Murray Baker’s returning Emirates Stakes winner Turn Me Loose heads the nominations taken for the season’s opening Group 1 race – the CF Orr Stakes 2016 taking place at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday.
This year’s $500,000 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) attracted a bumper 22 early entries including champion New Zealand visitor Turn Me Loose.
The Iffraaj four-year-old blitzed his Victorian raid during the spring winning three on the trot including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last start.
Yet to run at Caulfield, the stallion kicks off another visit down under the CF Orr Stakes looking to become the second four-year-old in as many years to win the race after the success of Dissident (2015) 12 months ago.
There are three other four-year-olds in the mix this autumn with Melbourne Cup Day winner Awesome Rock who has a top Place Rate at the track (4-0-1-3), the Darren Weir-trained Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Stratum Star and Fenway.
Fenway is the top-rated of four mares nominated for the CF Orr Stakes looking to join Typhoon Tracy (2010 & 2011) and Black Caviar (2012) as the female gallopers to beat home the boys in the Caulfield Classic in recent years.
Prepared by Lee & Shannon Hope the daughter of High Chaparral was runner-up to Delicacy in last year’s Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide after her own elite level win in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
Her last start was also in Group 1 company when beaten under a length by Politeness in the Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington on October 31 last Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The other CF Orr Stakes nominated mares are the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Mackinnon Stakes runner-up Rising Romance best known for her 2014 ATC Oaks win at Randwick, last February’s Group 1 Futurity Stakes winner at the track and distance Suavito and Solicit.
Gerald Ryan prepares Street Cry five-year-old Solicit who finished second to runaway winner Our Boy Malachi first-up in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on January 30 and who is tipped to improve second-up.
Three-year-olds enjoyed a gun record in the CF Orr Stakes winning six years on the trot from 1998 – 2003, but All Too Hard (2013) is the last youngster to get the job done since.
This year there are two three-year-old entries with the Chris Waller-trained JJ Atkins – Caulfield Guineas double winner Press Statement who is also nominated for the Autumn Stakes on the card and Sydney’s Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m), and Tarzino.
The Mick Price-trained Tavistock colt Tarzino is first-up since winning the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington by two lengths and heads towards a run in the $2 million Group 1 BMW Australian Derby (2400m) during The Championships in April.
Waller has also nominated for five-time winner Boban whose last run was a dead last when ninth to Delectation in Flemington’s Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
Last year’s CF Orr Stakes winner Dissident came off a first-up third in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
This year Australia Stakes graduates in the CF Orr mix include Gary Portelli’s third placegetter Rebel Dane, fourth placed Hucklebuck and the Weir-trained Trust In A Gust (5th) who won the 2014 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double at Caulfield.
Along with Stratum Star and Trust In A Gust, last spring’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer Weir has also nominated for his Gold Coast Magic Millions Cup winner from last month Lucky Hussler.
See below for the full C.F. Orr Stakes 2016 nominations before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au to open a new account with the country’s number one bookie where quoting the code BETBONUS will see your initial deposit matched dollar for dollar up to $500!
2016 C.F. Orr Stakes Nominations
Caulfield Racecourse – 13/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||034x30721x||AWESOME ROCK||H||4||Leon & Troy Corstens||96|
|3||11x6x6x20x||BOW CREEK (IRE)||H||5||John O’Shea||109|
|4||2460x2357x||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||107|
|6||4412x9102x||FENWAY||M||4||Lee & Shannon Hope||106|
|7||7x6050208x||HAPPY TRAILS||G||8||Paul Beshara||111|
|9||67x46136x1||LUCKY HUSSLER||G||6||Darren Weir||–|
|10||9x5383482x||MESSENE||G||7||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||–|
|12||111x2511x||PRESS STATEMENT||C||3||Chris Waller||109|
|13||7x60x123x3||REBEL DANE||H||6||Gary Portelli||110|
|14||9x0111x76x||RED BOMBER||G||5||Mick Price||101|
|15||22x620027x||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||M||5||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||108|
|17||32x731310x||STRATUM STAR||H||4||Darren Weir||110|
|18||2N311x117x||SUAVITO (NZ)||M||5||Nigel Blackiston||109|
|19||311731x||TARZINO (NZ)||C||3||Mick Price||107|
|20||64029×3422||TRIED AND TIRED||G||6||Leon & Troy Corstens||96|
|21||2111x2x7x5||TRUST IN A GUST||H||5||Darren Weir||110|
|22||131x62111x||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||H||4||Murray Baker||114|