Dissident has been backed into 2015 Orr Stakes odds of $3 and remains a clear favourite to record a fourth Group 1 victory at Caulfield this afternoon.
Dissident opened at a quote of $3.80 when the 2015 Orr Stakes field was released earlier in the week, but he was quickly backed into $3.20 and the support has continue for the son of Sebring in the last 24 hours.
Heavy shows hit Melbourne overnight and the Caulfield track is expect to start in the soft range, but that has not worried punters as the stallion prospect previously performed well on a slow track in both the Listed Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens last year.
Outside of Dissident, the best-backed runner in 2015 Orr Stakes betting markets has been talented three-year-old Petrology, who is into a quote of $5.50 to record a maiden win at the highest level of racing.
Petrology stamped himself as a colt to follow when he finished his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign with wins in the Listed TV Stakes (1800m) at Flemington and Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) at Sandown on November 15 before he returned to racing with a second place finish in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on Australia Day.
Trainer David Hayes revealed earlier in the week that he has always had the Orr Stakes in the back of his mind for Petrology and he believes that the son of Fastnet Rock is capable of storming home late if he receives some luck in running in the Group 1 event.
“Hopefully he will be one of the strong closers in the race,” Hayes said.
“He does love a bit of galloping room and that could work in his favor if he can get on the back of something.
“With a bit of luck he won’t get caught out on a limb, but if he gets the right run in transit he will unleash some big sectionals.”
The only other horse that is available at single figure Orr Stakes odds is Team Freedman-trained Java, who defeated Petrology in the Manfred Stakes.
Java was an early drifter in Orr Stakes betting markets and he got out to as long as $10, but he is now priced at $10 to complete an amazing from a benchmark 64 event over 1400 metres at Sandown on January 7.
There has been a sprinkling of support in the Orr Stakes betting market with Ladbrokes for Aeronautical ($51 to $41), Star Rolling ($34 to $26), Spillway ($14 into $11) and Bagman ($51 into $26), while the likes of Toydini ($18 out to $21), Mouro ($18 out to $16), Sonntag ($31 out to $71) and Entirely Platinum ($7.50 out to $11) have all been on the drift.