likely on account of the very firm surface they encountered at Caulfield for the 2021 CF Orr Stakes.
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 CF Orr Stakes race:
Here are the results from the CF Orr Stakes in 2021:
|1st||5. STREETS OF AVALON (59kg)||Zac Spain||–|
|2nd||6. IMAGING (GB) (59kg)||Craig Williams||0.5L|
|3rd||10. CROSSHAVEN (55.5kg)||Daniel Stackhouse||2.75L|
|4th||1. HUMIDOR (NZ) (59kg)||Damian Lane||5.5L|
|5th||7. BLAZEJOWSKI (59kg)||Mark Zahra||5.6L|
|6th||4. ANGEL OF TRUTH (59kg)||Lye McNeil||5.9L|
|7th||2. SIR DRAGONET (IRE) (59kg)||Glen Boss||9.9L|
|8th||9. SOVEREIGN AWARD (57kg)||Damien Oliver||10.9L|
|9th||8. ARCADIA PRINCE (59kg)||Jordan Childs||14.4L|
The results for the upcoming CF Orr Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:
|2021||Streets Of Avalon||Imaging||Crosshaven|
|2020||Alabama Express||Fierce Impact||Kings Will Dream|
|2019||Manuel||Land Of Plenty||Kementari|
|2018||Hartnell||Single Gaze||Brave Smash|
|2017||Black Heart Bart||Turn Me Loose||Ecuador|
|2014||Moment Of Change||Eurozone||Shamus Award|
|2013||All Too Hard||Mawingo||Mr Moet|
|2012||Black Caviar||Southern Speed||Playing God|
|2011||Typhoon Tracy||Heart Of Dreams||Ortensia|
|2010||Typhoon Tracy||Heart Of Dreams||Sirmione|