Former Darren Weir trained Fifty Stars will race under the Lindsay Park banner when he takes his place in the Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Fifty Stars worked his way up quickly through the grades under the guidance of premiership winning trainer Darren Weir who will front the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board on Wednesday morning to face serious charges issued by Racing Victoria Stewards.
The Lindsay Park Team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig have also nominated multiple Group 1 winner Redkirk Warrior and the promising So Si Bon for the weight for age C.F. Orr Stakes.
Fifty Stars is the winner of six of his nine race starts with his best win being the Group 3 $150,000 Sandown Stakes (1500m) at Sandown at the end of the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The Sea The Stars four year old has had one run back from a spell for a first up sixth to Whispering Brook in the Group 2 $200,000 Australia Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on January 25.
New stablemate Redkirk Warrior is a three times Group 1 winner over the sprinting distances but co-trainer Tom Dabernig said that the stable was looking to step the eight year old up in journey over the 2019 Autumn Carnival with the intention of gaining a place in the $5m All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington on March 16.
“He’s got that lovely big action so he might enjoy the trip again,” Dabernig told AAP.
“Before he went to Hong Kong he raced over 2000 metres in England, but after he sprinted so well we kept him to shorter trips.
“We’ve started working him over a bit longer and he doesn’t turn a hair, if anything he looks like he’s enjoying it.
“It might bring another aspect to him that we haven’t seen before we got him.”
So Si Bon has performed creditably at Group 1 level in the past under the guidance of Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing with a third in the 2017 Group 1 $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill as a three year old as well as a third in the Group 1 $500,000 Keno Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield during the 2017 Spring Carnival.
Redkirk Warrior has firmed into $9 from $16 in early betting at Ladbrokes.com.au for the C.F. Orr Stakes with Fifty Stars listed at $16 while So Si Bon is one of the outsiders at $101.
Early betting for the 2019 C.F. Orr Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.20 Kementari, $5.50 Land Of Plenty, $8 Whipsering Brook, $9 Redkirk Warrior, $12 Brave Smash, $13 D’Argento, Shillelagh, $15 Best Of Days, $16 Fell Swoop, Fifty Stars, $17 Avilius, $31 Material Man, Moss ‘N’ Dale, $51 Ace High, Bring Me Roses, Holbien, Manuel, $81 Mask Of Time, $101 Missrock, Rock ‘N’ Gold, So Si Bon, Star Exhibit.