The C.F. Orr Stakes is the first Group 1 of the autumn season in Australia and it always attracts a quality field of sprinters, middle-distance types and even stayers.
It’s a wide-open race in 2019 and we have picked our best bet, best each way and best roughie from the 15 contenders.
We have form and free tips for every runner in the 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes.
2019 C.F. Orr Stakes final field, barrier draw and odds
Our best bets for the C.F. Orr Stakes 2019
Land of Plenty @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Best Each Way Bet:
Whispering Brook @ $6.50 – BET NOW
Fifty Stars @ $15 – BET NOW
C.F. Orr Stakes Form Guide & Tips
Brave Smash ($9.50) – BET NOW
A noted sprinter and performer at this track, former Japanese runner Brave Smash looks tough to beat and is paying a nice price.
Now trained by Kris Lees, The Everest placegetter has yet to miss a placing from five starts at Caulfield and his opening odds of $20 have been smashed into single figures.
That’s a big move so keep him in safe.
Redkirk Warrior ($10) – BET NOW
Prefers running down the Flemington but his class should always be respected. The Lindsay Park-trained runner wasn’t far behind them in the Australia Stakes and he could add some value with the right run in transit.
Kementari ($3.50) – BET NOW
Short in the betting considering he didn’t win from six starts last campaign, including a ninth in the VRC Classic last start.
There’s no doubting his class but he’s only a four-win son of Lonhro which has promised more than he has delivered.
Has big race experience, however, so he should go close but we’re not taking his current price.
Material Man ($15) – BET NOW
14-time winner which had three starts last campaign for three wins in Perth. Yet to win this time in but he hasn’t been far away from the likes of Galaxy Star and Arcadia Queen.
Will need to improve to beat a Group 1 field in Melbourne and we think his odds are a touch short.
D’argento ($10) – BET NOW
Talented middle-distance type for Chris Waller which was good enough to run in the 2018 Cox Plate behind Winx.
The four-year-old also ran second at Group 1 level behind Hartnell last year and he backed that up with a tidy performance behind Benbatl at Caulfield.
His best form would take him close and he has won twice fresh, but he might find a few of these slightly too sharp.
Land of Plenty (Best Bet – $5.50) – BET NOW
Third behind Whispering Brook in the Australia Stakes last start and we were impressed with the way he found the line after travelling wide throughout.
He likes to get back during the run so drawing barrier 11 won’t concern the five-year-old, which is now in the hands of the Maher/Eustace team.
He is a past winner at Caulfield and at his best, he would cruise past them in the straight
Best of Days ($19) – BET NOW
Winner of the Group 1 Kennedy Mile at his last start before heading to the paddock. Talented import for James Cummings but he’s going to need time this campaign.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see him finish in the second half of the field but he will get better as the preparation progresses.
Moss “N” Dale ($26) – BET NOW
Runs best on a wet track and with some rain about this week, that could bring him in contention. The 14-time winner has never missed a placing from six starts on a heavy track and even with a little moisture in the track his chances grow.
Is he a Group 1 horse? No, but conditions could help his chances in this.
So Si Bon ($71) – BET NOW
Has hit form recently with a win and placing but he’s only a two-win gelding which will struggle to beat most of these home.
Battles but this isn’t a battlers type of race.
Manuel ($41) – BET NOW
Owns speed and showed some cheek when running seventh in the Australia Stakes. Form prior to that included some good performances behind Fifty Stars and Loyalty Man.
Likely to go out hard from barrier three and be run down late in the straight.
Mask of Time ($101) – BET NOW
Defeated Best of Days last preparation but he’s a stayer and a grinding one at that. Should be outpaced against this quality field.
Holbein ($34) – BET NOW
Finished last of 11 runners at Caulfield last start and we’re not sure how he’s paying double-figure odds in this. Should be paying $101 given his form and he doesn’t appear to be up to this level just yet.
Fifty Stars (Best Roughie – $15) – BET NOW
Heavily backed to win the Australia Stakes last start and although running sixth, he finished off nicely along the inside of runners without getting much room.
Now with Lindsay Park, the four-year-old is a six-time winner from nine starts which has done enough to suggest that he can win at Group 1 level.
Unbeaten on wet tracks so any moisture only helps his cause.
Shillelagh ($15) – BET NOW
Has plenty of ability but does need everything to go her way. Not ideally suited by the weights and her recent trial form hasn’t been great.
Has upset claims but it won’t be easy from out wide.
Whispering Brook (Best Each Way – $6.50) – BET NOW
Has come of age this season with three consecutive wins, including beating many of this field in the Australia Stakes.
Trained by Simon Miller, the five-year-old mare has looked the goods this campaign and given her recent performances, we think she has a Group 1 win in the works.
This is a tough race but respect her chances.