The C.F. Orr Stakes kicks off the premier racing in Victoria for 2018 and an incredible field has been presented.
The top four in the book are all Group 1-performed runners which will have a big autumn in store and they could start their campaigns in fine style this Saturday.
There’s also plenty of value runners in the field and those looking to make their mark on the big stage.
Be sure to shop around for the best odds this weekend and we recommend checking out new bookmaker Neds.
2018 C.F. Orr Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the C.F. Orr Stakes 2018
Tosen Stardom @ $4.40 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Brave Smash @ $9 – BET NOW
Tshahitsi @ $21 – BET NOW
C.F. Orr Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Hartnell ($6) – BET NOW
Hartnell is fresh up having run 20th in the Melbourne Cup, but he doesn’t have the worst fresh form and he can sprint on his day.
The James Cummings-trained gelding has won and placed twice from eight first-up starts and he looked good in a recent trial.
$6 is about right and he just needs some early luck from a tricky barrier.
Tosen Stardom (Day’s Best – $4.40) – BET NOW
Tosen Stardom is the current favourite and it’s not hard to see why.
The former Japanese star was an outstanding winner last time out in the Group 1 Emirates at Flemington and he was also a winner at Caulfield prior to that.
He has always had the class to win multiple group one races and this looks like a great opportunity to notch another win on the board.
Drawing 14 is tough, but he likes to get back during the run and make a winning play around the home turn.
Brave Smash (Best Each Way – $8.50) – BET NOW
Most punters were disappointed with the effort from Brave Smash fresh up at Moonee Valley, but that race didn’t suit him.
Another Japanese import, the Darren Weir-trained sprinter was coming off a third placing in The Everest and that form should stack up well here over the 1400m.
He needed a bigger track to show his best qualities and Caulfield should be ideal. The son of Tosen Phantom has placed twice on this track and we’re expecting a big effort.
Lord of the Sky ($31) – BET NOW
Lord of the Sky has always been an enigmatic runner, but it would need to pour down in Melbourne for it to have a winning chance.
Rain would bring him right into contention as he’s had four wins from 10 starts on a slow track, but he should be outpaced and outclassed against this quality field.
Tshahitisi (Best Roughie – $18) – BET NOW
The Tasmanian runner deserves some respect and he’s in great form after winning at Caulfield last start.
Chris Cook and Imogen Miller line up the 12-time winner which has successfully made the transition from Tasmanian to Melbourne racing.
Not many thoroughbreds can do that, but this quality six-year-old has been beating some nice types recently and he should be on the speed and fighting tooth and nail for the win.
Mr Sneaky ($8) – BET NOW
Mr Sneaky has firmed in from $9 to $8 and he’s a nice type in the making, but is he group one material?
That’s the big question surrounding the four-year-old and we’re just not sure if he’s ready to take on the open class types.
He finished 12th behind Tosen Stardom two starts back and that indicates how hard it’s going to be here.
Thronum ($10) – BET NOW
The son of Snitzel is speed personified but stretching out to 1400m will be the trouble here.
He’s a quick type which is coming off a gallant win at Moonee Valley, but he’s unsuited by the weights and we think punters aren’t getting enough value at the $10.
Dollar for Dollar ($19) – BET NOW
Tony McEvoy lines up this consistent type which never runs a bad race.
The son of High Chaparral finished second behind Tshahitsi last start and that form should be considered good for this.
He might need to find another length to run in the first three, but he’ll put himself in the race and be fighting till the end.
Single Gaze ($26) – BET NOW
We fell in love with Single Gaze during its incredible Melbourne Spring carnival, but she needs more ground.
The Nick Olive-trained stayer finished second in the Caulfield Cup before running 17th in the Melbourne Cup, but she showed great heart throughout the campaign.
A recent trial win at Canberra over 900m was a good sign for this and the inside draw is ideal but save her for another day.
Shillelagh ($7) – BET NOW
There has been a stack of money for this runner and she looms as a serious winning chance.
The Chris Waller-trained six-year-old won impressively at Flemington to end her previous campaign and she is a dual winner fresh up.
She has beaten only two horses home in two trials this time in, but she has class and usually only needs luck to be on her side.
Abbey Marie ($34) – BET NOW
Abbey Marie is a touch under the odds here.
Her best distance is 2000m+ and she will likely get too far back in the run to make any head way.
Look for her to start winning later this autumn.
Jester Halo ($71) – BET NOW
Handy winner at Caulfield last start, but that was in rating 84 grade.
Much harder here and she’ll be lucky to finish in the first half of the field.
Mighty Boss ($13) – BET NOW
Caused a big upset when winning the Caulfield Guineas last start and he might be an underrated type.
The Mick Price-trained runner won at odds of $101, but his form leading into the Guineas was solid and he shouldn’t be overlooked here at the weights.