Trevor Lawson’s CF Orr Stakes Preview

A pro-punter's take on this Saturday's Group 1 feature

Group 1 CF Orr Stakes preview racing tips

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 Map

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.

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