2017 CF Orr Stakes Bid for John Dillion Winner Grande Rosso

January 27, 2017

2017 CF Orr Stakes Bid for John Dillion Winner Grande Rosso

The season’s opening Group 1 race could be on the cards next-up for Thursday’s John Dillion Stakes winner Grande Rosso who will be aimed at the Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2017 or Futurity Stakes next month.

Grande Rosso

Grande Rosso earned a Group 1 race target next start winning the John Dillon Stakes on Australia Day at Caulfield. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Prepared by David & Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig, the Written Tycoon five-year-old earned a shot at an elite level title this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival after his gutsy Australia Day win at Caulfield Racecourse.

Grande Rosso made it three wins from his past four starts when he and Regan Bayliss – celebrating his first success as a senior jockey – combined again to take out the $120,000 Listed John Dillion Stakes (1400m) for the punters on Thursday.

The gelding came off a good Flemington win from January 14 in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) and despite going up 2.5kg to 56.5kg for the John Dillion, proved the one to beat again.

Grande Rosso jumped the $3.10 favourite for the handicap clash and narrowly held off the Darren Weir-trained Tonopah ($8.50) by a short half-head to celebrate his seventh career success at start number 25.

Finishing off this summer’s John Dillion Stakes trifecta only a neck back for third in a blanket finish was the Mick Price-trained Magnus five-year-old Duke Of Brunswick ($3.70).

Co-trainer of the winner Tom Dabernig confirmed the Lindsay Park stable’s plans to step Grande Rosso up in grade next time out with a run in either the $500,000 Group 1 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) on February 11 or the $500,000 Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) on Blue Diamond Stakes Day a fortnight later.

“Normally, you’d probably say maybe [he’s] not [a Group 1 horse], but if a lot of horses are first- or second-up and on the way [back] … he’s hard and fit, so we’ll give it a go I think,” Dabernig told the media post-win on Thursday.

“The timing’s perfect.

“He’s probably better with a space between runs.

“We backed him up at Flemington and he went no good.

“Today was a relatively quick back-up, but he did carry a couple of extra kilos so it was equal or a bit tougher today [and he handled it].”

Dabernig’s uncle David Hayes took out the CF Orr Stakes back in 1991 with Planet Ruler and has prepared four Futurity Stakes winners in the past 30 years most recently with Niconero going back-to-back in 2008 – 2009.

To back Grande Rosso next start and to access all the best autumn Group 1 betting markets and offers head to Ladbrokes.com.au – home of Odds Boost (T&Cs apply).

2017 John Dillion Stakes Results

Caulfield Race 7 – 26/01/2017

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 GRANDE ROSSO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 7 56.5kg $3.10F
2 4 TONOPAH (USA) Darren Weir Dean Yendall 0.1L 1 56kg $8.50
3 8 DUKE OF BRUNSWICK Mick Price Damien Oliver 0.3L 4 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $3.70
4 2 HUMIDOR (NZ) Darren Weir Damian Lane 0.8L 5 59.5kg $9.50
5 1 REAL LOVE Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 1L 3 60kg $18
6 5 CAVALOCE Will Clarken Kerrin McEvoy 1.75L 6 55kg $7
7 7 MASTER RESET Matt Laurie Dwayne Dunn 1.85L 2 54kg $9
10 ZUPACHARGED Kylie Vella Cory Parish 0
9 DIVINE MR ARTIE Brendan McCarthy Craig Williams 0
6 SIRBIBLE Russell Bell Darren Gauci 0

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