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Aurie's Star Handicap

The Aurie's Star Handicap is a Group 3 open handicap race that takes place in early August each year at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne. The race is run under handicap conditions down the the 1200 metre straight track and has prizemoney of $151,000. The 2016 Aurie's Star Handicap was taken out by Sooboog from Dibiyani with Tashbeeh third.

Upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2010/2011 racing season, the Aurie's Star Handicap is the first group race of the new racing season in Victoria and takes place during the Melbourne spring racing carnival.

2018 Aurie's Star Handicap info

Date: Saturday 11th August 2018
Track: Flemington racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $151,000
2016 Winner: Sooboog

The Aurie's Star Handicap is a more than handy sprint race to bring in the new racing season and quite often provides a starting point for many of our better sprinters on their way to a spring campaign in Melbourne.

Raced down the Flemington 1200 metre 'Straight Course', the Aurie's Star Handicap suits those horses with previous experience down the Flemington straight or any horse who prefers straight racing rather than around turns.

The 2009 Aurie's Star Handicap proved a pivotal race for the spring with Mic Mac (2009) going on to win the Gr1 Memsie Stakes after winning this race and All American (2nd in 2009) finishing runner-up in the Gr2 Waterford Mile at Moonee Valley before winning the Gr1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Flemington carnival.

Hey Doc (2017) resumed from an unplaced run in the Gr1 Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville in Adelaide to win this race in tough fashion and recent Aurie's Star Handicap winners include Sooboog (2016) and Shiraz (2015).

2017 Aurie's Star Handicap

1. $5.00 Hey Doc 59.0 Luke Currie
2. $3.60 Cannyescent 54.5 Damien Oliver
3. $12.00 Grande Rosso 56.5 Regan Bayliss

then followed
4. $5.50 I Am A Star 58.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $16.00 Snitzson 54.0 Stephen Baster
6. $6.00 Flippant 54.5 Ben Melham
7. $26.00 Ruettiger 54.0 Beau Mertens
8. $31.00 Manuel 54.0 Ben Thompson
9. $31.00 Yesterday's Songs 54.0 Patrick Moloney
10. $11.00 We've Got This 55.0 Craig Newitt

Margins: 0.1 len, 0.5 len
Time: 1:09.99

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Auries Star Handicap recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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