Aurie’s Star Handicap 2017

Saturday August 12th

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 and runs on the first Saturday of August at Flemington Racecourse. Holding Group 3 stats the open handicap sprint is contested over 1200m and offers a total of $150,000 in total prize money.

Held officially during the winter, the Aurie’s Star Handicap makes a good starting point for Melbourne and Sydney Spring Racing Carnival hopefuls.

The next edition of the Aurie’s Star Handicap runs on Saturday August 12th, 2017.

Aurie’s Star Handicap Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 134x31196x HEY DOC Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 8 59kg 105
2 31x271183x I AM A STAR (NZ) Shane Nichols Dwayne Dunn 7 58kg 107
3 717121175x GRANDE ROSSO David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss 9 56.5kg 100
4 911x63280x WE’VE GOT THIS Greg Eurell Craig Newitt 2 55kg 97
5 01x0533x53 FLIPPANT Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 6 54.5kg 100
6 6x114173x SNITZSON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Stephen Baster 5 54kg 94
7 26×1516111 CANNYESCENT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 10 54kg 93
8 587×842574 YESTERDAY’S SONGS Michael Moroney Patrick Moloney 4 54kg 93
9 14x64x0339 RUETTIGER (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Beau Mertens (a) 1 54kg 90
10 4x25x413x0 MANUEL Tony McEvoy Ben Thompson (a) 3 54kg 65

The Aurie’s Star Handicap field attracts a mix between winter runners coming to the end of their preps and new season sprints kicking off spring campaigns. Horses come into the race via a number of different lead-ups and go on to contest a variety of next-up races.

In 2015 the Aurie’s Star Handicap winner Shiraz came off a Rosehill win and went on to win Sydney’s Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) a month later at Randwick. The previous year Tiger Tees (2014) won the Aurie’s Star first-up before success in Sydney’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) next start. 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.

Aurie’s Star Betting & Odds

The Aurie’s Star Handicap odds open the Wednesday before the race day on the Saturday after the field is released by Racing Victoria.

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.

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.

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 placegetter Zamorar meanwhile came off a Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) second and also ran second in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) next s tart.

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 Tiger Tees (2014), Temple OF Boom (2011) and Mic Mac (2009).

Aurie’s Star Handicap Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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