Unsurprisingly spruik colt All Too Hard has opened top of the 2013 CF Orr Stakes betting markets for the opening Group 1 feature of the Melbourne Festival of Racing which runs at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday, February 9.
The Casino Prince three-year-old, a half-brother to the world’s highest-rated sprinter Black Caviar, boasts an excellent record of four wins and three minor placings from nine starts so far – their biggest turf triumph being in the Caulfield Guineas last October.
Prepared by Team Hawkes, All Too Hard was last seen running a brave second behind Australasia’s weight-for-age star Ocean Park in the Cox Plate and all reports are they have come through their spell well and are ready to tackle the autumn riches.
They may have drawn out wide in barrier nine of nine for Saturday’s $400,000 Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m), their Caulfield Guineas winning hoop Dwayne Dunn engaged for the ride, but the bookies still have All Too Hard rated as the one to beat installing them as the $2.40 favourite in the CF Orr Stakes odds.
All Too Hard is set for a big autumn which will be their swansong season, new connections at Vinery Stud planning to retire him at the end of his three-year-old prep.
“We’d like him to go to stud this year, so we’d like to see him retiring a month or so prior to the (breeding) season,” Vinery Stud’s General Manager Peter Orton said.
“We’re looking to race him here and, if all goes well, then take him to England, to Ascot, if possible.
“If it came to the stage at the end of the season that they could look at racing him for another year because of the potential that was there, there’s that possibility, but it was always the intention (to retire him).”
There are then three other single-figure fancies in the markets with:
- #1 King Mufhasa ($4) – Not to be underestimated, this Kiwi superstar boasts 10 Group 1 victories to date, their two Australia elite levels both scored at Caulfield, won their last start back home in December and are a definite danger from barrier one (Michael Rodd) as they debut for new trainer Bruce Wallace
- #4 Pinwheel ($6) – Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro seven-year-old looking to honour their sire who took out this race back in 2004, in great form of late running a close Winterbottom Stakes fourth in Perth before their second on January 25 in the Australia Stakes
- #6 Callanish ($8) – Definitely one of the more intriguing entries, this Fastnet Rock four-year-old from the local stables of Mick Price is yet to taste defeat having won all eight of their starts but this is their first Group test and it will be a tough one
Other longer priced hopefuls with genuine claims then include Group 1 winners Mawingo ($10) who scored the Doomben Cup trophy last winter and Perth raider Mr Moet ($17), winner of the Railway Stakes in November, who comes off a second in the Perth Cup from New Year’s Day.
See below for the latest 2013 CF Orr Stakes markets, fixed win prices provided by our number one recommended and trusted bookie bookmaker.com.au.
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2013 CF Orr Stakes Odds
Caulfield Race 7 – 4:30pm (AEST) – 09/02/2013
|1||KING MUFHASA (1)||4.00|
|2||WALL STREET (6)||31.00|
|3||MR MOET (3)||17.00|
|7||LE REMAS (8)||41.00|
|8||DANCE WITH HER (7)||101.00|
|9||ALL TOO HARD (9)||2.40|
*Fixed Win odds provided by bookmaker.com.au and subject to change