The James Cummings trained Kementari and Best Of Days fared well at the barrier draw for the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The first Group 1 of the calendar year has drawn together a capacity field of sixteen with Kementari coming up with barrier two with James McDonald to ride while Best Of Days will jump from gate for Craig Williams.
Kementari is having his first run back since finishing ninth in the Group 1 $1m VRC Sprint Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 10 and is coming off a second in a recent 900m Randwick barrier trial while Best Of Days hasn’t raced since winning the Group 1 $1m Kennedy Mile (1600m) at Flemington on November 3.
Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller will saddle up two runners in the C.F. Orr Stakes with mixed results at the barrier draw.
Rosehill Guineas winner D’Argento drew the rails with Kerrin McEvoy booked to ride while Group 1 winning mare Shillelagh drew out wide at fourteen for Ben Melham.
Caulfield trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will also have two runners with recent stable acquisition Land Of Plenty drawing awkwardly at eleven with Damian Lane in the saddle while Jordan Childs takes the mount on Mask Of Time who has drawn a nice gate at five.
The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will saddle up three runners in the C.F. Orr Stakes, Redkirk Warrior (Regan Bayliss, barrier 10), So Si Bon (Luke Nolen, barrier 15) and Fifty Stars (Ben Allen, barrier 9).
Western Australian trainer Simon Miller finds himself as the trainer of Whispering Brook again following the disqualification of Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir and the high class mare has drawn in the middle at barrier eight for Mark Zahra.
Whispering Brook completed a hat trick of wins for Weir with a last start victory in the Group 2 $200,000 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on January 25.
Final field for the 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m)
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||0x332818x9||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||Kris Lees||Michael Walker||7||59kg||113|
|2||x11x00x0x5||REDKIRK WARRIOR (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||10||59kg||116|
|3||0x598x5132||FELL SWOOP||Matthew Dale||Damien Oliver||13||59kg||106|
|4||30x242439x||KEMENTARI||James Cummings||James McDonald||2||59kg||110|
|5||21x111x32x||MATERIAL MAN||Justin Warwick||Ms Lucy Warwick||6||59kg||110|
|6||714x32256x||D’ARGENTO||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||1||59kg||107|
|7||11x21314x3||LAND OF PLENTY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Damian Lane||11||59kg||110|
|8||38x713211x||BEST OF DAYS (GB)||James Cummings||Craig Williams||4||59kg||108|
|9||716243111x||MOSS ’N’ DALE (NZ)||Peter Gelagotis||Jack Martin (a)||12||59kg||108|
|10||93×5386412||SO SI BON||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||15||59kg||98|
|11||1x361221x7||MANUEL||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||3||59kg||95|
|12||479741240x||MASK OF TIME (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jordan Childs||5||59kg||97|
|13||x316936420||HOLBIEN||Steve Richards||Patrick Moloney||16||59kg||86|
|14||111x2211x6||FIFTY STARS (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ben Allen (a)||9||58.5kg||98|
|15||462x44415x||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ben Melham||14||57kg||110|
|16||0x1415x111||WHISPERING BROOK||Simon A Miller||Mark Zahra||8||57kg||109|