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Aurie’s Star

Aurie's Star

The Aurie’s Star was first held as a midweek race at Flemington, but by 2005 it had evolved into a Listed Stakes race, and was won in that year by Niconero. The event has always been held over 1200 metres, and from 2005 to 2009 it was classed as a Listed race, after which it was elevated to it’s current Group 3 status.

The race is named after a sprinting champion of the 1930’s and 1940’s, who often carted huge weights to victory in record times. Aurie’s Star began his career in South Australia, trained by J.J Doyle, then came across to Victoria to claim the 1937 Oakleigh Plate in Australian record time. He completed the big sprint double, with victory in the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. In 1939 he became the first horse to win the Oakleigh Plate more than once, with only Dual Choice in 1972 and 1973 able to emulate this.

Aurie’s Star claimed his native state’s premier sprint as a seven-year-old in 1940 when he carted 10 stone (63.5kg) to victory and the following season achieved arguably his most well-known feat when he set the Flemington ‘straight six’ record carrying 64kg.

It was a record that remained unbettered during the Imperial period and even after metric conversions stood until 1991, when finally eclipsed by Final Card in the Gadsden Stakes (now Patinack Farm Classic)


The list of previous winners of the race already contains numerous quality sprinters, with some of the most prominent including Shanghai Warrior in 2012, Temple Of Boom in 2011, Mic Mac in 2009, Grand Duels in 2008 and Bel Danoro in 2006 to name just a few.

Who is your pick to take out the Aurie’s Star in 2014?

2014 Aurie’s Star Handicap Acceptances

Flemington Racecourse – 09/08/2014

Race 7 – 3:50PM Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200 METRES)
Of $150,000.1st $90,000, 2nd $27,000, 3rd $13,500, 4th $6,750, 5th $3,750, 6th $3,000, 7th $3,000, 8th $3,000 GROUP 3
Handicap, Minimum Weight 54kg, Maidens at time of entry are ineligible, Apprentices cannot claim.

Field Limit: 16 + 4 EM


No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 80x191437x TIGER TEES (NZ) Joseph Pride Damien Oliver 8 59.5kg 107
2 10x1x1155x CRACKERJACK KING (IRE) David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 12 58kg 104
3 x0x294x0x1 ZAMORAR David Bourne Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a) 2 55kg 98
4 7017×23115 PILLAR OF CREATION Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 1 54kg 96
5 00x498x233 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland Ben Melham 9 54kg 95
6 0560×98985 BROKEN Darren Weir Ms Michelle Payne 4 54kg 93
7 10x632121x TEXT’N HURLEY Colin Little Chad Schofield 5 54kg 92
8 526363154x ROAD TRIPPIN’ Stephen Theodore Stephen Baster 6 54kg 89
9 960900x0x2 MR CHARD Tony McEvoy Nicholas Hall 7 54kg 88
10 96x21136x1 SINO EAGLE Peter G Moody Ms Linda Meech 11 54kg 86
11 409×152676 GRAND EMPEROR Saab Hasan Dwayne Dunn 10 54kg 78
12 52722360×3 SMACKDOWN (NZ) Andrew Benyan Jason Benbow 13 54kg 78
13 x0239x1493 CREAMERY LANE Andrew Benyan Chris Symons 3 54kg 60

feature image – 2013 Aurie’s Star Winner – Broken

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