Group One racing returns this weekend with the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse. 15 talented sprint-mile runners are set to contest the $400,000 race, six of which are resuming following a successful spring.
Just three of the 15 runners are offering single figure odds in the betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au, which means punters have a strong chance at backing a lucratively-priced winner.
Peter Moody’s Dissident is both the firm favourite and market mover after seeing his price ease from $3.80 to $3.20 since the betting went live on Wednesday.
The four-year-old horse is already a three-time Group One winner following successful autumn and spring campaigns last year. Although he didn’t do as well as expected on resumption in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on January 24, it is believed Dissident will fare much better in the 2015 CF Orr Stakes.
Dissident won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) first-up during the spring over the same track and distance as the CF Orr. The horse camped right behind the leaders before pulling off their heels and making his run at the turn. He was quick to put a couple of lengths on them and roared away for a two and a half length victory.
The horse will jump from barrier seven in Saturday’s race with Ben Melham as hoop.
Petrology is one of two horses saddled by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the race. The three-year-old colt got off to a rocky start in the spring, finishing outside the placings in all four of his first runs. However he turned his form around in November, winning the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) and the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) just nine days later.
Following a short spell of just 10 weeks, Petrology resumed in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) on January 26, finishing second to Java. He will jump from barrier 10 with Nicholas Hall.
Java has gone from strength to strength during the summer, winning all four of his campaign starts. The three-year-old gelding got his first black-type race start in the Manfred Stakes, holding off his rivals to win by one and a quarter lengths.
Of course there are plenty of talented runners in the CF Orr Stakes field with lucrative double figure odds that could easily deliver an upset over the top three.
Peter Gelagotis’ Mourinho ($15) has already delivered one shocking win in the past month and could easily make it two on Saturday. The seven-year-old gelding proved he’s successful at both sprint and middle-distance races when he won the Australia Stakes a head from It Is Written last month.
While his odds aren’t quite as long as they were ahead of the Australia Stakes ($31) he remains a lucrative betting prospect considering he has actually won at 1400 metres before and will enjoy a jump from barrier three with Vlad Duric.
Paul Beshara’s Happy Trails is one of six horses resuming in Saturday’s race, having won the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) on November 1. The seven-year-old gelding is a $14 hopeful as he overcomes a wide start from barrier 14.
Adam Durrant’s Real Love ($15) proved to be a standout during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, finishing in the first two in all six of her starts. The mare will run outside of Perth for the first time in the CF Orr Stakes, jumping from barrier 11.
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