Kementari favourite for 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes after favourable barrier draw

February 6, 2019

Kementari favourite for 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes after favourable barrier draw

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, above, is the early favourite for the 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

Kementari, above, is the early favourite for the 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield. Photo by Steve Hart.

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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