CF Orr Stakes 2020

Saturday February 8, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Look for horses that ran top three in their CF Orr Stakes lead-up run

The C.F. Orr Stakes is the opening Group 1 race of the calendar year and an early highlight of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival. Contested at Caulfield Racecourse in mid-February the weight-for-age race is run over 1400m and offers a total of $500,000 in prize money plus prime betting opportunities for the punters.

A race dominated by the favourites in recent years the CF Orr Stakes is traditionally contested by middle-distance hopes that come out of the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in January.

CF Orr Stakes runners usually back-up at the same track and distance in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m). The race has been won by a host of turf greats and notable recent CF Orr Stakes winners include Hartnell (2018), Black Heart Bart (2017), Dissident (2015), Moment Of Change (2014), All Too Hard (2013) and mighty mare Black Caviar (2012).

The last horse to complete the Australia Stakes – CF Orr Stakes double was Black Caviar (2012), while the popular CF Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double was last achieved by the likes of All Too Hard (2013), Moment Of Change (2014) and Black Heart Bart (2017) who improved on a lead-up second in the Australia Stakes. Backing the CF Orr Stakes winner to run top three in the Futurity Stakes is a great autumn racing tip.

This autumn’s CF Orr Stakes took place on Saturday February 8, 2020 and saw Alabama Express become the seventh three-year-old winner of the event.

CF Orr Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 8, 2020
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1925

2020 CF Orr Stakes Results

The 2020 C.F. Orr Stakes results and finishing order are revealed on Saturday February 8, 2020 when the classic runs as the sole Group 1 race on the Caulfield card that day. The CF Orr Stakes winner, trifecta and margins are just some of the details you’ll find listed below.

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

The Michael Moroney-trained Alabama Express dominated the 2020 CF Orr Stakes results with a narrow late win over two-time Group 1 winner Fierce Impact to emulate his sire Redoute’s Choice who won the race back in 2000.

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

CF Orr Stakes Betting & Odds

C.F. Orr Stakes betting markets are traditionally dominated by fit horses coming out of the Australia Stakes three weeks before.

Favourites topping the CF Orr Stakes odds have a gun recent record in the Caulfield classic with the six winners from 2010 – 2015 all jumping as the favourite, before a 2016 upset by Suavito and then a return to form for the favourites with Black Heart Bart (2017) saluting for the punters.

In the 2018 CF Orr Stakes betting markets, Tosen Stardom was the favourite but only managed to run 11th to Hartnell ($6) who was second favourite. The 2019 CF Orr Stakes saw one of the biggest upsets in recent times with Manuel saluting at $21 over the $2.50 favourite Kementari (2nd). There was another upset in 2020 with Alabama Express ($11) beating home the older horses as a three-year-old at double-figures.

CF Orr Stakes betting is also usually dominated by gallopers that ran top three in their lead-up run with the latest winners to come off a finish worse than third being perfect Promise (Epsom Handicap 6th) back in 2006, Hartnell (2018) who improved on a 20th in the previous spring’s Melbourne Cup results and Manuel (2019) who came off a seventh in the Group 2 Australia Stakes.

2020 CF Orr Stakes Odds

All-in CF Orr Stakes 2020 betting opens about a month out from the race and the updated Orr Stakes odds for the autumn will be provided below.

CF Orr Stakes Field

The C.F. Orr Stakes field traditionally attracts between 10 and 16 starters, horses keen to kick off their autumn campaigns with the year’s first elite level title.

2012 CF Orr Stakes winner Black Caviar

Black Caviar (2012) is one of the most famous CF Orr Stakes winners. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Proven weight-for-age types make up the CF Orr Stakes field each autumn and the traditional lead-up is Moonee Valley’s Australia Stakes that has produced recent winners including Manuel (7th in 2019), Black Heart Bart (2nd in 2017), Dissident (3rd in 2015) and Moment Of Change (2nd in 2013).

The nominations close the Monday leading up to Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes Day before the official 2020 CF Orr Stakes field & barrier draw is released on the Wednesday before the race.

2020 C.F. Orr Stakes Field

The official C.F. Orr Stakes 2020 Final Field will be available below once announced on Wednesday February 5, 2020 so stay tuned to see what autumn weight-for-age hopefuls make the cut.

A dozen class gallopers make-up the 2020 CF Orr Stakes field this season including Australia Stakes winning seven-year-old Scales Of Justice chasing another win from a good gate seven barrier.

# 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 C.F. Orr Stakes Nominations

The early C.F. Orr Stakes 2020 Nominations close on Monday February 3, 2020 with the full list of entries to be published below.

Lindsey Smith’s two-time Group 1 winner Scales Of Justice coming off the Group 2 Australia Stakes win at The Valley heads the 2020 CF Orr Stakes nominations with the race attracting 17 early entries.

# 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 Tips

C.F. Orr Stakes tips are based on the recent race history and statistics that reveal the hot streak of favourites in the race.

Along with backing the favourite another CF Orr Stakes betting tip is to look at horses that finished in the money in their lead-up. Mares also have a top record making them a favourite in CF Orr Stakes tipping with the most recent to win being Suavito (2016).

Horses drawn in double digit barriers have a poor recent record in the race, so another good tip for picking the CF Orr Stakes winner is to look for the WFA horses with a good gate.

2020 CF Orr Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive CF Orr Stakes 2020 tips will be found below the week of the race so stay tuned for what gallopers to back and sack this Melbourne Festival of Racing.

CF Orr Stakes Form Guide

The C.F. Orr Stakes form guide reveals all the crucial information punters need to place a well-informed bet on the first Group 1 of the season. The traditional info found on the CF Orr Stakes form includes saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, weights and barriers.

Also listed are the track and distance records of the horses in the CF Orr Stakes field as well as their recent lead-up form. The CF Orr Form that has stacked-up in recent years is that out of the Australia Stakes, Moonee Valley graduates and the favourites.

CF Orr Stakes Form Facts

  • From 2006 – 2020 five of the CF Orr Stakes winners came off a last-start win
  • From 2011 – 2020 six of the winners had their final lead-up in the Australia Stakes
  • The Australia Stakes – CF Orr Stakes double was last achieved by Black Caviar (2012)
  • Five CF Orr winners from 2010 – 2020 were mares
  • From 2010 – 2015 trainer Peter Moody prepared five winners including Typhoon Tracy (2010-11) and Black Caviar (2012)
  • Typhoon Tracy (2010-11) was the first back-to-back CF Orr Stakes winner since Vo Rogue (1988-90) who won three on the trot
  • CF Orr Stakes favourites have a gun recent record with eight wins from 2006 – 2020
  • Seven three-year-olds have won the CF Orr Stakes with Alabama Express (2020) the latest

2020 CF Orr Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive CF Orr Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

CF Orr Stakes Results

The CF Orr Stakes results from the past 30 years have been dominated by the favourites and those coming off a lead-up run at Moonee Valley.

Some of the most notable CF Orr Stakes winners include triple champion Vo Rogue (1988-90), Saintly (1997), Lonhro (2004), Black Caviar (2012) and Black Heart Bart (2017).

Recent CF Orr Stakes Winners

YEAR WINNER SECOND THIRD
2020 Alabama Express Fierce Impact Kings Will Dream
2019 Manuel Kementari Land Of Plenty
2018 Hartnell Single Gaze Brave Smash
2017 Black Heart Bart Turn Me Loose Ecuador
2016 Suavito Lucky Hussler Hucklebuck
2015 Dissident Entirely Platinum Mourinho
2014 Moment Of Change Eurozone Shamus Award
2013 All Too Hard Mawingo Mr Moet
2012 Black Caviar Southern Speed Playing God
2011 Typhoon Tracy Heart Of Dreams Ortensia
2010 Typhoon Tracy Heart Of Dreams Sirmione
2009 Maldivian Alamosa Theseo
2008 Shinzig Niconero Rubiscent
2007 El Segundo Marasco Aqua D’amore
2006 Perfect Promise Lad Of The Manor Fields Of Omagh