CF ORR Stakes 2022 race guide
The CF Orr Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the calendar year and offers $500,000 in prizemoney.
Held at Caulfield Racecourse, the 2022 CF Orr Stakes will be run on Saturday, February 5.
Our CF Orr Stakes race guide will provide you with up to date nominations, barrier draw, tips and more information so you don’t miss out on anything to do with the 1400m feature event.
|Date||Saturday, February 5|
|Race Type||Weight For Age|
|Age||3YO and Upwards|
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Finding the winner of the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) can be a difficult task with many horses resuming from a spell as they prepare for arduous autumn campaigns.
Our experts assess all the key lead up races and anticipate first-up efforts of fresh horses based on previous database ratings.
We preview the recent form of every 2022 CF Orr Stakes runner and give you the low down on their winning chances.
See the below preview of the 2021 CF Orr as an example of what to expect in 2022.
2021 CF Orr Stakes Horses
1. HUMIDOR $31
The veteran is one of the seven horses in the field of 10 that resume in the Orr Stakes and was no match for Sir Dragonet in the Cox Plate (2040m) before heading for a spell. The Chris Waller-trained galloper should start at decent odds but might attract the popular vote and did produce a brilliant win when fresh in the spring in the Feehan Stakes (1600m) ahead of Surprise Baby. He went 10 lengths faster than standard in that race and we know his best for is good enough to win this, while veterans have produced plenty of surprises in the weight-for-age races over the last few years. But logic suggests that he might land somewhere just behind the placegetters in this race.
2. SIR DRAGONET $2.90
The Cox Plate champion resumes after finishing 6th in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) and wasn’t going to run in the Orr Stakes but came into calculations with an impressive trial performance at Geelong last week. His target is the All Star Mile (1600m) but he should be fit and ready to go and deserves favouritism for this race after his dominant win at the Valley last year when he relished the wet track. The Maher/Eustace entire is some query on top of the ground but as he heads into his second preparation in Australia the sky could be the limit. From barrier 3 with Glen Boss on board he should be hard to beat.
3. FIFTY STARS $8.50
The consistent galloper was unlucky in this race last year when fresh, finishing 4th behind Alabama Express before capturing the Blamey Stakes (1600m) and Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington. He resumes after finishing runner-up behind Arcadia Queen in the Mackinnon Stakes and his first up form of just one win from six starts is much better than it reads. A definite top three contender.
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Nominations for the 2022 CF Orr Stakes takes place at 12pm on January 31, 2022.
Click here to see a full list of 2022 CF Orr Stakes Nominations
The final field and barrier draw for the 2022 CF Orr Stakes will be released at 9:30am February 2, 2022.
Click here to see the 2022 CF Orr Stakes final field and barrier draw
|1st||Streets Of Avalon||Zac Spain||Shane Nichols||7||59kg||$8.50|
|2nd||Imaging||Craig Williams||Chris Waller||8||59kg||$6.50|
|3rd||Crosshaven||Daniel Stackhouse||Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes||4||55.5kg||$3.10|
|4th||Humidor||Damian Lane||Chris Waller||9||59kg||$26|
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The CF Orr Stakes is a Group 1 event which is run at Caulfield in February each year during the Autumn Carnival in Melbourne.
The race is run under weight-for-age conditions over 1400 metres and carries prizemoney of $500,000.
The race also has its own claim to fame as being the first Group 1 race of the calendar year and shares the program at Caulfield with the Rubiton Stakes, Carlyon Cup and Blue Diamond Preludes.
It is contested by some of the best sprinter/milers in the country with the balance of the field made up of stayers resuming from their previous spring campaigns. Many of the runners enter the race fresh which makes it an interesting betting event.
The race was first run in 1925 over eight furlongs (1600m) as a Group 3 event and was won by The Night Patrol. It remained over that distance until 1957 when it was reduced to seven furlongs (1400m).
It was upgraded to Group 2 status in 1980 before becoming a Group 1 affair in 1993, the year Durbridge saluted the judge.
The winners’ list includes great names such as Black Caviar (2012), Typhoon Tracy (2010 & 2011), Lonhro (2004) and Redoute’s Choice (2000). Other past greats to have won the event include Surround (1977), Tobin Bronze (1967), Wenona Girl (1962) and Lord (1959 and 1960) and the 2018 winner Hartnell.
In the races history, two horses have won the event in three consecutive years – Manikato (1979, 1980, 1981) and Vo Rogue (1988, 1989, 1990).
While the sprinters have dominated the race over time, many good stayers have also tasted victory. Over the years, the list of stayers winning the event makes up a who’s who of Melbourne Cup fame. Saintly (1997), Jeune (1995), Let’s Elope (1992) and At Talaq (1987) are most recent examples and the list also includes former Cup winners such as Hyperno (1978), Rising Fast (1956) and Comic Court (1951).
|2021||Streets Of Avalon|
|2017||Black Heart Bart|
|2014||Moment Of Change|
|2013||All Too Hard|
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