Aurie’s Star Handicap 2022

Saturday August 6, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: Recent Aurie’s Star Handicap winners have won next-up in Sydney Group races

The Aurie’s Star Handicap is the first Group race of the new racing season held in Melbourne and takes place in early August at Flemington Racecourse. Holding Group 3 status the open handicap sprint is contested over 1200m down the famous Flemington ‘Straight Six’ track and offers a total of $200,000 in prize money as of 2021.

Officially held during the winter racing season, the Aurie’s Star Handicap makes a good starting point for Melbourne and Sydney Spring Racing Carnival hopefuls. Often graduates out of the Aurie’s Star Handicap race at Flemington step-up in distance and target the season’s first elite level race, the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. In 2019 the upset Aurie’s Star winner So Si Bon went on to run second in the Memsie Stakes. Some horses may also opt to come out of the Aurie’s Star and drop down in distance on Memsie Stakes Day for the Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m).

The next edition of the Aurie’s Star Handicap runs on Saturday August 6, 2022. 

2022 Aurie’s Star Results

The full Aurie’s Star Handicap results and finishing order for 2022 will be updated right here once the Group 3 takes place on Saturday August 6, 2022 at Flemington.

  • 1st: #4 Sirius Suspect ($3.80)
  • 2nd: #2 Stageman
  • 3rd: #5 Shooting For Gold

Aurie’s Star Handicap Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 6, 2022
  • Track: Flemington Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Open Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1996

Aurie’s Star Betting

Proven sprinters with a strong record over the distance (1200m) sit high up the Aurie’s Star Handicap betting markets, especially those with past experience down the famous Flemington straight.

Favourites have a dominant recent record in the race including odds-on favourites in the Aurie’s Star Handicap betting markets.

Shorter Aurie’s Star Handicap odds are usually offered for the class horses in the race, especially any previous Group 1 performers. For example, the 2018 Aurie’s Star Handicap was won by Hey Doc who had saluted in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at the track during that year’s autumn carnival.

That said, upsets do occur with the longest-priced Aurie’s Star Handicap winner in recent history being So Si Bon (2019) who jumped at $21 Aurie’s Star odds.

2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap Odds

The latest Aurie’s Star Handicap 2022 odds and betting market links on the Flemington Group 3 sprint will be available below as soon as markets open on the August showdown.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Aurie's Star Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Aurie's Star Handicap Winners - So Si Bon. (Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos) |

2019 Aurie’s Star Handicap winner So Si Bon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Aurie’s Star Handicap Field

The Aurie’s Star Handicap field attracts a quality line-up of early season spring sprinters, many of which have upcoming Group 1 ambitions over the coming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The majority of horses in the Aurie’s Star Handicap field are resuming racing. There are however a number of potential lead-up races held over the winter that gallopers may have contested on their way to the Aurie’s Star Handicap field including Caulfield’s Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) over 100m shorter in mid-July.

Another potential lead-up into the field for the Aurie’s Star Handicap is the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m), contested over the same distance at Caulfield Racecourse in late July.

The 2018 Aurie’s Star Handicap winner Voodoo Lad improved on a lead-up second in the Bletchingly Stakes before his win in the Group 3 event. Voodoo Lad also won the Sir John Monash Stakes earlier that winter and went on to take out the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth that December. The 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap winner The Astrologist meanwhile improved on a lead-up third in the Bletchingly Stakes to salute in the Flemington sprint feature.

Horses out of the Aurie’s Star Handicap field may go on to contest Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) or be kept at the traditional 1200m sprint distance over the carnival season. In 2017 Hey Doc won the Aurie’s Star Handicap before a Memsie Stakes fourth. He would also go on to win the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Eve as a $21 roughie.

The race nominations close the Monday of race week with the final field and barrier draw released the Wednesday before the race takes place that Saturday.

2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field

The Aurie’s Star Handicap 2022 Final Field & Barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and the full list of acceptors and gates will be detailed below once announced.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2516x8710x JUST FOLK Josh Julius Craig Williams 1 58kg 105
2 427x32722x STAGEMAN Danny O’Brien Damien Oliver 2 57.5kg 104
3 243x319x61 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3 57kg 103
4 027×434431 SIRIUS SUSPECT Saab Hasan Ethan Brown 6 54kg 97
5 11x35x2444 SHOOTING FOR GOLD Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted Ms Jamie Kah 5 54kg 95
6 250260x80x ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Michael Dee 7 54kg 94
7 161647x0x3 KALKARNI ROYALE Tom Dabernig Daniel Moor 4 54kg 84

2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations

Nominations for the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2022 are announced by the VRC the Monday of race week with the complete list of early entries to be published here.

A field of 14 has accepted for the 2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap, including last year’s Group 1 Kingston Town Stakes winner Regal Power, and last fortnight’s Bletchingly Stakes winner, King Of Sparta.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 90x9x4411x REGAL POWER G 7 Danny O’Brien 1 61kg 112
2 6133x2104x KISSONALLFORCHEEKS M 5 Daniel Morton 2 56.5kg 107
3 2516x8710x JUST FOLK G 6 Josh Julius 3 57.5kg 105
4 427x32722x STAGEMAN G 8 Danny O’Brien 4 57kg 104
5 243x319x61 KING OF SPARTA G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 5 56.5kg 103
6 027×434431 SIRIUS SUSPECT G 8 Saab Hasan 6 54kg 97
7 x111111x3x SHOWMANSHIP (NZ) G 7 Danny O’Brien 7 54kg 96
8 11x35x2444 SHOOTING FOR GOLD G 5 Steven O’Dea & Matthew Hoysted 8 54kg 95
9 250260x80x ROMANCER (NZ) G 9 Grahame Begg 9 54kg 94
10 161647x0x3 KALKARNI ROYALE M 6 Tom Dabernig 10 54kg 84
11 45x1x23x0x PAS MALOTRU (GB) G 6 Ben & JD Hayes 11 54kg 84
12 53321158×3 PIONEER RIVER G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 54kg 81
13 1127×40 PASCERO H 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 13 54kg 76
14 10×7355034 BELSIELLE M 5 David & Coral Feek 14 54kg 75

Aurie’s Star Handicap Tips

Good Aurie’s Star Handicap tips to consider each season include looking for the proven Flemington straight track performers in the field coming off a strong lead-up that are well-weighted in the handicap feature.

Another top Aurie’s Star Handicap betting tip is to lock-in the favourites in the markets with punters’ picks boasting a strong recent record in the race. Previous Group 1 winners and those with a gun first-up record when resuming in the spring lead-up also make good Aurie’s Star betting tips.

2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ 2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race.

  • To Win: #3 King Of Sparta ($2.50)

Hard to bet against the short-priced favourite in this small field. He had plenty against him first-up in the Bletchingly and his class still managed to shine through in the final stages. His win second-up in the Magic Millions Guineas earlier in the year was full of merit, and he should have an easy time of it from barrier 3.

Aurie’s Star Handicap Form Guide

The Aurie’s Star Handicap form guide is released when the field comes out the Wednesday of race week and details all the information from jockeys, trainers, barriers and weights to the lead-up runs and track / distance records of the sprinters in the field.

Over the years the Aurie’s Star Handicap form has stacked up in later spring Group races in both Sydney and Melbourne including the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) that the 2011 winner Temple Of Boom took out two starts later.

Temple Of Boom also ran second in the 2012 Aurie’s Star Handicap before a second in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at the same track next start. The 2012 Aurie’s Star third place-getter Zamorar meanwhile came off a Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) second and also ran second in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) next start.

The 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap form was franked with the winner The Astrologist going on to record placings in the 2022 Newmarket Handicap (2nd) and 2022 The Goodwood (3rd) at Group 1 level the following year.

2022 Aurie’s Star Handicap Form

A link to our detailed Aurie’s Star Handicap 2022 Form Guide and betting preview will be provided for punters the week of the race.

Results of the Aurie’s Star Handicap

The Aurie’s Star Handicap results have been dominated by single-figure chances and notable recent Aurie’s Star Handicap winners include: The Astrologist (2021), Tiger Tees (2014), Temple Of Boom (2011) and Mic Mac (2009). There has been plenty of classy Aurie’s Star Handicap winners in the past few years including Hey Doc (2017) and Voodoo Lad (2018) who both went on to enjoy Group 1 wins.

In 2020 the Aurie’s Star Handicap results saw the 2018 runner-up Home Of The Brave atone and hand jockey Damien Oliver with a record fifth win in the race.

Aurie’s Star Handicap Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2022 Siriur Suspect Stageman Shooting For Gold 1:09.9
2021 The Astrologist Romancer Too Good Too Hard 1:10.5
2020 Home Of The Brave Great Again Game Keeper 1:10.5
2019 So Si Bon Malibu Style Sesar 1:11.0
2018 Voodoo Lad Home Of The Brave Brave Song 1:09.6
2017 Hey Doc Cannyescent Grande Rosso 1:09.9
2016 Sooboog Dibiyani Tashbeeh 1:10.0
2015 Shiraz Play Master Le Bonsir 1:09.4
2014 Tiger Tees Mr Chard Zamorar 1:09.8
2013 Broken Temple Of Boom Cavallo Nero 1:12.5
2012 Shanghai Warrior Golden Archer Zamorar 1:11.4
2011 Temple Of Boom Rekindled Interest Offenders 1:10.5
2010 Elusive Touch Leica Larrikin Beltrois 1:11.1
2009 Mic Mac All American El Segundo 1.09:6
2008 Grand Duels Stavka Valedictum 1.10:4