2015 CF Orr Stakes Field – Dissident in Barrier 7

Autumn Racing officially kicks off at Caulfield on Saturday with the first Group One race of the year. The Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) is the feature of the nine-race meeting and has attracted a talented field of 15 sprint-mile runners.

Dissident will jump from barrier seven as he returns to Caulfield for the CF Orr Stakes.

Dissident will jump from barrier seven as he returns to Caulfield for the CF Orr Stakes. Photo by Race Horse Photos Australia.

Headlining the field is the Peter Moody-trained Dissident, who resumed two and a half weeks ago in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley. It was the horse’s first go-around on the tight circuit, and he just plugged home for third after finding himself pushed wide in the race. However a return to Caulfield over 1400 metres should prove more fortuitous for the four-year-old.

Dissident won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) first-up during the spring over the same trip and track and also ran second in the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Charity Cup (1400m), missing out on victory by just a short half-head.

Ben Melham will ride the three-time Group One winner as the pair jump from barrier seven.

Australia Stakes winner Mourinho is also running in the 2015 CF Orr Stakes, which means it’ll be a re-match between first and third. The Peter Gelagotis-trained gelding was a shocking winner of the race, considering he’d never run over 1200 metres and was generally kept between 1600 metres and 2000 metres.

Yet Mourinho proved he was a versatile runner and will now run over 1400 metres for just the sixth time. The last time the gelding tackled the distance was in the Group 3 Tab Rewards Stakes (1400m) in March last year, where he finished runner-up to Mouro, who is also set to run on Saturday.

Mourinho will enjoy an ideal start from barrier three with Vlad Duric to ride.

There are also a number of classy horses resuming in the 2015 CF Orr Stakes, many of which were big players during the spring.

The Paul Beshara-trained Happy Trails enjoyed a second placing in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at the beginning of his campaign before finishing outside the placings in his next three starts. However he ended his season on a high note after taking out the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) just a short half-head in front of He’s Your Man.

The seven-year-old gelding will have to overcome a start from the second widest gate on Saturday but he proved he could do it last time out after winning the Mackinnon Stakes from barrier 12 (of 14).

Other horses resuming on Saturday include Henry Dwyer’s Sonntag, Star Rolling, Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) runner-up Entirely Platinum, and Spillway who will enjoy the inside jump from barrier one with Michael Walker.

Adam Durrant’s Real Love will have her first start outside of Perth after making the trek across the country. The four-year-old mare had a lucrative summer, winning both the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2200m) and Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m).

Like Dissident, Petrology resumed three weeks earlier than many of his autumn rivals in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m), in which the colt finished second.

The David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained three-year-old won the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) during the spring and will jump from barrier ten with Nicholas Hall to ride.

Check out the complete 2015 CF Orr Stakes field and barrier draw below.

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2015 CF Orr Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2x5820561x HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara Damien Oliver 14 59kg 113
2 160x1126x3 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody Ben Melham 7 59kg 114
3 06x12317x1 MOURINHO Peter Gelagotis Vlad Duric 3 59kg 107
4 85506x380x TOYDINI Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 9 59kg 109
5 24311335×7 BAGMAN Chris Waller TBA 2 59kg 104
6 x9021x42x8 BEATEN UP (GB) Chris Waller Glen Boss 15 59kg 110
7 1x1707x202 MOURO (USA) Tony McEvoy Mark Zahra 8 59kg 105
8 x31211x18x SONNTAG Henry Dwyer Jack Hill 12 59kg 102
9 9034×66654 AERONAUTICAL Lionel Cohen Brad Rawiller 5 59kg 98
10 239x16800x STAR ROLLING Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Stephen Baster 4 59kg 103
11 1114x1828x ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes TBA 6 59kg 104
12 81x247844x SPILLWAY (GB) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 1 59kg 103
13 323×212111 REAL LOVE Adam Durrant Craig Williams 11 57kg 99
14 2x558611x2 PETROLOGY David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 10 55.5kg 92
15 40×1111 JAVA Lee & Anthony Freedman Chad Schofield 13 55.5kg 84

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