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Racing Round Up - All the news from the big race action at Caulfield and Warwick Farm on February 10

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 10 Feb 2018
  • Round up of all the big race action from Caulfield and Warwick Farm
Hartnell took out a thrilling edition of the Orr Stakes on February 10

Racing was at Caulfield on Saturday February 10 for the Orr Stakes (1400m) programme, while at Warwick Farm the feature of the day was the Breeders Classic (1200m). 

Here is our round up of all the news from the respective venues

Hartnell digs deep in classic version of the Orr Stakes

The Orr Stakes has been won by some champion gallopers over the years and while Hartnell may have been living in the shadow of Winx over the past few years, he won't look out of place on the honour roll after taking out the first Group 1 of the calendar year. 

The multiple Group 1 winner was sent out a $5.50 second favourite behind Tosen Stardom and the seven-year-old dug deep in the closing stages to hold off Single Gaze and Brave Smash in what was a blanket finish to the $500,000 feature. 

The race attracted a number of big names that were returning from the spring including the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) winner, Mighty Boss, as well as a host of quality and in-form gallopers. 

Mighty Boss was among a number of hard-luck stories. Tosen Stardom was posted deep for much of the race, while Single Gaze and Brave Smash endured a chequered passage in a race in which just four lengths separated 1st to last. 

The Orr Stakes headlined what was a cracking day at Caulfield and other winners on the programme included Super Cash, who took out the Rubiton Stakes (1200m), while Booker saluted in the Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m). Last year's 5th placegetter in the Cox Plate, Gailo Chop, proved to be too good in the Carlyon Cup (1600m), while Prussian Vixen knocked out plenty of quaddie punters by taking out the last event of the day, the Bellmaine Stakes (1200m), as a $41 pop. 

Diamond puzzle taking shape- or is it?

Enbihaar and Written By took out the respective Blue Diamond Preludes with Written By in the colts and geldings winning in a slightly superior time to the fillies. Both winners pipped the respective favourites (Oohood and Plague Stone) in either race. 

The results have sparked plenty of uncertainty in the market for the final of the series, the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m), with six horses vying for favouritism in early markets for the February 24 Group 1, including Kinky Boom ($7), Oohood ($8) and Written By ($8). 

Prompt Response shines at Warwick Farm

Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott's consistent mare, Prompt Response, claimed the Breeders Stakes (1200m) in dominant fashion at Warwick Farm in what was her first run since 2017. 

The daughter of Benetau sat just off the speed that was set by Memes and proved too good in the closing stages, powering away to a 1.5 length win ahead of Egyptian Symbol and Danish Twist. 

Meanwhile, there was plenty of interest in the respective Inglis races at Warwick Farm. Last year's Golden Slipper (1200m) winner, She Will Reign, did what she had to do, winning as a $1.24 favourite in the Inglis Sprint (1100m), while The Enzo picked up the Inglis Classic (1200m). She Will Reign will head towards the Oakleigh Plate (1100m). 

Last year's Caulfield Guineas (1600m) runner-up, Kementari, made a winning return by cruising home in the Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m). The Randwick Guineas (1600m) looms as a possible option for the impressive three-year-old. 

Looking Ahead

The sprinters are set to scorch down the Flemington straight on Saturday February 17 for the Lightning Stakes (1000m). Last year’s Everest (1200m) winner, Redzel, is a $1.85 favourite in early markets. 

Randwick plays host to the Apollo Stakes (1400m), which will be minus the mighty mare, Winx, after Chris Waller opted for her to head into the Chipping Norton (1600m) first up instead after her regular jockey, Hugh Bowman, was suspended for the Apollo meeting. 


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