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Caulfield - Orr Stakes Day - 16/02/02



Race 1 Hyderabad Race Club Handicap

Race 2 Veuve Clicquot Stakes (Listed)

Race 3 Selangor Turf Club Handicap

Race 4 Sandown Park (UK) Stakes (Listed)

Race 5 Carlton Draught Carlyon Cup (Group 2)

Race 6 CF Orr Stakes (Group 1)

Race 7 JRA Stakes (Listed)

Race 8 Wellington Racing Club Handicap

On a fine but overcast day the all conquering Northerly was back at Caulfield to contest the Group 1 C.F.Orr Stakes. There was pre-race drama as Northerly was vetted after he grazed a leg in the parade ring. Passed fit to run he took his place in the classy field which included his fellow West Australian Old Comrade, the 2001 VRC Derby winner Amalfi, top Kiwi galloper Cent Home and the Group 1 winner Mr. Murphy. But it was the up and coming three-year-old Barkada who stole the show. Piloted by boom jockey Scott Seamer he controlled the race out in front and dashed clear at the top of the straight. Northerly tried his heart out as usual finishing second with Cent Home third. Earlier in the day in the Listed Veuve Cliquot Stakes the smart filly Innovation Girl was out to prove she deserved a tilt at the Blue Diamond. Never travelling comfortably she tried hard but failed to haul in the Hawkes-trained Yell and will now be spelled. The Group 2 Carlyon Cup was the race that propelled Northerly into the spotlight last year and may do the same for the smart mare Piper Star. She won with great authority and will now be set for the Australian Cup.

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