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Randwick Guineas winner Kementari has retained favourtism for the 2019 Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday after drawing barrier two in the capacity sixteen field.
Kementari had been at the top of the pre-post betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the first Group 1 race for 2019 and after the barrier draw is the $3.30 top pick ahead of the two Darren Weir cast offs, Land Of Plenty at $5.50 and Whispering Brook at $6.50.
Trainer James Cummings is expecting a forward showing from Kementari who will be stepping out on race day for the first time since running ninth in the Group 1 $1m VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on the last day of the four day 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Kementari finished second in a recent 900m barrier trial at Randwick and Cummings said that hit out has tuned him up nicely for his return to the race track.
“This is a beautiful target first up and it’s easy to imagine him being highly competitive,” Cummings said.
“He’s enjoyed a very straightforward preliminary preparation, and he was able to hone in on the leader in his barrier trial.”
James McDonald takes the ride on Kementari while Craig Williams will ride Cummings’ other runner Best Of Days who also drew favourably at barrier four.
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will saddle up two runners in the C.F. Orr Stakes with mixed results at the barrier draw.
Rosehill Guineas winner D’Argento drew the rails with Kerrin McEvoy booked to ride while Group 1 winning mare Shillelagh drew out wide at fourteen for Ben Melham.
Caulfield trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will also have two runners with recent stable acquisition Land Of Plenty drawing awkwardly at eleven with Damian Lane in the saddle while Jordan Childs takes the mount on Mask Of Time who has drawn a nice gate at five.
The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will saddle up three runners in the C.F. Orr Stakes, Redkirk Warrior (Regan Bayliss, barrier 10), So Si Bon (Luke Nolen, barrier 15) and Fifty Stars (Ben Allen, barrier 9).
Western Australian trainer Simon Miller finds himself as the trainer of Whispering Brook again following the disqualification of Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir and the high class mare has drawn in the middle at barrier eight for Mark Zahra.
Whispering Brook completed a hat trick of wins for Weir with a last start victory in the Group 2 $200,000 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on January 25.
Final field for the 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x332818x9||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Kris Lees||Michael Walker||7||59kg||113|
|2||x11x00x0x5||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||10||59kg||116|
|3||0x598x5132||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Damien Oliver||13||59kg||106|
|4||30x242439x||KEMENTARI||James Cummings||James McDonald||2||59kg||110|
|5||21x111x32x||MATERIAL MAN||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick||6||59kg||110|
|6||714x32256x||D’ARGENTO||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||1||59kg||107|
|7||11x21314x3||LAND OF PLENTY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Damian Lane||11||59kg||110|
|8||38x713211x||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Craig Williams||4||59kg||108|
|9||716243111x||MOSS ’N’ DALE (NZ)||Peter Gelagotis||Jack Martin (a)||12||59kg||108|
|10||93×5386412||SO SI BON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||15||59kg||98|
|11||1x361221x7||MANUEL||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||59kg||95|
|12||479741240x||MASK OF TIME (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jordan Childs||5||59kg||97|
|13||x316936420||HOLBIEN||Steve Richards||Patrick Moloney||16||59kg||86|
|14||111x2211x6||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ben Allen (a)||9||58.5kg||98|
|15||462x44415x||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||14||57kg||110|
|16||0x1415x111||WHISPERING BROOK||Simon A Miller||Mark Zahra||8||57kg||109|
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