CF Orr Stakes Race Information

The CF Orr Stakes is a 1400 metre weight-for-age race run at Caulfield by the Melbourne Racing Club. It is held in February on the first day of the Caulfield Festival of Racing which is part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 1
  • Distance: 1400 metres
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Prizemoney: $750,000
  • Date: Saturday 10 February 2024

CF Orr Stakes Race History

See the 2024 CF Orr Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 CF Orr Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 CF Orr Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2021 CF Orr Stakes Preview and results.

The CF Orr Stakes has been raced at five different racecourses and over distances ranging from 1400 metres (about 7 furlongs) to 12 furlongs (about 2400 metres) since it was first won by The Night Patrol in 1925 at Williamstown Racecourse over 8 furlongs (about 1609 metres).

The race was held at Williamstown Racecourse from the first running in 1925 until 1940 and then through the 1940s it was shifted between Moonee Valley Racecourse, Flemington Racecourse and Caulfield Racecourse. It stayed at Caulfield from 1949 to 1965 then was moved to Sandown Racecourse from 1966 to 1996 until returning to Caulfield in 1997. Originally run under WFA with penalties until 1942 it was run under handicap conditions from 1943 to 1945. It has been a WFA race since 1946.

It is rarely won by sprinting stars and instead the winners of past Orr Stakes tend to be middle-distance horses or true stayers who start their autumn campaigns in this race.

Useful Facts

Last mare to win: Tofane (2022)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Jacquinot (2023); Filly – Grand Archway (1999)

Multiple winners: Typhoon Tracy (2010 & 2011); Vo Rogue (1988, 1989 & 1990); Manikato (1979, 1980 & 1981), Lord (1959 & 1960).

Fastest time (1400m): Desert Sky (2001) 1:21:6

Interesting trivia: In 2023 protest 2nd (Jacquinot) against 1st (Gentleman Roy) – UPHELD

Past winners of the CF Orr Stakes

Only four horses have been able to win this race more than once as it requires both skill and speed. Speedy mare Typhoon Tracy won in 2010 and 2011, bold front runner Vo Rogue won in 1988, 1989 and 1990, the mighty Manikato won in 1979, 1980 and 1981, and Lord won in 1959 and 1960. Many horses use the Orr Stakes as a lead-up race to the Futurity Stakes (1600 metres) three weeks later. Typhoon Tracy, Vo Rogue, Manikato and Lord all had at least one win each in the Futurity.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Mr Brightside Pride Of Jenni Buffalo River
2023 Jacquinot Gentleman Roy Nugget
2022 Tofane Lighthouse Cascadian
2021 Streets Of Avalon Imaging Crosshaven
2020 Alabama Express Fierce Impact Kings Will Dream
2019 Manual Kementari Land Of Plenty
2018 Hartnell (GB) Single Gaze Brave Smash (Jpn)
2017 Black Heart Bart Turn Me Loose Ecuador
2016 Suavito (NZ) 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 (NZ) Marasco Aqua D’Amore
2006 Perfect Promise Lad Of The Manor Fields of Omagh
2005 Elvstroem Savabeel Lad Of The Manor (NZ)
2004 Lonhro Vocabulary Sound Action
2003 Yell Fields of Omagh Innovation Girl
2002 Barkada Northerly Cent Home (NZ)
2001 Desert Sky Skoozi Please (NZ) Hit The Roof (NZ)
2000 Redoubte’s Choice Miss Pennymoney Intergaze
1999 Grand Archway Bezeal Bay Istidaad
1998 Special Dane Al Mansour Might And Power
1997 Saintly Cut Up Rough Star Dancer
1996 Racers Edge Count Rivas Circles Of Gold
1995 Jeune Hurricane Sky Schillaci
1994 Primacy Asian Incline Fraar
1993 Durbridge Jolly Old Mac Corndale
1992 Lets Elope Prince Salieri Braashee
1991 Planet Ruler Ark Regal Vo Rogue
1990 Vo Rogue Super Impose Kings High
1989 Vo Rogue Super Impose Marwong
1988 Vo Rogue King Phoenix Groucho
1987 At Talaq Canny Lass Goblet
1986 Delightful Belle West Mayo Mighty Avenger
1985 Fine Offer French Current Binbinga
1984 Qubeau Pleach Vivacite
1983 Torbek Qubeau Avatar
1982 Lawman Sovereign Red Hyperno
1981 Manikato My Brown Jug Turf Ruler
1980 Manikato Hyperno Better Copy
1979 Manikato Gypsy Kingdom Lefroy
1978 Hyperno Opposition Family Of Man
1977 Surround How Now Cheyne Walk
1976 Plush Raffique Leilani
1975 Leilani All Shot Zambari
1974 All Shot Australiasia Zambari
1973 Longfella Zambari All Shot
1972 Abdul Cyron Baguette
1971 Black Onyx Maritana Nutcracker
1970 Crewman Big Philou Cyron
1969 Fileur Redolent Blazer
1968 Winfreux Alcatraz Agena
1967 Tobin Bronze Galilee Future
1966 Rio Light Fingers Samson
1965 Future Star Of Heaven Sir Dane
1964 Havelock Sunny Coronation Ripa
1963 Aquanita Wenona Girl Kilshery
1962 Wenona Girl Havelock New Statesman
1961 Anonyme Gabonia Havelock
1960 Lord Prince Lea On Guard
1959 Lord Wiggle Prince Darius
1958 Highfire Timor Brocken
1957 Golden Doubles Sir William Sir Gavin
1956 Rising Fast The Orb Cromis
1955 Prince Cortauld Petrograd Flying Halo
1954 Flying Halo My Hero Cromis
1953 Ellerslie Flying Halo Lenity
1952 Grey Boots Ellerslie Laurie Hussar
1951 Comic Court Chicquita Achilles
1950 St. Razzle Comic Court Carbon Copy
1949 Ungar Attley Monte Cassino
1948 St. Fairy Chanak Lungi
1947 Attley Flight Star Act
1946 Flight Don Pedro Amana
1945 Drum Net Tea Cake Approve
1944 Lawrence Cacique Tranquil Star
1943 Primavera Darraweit Stonecastle
1942 Burrabil Tranquil Star Primavera
1941 Mildura High Caste Lucrative
1940 High Caste Manrico Ajax
1939 Manolive Carpentier Stretto
1938 Hua Damaglis Avenger
1937 Iva Hostile Double Bard
1936 Cardinal Petit Fils Press Gang
1935 Break Up Ogwell Gaine Carrington
1934 Gaine Carrington Rondalina Viol D’Amour
1933 Liberal Chatham
Viol D’Amour
 * dead heat 2nd
1932 Greenline Rondalina Viol D’Amour
1931 Byron Wise Force Dick Turpin
1930 Gallopade Lucie Manette Lineage
1929 Gothic Sailing Home The Banker
1928 Sailing Home Translator Spearset
1927 Heroic Metellus Bard Of Avon
1926 Whittier Heroic The Night Patrol
1925 The Night Patrol Lily Pond Amalfi

From the archives:

CF Orr Stakes Preview & Tips  2018

Track: Good, Weather: Fine

There are 14 runners for the $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes. The early favourite is Tosen Stardom who won the Toorak Handicap here in October, then was spelled after winning the Emirates Stakes in November. Second favouritism is shared between 2017 winner Black Heart Bart (scratched) who has a fantastic record at this track and distance, and Hartnell who hasn’t raced since finishing well back in the 2017 Melbourne Cup, but who won the G2 PB Lawrence Stakes at this track and distance in August.

Mr Sneaky resumed for a solid 2nd in the G2 Australia Stakes on 26 January. Shillelagh won the Cantala Stakes at the end of her last campaign and has had two recent trials. Brave Smash resumed for 5th in the Australia Stakes but usually needs his first run back, while Thronum was the winner of that race. Mighty Boss is the only three-year-old in the race and won the Caulfield Guineas last campaign. The other runners are all over 16 to 1 in the early market.

Jo’s Tips
2 Black Heart Bart
3 Tosen Stardom
1 Hartnell
13 Jester Halo