A full field of 18 gallopers has been released for Saturday’s Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2016 that kicks off Group 1 racing for the autumn at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse.
Heading the card running as Caulfield Race 7 at 4:30pm (AEDT), this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) features a star-studded line-up of Group 1 winners and returning autumn headliners.
Pre-post favourite in CF Orr Stakes betting through Ladbrokes.com.au, the returning Murray Baker-trained New Zealander Turn Me Loose has drawn gate 10 with Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson over for the ride.
A winner of three straight Melbourne races during the spring including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 7, the Iffraaj stallion is yet to race at Caulfield but has twice run second from three first-up runs to date.
Drawn two on Turn Me Loose’s inside with barrier eight is the other top fancy in the early CF Orr Stakes odds, Lucky Hussler to be ridden by Glen Boss.
One of three in the CF Orr Stakes field trained by last year’s Melbourne Cup winning horseman Darren Weir, Lucky Hussler is second-up on Saturday after his Magic Millions Cup (1400m) win at the Gold Coast last month.
He ran sixth to Turn Me Loose in the Emirates Stakes last season, but gets the fitness edge and track advantage here.
Lucky Hussler has a stellar Caulfield record of two wins and a second from four starts and also runs well over the 1400m (15-3-2-1).
Weir’s other two acceptors are Trust In A Gust and Stratum Star who both suffered an early blow drawing wide with barriers 15 and 14 respectively.
Winner of 2014 Toorak Handicap, Trust In A Gust is second-up on Saturday after a fifth in Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) last month and is looking to become the second horse in as many years to win the CF Orr from gate 15 after the success of Dissident (2015).
Stratum Star meanwhile is first-up here, the four-year-old stallion looking to return to the form that saw him win last year’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at this track and distance.
The far outside CF Orr Stakes barrier 18 hasn’t produced a winner in the past 30 plus years and belongs this autumn to the Phillip Stokes-trained Elvstoem five-year-old Hucklebuck.
Best known for his 2014 Emirates Stakes win at Flemington, Hucklebuck ran fourth in the Australia Stakes last time out and has a good second-up record of three wins from four starts.
Also drawn wide is Chris Waller’s sole acceptor Boban (13) who Douglas Whyte rides first-up on Saturday.
The Bernardini six-year-old has a 50% strike rate at the track and is also a gun over 1400m (14-6-3-0) including his Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) success at Caulfield last August.
A five-time Group 1 winner, Boban failed to fire over the 1200m down the Flemington straight last start in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) when last past the post to Delectation, but fresh over 1400m at Caulfield he is tipped to improve.
Coming up trumps with barrier four, which is one of the most successful CF Orr Stakes barriers, is the Gary Portelli-trained Rebel Dane.
Third first-up in the Australia Stakes, which has produced four of the past five CF Orr Stakes winners including Dissident (3rd) last year, the California Dane six-year-old has had one previous Randwick run for a win in last September’s Group 2 The Shorts (1100m).
Barrier five has produced two CF Orr Stakes champions in the past four years with Black Caviar (2012) and Moment Of Change (2014), the coveted gate drawn by Messene this year.
James Winks rides the Team Hawkes-trained Lonhro seven-year-old whose last start produced a second to Good Project in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in Perth last November.
Other notable CF Orr Stakes acceptors include Myer Classic runner-up Fenway taking on the boys first-up from barrier three with Damien Oliver in the saddle, the classy John O’Shea-trained import Bow Creek and Robert Hickmott’s Reset eight-year-old Fawkner.
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2016 CF Orr Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 7 (4:30pm) – 13/02/2016
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||2120x1266x||FAWKNER||Robert Hickmott||Nicholas Hall||12||59kg||116|
|2||7x6050208x||HAPPY TRAILS||Paul Beshara||Ms Jamie Kah||11||59kg||111|
|3||70x12x149x||BOBAN||Chris Waller||Douglas Whyte||13||59kg||115|
|4||67x46136x1||LUCKY HUSSLER||Darren Weir||Glen Boss||8||59kg||113|
|5||7x60x123x3||REBEL DANE||Gary Portelli||Blake Shinn||4||59kg||110|
|6||310x1610x7||MOURINHO||Peter Gelagotis||Vlad Duric||7||59kg||112|
|7||131x62111x||TURN ME LOOSE (NZ)||Murray Baker||Opie Bosson||10||59kg||114|
|8||46x111x0x4||HUCKLEBUCK||Phillip Stokes||Dom Tourneur||18||59kg||108|
|9||2111x2x7x5||TRUST IN A GUST||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||15||59kg||110|
|10||32x731310x||STRATUM STAR||Darren Weir||Mark Zahra||14||59kg||110|
|11||9x5383482x||MESSENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James Winks||5||59kg||107|
|12||2460x2357x||ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||9||59kg||107|
|13||11x6x6x20x||BOW CREEK (IRE)||John O’Shea||Ben Melham||2||59kg||109|
|14||9x0111x76x||RED BOMBER||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||6||59kg||101|
|15||034x30721x||AWESOME ROCK||Leon & Troy Corstens||Stephen Baster||17||59kg||96|
|16||22x620027x||RISING ROMANCE (NZ)||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Damian Lane||16||57kg||108|
|17||2N311x117x||SUAVITO (NZ)||Nigel Blackiston||Luke Currie||1||57kg||109|
|18||4412x9102x||FENWAY||Lee & Shannon Hope||Damien Oliver||3||57kg||106|