CF Orr Stakes

The CF Orr Stakes kicks off Group 1 racing during the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival in February with the winner guaranteed a run in the $4 million The All-Star Mile at Caulfield on March 16, 2024.

2024 C.F. Orr Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside
  • 2nd: #8 Pride Of Jenni
  • 3rd: #5 Buffalo River



The CF Orr Stakes is a Group 1 race, the first of the calendar year, held at 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 $750,000 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 seven winners from 2011-2021 including champion mare Black Caviar (2012) who did the double and Streets Of Avalon (2021) who was the last horse to win both races.

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 2022 CF Orr Stakes form was franked with the winner Tofane running a next-up third in the Futurity Stakes. She also went on to place second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes that autumn behind Cascadian who had run third in the CF Orr earlier in his prep. Cascadian further franked the form with a successful spring campaign later that year.

The 2022 Orr Stakes runner-up Lighthouse meanwhile went on to finish second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes next start before her Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) victory in Sydney.

For the first time in 2024 the C.F. Orr Stakes winner will also earn a guaranteed start in the $3.65 million The All-Star Mile race held in 2024 on March 16 at Caulfield Racecourse.

It is one of eight ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the 2024 All-Star Mile starting with the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) held on November 18, 2023.

The 2024 CF Orr Stakes winner was Mr Brightside who won the previous year’s All-Star Mile.

The 2024 CF Orr Stakes took place on Saturday February 10, 2024 at Caulfield Racecourse and was won in a fast-finishing charge by the odds-on favourite Mr Brightside ($1.95F) for Lindsay Park. 

CF Orr Stakes 2024
Date: Saturday February 10, 2024
Racecourse: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $750,000

2024 CF Orr Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Mr Brightside ($1.95F)
  • 2nd: #8 Pride Of Jenni
  • 3rd: #5 Buffalo River

Crowd-favorite Mr Brightside ($1.95F) lived up to the hype in his return to Caulfield, the track he performs best at. Despite starting slightly slow, the weight-for-age star from Lindsay Park found his rhythm later in the race. With a powerful surge in the final stages, he outpaced his rivals to claim a dominant first-up victory in the prestigious 2024 CF Orr Stakes. This triumphant return sets the stage for an exciting upcoming season for the beloved champion.

Click here to read more on the late win by Mr Brightside in a CF Orr Stakes 2024 first-up thriller.

2024 CF Orr Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 4 59kg $1.95F
2 8 PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 0.1L 3 57kg $9
3 5 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 0.3L 1 59kg $61
4 9 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 1.3L 2 55.5kg $6
5 6 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 2.8L 8 59kg $19
6 2 PERICLES James Cummings Mark Zahra 4.05L 5 59kg $6.50
7 3 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Blake Shinn 4.55L 9 59kg $21
8 7 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 6.55L 7 57kg $12
9 4 BUSTLER Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6.65L 6 59kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2024 CF Orr Stakes Betting Odds

The latest CF Orr Stakes 2024 betting odds provided by race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below complete with market links as soon as released.

Mr Brightside ($1.95 in 2024) was the last favourite in CF Orr Stakes betting to win.

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2024 CF Orr Stakes Form Guide

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2024 CF Orr Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider CF Orr Stakes 2024 Tips on the opening Group 1 race of 2024 in Australia.

  • To Win: #1 Mr Brightside ($1.85 at time of publish) – BET NOW

While Mr Brightside may not offer exciting value, overlooking the four-time Group 1 champion would be a mistake. Although he only managed fifth in this race last year, his transformation into a superstar over the past twelve months makes him a formidable first-up contender. His achievements speak for themselves: victories in the All-Star Mile, Doncaster, and a dominant Memsie Stakes – Makybe Diva Stakes double cemented his place among the elite. Even three recent frustrating second-place finishes, including the heart-wrenching Cox Plate, can’t diminish his brilliance. Undoubtedly, Mr Brightside thrives fresh. He boasts a flawless 3-for-3 record at the Orr track and distance, including a dominant Group 2 first-up win last prep. With his proven ability to excel fresh and his impeccable record at the distance, Mr Brightside remains a force to be reckoned with despite the short odds.

2024 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.

The 2024 CF Orr Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published below as soon as released by Racing Victoria on February 7, 2024.

Lindsay Park’s four-time Group 1 champ Mr Brightside is odds-on favourite in a small nine-horse CF Orr Stakes 2024 final field at Caulfield this weekend.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 CF Orr Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x111222x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 4 59kg 118
2 1292x1132x PERICLES James Cummings Mark Zahra 5 59kg 109
3 17x128x301 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Blake Shinn 9 59kg 106
4 0113×75144 BUSTLER Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 6 59kg 107
5 9x901410x3 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney Ms Celine Gaudray (a) 1 59kg 100
6 x578x17601 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 8 59kg 104
7 16Px52021x ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Michael Dee 7 57kg 114
8 298x62611x PRIDE OF JENNI Ciaron Maher Declan Bates 3 57kg 115
9 114x1525x1 VEIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 2 55.5kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 CF Orr Stakes Nominations

The 2024 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 2024 nominations attracted 17 weight-for-age, autumn hopefuls including resuming star Mr Brightside who is likely to jump odds-on favourite for his first run of the season.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x111222x MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 1 59kg 118
2 298x62611x PRIDE OF JENNI M 6 Ciaron Maher 2 57kg 115
3 16Px52021x ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 3 57kg 114
4 1292x1132x PERICLES G 4 James Cummings 4 59kg 109
5 1152x5201x ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 5 59kg 108
6 17x12121x RIFF ROCKET G 3 Chris Waller 6 55.5kg 107
7 0113×75144 BUSTLER G 4 Neville Parnham 7 59kg 107
8 17x128x301 MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan 8 59kg 106
9 13553x404x NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher 9 59kg 105
10 114x1525x1 VEIGHT C 3 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 10 55.5kg 104
11 x578x17601 AYRTON (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 11 59kg 104
12 5121215×21 SEMANA M 4 Ciaron Maher 12 57kg 100
13 9x901410x3 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 8 Michael Moroney 13 59kg 100
14 21626×4111 VAGRANT M 4 Mitchell Freedman 14 57kg 95
15 3127x228x FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 57kg 92
16 1129×2 SOUTHPORT TYCOON C 3 Ciaron Maher 16 55.5kg 90
17 2x1144x MOLLYNICKERS F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 17 53.5kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

Eight three-year-olds have won the CF Orr Stakes with Alabama Express (2020), the colt emulating his sire Redoute’s Choice (2000) from 20 years earlier, followed by protest winner Jacquinot (2023) the two most recent.

There was drama in the 2023 C.F. Orr Stakes, run at Sandown Hillside, with Gentleman Roy first past the post before being relegated to second after a successful protest by the colt Jacquinot who was elevated into first.

Recent CF Orr Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
CF Orr Stakes
1st Mr Brightside 1 minute 22.27 seconds
2nd Pride Of Jenni
3rd Buffalo River
2023
CF Orr Stakes
1st Jacquinot (elevated to 1st on protest) 1 minute 22.54 seconds
2nd Gentleman Roy (relegated to 2nd)
3rd Nugget
2022
CF Orr Stakes
1st Tofane 1 minute 22.75 seconds
2nd Lighthouse
3rd Cascadian
2021
CF Orr Stakes
1st Streets Of Avalon 1 minute 22.62 seconds
2nd Imaging
3rd Crosshaven
2020
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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