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CF Orr Stakes - Betting On The Main Race

The CF Orr Stakes is a Group 1 Australian Thoroughbred feature race at weight-for-age. A middle distance sprint spanning a distance of 1400 metres, the annual event is held in February at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. The CF Orr Stakes officially signals the start of Autumn Racing Carnival events, and frequently attracts the best race horses in the country, especially appealing to many of the younger emerging runners that are suited to the lower weights. Total prize money involved is $400,000.


The beginnings of this much-awaited event can be traced back to 1925 where it was first run at Williamstown Racecourse under weight-for-age (WFA) with penalties. With almost a century under its belt, it understandably has gone through numerous incarnations. It was a Group 2 race until 1993 when it was elevated to Group 1 status. It has also changed official racecourses through the years. From Williamstown, it moved to Moonee Valley Racecourse and Flemington Racecourse in the ‘40s, and after that, to its present home at Caulfield Racecourse. The years 1966 and 1996, however, saw the race run at Sandown Racecourse instead.

From 1925 to 1942, it was initially run under WFA with penalties. Although the following three years saw it run under handicap conditions, it has since been run under WFA up to the present. There were periods when it was held over eight furlongs (about 1,600 metres), but since 1973, it has consistently been held over 1,400 metres. The race normally starts in a short chute emerging from the back of the track and leading straight into a corner. Rail position normally has a bearing on how the race plays out and inside barriers often present an advantage in larger fields.

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Present-day Race

The CF Orr Stakes has obviously grown in importance through the years. These days, it is expectedly the feature race in a high-profile racing tournament aptly called the CF Orr Stakes Day. This is the first of three thrill-filled race days making up the Caulfield Festival of Racing. The race card typically also includes four Group 3 events.

Through the years, CF Orr Stakes betting has been a favourite form of recreation for many Australians. Those interested in betting on the CF Orr Stakes may look to the earlier Group 2 WFA Australian Stakes, a 1,200-metre sprint held a fortnight earlier, for a gauge of form. Meanwhile, the CF Orr Stakes makes a good gauge for those looking to bet on the Australia Cup a month later.

FACT: Six mares have won the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) since 1960, the last being Typhoon Tracy in 2010. Interestingly from 1987 to 1997 four Melbourne Cup winners returned in the Autumn to win the Orr Stakes first up from the race that stops a nation success.

FACT: The last horse to win consecutive C.F Orr Stakes was champion Vo Rouge (1988-89-90).

FACT: In the last 20 years, fifty per cent of C.F Orr Stakes winners have won first up after a spell. In particular, seven of the last 10 winners have won first up after a spell.

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