Aurie’s Star Handicap 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

A strong 13-horse field has been named to contest Melbourne’s first stakes race of the season in the Group 3 $150,000 2012 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

Golden Archer

Golden Archer continues his comeback in Saturday's Aurie's Star Handicap

Topping the weights at 60kg is British import Midas Touch who will be ridden by globetrotting jockey Craig Williams from the inside barrier.

The Robert Hickmott-trained six-year-old finished 12th in the race last year in what was his first start on Australian soil but went on to place in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes and the Group 1 Underwood Stakes.

Also stepping out for Hickmott for the first time this preparation is German import Seville who has had two starts since arriving in Australia.

The son of Galileo finished ninth in the Listed Anniversary Vase at Caulfield first-up in March before improving to run third in the Group 3 Lee Stakes at Morphetville.

Having their second run since returning from injury will be last-start winner Golden Archer who was originally being planned to head to Royal Ascot alongside stablemate Black Caviar.

Injury put an end to Peter Moody’s international ambitions with the four-year-old but he returned in promising fashion in July when winning the Monjon Australia Handicap by two lengths at Flemington.

Green Birdie will be running third-up after returning from a long stint in Hong Kong and he showed signs that he may still have some good races left in him last start when fourth in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes.

A Group 1 winner in the 2012 Krisflyer International Sprint, Green Birdie will be ridden by Damien Oliver from barrier two.

Consistent gelding Zamorar will be out to record the first stakes victory of his career after placing in his last three starts.

Also set to line up in the Aurie’s Star Handicap are last-start winner Shanghai Warrior and Darley runner Offenders.

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Aurie’s Star Handicap 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 0x00338x5x MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 1 60kg 110
2 47x08x0x74 GREEN BIRDIE (NZ) Tony Vasil Damien Oliver 2 58.5kg 107
3 202234x94x SEVILLE (GER) Robert Hickmott Nicholas Hall 9 58kg 106
4 1114x219x1 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4 56kg 102
5 600x55078x SOUND JOURNEY Peter Gelagotis Dean Yendall 11 54kg 95
6 14×1421232 ZAMORAR David Bourne Craig Newitt 8 54kg 95
7 215x3080x8 OFFENDERS Peter Snowden Chris Symons 10 54kg 92
8 x58103371x ULUNDI Pat Carey Damian Lane (a) 7 54kg 87
9 2x12116x31 SHANGHAI WARRIOR Pat Hyland TBA 5 54kg 80
10 2120x915x2 BALZEUS Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Danny Nikolic 6 54kg 78
11 541135x3x SIERRA NEVADA (NZ) Shaun Dwyer TBA 12 54kg 75
12 174x24081x TWILIGHTING Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 3 54kg 74
13 321x16x SYSMO (FR) Tony McEvoy Michael Walker 13 54kg 71