The CF Orr Stakes is the first Group 1 of the new year and will be run and won at Caulfield this weekend.
We’ve got Victorian pro-punter Trevor Lawson to preview the big race.
Group 1 CF Orr Stakes
Speed will come from Whispering Brook, Manuel and Moss ‘n’ Dale, while Holbein should go forward from wider and may be joined by Redkirk Warrior.
Kementari and D’Argento look to get good runs, Fifty Stars is caught a bit wide and Land Of Plenty goes back.
#1 Brave Smash (Kris Lees / Michael Walker)
Barrier 7, 59kg
First-up and only just a run when resuming for Weir. Has changed stables and trialled only fairly, prefer to see first.
#2 Redkirk Warrior (Hayes & Dabernig / Regan Bayliss)
Barrier 10, 59kg
Ran home terrifically with quick splits first-up. Long time since he’s been at this trip but will roll forward from the barrier and be competitive.
#4 Kementari (James Cummings / James McDonald)
Barrier 2, 59kg
Resumes here. Blinkers off. Has run well fresh in past. Maps well.
#5 Material Man (Justin Warwick / Lucy Warwick)
Barrier 6, 59kg
Has good figures from Perth over further. Goes well fresh. Rough claims.
#6 D’Argento (Chris Waller / Kerrin McEvoy)
Barrier 1, 59kg
Won first-up over first two preps, and then ran third to Winx first-up last prep, so has a very solid record fresh. Can sit handy-ish from the inside barrier. Has claims.
#7 Land Of Plenty (Maher & Eastace / Damian Lane)
Barrier 11, 59kg
Terrific run first-up over 1200 metres and the 1400 metres here suits, but may go back and give others of similar ability a head start.
#8 Best Of Days (James Cummings / Craig Williams)
Barrier 4, 59kg
Ran fairly at first two runs in Victoria and then exploded last start when the blinkers went on. Resumes here with blinkers on. Has sound claims if forward enough to win.
#9 Moss ’N’ Dale (Peter Gelagotis / Jack Martin)
Barrier 12, 59kg
Drawn wide here and will have to do a bit of work from the barrier. Best form is on wet tracks. Prefer others.
#10 So Si Bon (Hayes & Dabernig / Luke Nolen)
Barrier 15, 59kg
Has been consistent last couple, but from the wide barrier will get back and lacks the class.
#11 Manuel (Tony McEvoy / Luke Currie)
Barrier 3, 59kg
Lacks the class.
#12 Mask Of Time (Maher & Eastace / Jordan Childs)
Barrier 5, 59kg
Better over further and lacks class.
#13 Holbien (Steve Richards / Patrick Moloney)
Barrier 16, 59kg
Not good enough.
#14 Fifty Stars (Hayes & Dabernig / Ben Allen)
Barrier 9, 58.5kg
Was okay first-up and will improve with a run here. Drawn slightly awkwardly, rough chance.
#15 Shillelagh (Chris Waller / Ben Melham)
Barrier 14, 57kg
Generally takes a run or two. Best runs have been third and fourth-up in the past. Will get back and be getting home hard, but may give them too big a start.
#16 Whispering Brook (Simon Miller / Mark Zahra)
Barrier 8, 57kg
Undefeated this prep. Returns to original trainer. Slight query at the trip but maps to get a good run in the race.
It’s certainly a difficult, wide open race.
I’ve got Kementari on top from Whispering Brook, D’Argento and Land Of Plenty.
Betting-wise, I’ve D’Argento slight overs at the odds but as I said, it is a wide-open race.
Get a full set of rated prices, speed maps, suggested bets with staking and live updates throughout the day from Trev himself.
It’s the only way to punt.