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2017 CF Orr Stakes Day takes place at Caulfield Racecourse today, Saturday February 11, and real time results from the nine autumn races will be updated throughout the afternoon right here.
With the Winx race called off in Sydney all eyes will be on the Melbourne races today especially with the return of Group 1 racing in the form of the $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m).
The CF Orr Stakes field jumps at 4:05pm (AEDT) as Caulfield Race 7 and is supported by a further seven Group status Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival races.
A big day of racing and punting lays ahead with other standouts on the card including the Australian Guineas hopes in the Autumn Stakes (Race 2), the two Blue Diamond Stakes Preludes (Races 3 and 4) and sprint star Chautauqua returning in the Rubiton Stakes (1100m).
Stay tuned across the afternoon for the live Caulfield race results and head to Ladbrokes.com.au for the best markets on all the events.
Race 9 (5:25pm) – $150,000 Group 3 MyPunter.com Bellmaine Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: Prussian Vixen
- 2nd: Silent Sedition
- 3rd: Ameristralia
Trainer Michael Mehegan celebrated his first black-type runner and win with progressive mare Prussian Vixen holding off the hot favourite in betting Silent Sedition to win the last on CF Orr Stakes Day. Jake Noonan wasted to get down to 55kg to stay on and it proved worth it as she led all the way, rolling along up front and hanging on over the fast-finishing favourite made a late run. Ameristralia held for third after beating Prussian Vixen last time out.
Race 8 (4:45pm) – $150,000 Group 3 The Resimax Group TS Carlyon Cup (1600m)
- 1st: Burning Front
- 2nd: Humidor
- 3rd: Tally
Burning Front continued an ultra-consistent run of form, bagging a Group 3 on CF Orr Stakes Day in a Darren Weir-trained quinella over stablemate Humidor who cam flashing home late. One event after taking out the day’s Group 1 on Black Heart Bart, jockey Brad Rawiller was on his second favourite horse in a great on-speed ride in the TS Carlyon Cup enjoying an all-the-way win. The returning Tally caught the eye finishing third first-up under the top weight for the Godolphin stable.
Race 7 (4:05pm) – $500,000 Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: Black Heart Bart
- 2nd: Turn Me Loose
- 3rd: Ecuador
Black Heart Bart continued his near flawless Caulfield record and relished the step up to 1400m second-up to post a fourth Group 1 success in the CF Orr Stakes results. On the back of an Australia Stakes second over 1200m, the Darren Weir-trained six-year-old improved hugely at his pet distance for a commanding late win in the race on way to the Futurity Stakes in a fortnight. Pacesetter Turn Me Loose held on for a brave second, while Ecuador got up for third to round out the CF Orr Stakes trifecta. Ciaron Maher’s returning Caulfield Cup winning mare Jameka was outstanding running an equal fourth with Palentino on way to the Australian Cup.
Race 6 (3:25pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Rubiton Stakes (1100m)
- 1st: Super Cash
- 2nd: I Am A Star
- 3rd: Chautauqua
Super Cash stepped up in grade first-up and was brilliant winning the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes handing jockey Katelyn Mallyon her second win in the race in as many years. The Newmarket Handicap at Flemington on Super Saturday is now on the cards for the Andrew Noblet-trained Super Cash who put away her rivals in a top effort, the returning Myer Classic winning filly I Am A Star second. Race favourite and dual TJ Smith Stakes champion Chautauqua was also back running a terrific final 100m to cross for third, a possible step-up in distance to 1400m pending from the Team Hawkes-trained champ.
Race 5 (2:50pm) – $150,000 Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m)
- 1st: Fuhryk
- 2nd: Oregon’s Day
- 3rd: Savanna Amour
The autumn racing options are wide open for the progressive Lindsay Park-trained filly Fuhryk who continued her outstanding form at 1200m to post her fourth win at career number six. Craig Williams made it three on the trot in the CF Orr Stakes Day results giving the Kevin Hayes Stakes winner a perfectly timed ride three wide with cover throughout. She flew home producing slick late sectionals to keep Oregon’s Day at bay while Savanna Amour held for third.
Race 4 (2:15pm) – $200,000 Group 3 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (1100m)
- 1st: Property
- 2nd: Pariah
- 3rd: Wait For No One
Jockey Craig Williams has a big decision pending on what horse to ride in the Blue Diamond Stakes in a fortnight after riding back-to-back Blue Diamond Prelude winners on Orr Day. One race after his success on the filly Catchy, Williams was aboard the impressive colts & geldings Prelude winner Property for Robert Smerdon. Not yet nominated for the Group 1, Property did lots right for his win on CF Orr Stakes Day from a three-wide position showing off a brilliant late turn of foot. He got there late and had a half-length to spare over the favourite Pariah with the pacesetter Wait For No One holding for third.
Race 3 (1:40pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (1100m)
- 1st: Catchy
- 2nd: Limestone
- 3rd: Arctic Angel
The 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes is well and truly on the agenda next-up for the still undefeated Lindsay Park-trained filly Catchy who posted her third win from as many career starts with a gutsy late effort in the Prelude. Settled back off the pace by Craig Williams with the winkers on for the first time, the daughter of Fastnet Rock was really tested for the first time. She proved too good late though and hit the line savagely to defeat Limestone after a terrific battle to the line by the bob of the head. Arctic Angel was just off the top two in a solid third.
Race 2 (1:05pm) – $200,000 Group 2 Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400m)
- 1st: Oak Door ($5)
- 2nd: Attention ($7)
- 3rd: Knowable ($8)
Jockey Damian Lane enjoyed his second win from as many races on the card with a tough all-the-way aboard the progressive Robert Smerdon-trained Oak Door who was allowed to roll along up front and held on to take out the Group 2. It was an impressive on speed performance from the possible Australian Guineas contender who had the race fitness over many of his rivals. Peter & Paul Snowden’s Attention got up for second, while Knowable from the rails crossed third.
Race 1 (12:30pm) – $100,000 thebigscreencompany.com.au Handicap (1800m)
- 1st: Second Bullet ($5.50)
- 2nd: De Little Engine ($34)
- 3rd: Our Bottino ($8.50)
Danny O’Brien ran the quinella in the first on CF Orr Stakes Day with Second Bullet given the perfectly timed ride by Damian Lane to score a commanding four length success over his stablemate De Little Engine who flew home late to score second at big odds. Third went to the consistent pacesetter Our Bottino who held on to round out the trifecta after leading up until the final few hundred metres. Second Bullet was just off the pace throughout before getting up on the inside to move into third by the top of the straight to challenge. He had the staying power to charge home and take control over the closing stages rocketing home for the big win.
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