Peter Snowden’s ageing galloper Pinwheel is on track to emulate their sire Lonhro by winning the 2013 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield this Saturday.
The first elite level feature of the annual Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) is the highlight of the race program this weekend and is shaping up as an intriguing affair.
Heading the likely field is the Hawkes-trained superstar All Too Hard, the young half-brother to champion mare Black Caviar racing for the first time since their stellar second to Ocean Park in the Cox Plate last October.
Also in the mix however is Lonhro seven-year-old Pinwheel after that elusive Group 1 trophy as they near retirement.
Over a 37 start career to date Pinwheel has collected 12 victories and 14 minor placings for $1.15 million in prize money however they have been unable to win at the highest level.
Saturday’s CF Orr Stakes will be the gelding’s eighth attempt at a Group 1 victory, their closest finish in a thoroughbred major being two starts back when they were just a length away fourth to the undefeated Barakey in the Winterbottom Stakes in Perth.
They were last seen running an unlucky second to Sea Lord in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 25 and run second-up at Caulfield on Saturday with Snowden confident they are ready to go over the 1400m.
“Pinwheel has been improved with that run,” Snowden said.
“I saw him when I was in Melbourne last Saturday and he looks very, very good.
“The Orr Stakes is a suitable race for him over his right distance.”
Their recent form is certainly promising and their breeding is too with Pinwheel’s father Lonhro having won 2004 edition of the CF Orr before going on to take out the Australian Cup – George Ryder Stakes double that season also.
Still it is going to be a tough ask from the evergreen warhorse with other main dangers aside from All Too Hard including Mick Price’s unbeaten Callanish, 10-time Group 1 hero King Mufhasa and Adam Durrant’s Railway Stakes winner Mr Moet.
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