CF Orr Stakes Tips - Plenty to like about Stratum gelding

  • Favourites have outstanding record in the race.
  • Barriers 1, 4 and 5 most successful in recent times.
Damian Lane riding Land of Plenty wins the Toorak Handicap

An impressive last start effort and previous runs at Caulfield over 1400m point to Land Of Plenty taking out Saturday’s Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m).

The five-year-old son of Stratum has his first start for trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace but it’s interesting to note that Maher told Peter Moody on Moody On The Mic that the horse worked strongly at Terang under the guidance of Weir’s stable.

So, despite being officially transferred to Maher and Eustace prior to that work session, Land Of Plenty was still being prepared by Weir’s staff.

I’m sure most racing fans would assume a horse being transferred to another stable means physically getting on a float and taking up residence in a new stable, as well as adapting to different training methods, feed, daily routing etc, and not just having a different name listed as the trainer. 

Despite my opinion on the matter, it’s obviously a benefit to the horse as he hasn’t had an interrupted preparation and should be in a good head space. 

Land Of Plenty resumed in the Australia Stakes and really caught the eye when working home strongly with Redkirk Warrior with that pair finishing 3rd and 5th respectively. 

To my eye, it was the most eye-catching run in the race, and he’ll take enough improvement to suggest he can turn the tables on former stablemate Whispering Brook. 

His second-up record of three wins and two placings from five attempts is far better than his first-up record of three placings from six starts which points to a much-improved effort on Saturday.

His effort in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield was outstanding, and if he can produce something similar, he’s a great winning chance.

He sat three wide without cover in that race and was six wide on the bend yet he was beaten half a head by Jungle Cat in the super quick time of 1:22.31.

Admittedly, he has to carry 5kg extra this time around, which at 59kg is the heaviest weight he’s carried in his 26-start career, but he did carry 58.5kg last start and charged home over 1200m against a few of Saturday’s rivals. 

Whispering Brook rates as a danger again but I much prefer Land Of Plenty over the longer trip, while James Cummings’ pair, Kementari and Best Of Days are classy horses and will prove hard to beat.

Damian Lane takes the ride aboard Land Of Plenty and is likely to settle at the rear of the field, and with a well-timed run, he can finish best. 

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