CF Orr Stakes

The CF Orr Stakes kicks off Group 1 racing during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in February.

2020 C.F. Orr Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Alabama Express
  • 2nd: #4 Fierce Impact
  • 3rd: #5 Kings Will Dream



The CF Orr Stakes is a Group 1 race, the first of the calendar year, held at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse in early to mid February. This Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival event is a weight-for-age race run over 1400m and is worth $500,000 in prize money.

The ideal lead-up race into the CF Orr Stakes field is Moonee Valley’s Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) that produced six winners from 2011-2019 including champion mare Black Caviar (2012) who did the double.

The next-up option for most CF Orr Stakes horses is a return to the same track and distance a fortnight later for the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m), a double last completed by Black Heart Bart (2017).

The 2020 Neds CF Orr Stakes took place on Saturday February 8, 2020 and was won in impressive fashion by gun three-year-old Alabama Express. 

CF Orr Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday February 8, 2020
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 CF Orr Stakes Results

  • 1st: #12 Alabama Express
  • 2nd: #4 Fierce Impact
  • 3rd: #5 Kings Will Dream

The Michael Moroney-trained Group 1 Newmarket Handicap-bound Alabama Express became the seventh three-year-old in history and the first since All Too Hard (2013) to take win the CF Orr Stakes, the youngster scoring an upset at $11 in the same race his sire Redoute’s Choice won 20 years earlier.

Click here to read more on the big 2020 CF Orr Stakes victory by Alabama Express.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 12 ALABAMA EXPRESS Michael Moroney Michael Dee 10 55.5kg $11
2 4 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 0.3L 8 59kg $8
3 5 KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 0.4L 2 59kg $16
4 6 FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 1.65L 4 59kg $41
5 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Damian Lane 1.75L 3 59kg $5
6 3 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 1.85L 7 59kg $2.80F
7 10 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 3.1L 6 59kg $15
8 7 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 3.85L 12 59kg $31
9 2 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 3.95L 5 59kg $9
10 11 RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman John Allen 4.45L 1 59kg $19
11 9 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4.55L 11 59kg $31
12 8 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 9.55L 9 59kg $41

2020 CF Orr Stakes Odds

The latest CF Orr Stakes 2020 betting odds provided by race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below complete with market links as soon as released.

2020 CF Orr Stakes Field

The CF Orr Stakes field attracts a star-studded line-up of early autumn weight-for-age horses, many graduates out of the Australia Stakes run the month prior at The Valley. After contesting the CF Orr Stakes, horses often head towards the Futurity Stakes and then the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on Super Saturday.

The 2020 CF Orr Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria on February 5, 2020.

The Neds CF Orr Stakes 2020 field has attracted a dozen final acceptances including the returning Godolphin-raced Avilius, race favourite Scales Of Justice coming off the Australia Stakes win and the consistent six-year-old Hey Doc who all drew well in barriers three, seven and five respectively.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2020 CF Orr Stakes field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 511x42147x AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Damian Lane 3 59kg 116
2 1x7x58x312 HEY DOC Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 5 59kg 113
3 x53x1215x1 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 7 59kg 114
4 x6720x211x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Craig Williams 8 59kg 112
5 36Px58166x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) Chris Waller Mark Zahra 2 59kg 110
6 0x6768256x FIFTY STARS (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 4 59kg 107
7 50x125040x SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 12 59kg 104
8 0x1322x30x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Ben Melham 9 59kg 110
9 000x59260x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller Damien Oliver 11 59kg 105
10 1111x161x7 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 6 59kg 107
11 047100x6x4 RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman John Allen 1 59kg 98
12 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS Michael Moroney Michael Dee 10 55.5kg 81

2020 CF Orr Stakes Nominations

The 2020 CF Orr Stakes nominations are released the Monday before the race and will be published in full below as soon as available.

The CF Orr Stakes 2020 nominations attracted 17 hopefuls led in early betting by last start Australia Stakes winner Scales Of Justice.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1x2517x1 ALABAMA EXPRESS C 3 Michael Moroney 81
2 511x42147x AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 116
3 1111x161x7 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER G 5 Daniel Bowman 107
4 x6720x211x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 6 Matthew Smith 112
5 0x6768256x FIFTY STARS (IRE) H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 107
6 1x7x58x312 HEY DOC G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 113
7 36Px58166x KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 110
8 1x50211x8x LEVENDI H 5 Peter Gelagotis 107
9 121121x3x6 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 105
10 0x1322x30x MIRAGE DANCER (GB) H 6 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 110
11 000x59260x NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 105
12 047100x6x4 RINGERDINGDING H 4 Anthony Freedman 98
13 x53x1215x1 SCALES OF JUSTICE G 7 Lindsey Smith 114
14 2310x006x6 SIRCCONI G 5 Nick Ryan 97
15 50x125040x SO SI BON G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 104
16 x5040189x3 STREETS OF AVALON G 5 Shane Nichols 103
17 7313027x VEGAS KNIGHT G 3 Colin Little 72

CF Orr Stakes History

Two horses have managed to win the CF Orr Stakes three consecutive times, Vo Rogue from 1988 to 1990 and Manikato from 1979 to 1981.

From 1925, when The Night Patrol won the first CF Orr Stakes, until 1992 the event possessed Group 2 status. Between 1925 and 1942, the CF Orr Stakes was a weight-for-age race with penalties however this was then changed to handicap conditions until 1945.

Originally an eight furlong race (approx. 1600m); the CF Orr Stakes also underwent various location changes. Between 1925 and 1940, the race was held at Williamstown Racecourse. In the 1940s, it was switched between Moonee Valley and Flemington and in 1966 and 1996, it took place at Sandown Racecourse.

Seven three-year-olds have won the CF Orr Stakes with Alabama Express (2020) the latest, the colt emulating his sire Redoute’s Choice (2000) from 20 years earlier.

Recent CF Orr Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes
1st Alabama Express 1 minute 22.07 seconds
2nd Fierce Impact
3rd Kings Will Dream
2019
Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes
1st Manuel 1 minute 24.47 seconds
2nd Land Of Plenty
3rd Kementari
2018
Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes
1st Hartnell 1 minute 24.79 seconds
2nd Single Gaze
3rd Brave Smash
2017
Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes
1st Black Heart Bart 1 minute 22.55 seconds
2nd Turn Me Loose
3rd Ecuador
2016
CF Orr Stakes
1st Suavito 1 minute 22.6 seconds
2nd Lucky Hussler
3rd Hucklebuck
2015
CF Orr Stakes
1st Dissident 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Entirely Platinum
3rd Mourinho
2014
CF Orr Stakes
1st Moment Of Change 1 minute 23.0 seconds
2nd Eurozone
3rd Shamus Award
2013
CF Orr Stakes
1st All Too Hard 1 minute 22.83 seconds
2nd Mawingo
3rd Mr Moet
2012
CF Orr Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minute 25.14 seconds
2nd Southern Speed
3rd Playing God
2011
CF Orr Stakes
1st Typhoon Tracy 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Heart Of Dreams
3rd Ortensia
2010
CF Orr Stakes
1st Typhoon Tracy 1 minute 24.04 seconds
2nd Heart Of Dreams
3rd Sirmione
2009
CF Orr Stakes
1st Maldivian 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Alamosa
3rd Theseo
2008
CF Orr Stakes
1st Shinzig 1 minute 23.8 seconds
2nd Niconero
3rd Rubiscent
2007
CF Orr Stakes
1st El Segundo 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Marasco
3rd Aqua Damore
2006
CF Orr Stakes
1st Perfect Promise 1 minute 22.3 seconds
2nd Lad Of The Manor
3rd Fields Of Omagh
2005
CF Orr Stakes
1st Elvstroem 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Savabeel
3rd Lad Of The Manor
2004
CF Orr Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 21.9 seconds
2nd Vocabulary
3rd Sound Action
2003
CF Orr Stakes
1st Yell 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Fields Of Omagh
3rd Innovation Girl
2002
CF Orr Stakes
1st Barkada 1 minute 24.6 seconds
2nd Northerly
3rd Cent Home
2001
CF Orr Stakes
1st Desert Sky 1 minute 21.6 seconds
2nd Skoozi Please
3rd Hit The Roof
2000
CF Orr Stakes
1st Redoutes Choice 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Miss Pennymoney
3rd Intergaze

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