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The 2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap is a Group 3 race that takes place at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne during August each year. Run over a distance of 1,200 metres, the Aurie’s Star Handicap is run under handicap conditions and is open to all horses. The Aurie’s Star Handicap is worth $150,000 in prize money and is the first Group race of the Spring racing season in Melbourne.

The first Aurie’s Star Handicap was run in 1996 when it was won by Homestead. The race initially began as a Listed race, but was altered to a Group 3 in 2010. The race has been held up the Flemington straight since it became a Group 3 event in 2008. Prior to that, it ran at Moonee Valley and Flemington as a listed event. Prior to the 2005 edition, it was unlisted.

Horses that run in the Aurie’s Star Handicap are often first-up after having spelled during the winter months. Horses that perform well in the Aurie’s Star Handicap will often go on to feature greatly in the Sydney and Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. Races such as the Group 2 Memsie Stakes, Group 2 Waterford Mile and the Group 1 Emirates Stakes are often targets of well-performing Aurie’s Star Handicap runners.

Other horses to have won the Aurie’s Star Handicap include Mic Mac (2009) and Elusive Touch (2010).

2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field

The 2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap field is be published here.

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

2017 Aurie’s Star Nominations

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 31x271183x I AM A STAR (NZ) M 4 Shane Nichols 1 58kg 107
2 134x31196x HEY DOC G 4 Tony McEvoy 2 59kg 105
3 01x0533x53 FLIPPANT M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 54.5kg 100
4 717121175x GRANDE ROSSO G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 4 56.5kg 100
5 911x63280x WE’VE GOT THIS G 6 Greg Eurell 5 55kg 97
6 6x114173x SNITZSON H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 6 54kg 94
7 26×1516111 CANNYESCENT G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 7 54kg 93
8 587×842574 YESTERDAY’S SONGS G 7 Michael Moroney 8 54kg 93
9 31215560×3 BEATNIKS M 7 Matthew Dale 9 54kg 92
10 0x280x344x BRAVE SMASH (JPN) H 5 Darren Weir 10 54kg 90
11 14x64x0339 RUETTIGER (NZ) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 11 54kg 90
12 x3189348x3 MURT THE FLIRT G 6 Brendan McCarthy 12 54kg 88
13 9504530014 PLAY MASTER G 9 Peter Smith 13 54kg 85
14 x2539x0925 KIRANI G 7 Pat Hyland 14 54kg 76
15 15920×0926 LITTLE INDIAN M 5 Robbie Laing 15 54kg 68
16 4x25x413x0 MANUEL H 4 Tony McEvoy 16 54kg 65
17 4805×50689 JERSEY WHISTLER G 8 Tara Cochrane 17 54kg 62

Aurie’s Star Handicap Past Winners & Results

Below you will find the result for the Aurie’s Star Handicap since its inception in 2008.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Hey Doc 2 Cannyescent 3 Grande Rosso  1:09.9
2016 1 Sooboog 2 Dibayani 3 Tashbeeh  1:10.0
2015 1 Shiraz 2 Play Master 3 Le Bonsir  1:09.4
2014 1 Tiger Tees 2 Mr Chard 3 Zamorar  1:09.9
2013 1 Broken 2 Temple Of Boom 3 Cavallo Nero  1:12.5
2012 1 Shanghai Warrior 2 Golden Archer 3 Zamorar  1:11.4
2011 1 Temple Of Boom 2 Rekindled Interest 3 Offenders  1:10.5
2010 1 Elusive Touch 2 Leica Larrikin 3 Beltrois  1:11.1
2009 1 Mic Mac 2 All American 3 El Segundo  1:09.6
2008 1 Grand Duels 2 Stavka 3 Valedictum  1:10.4
2007 1 Monet Rules 2 Orange County 3 El Segundo  1:12.0
2006 1 Bel Danoro 2 El Segundo 3 Apache Cat  1:09.9
2005 1 Niconero 2 Valedictum 3 Tszyu  1:10.8
2004 1 General Bayton 2 Deprave 3 Via De Lago  1:11.2
2003 1 Sports 2 Naden 3 Prince Rubiton  1:10.2
2002 1 Fields Of Omagh 2 Pindi Ridge 3 Gypsy Lad  1:09.4
2001 1 Sound The Alarm 2 Slalom 3 Le Zagaletta  1:08.9
2000 1 Roktzar 2 Le Zagaletta 3 Mystic Morse  1:10.8

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