It may be her first time at the trip against this class of competitors, but the bookies are taking zero chances with the world’s highest-rated mare at Caulfield this Saturday, the mighty Black Caviar opening as the odds-on favourite in the 2012 CF Orr Stakes odds.
Running as Caulfield Race 6 at 3:50pm (VIC time), the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) has attracted a superior field of gallopers, Peter Moody’s undefeated queen for once not scaring them off in droves.
Moody is looking to go back-to-back in the CF Orr with his super mare following the success of another champion from his stables 12 months ago, the now-retired Typhoon Tracy.
Drawn in barrier five of nine with regular rider Luke Nolen sticking firmly by her, Black Caviar is paying $1.04 through Luxbet to maintain her flawless career record with win No. 18, joining the legendary Ajax in the history books.
Further highlighting Black Caviar’s dominance is the fact the next shortest-priced of the CF Orr Stakes field is then Southern Speed, and it is not often you get a Caulfield Cup winner who won her resuming run at the track and distance with ease at a juicy $16.
But $16 Southern Speed is at in CF Orr Stakes betting through Luxbet.
The Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-trained four-year-old came back with a first-up victory in the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) carrying 60kg, and on Saturday she drops back to 57kg with Craig Williams retaining the ride.
Williams knows he is on a class horse, but is also all too aware of the ‘Black Flash’ and her abilities.
“I am hoping that over seven furlongs I won’t need to have binoculars to see her backside,” Williams said.
“How many times have I seen her backside? Too many!
“I’m in awe of her. I’ve been riding a Group 1 horse and been under the stick and Luke (Nolen) just has her in his hands and she just accelerates.
“For her to do that to Group 1 horses, you can only be in awe of her.”
Despite conceding he is likely running for second, Williams is excited about the clash of Southern Speed and Black Caviar on Saturday, saying it was great to see Moody’s stable ace finally given some real rivals.
“It is great for racing,” Williams said.
“Her (Black Caviar’s) opposition has been becoming a bit mundane as the others try to avoid her but to run against a Caulfield Cup winner of the previous year who won so well first-up adds a little bit more to it this time.
“I’m really happy with where Southern Speed is and she loves Caulfield.
“She has come back really well and Leon (Macdonald) is very happy with her.”
Punters can get the rest of the CF Orr Stakes field at $51 or more through Luxbet, but there is likely to be very few takers.
Visiting Perth galloper Playing God, winner of two Kingston Town Classics and coming off a smart resuming trial win back home at Ascot, is at $51 followed by Black Caviar’s stablemate Doubtful Jack ($61 Luxbet) and Lloyd Williams’ import Midas Touch ($61).
Rounding out the CF Orr Stakes markets at Luxbet are then Robbie Griffiths’s evergreen veteran Danzylum ($71), the Bart Cummings-trained duo of Precedence ($81) and Illo ($101), and 2007 Melbourne Cup hero Efficient ($101).
Get behind Black Caviar next race now at Luxbet and don’t see her as being at unbackably short odds, see her as the horse to give you a juicy 4% bonus on your winnings at her current $1.04 odds!
2012 CF Orr Stakes Odds
Caulfield Race 6 – 11/02/2012
|1||EFFICIENT (4)||101.00 Luxbet|
|2||PLAYING GOD (7)||51.00 Luxbet|
|3||MIDAS TOUCH (9)||61.00 Luxbet|
|4||PRECEDENCE (2)||81.00 Luxbet|
|5||DANZYLUM (6)||71.00 Luxbet|
|6||DOUBTFUL JACK (1)||61.00 Luxbet|
|7||ILLO (3)||101.00 Luxbet|
|8||BLACK CAVIAR (5)||1.04 Luxbet|
|9||SOUTHERN SPEED (8)||16.00 Luxbet|
*Fixed Win Odds provided by Luxbet and subject to change