Headlining CF Orr Stakes Day, the CF Orr Stakes is a major race being the first Group 1 of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival and the first of the calendar year. The event is held in mid-February each year and is one of the premier weight-for-age races of the season in Melbourne. As a Group 1, it attracts the best gallopers in the country to battle it out over the 1400m distance at Caulfield Racecourse. With prize money of $500,000 up for grabs, it’s also a race that trainers and owners pencil in their calendars as one to win.
The Group 2 Australia Stakes over 1200m at Mooney Valley Racecourse a few weeks prior is the ideal lead up race for this event, while horses may go on to compete in the St George/Peter Young Stakes or Futurity Stakes later in the autumn at the same track. A number of greats have taken out this event, including Let’s Elope, Lonhro and recently the Peter Moody trained unbeaten mare Black Caviar. Two Aussie turf heroes, Manikato (1979/80/81) and Vo Rogue (1988/89/90) won the CF Orr three times. In the early 2010’s jockey Luke Nolen and trainer Peter Moody won the event four times in five years. Jockey Luke Currie recorded the second Group 1 win of his career when partnering Suavito to victory in 2016.
|2016||SUAVITO||LUKE CURRIE||NIGEL BLACKISTON||01:22.6|
|2015||DISSIDENT||BEN MELHAM||PETER MOODY||01:23.3|
|2014||MOMENT OF CHANGE||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:23.0|
|2013||ALL TOO HARD||DWAYNE DUNN||JOHN MCINERNEY||01:22.8|
|2012||BLACK CAVIAR||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:25.1|
|2011||TYPHOON TRACY||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:22.7|
|2010||TYPHOON TRACY||LUKE NOLEN||PETER MOODY||01:23.4|
|2009||MALDIVIAN||MICHAEL RODD||MARK KAVANAGH||01:24.0|
|2008||SHINZIG||STEPHEN BASTER||MICK PRICE||01:23.8|
|2007||EL SEGUNDO||DAMIEN OLIVER||COLIN LITTLE||01:23.2|
|2006||PERFECT PROMISE||CRAIG NEWITT||LEE FREEDMAN||01:22.3|