Looking for early info on this year’s Aurie’s Star Handicap? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.
The Aurie’s Star Handicap is a Group 3 race held during the Melbourne Winter Racing Carnival in early August as a lead-up into the spring.
Named after The Goodwood, Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap winner, Aurie’s Star, the Aurie’s Star Handicap marks the start of the new season in Victoria and is officially the first Group race on the calendar.
Run over 1,200 metres down the famous ‘Straight Six’ track at Flemington, the Aurie’s Star Handicap holds a prize-purse of $200,000 as of 2021 and attracts a fair share of talented sprinters hoping to step up in distance to the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in the coming weeks. So Si Bon (2019) won the Aurie’s Star at 20/1 before a next-up Memsie Stakes second franking the form out of the Flemington Group 3.
Horses that do well in the Aurie’s Star Handicap may choose to back-up in Caulfield’s Group 3 The Heath 1100 Stakes (1100m) over less distance on Memsie Stakes Day.
From the inaugural race until 2004, the Aurie’s Star was run as an Unlisted handicap. From 2005 to 2009, it was a Listed race, before becoming a Group 3 race in 2010.
The venue for this race was temporarily shifted to Moonee Valley Racecourse in 2007.
Plenty of good horses have won the Aurie’s Star Handicap over the years including recent victories by the likes of Temple Of Boom (2011), Tiger Tees (2014), Hey Doc (2017), Voodoo Lad (2018) and Home Of The Brave (2020).
Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday August 7, 2021
- Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Straight
- Race Distance: 1,200 metres
- Weight Conditions: Handicap
- Qualification: Open
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 3
- Operator: Victoria Racing Club
- Prize Purse: $200,000
- Inaugural Race: 1996
- 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Winner: The Astrologist
aurie’s star handicap 2021 RESULTS
The official 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday August 7, 2021.
- #5 The Astrologist
- #4 Romancer
- #14 Too Good Too Hard
The Astrologist improved on a lead-up third in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes to post a one-length win in the 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap results ahead of a spring preparation targeting the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Betting 2021
There are many different ways to bet on the Aurie’s Star Handicap, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Aurie’s Star Handicap|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s race.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Aurie’s Star Handicap. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Aurie’s Star Handicap, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.|
|Quinella Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Aurie’s Star Handicap, in order to win the Quinella.|
|Exacta Bet||You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Aurie’s Star Handicap to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Aurie’s Star Handicap to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Aurie’s Star Handicap to win the First 4.|
|Quadrella Bet (Quaddie)||You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Aurie’s Star Handicap, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Aurie’s Star Handicap in 2021
- Login at neds.com.au
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Aurie’s Star Handicap Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Aurie's Star Handicap 2021 Odds
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Aurie's Star Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.
Which Horse Will Win The Aurie’s Star Handicap in 2021
The best way to pick which horse will win the Aurie’s Star Handicap in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional factors to take into consideration are as follows:
- Favourites – Horses offering low single figure odds have proven successful in recent years, so sticking with favourites might be even better advice than it usually is.
- Handicap Help – Look for horses that gain relief from the handicap, or that can handle the extra weight.
- Ollie Factor – Jockey Damien Oliver holds the Aurie’s Star Handicap record of five wins most recently aboard Home Of The Brave (2020).
Aurie’s Star Handicap Favourites 2021
The early Aurie’s Star favourites for 2021 include Anthony & Sam Freedman’s last-start Listed Glasshouse Handicap winner in Queensland King Of Hastings and last year’s Caulfield Guineas runner-up Aysar.
Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 Field
The official Aurie’s Star 2021 field and barriers are released the week of the race and will be available right here.
The 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap final field features 15 hopefuls including Glasshouse Handicap winner King Of Hastings, Flemington specialist The Astrologist back at his pet track and returning Caulfield Guineas runner-up from last spring Aysar.
Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 Tips
Favourite: #5 The Astrologist ($4.60 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #14 Too Good Too Hard ($11 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #6 Great Again ($13 at time of publish)
Our insider Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 betting tips will be available here the week of the race and a detailed betting preview published on the Neds Blog.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Race Day 2021
2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Day takes place at Flemington on Saturday August 7, 2021.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Barrier Draw 2021
The 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Aurie’s Star Handicap Field section.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations 2021
The Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 nominations are taken the Monday of race week, August 2, 2021 and will be published in full below.
The 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap nominations attracted a bumper 20 early entries including last year’s Caulfield Guineas runner-up Aysar, returning Victoria Derby champion Johnny Get Angry and in-form Zoustar gelding The Astrologist.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||0329431x||JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ)||G||4||Denis Pagan||1||59kg||104|
|2||722x329x98||ORDER OF COMMAND||G||7||Danny O’Brien||2||58.5kg||103|
|3||x1622x229x||AYSAR||H||4||Ben & JD Hayes||3||57.5kg||101|
|4||2145×54113||THE ASTROLOGIST||G||5||Leon & Troy Corstens||4||57kg||100|
|5||7174346×18||ROMANCER (NZ)||G||8||Grahame Begg||5||57kg||100|
|6||8568436×98||TACTICAL ADVANTAGE||G||8||Kris Lees||6||56.5kg||99|
|7||x16232x483||GREAT AGAIN||G||9||Lindsey Smith||7||56.5kg||99|
|8||9x615x0641||KING OF HASTINGS||G||5||Anthony & Sam Freedman||8||55.5kg||97|
|10||11218227×0||SECRET BLAZE||G||6||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||10||55.5kg||97|
|11||60x311x76x||SIRIUS SUSPECT||G||7||Saab Hasan||11||55.5kg||97|
|13||x6062329x0||BRAVE SONG||G||7||Peter & Paul Snowden||13||54kg||94|
|14||086x6673x8||HIGHTAIL||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||14||54kg||93|
|15||36x99x7407||I AM SOMEONE||G||7||Matt Laurie||15||54kg||90|
|16||72233×7711||TOO GOOD TOO HARD||M||6||Phillip Stokes||16||54kg||89|
|17||112x1101x2||LA MEXICANA||M||4||Anthony & Sam Freedman||17||54kg||88|
|18||4522×52161||KALKARNI ROYALE||M||5||Kevin Corstens||18||54kg||83|
|19||x31536x021||FREE TO MOVE||G||4||Ken & Kasey Keys||19||54kg||76|
|20||403×439067||IRISH SONGS||G||6||Kurt Goldman||20||54kg||76|
Aurie’s Star Handicap Weights 2021
A handicap applies to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00PM (local time) on Monday August 2, 2021 and will be published in our above Aurie’s Star Handicap Field section.
2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Top Weight:
- #1 Johnny Get Angry (59kg)
Aurie’s Star Handicap Acceptances 2021
Aurie’s Star 2021 acceptances close on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in our above Aurie’s Star Handicap Field section.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Jockeys 2021
Riders must be declared by 1:00PM on Wednesday the 4th of August, 2021 with the official Aurie’s Star Handicap jockeys to be published in our above Aurie’s Star Handicap Field section.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Scratchings 2021
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM, Saturday the 7th of August, 2021.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Prize Money 2021
The Aurie’s Star Handicap prize purse is worth $200,000 in total, distributed from places first through eighth.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Race Number 2021
The 2021 Aurie’s Star is set to run as Flemington Race 8 at 4:30pm (AEST) on Saturday the 7th of August, 2021. There are a total of nine races at Flemington on Aurie’s Star Handicap Day.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Form Guide 2021
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Form Guide following final acceptances.
Aurie’s Star Handicap Live
You can watch or listen to the 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Aurie’s Star Handicap Winners
Winners of the Aurie’s Star Handicap going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below.
|2021||The Astrologist||Leon & Troy Corstens||Damien Thornton||57 kgs||1:10.50|
|2020||Home Of The Brave||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||59 kgs||1:10.58|
|2019||So Si Bon||David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Luke Nolen||55.5 kgs||1:11.07|
|2018||Voodoo Lad||Darren Weir||Damien Oliver||59 kgs||1:09.64|
|2017||Hey Doc||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||59 kgs||1:09.99|
|2016||Sooboog||Darren Weir||Michael Dee||54 kgs||1:10.06|
|2015||Shiraz||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||54.5 kgs||1:09.43|
|2014||Tiger Tees||Joseph Pride||Damien Oliver||59.5 kgs||1:09.86|
|2013||Broken||Darren Weir||Luke Nolen||54 kgs||1:12.51|
|2012||Shanghai Warrior||Pat Hyland||Steven King||54 kgs||1:11.40|
|2011||Temple Of Boom||Tony Gollan||James McDonald||54 kgs||1:10.55|
|2010||Elusive Touch||Mark Kavanagh||Stephen Baster||53 kgs||1:11.13|
|2009||Mic Mac||Greg Eurell||Damien Oliver||55.5 kgs||1:09.66|
|2008||Grand Duels||Byron Cozamanis||Brad Rawiller||55 kgs||1:10.48|
|2007||Monet Rules||Leon Corstens||Peter Mertens||53 kgs||1:12.00|
|2006||Bel Danoro||Lee Freedman||Craig Newitt||52 kgs||1:09.88|
|2005||Niconero||David Hayes||Craig Williams||54 kgs||1:10.76|