All Too Hard continues to firm in his price to secure a second Group 1 victory when the nation’s most valuable stud prospect takes on a crack field first-up in the CF Orr Stakes 2013 at Caulfield Racecourse.
The Hawkes-trained Casino Prince colt, recently purchased as part of a $25 million deal by new connections Vinery Stud, is a very talented three-year-old with a sizzling pedigree being a half-brother of ace mare Black Caviar.
They proved their potential during the spring winning the Caulfield Guineas but also showed they were a genuine weight-for-age performer too when running a slashing second to Ocean Park in the Cox Plate last time out.
On Saturday they will look to win over a few more fans with a win in the $400,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and they are well supported to do so having firmed in from $2.40 to $2.30 in the latest bookmaker.com.au markets despite having to overcome the far outside barrier (nine).
All Too Hard’s main challenger meanwhile is at the opposite end of the age scale with eight-year-old Pentire King Mufhasa who runs for new trainer Bruce Wallace for the first time after a super 56-start career under Stephen McKee which produced 10 Group 1 victories including two at Caulfield.
The evergreen warhorse showed they far from a spent force last start back home when scoring an easy 2.5 length win in the Group 2 Manawatu Challenge (1400m) on December 22 and occupy the second line of CF Orr Stakes betting.
They have eased out in their price to upset the glamour colt in the field however now at $4.20 after opening at $4 earlier in the week.
Wallace however is hoping the fitness edge will work in his galloper’s favour, the Ardmore-based trainer using King Mufhasa’s upset win over the sadly deceased Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker in the 2012 Futurity Stakes at this track last Melbourne Festival of Racing.
“He must have thought he was young again going by his win in New Zealand last month,” Wallace said.
“He goes into the race with no problems and he can lead or stalk.
“He arrived in Melbourne (on Wednesday night) and ate up so we are looking forward to a keen contest.”
Odds have also drifted on Anthony Freedman’s resuming Doomben Cup winner Mawingo who, despite having drawn nicely in gate two with Craig Williams to ride, has eased out from $10 to $12 to return to form here.
Meanwhile there’s been a tickle of money for visiting Perth champ Mr Moet who has firmed in from $17 to $16 in the past 24 hours.
Adam Durrant’s Group 1 Railway Stakes winner was in sensational form back home during the spring and was last seen running a brave second in the Perth Cup over the mile and a half on New Year’s Day.
See below for the latest CF Orr Stakes odds and betting market moves.
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2013 CF Orr Stakes Betting Market Moves
Caulfield Race 7 – 4:30pm (AEST) – 09/02/2013
- #1 King Mufhasa (1) – $4 out to $4.20
- #2 Wall Street (6) – Steady at $31
- #3 Mr Moet (3) – $17 into $16
- #4 Pinwheel (4) – Steady at $6
- #5 Mawingo (2) – $10 out to $12
- #6 Callanish (5) – Steady at $8
- #7 Le Remas (8) – Steady at $41
- #8 Dance With Her (7) – Steady at $101
- #9 All Too Hard (9) – $2.40 into $2.30
*All odds quoted are Fixed Win from [bookamker] and subject to change