Friday, February 11, 2022

Orr Stakes Day–10 years on and counting

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Black Caviar – Orr Stakes Day 2012

The first time I ever attended a race meeting at Caulfield was on Orr Stakes Day 2012, where Black Caviar was the main attraction. It was her first and only attempt at racing over 1400 metres.

Of course she won the 2012 Orr Stakes easily, leaving one to wonder how she would have fared racing up to a mile (1600 metres). I suspect she would have handled it just as well.

The Orr Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the Autumn Racing Season, so naturally I will be in attendance for what looks a super race day with the Blue Diamond Preludes also being on the program, and the rest of the rest of support card being quite interesting.

As I’m intending to arrive in time for the Blue Diamond Preludes (races 3 and 4)  and stay for race 9, the Bellmaine Stakes to see favourite mare Probabeel attempt a back to back win, it’s going to be a long afternoon trackside.

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Probabeel winning the 2021 Bellmaine Stakes

Fortunately the weather is forecast to be warm and sunny tomorrow; a bearable 29°C with light winds.

The feature race is scheduled as Race 8 and has attracted a classy field with the likes of I’m Thunderstruck, Behemoth, Tofane, Sierra Sue, Inspirational Girl and Lighthouse all in the mix. I’m looking forward to seeing once again in the flesh the handsome Peter Moody trained colt Lightsaber

Irish import Sinawann is the current favourite with Behemoth highly fancied as well.

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