The Hawkes-trained Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard heads a smart list of 11 nominations taken for the opening Group 1 race of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, Saturday’s CF Orr Stakes 2013.
Won 12 months ago by the world’s best mare Black Caviar for her then 18th consecutive victory, this year’s edition of the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) may not have quite the same star appeal but has still attracted a classy list of early entries including her half-brother All Too Hard.
The Casino Prince colt, purchased for over a million as a yearling by Nathan Tinkler who was sensationally forced to sell the champ due to recent financial issues, has won four of their nine starts to date most notably the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas over the mile in mid-October last year.
They were last seen backing up from that victory to come within a quarter length of Ocean Park in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) a stellar effort that new connections at Vinery Stallions will be hoping they can continue when they return on Saturday.
Another big name entry in this year’s CF Orr Stakes is the undefeated Mick Price-trained gelding Callanish.
The Fastnet Rock four-year-old has won all eight of their career starts, only three of those being on non-rain affected tracks, including their most recent on a Good (3) at Seymour when they won their first stakes assignment – the Listed Seymour Cup (1600m) back in October.
Saturday will be Callanish’s second look at Caulfield Racecourse following a blistering four length effort on another Good (3) track over the 1700m last September – their biggest victory to date.
Along with Callanish other last-start winners nominated for the elite level feature multiple Group 1 winner in New Zealand King Mufhasa and the recent headliner Le Remas who has won their past two starts including a tight victory over Under The Eiffel in the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) at the track on Australia Day.
Other notable hopes then include Anthony Freedman’s resuming Doomben Cup winner Mawingo, Lark Hill raider Mr Moet last seen running second in the Perth Cup on New Year’s Day who makes their interstate debut here, and the Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro seven-year-old Pinwheel who was a brave second in the Australia Stakes last time out.
2013 CF Orr Stakes nominations have been extended until 10:00am (AEST) on Tuesday. Bookmark us here at Races.com.au to view any updates to the entries and for the final field and barriers released on Wednesday.
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2013 CF Orr Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 09/02/2013
|1||ALL TOO HARD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||114|
|2||CALLANISH (NZ)||Mick Price||100|
|3||DANCE WITH HER||David Brideoake & David Feek||102|
|5||FROM THE VAULT||Rebecca Waymouth||76|
|6||KING MUFHASA (NZ)||Bruce Wallace||118|
|7||LE REMAS||Brian McKnight||89|
|8||MAWINGO (GER)||Anthony Freedman||108|
|9||MR MOET||Adam Durrant||107|
|11||WALL STREET (NZ)||Michael Moroney||107|