2018 CF Orr Stakes Field: Tosen Stardom in Outside Barrier

February 7, 2018

2018 CF Orr Stakes Field: Tosen Stardom in Outside Barrier

Pre-post favourite Tosen Stardom has suffered an early blow drawing the far outside barrier in a 14-horse Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes 2018 field this weekend.

Tosen Stardom

2018 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes favourite Tosen Stardom has work to do from the outside barrier (14) on Saturday. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Caulfield Racecourse is host to the first elite level of the Melbourne Festival of Racing on Saturday with the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) due to run as Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEDT).

Three of the 14 final CF Orr Stakes acceptances come from last year’s winning trainer Darren Weir, including the $4.40 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au Tosen Stardom.

The dual Group 1 winning Japanese expat has retained top spot in Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes betting despite the nasty barrier.

No CF Orr Stakes winner has jumped from wider than gate 12 since Elvstroem (15 of 15 in 2005) giving Tosen Stardom a hoodoo to overcome on the weekend.

Last seen saluting in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington in November, the Deep Impact entire is also out to be the first seven-year-old CF Orr Stakes winner since Torbek (1983).

The other Weir-trained seven-year-old looking to break the same hoodoo on Saturday is the reigning CF Orr Stakes champion Black Heart Bart.

A former WA star, the son of Blackfriars has drawn barrier three and has his regular rider Brad Rawiller continuing associations.

Black Heart Bart was last seen finishing a disappointing ninth in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot in Perth back in early December.

A five-time Group 1 winner, he did the CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double over the 1400m at Caulfield last autumn and is after his first turf triumph since.

Black Heart Bart is a genuine weight-for-age star and a Caulfield track specialist (9:5-2-1) so presents as a winning chance again.

Weir’s third runner is another Japanese import Brave Smash, the Tosen Phantom five-year-old second-up on the weekend.

Third to Redzel in Sydney’s $10 million The Everest (1200m) last October, Brave Smash resumed on Australia Day at The Valley running fifth in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m).

Fitter for the run, Weir will be hoping Brave Smash returns to his The Everest form after failing to finish off last time out.

Along with the favourite Tosen Stardom, the other widely-drawn runners in this year’s Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes field are the Anthony Freedman-trained Mr Sneaky (13) and the James Cummings-trained Hartnell (12).

High Chaparral four-year-old Mr Sneaky has a 50% winning strike rate at Caulfield where he ran second in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last October before his 12th to Tosen Stardom in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

He returned in the Australia Stakes, a key CF Orr Stakes form race to follow in recent years, when second to Thronum and gets the chance to go one better second-up at his pet distance here.

Hartnell meanwhile is first-up for Godolphin, Craig Williams riding the Authorized seven-year-old who has winning form at the track and distance and who is up for the first time since his failed Melbourne Cup 20th.

Other standouts in the CF Orr Stakes field include the Lindsay Park-trained Australia Stakes winner Thronum and Chris Waller’s returning Kennedy Mile winning mare Shillelagh.

Check out the official C.F. Orr Stakes 2018 field and barriers below with updated odds now open at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Ladbrokes CF Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 8 (4:45pm) – 10/02/2018

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 822x12290x HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 12 59kg 113
2 75x323529x BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 3 59kg 114
3 22x536181x TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Damian Lane 14 59kg 115
4 344x2123x5 BRAVE SMASH (JPN) Darren Weir John Allen 6 59kg 107
5 x415x66x16 LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Damien Oliver 10 59kg 106
6 x591131x41 TSHAHITSI Chris Crook & Imogen Miller Brendon McCoull 11 59kg 105
7 311x1220x2 MR SNEAKY Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 13 59kg 100
8 21306x13x1 THRONUM David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 8 59kg 102
9 7458111132 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 7 59kg 100
10 12x054420x SINGLE GAZE Nick Olive Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 57kg 108
11 94010x731x SHILLELAGH (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 2 57kg 110
12 400x72586x ABBEY MARIE Michael Kent Luke Nolen 4 57kg 102
13 x88x311221 JESTER HALO Darren Kolpin Ms Christine Puls 9 57kg 78
14 0x12741x MIGHTY BOSS Mick Price Michael Walker 5 55.5kg 105

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