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 2018 Aurie's Star Handicap was taken out by Voodoo Lad from Home Of The Brave with Brave Song 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.
|Date:||Saturday 10th August 2019|
|Track:||Flemington racecourse, Melbourne|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Voodoo Lad|
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.
Voodoo Lad (2018) ran second in the Gr3 Bletchingly Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield before proving too strong for his rivals in this event. Recent Aurie's Star Handicap winners include Hey Doc (2017) and Sooboog (2016).
1. $4.60 Voodoo Lad 59.0 Damien Oliver
2. $3.90 Home Of The Brave 59.0 Damian Lane
3. $4.00 Brave Song 54.0 Regan Bayliss
4. $14.00 I Am A Star 56.5 Mark Zahra
5. $8.50 Chamois Road 57.5 Michael Dee
6. $7.00 Poetic Dream 54.5 Jordan Childs
7. $61.00 Ability 56.0 Dwayne Dunn
Margins: 0.75 len, 1.50 len
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|2018||Voodoo Lad||Home Of The Brave||Brave Song||1:09.6|
|2017||Hey Doc||Cannyescent||Grande Rosso||1:09.9|
|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|