A final field of nine gallopers has been accepted for the 2012 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday, headliner Black Caviar drawing midfield in gate five as she looks to prove herself over 1400-metres for the first time in her flawless career to date.
Facing her toughest test yet, not only in regards to the distance but also the quality of opposition she will encounter, there is still little double Peter Moody’s 17-time winner from as many starts won’t open odds-on in the Luxbet markets for the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m).
Moody has also accepted for Doubtful Jack in the feature, the Not A Single Doubt five-year-old coming off a nine-lengths-away third behind his star stablemate when the duo resumed in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 27.
With Doubtful Jack drawing the inside alley and Robbie Griffith’s noted frontrunner Danzylum likely to spear across and lead from barrier six, chances are Black Caviar will settle around third just off the speed before pulling out her customary turn of foot over the final few hundred metres.
While Moody and regular rider Luke Nolen go into the race with 100% confidence, Black Caviar is not without her doubters as she goes into unfamiliar land.
Perhaps her most noted danger will come from out wide in barrier eight where Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas’ Caulfield Cup winning mare Southern Speed is drawn.
After resuming with a surprise first-up win in the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m), originally thought to be too short for her at Caulfield on January 26 carrying 60kg, Southern Speed comes down to 57kg for Saturday – equal with Black Caviar – and will be gunning to make it two from two over the track and distance.
All the other horses in the CF Orr Stakes field go into the race first-up with former Melbourne Cup winner Efficient, the fellow Lloyd Williams-owned Midas Touch, the Bart Cummings-trained duo of Precedence and German import Illo, and Neville Parnham’s dual Kingston Town Stakes winner from Perth Playing God.
The CF Orr Stakes field will be the largest Black Caviar has raced against since she beat 10 rivals home by a minimum three lengths, including runner-up Hay List, in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick last April.
Moody, however, knows that Black Caviar’s talent and versatility means she can overcome the larger field.
“She can be forward or back, speed doesn’t worry her, she can be the speed if she wants or she can sit off them if she wants, so I don’t harbor any fears there,” he said.
Saturday will likely see the best odds on Black Caviar available in many many runs, making the CF Orr Stakes the perfect event to enjoy a punt on through Luxbet this weekend.
2012 CF Orr Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 6 – 3:50pm (VIC time) – 11/02/2012
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||X591X0860X||EFFICIENT (NZ)||Robert Hickmott||Eddie Cassar||4||59kg||113|
|2||X24536001X||PLAYING GOD||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||7||59kg||110|
|3||220X00338X||MIDAS TOUCH (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Steven King||9||59kg||111|
|4||25X670090X||PRECEDENCE (NZ)||Bart Cummings||Steven Arnold||2||59kg||107|
|5||036900X803||DANZYLUM||Robbie Griffiths||Luke Currie||6||59kg||97|
|6||50X01203X3||DOUBTFUL JACK||Peter G Moody||Jason Benbow||1||59kg||101|
|7||2X1421X30X||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||3||59kg||106|
|8||1111X111X1||BLACK CAVIAR||Peter G Moody||Luke Nolen||5||57kg||130|
|9||X0042414X1||SOUTHERN SPEED||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Craig Williams||8||57kg||112|