Text’n Hurley Heads 2014 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field

Colin Little’s Caulfield Cup-bound mare Text’n Hurley is one of the topline acceptors for the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2014 at Flemington Racecourse this weekend.

Text'n Hurley

2014 Caulfield Cup hope Text'n Hurley races in Saturday's Aurie's Star Handicap at Flemington. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A $34 chance pre-nomination stage at Ladbrokes.com.au to win October’s $3 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), the Hard Spun five-year-old features in a 13-horse field for Flemington Race 7 on Saturday.

This year’s $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) is shaping up as a quality affair aided by the inclusion of Joe Pride’s Group 1 winning sprinter Tiger Tees and Group 2 winning mare Text’n Hurley.

Little has big spring plans for his mare who was last seen taking out the Sunline Stakes over the Moonee Valley mile on March 21, Text’n Hurley due to jump from barrier five on the weekend with Chad Schofield aboard.

She gets in on the minimum 54kg while the Aurie’s Star Handicap weights are led by the aforementioned Tiger Tees.

A non-acceptor to join their new stablemate Laser Hawk in their return in Sydney’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m), seven-year-old Tiger Tees is set to enjoy a softer track in Melbourne for their first-up appearance.

Winner of the Group 1 The Galaxy last season, their only poor run from an otherwise outstanding campaign was their seventh in the BTC Cup on May 10.

They’ve trialed well since but do have to handle the hefty 59.5kg on the weekend.

Second top weight with 58kg is then the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Crackerjack King also drawn wide out in gate 12.

The imported Shamardal seven-year-old hasn’t raced since a fifth to Little Mike in the 2012 Arlington Million Stakes in the USA two years ago, Hayes having had to delay their Australia debut for over 12 months due to injury.

They finally get the chance to run down under starting on Saturday with Hayes hoping they can develop into a genuine Cox Plate hope this spring.

Along with Text’n Hurley meanwhile there are two other last start winners in the mix with the Peter Moody-trained Sino Eagle coming off a Caulfield win over the distance on July 26 and David Bourne’s Seymour galloper Zamorar who missed a run at Moonee Valley last weekend.

“He had a tiny abcess on his hoof since he won at [Flemington], so the extra time meant we could treat him and he’s back to his best now,” Bourne told AAP this week.

Other notable hopes then include the Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-trained Pillar Of Creation with the inside alley who comes off a fifth in the All Victorian Sprint Final here last month and Pat Hyland’s in-form six-year-old Shanghai Warrior who ran third in that same race behind Nearest To Pin.

See below for the full Aurie’s Star Handicap 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2014 Aurie’s Star Handicap Final Field & Barrier Draw

Flemington Race 7 (3:50pm) – 09/08/2014

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. 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 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 Craig Newitt 3 54kg 60

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