C.F. Orr Stakes 2024

Distance: 1400m | Conditions: WFA | Rail Position: True | Track Condition: Good 4

The C.F. Orr stakes spearheads us back into Group 1 racing for the Autumn and with the All Star Mile in their sights, a ripping field will be showcased for the Caulfield 1400m battle. Mr Brightside headlines the race following his huge Spring campaign, but faces some stiff competition looking to spoil the party. Let’s find a winner!



Buffalo River should provide a genuine speed here with Pride of Jenni holding the key thereabouts. be the likely leading pair here with Mr Brightside in behind alongside Pericles box-seating. This leaves the likes of Atishu at the tail of the field.




1: jockey silks Mr Brightside (4)

He’s arguably Australia’s best horse on the back of his last campaign, and he arrives here with the price to match. Proven WFA star who will find this one of his easiest assignments. His latest jump out was a bit plain but still enough there to like and he should be hard to beat.


2: jockey silks Pericles (5)

Pericles is one I can entertain at a price. Ran a second in the Golden Eagle last start against a quality animal in Obamburumai and you still get the feeling he’s not fully screwed down yet. His trial win was nice, maps well and I think 1400m fresh is the key to him. Big watch.

3: jockey silksMunhamek (9)

Returns to Victoria after a quick WA stint which included a momentous win in the Gold Rush for Ollie. Will go back and be running on but I don’t think he’s quite up to the level.

4: jockey silks Bustler (6)

WA flyer who claimed his first Group 1 win over the Perth Racing Carnival in the Railway. Ran on respectively in the Northerly and Gold Rush, and should be respected. That being said, I still think this will be too big a jump for him.

5: jockey silks Buffalo River (1)

Celine Gaudray will ride in her first Group One under seasoned veteran Buffalo River. Will roll up along the fence to lead alongside Pride Of Jenni, and while I can’t see him winning he will give a good account of himself. Overs?

6: jockey silksAryton (8)

Gets his third crack at a Group One and probably deserves his shot. Was wide and faded away in the Gold Rush, before returning to the winners circle on Australia Day, making it five wins from six starts over the track and distance. This is a big step up however and I think he’s way under the odds. A positive ride would enhance his chances.

7: jockey silks Atishu (7)

Such an intriguing runner here who can give this a serious shake at odds. Put together an outstanding Spring campaign, capping off her prep by taking out the Champions Stakes during Cup week. If she can carry across the same consistency into this prep, there’s plenty more wins coming up.


8: jockey silks Pride of Jenni (3)

Pride Of Jenni was the story of the Spring, taking out the Empire Rose Stakes at odds, before proving it was no fluke as she burnt an elite field in the Champions Mile seven days later.  Will get a perfect run, she’s as tough as they come and will give a big sight – especially if there’s big leader bias which Caulfield is prone to. Few queries on her first up record and the trip however and they may not be forcing the issue with the All Star Mile in sight.


9: jockey silks Veight (2)

Talented three-year-old who gets his first crack at WFA level now. Arrives off the back of a nice win in the G2 Australia Stakes. Should get a nice trail into this from the low draw, and the lightweight may prove the difference. While I’m not convinced he’ll win this, there’s plenty of upside there.



Mr Brightside still remains the obvious selection for me. No doubting there’s plenty of value elsewhere but he’s been the best horse going for the last twelve months and I’m not willing to write him off in this field, especially if you get even money or better closer to the jump.

 jockey silks Mr Brightside (4)

2 units Mr Brightside