The year’s opening Group 1 race lights up Caulfield Racecourse this weekend with Melbourne host to the Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2016 where the Darren Weir-trained Lucky Hussler is narrow current favourite to win.
A full field of 18 weight-for-age hopefuls is engaged for this season’s $500,000 Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m), betting at the race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au led by Lucky Hussler ($4.60) who Glen Boss rides from gate eight on Saturday.
One of three in the mix for last year’s Melbourne Cup winning trainer, Husson six-year-old Lucky Hussler has won nearly $1.8 million in prize money over his 34 start career to date that is highlighted by his Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) win at Caulfield last October.
His last start produced a first-up win at the Gold Coast in early January when carrying 60.5kg to victory in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m).
He shoots for another win over the same distance stepping back up in class this weekend at a track he has won twice over and finished runner-up at once more from four previous starts.
Hot on Lucky Hussler’s heels in CF Orr Stakes betting is the returning Murray Baker-trained Kiwi Turn Me Loose ($4.80).
Jumping from a mid-field gate 10 draw with New Zealander Opie Bosson over for the ride, the talented four-year-old is yet to race at Caulfield but was in flying Melbourne form last campaign.
He won three on the trot including the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) last start during a stellar raid down under he’s out to repeat in the autumn.
Despite the big field there is just one other single figure hope to win with many of the class gallopers in the mix being resuming stayers looking for more distance as the other Group 1s roll around.
At $8.50 the Chris Waller-trained Boban shoots for a sixth Group 1 victory from a wide gate 13 draw with Hong Kong hoop Douglas Whyte riding the Bernardini six-year-old first-up.
Boban’s last start was at Flemington back on November 7 when crossing last (9th) to Delectation in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m).
That followed better form over more distance including his Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) win over the CF Orr Stakes track and distance in August and a close fourth to Fawkner in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) when beaten just a half-length.
He is two-from-four at Caulfield, proven over the distance (14-6-3-0), goes well fresh and has the potential to win at good odds.
Outside the three single figure fancies the next best in CF Orr Stakes betting this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the early market mover Bow Creek ($10).
Jumping from barrier two with Ben Melham booked for the ride, the promising John O’Shea-trained Godolphin import is looking for his maiden win on Aussie soil.
The firm going in Melbourne will suit the Shamardal stallion first-up who the bookies are taking no chances on after he showed form with a second to Turn Me Loose in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) on Cox Plate Day before a Soft track got the better of him in the Emirates (12th).
The other better rated chances according to the bookies include the Lloyd Williams-owned Makybe Diva Stakes winning eight-year-old grey Fawkner ($15) and Nigel Blackiston’s Futurity Stakes winning mare Suavito ($15) drawn the inside alley.
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