2017 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes Field Released

February 8th, 2017

Twelve of the country’s best racehorses will seek glory at the highest level at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday, following the release of the 2017 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes final field this morning.

Black Heart Bart has been confirmed in the 2017 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Black Heart Bart has been confirmed in the 2017 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes field. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Black Heart Bart has been one of the country’s standout performers since transferring to the care of Darren Weir last autumn, but will require some luck in transit after drawing into the 2017 Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes field in barrier 11.

A former Perth galloper, Black Heart Bart was given little hope for success in the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) first-up for Weir last March, but mustered a big turn of foot to finish a close second.

Returning to winning form in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m), the Blackfriars gelding again finished second in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) before breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

Sent to the paddock after he finished second in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m), Black Heart Bart recorded his second Group 1 win in the Memsie Stakes (1400m) first-up in spring before finishing second to Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m).

Storming home to take out the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m), Black Heart Bart placed second to Winx in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes (2000m), but had clearly had enough by the time he finished ninth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m).

Having run second in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) first-up a fortnight ago, Black Heart Bart will relish a step up to 1400m and will be extremely tough to beat under the conditions of the CF Orr Stakes 2017.

Malaguerra returned to racing for a smart win in the Australia Stakes, but is also charged with a tough task in overcoming barrier 12 in the Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes.

Claiming his first Group 1 win in the BTC Cup (1200m) while under the care of Lee & Anthony Freedman last winter, Malaguerra resumed for Peter Gelagotis in spring for second in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) before holding on to win the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) by the bob of a head.

Failing to handle the late pace when fifth in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), the Magnus gelding is sure to have taken benefit from his run in the Australia Stakes and will be partnered by regular hoop Ben Melham second-up.

Several interesting prospects have been confirmed in the Ladbrokes CF Orr Stakes field, including Arod and Divine Prophet.

Arod was unable to make much of an impact during a hit-and-run campaign in Australia during the 2015 Spring Carnival, but debuted for Chris Waller for second in the Group 3 L’Oreal Stakes (1400m) on November 3rd.

Divine Prophet is the only thee-year-old in the 2017 CF Orr Stakes field and is treated particularly well at the weights with only 55.5kgs in tow.

Winning the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) first-up in spring, the Choisir colt ran fourth in the Group 1 Golden Rose (1500m) and second in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) before taking out the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 8th.

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2017 CF Orr Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 12x12129x2 BLACK HEART BART Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 59kg 113
2 20x015551x AWESOME ROCK Leon & Troy Corstens Stephen Baster 3 59kg 113
3 x129x791x7 LUCKY HUSSLER Darren Weir Damian Lane 4 59kg 112
4 1619x215x1 MALAGUERRA Peter Gelagotis Ben Melham 12 59kg 113
5 x4160x88x7 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 2 59kg 112
6 0x3x00352x AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Craig Williams 1 59kg 108
7 2x451008x4 PALENTINO Darren Weir Mark Zahra 7 59kg 111
8 6706116×11 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 8 59kg 109
9 1211x1110x HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 9 59kg 108
10 24x471210x JAMEKA Ciaron Maher Luke Nolen 10 57kg 113
11 3419x1030x MISS ROSE DE LAGO Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 5 57kg 104
12 5x13x1421x DIVINE PROPHET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 6 55.5kg 105