Aurie’s Star Handicap

Aurie's Star Handicap, Flemington

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.

  1. #5 The Astrologist
  2. #4 Romancer
  3. #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

  1. Login at neds.com.au
  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2021 AURIE’S STAR HANDICAP DAY PREVIEW & TIPS

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
9 25x7277x52 BANQUO H 5 Danny O’Brien 9 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
12 34x131114x REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan 12 54kg 94
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.

Place Prize Money
1st $120,000
2nd $36,000
3rd $18,000
4th $9,000
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $4,000
8th $4,000

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. 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL 2021 AURIE’S STAR HANDICAP FORM GUIDE

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. 

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
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

 

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