The CF Orr Stakes is the opening Group 1 of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Run over 1400m at Caulfield, the race has a long and prestigious honour roll including some absolute champions of the turf. Kiwi star and spring grand slam winner Risin...
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|Date||Saturday, 11th February, 2023|
|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 11th of February at Caulfield Racecourse. Looking back to the race in 2022, it was won by Tofane.
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 2023 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 2023 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 2023 CF Orr Stakes.
You will find all this information below, when it becomes available.
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.
In the 2022 edition of the race, winner Tofane was not the favourite, but started at single digit odds, at $7.00.
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.
Tofane won the race first up, after a 15 week spell. Last time out she came 7th in the Group 1, Empire Rose Stakes.
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. Which was seen in the 2022 edition of the CF Orr Stakes when Tofane came out on top.
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.
Unfortunately, the CF Orr Stakes odds for 2023 are not available, but don’t worry, as we will list them once they become available.
The status and prizemoney attached to the CF Orr Stakes means that it usually attracts a quality field, and a number of horses vying for the all important win. The 2022 edition was no different, as we saw a field of 12 horses contest the Group 1.
It was a fairly open field, with the favourite, Behemoth, starting at $4.20, and Sinawann was on the second line of betting at $4.40. Although, from a punting perspective, these two runners did not work out well, with Behemoth finishing in 10th, and Sinawann ended up in 8th.
In fact, it was $7.00, Tofane that got the chocolates on race day. She had an excellent run in the race and was leading from the 800m mark all the way through to the post. Coming off a 15 week spell, she was ready to go and the 6yo won her fourth Group 1.
With the 2023 CF Orr Stakes field yet to be determined, let’s take a look back at the 2022 field, headlined by winner Tofane:
|1. I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) (59kg)||11||Jye McNeil||M Price & M Kent (Jnr)|
|2. CASCADIAN (GB) (59kg)||1||Damien Oliver||James Cummings|
|3. BEHEMOTH (59kg)||9||Jamie Kah||David Jolly|
|4. WILD PLANET (59kg)||3||Damien Thornton||M, W & J Hawkes|
|5. SECRET BLAZE (59kg)||10||Jordan Childs||T & C McEvoy|
|6. JUST FOLK (59kg)||4||Dean Holland||Josh Julius|
|7. SINAWANN (IRE) (59kg)||6||Craig Williams||A & S Freedman|
|8. TOFANE (NZ) (57kg)||8||Mark Zahra||Michael Moroney|
|9. SIERRA SUE (NZ) (57kg)||7||John Allen||T Busuttin & N Young|
|10. INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) (57kg)||12||Damian Lane||Danny O’Brien|
|11. LIGHTHOUSE (USA) (57kg)||2||Ben Allen||C Maher & D Eustace|
|12. LIGHTSABER (55.5kg)||5||Blaike McDougall||Peter G Moody|
With the 2023 CF Orr Stakes yet to be run and won, let’s analyse the 2022 edition of the famous Caulfield Group 1 run over 1400m and taken out by Tofane.
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 Tofane who is by New Zealand sire Ocean Park and out of Baggy Green.
It was Tofane who had a great run and was leading all the way from the 800m to the finishing post. She ended up being 1.5L ahead of second placegetter, Lighthouse, and 1.7L ahead of Cascadian, in third.
The wide-ish barrier (8) proved to work well for the 6yo mare, who won her fourth Group 1 here, and now has prizemoney of over $3 million. The favourite, Behemoth wasn’t able to overcome the wide barrier (9) and finished down in 10th (out of 12 runners).
You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2022 CF Orr Stakes race:
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Here are the results from the CF Orr Stakes in 2022:
|1st||8. TOFANE (NZ) (57kg)||Mark Zahra||–|
|2nd||11. LIGHTHOUSE (USA) (57kg)||Ben Allen||1.5L|
|3rd||2. CASCADIAN (GB) (59kg)||Damien Oliver||1.7L|
|4th||9. SIERRA SUE (NZ) (57kg)||John Allen||2L|
|5th||1. I’M THUNDERSTRUCK (NZ) (59kg)||Jye McNeil||3.25L|
|6th||10. INSPIRATIONAL GIRL (NZ) (57kg)||Damian Lane||3.35L|
|7th||6. JUST FOLK (59kg)||Dean Holland||3.55L|
|8th||7. SINAWANN (IRE) (59kg)||Craig Williams||4.8L|
|9th||4. WILD PLANET (59kg)||Damien Thornton||5L|
|10th||3. BEHEMOTH (59kg)||Jamie Kah||5.75L|
|11th||12. LIGHTSABER (55.5kg)||Blaike McDougall||8.25L|
|12th||5. SECRET BLAZE (59kg)||Jordan Childs||13L|
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|