The CF Orr Stakes (1400m) takes place at Melbourne’s Caulfield Racecourse annually in February during the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is run at weight-for-age conditions.
The CF Orr Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the year and takes part on one of the best days of racing the Melbourne Autumn Carnival has to offer.
Other races on the day include the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m), Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude 2YO F (1100m), Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude 2YO C&G (1100m) and the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1600m).
With a $400,000 prize fund, the race attracts the best horses in Australia as they gear up for their autumn campaigns.
The best lead-up race to the CF Orr Stakes is the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) held at Moonee Valley Racecourse two weeks earlier, however, the race is frequently won by mile, middle distance and staying types that are resuming from their successful spring campaigns.
Gallopers wanting to contest upcoming longer races such as the Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m) or the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Caulfield are suited by the CF Orr Stakes.
First run in 1925, the CF Orr Stakes was won by The Night Patrol when the race was run over eight furlongs (approximately 1600m).
The illustrious honour roll lists some of the country’s best horses with the most recent winner of the CF Orr Stakes being All Too Hard in 2013.
Other former winners of the CF Orr Stakes include Heroic (1927), High Castle (1940), Flight (1946), Comic Court (1951), Rising Fast (1956), Lord (1959-60), Tobin Bronze (1967), Leilani (1975), Surround (1977), Hyperno (1978), Manikato (1979-81), Vo Rogue (1988-90), Let’s Elope (1992), Jeune (1995), Saintly (1997), Redoute’s Choice (2000), Lonhro (2004), Elvstroem (2005), El Segundo (2007), Maldivian (2009), Typhoon Tracy (2010-11), Black Caviar (2012) and Black Heart Bart (2016).