Bumper 2015 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations

Racing steps up a notch at Flemington this weekend with the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival majors fast approaching, a bumper list of nominations taken for Saturday’s Aurie’s Star Handicap 2015.

Trust In A Gust

Trust In A Gust is one of the headline 2015 Aurie’s Star Handicap nominees for Saturday’s Flemington meeting. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The feature race in Melbourne on Saturday, this year’s $150,000 Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) attracted a bumper 20 nominees with the Darren Weir-trained Trust In a Gust the top-rated hopeful.

Five-year-old Keep The Faith stallion Trust In A Gust won the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) over the Caulfield mile to finish off his spring campaign last October and was last seen running second to Red Bomber in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) at the same track on April 18.

He’s got a great 1200m record (5-2-2-1) and is yet to finish worse than second first-up (4-2-2-0), two good statistics heading into Saturday’s showdown.

Another Group 1 winner racing first-up in the Aurie’s Star Handicap if accepted on the weekend is the Brisbane-trained Temple Of Boom from the stables of Tony Gollan.

The veteran nine-year-old son of Piccolo was last seen running fourth behind Srikandi in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 6, a race he was runner-up in the year before.

Temple Of Boom hasn’t won a race since last year’s Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) over 12 months ago, but he showed he was on track for a good campaign with a winning Randwick barrier trial last Friday morning over 840m.

After Trust In A Gust and Temple Of Boom the next highest rated Aurie’s Star Handicap nominees are the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Hong Kong import Dibayani who is making his debut down under and the Patrick Payne-trained Ihtsahymn who was last seen racing in Perth.

A host of smart sprinters come off some nice lead-up form into this year’s Aurie’s Star too including Peter Smith’s seven-year-old Play Master who won the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) over the same track and distance on July 11.

Also coming out of that race is the John Sadler-trained son of Lonhro Lonrockstar who crossed a half-length away second.

Other last start winners nominated for the Group 3 handicap include the Wez Hunter-trained Mio Dio who won over the 1200m at Flemington on July 18, returning local Sebring gelding Zebrinz and the Tony McEvoy-trained Shiraz.

Last year’s Canterbury Classic winner Barbed is also in the mix having last been seen running second to Rock Royalty in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton and Reset four-year-old Disposition could make a return to racing in the Aurie’s Star.

Former WA galloper Disposition has won four of his eight starts to date with three second place finishes also on the record including his second to Moriarty in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

His latest run was at Caulfield in early February for a close fourth behind Watermans Bay in the Group 3 Victorian Handicap (1400m) and Saturday will be his second run at Flemington after a second to Australian Guineas winner Wandjina in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) in February.

Other notable entries include Robbie Griffiths’ six-year-old mare Nadeem Lass who has a solid Flemington place record (9-0-4-1) and eight-year-old Pago Rock.

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2015 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 08/08/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 11189680×5 AUDINO G 7 Robbie Laing 79
2 x34x186x02 BARBED G 5 John O’Shea 94
3 5x086x0057 BLACKIE (NZ) G 8 Jarrod McLean 85
4 225×990276 DECIRCLES G 7 Danny O’Brien 92
5 1x43352x0x DIBAYANI (IRE) G 6 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 104
6 111122x24x DISPOSITION G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 96
7 1216x EARTHLY TIGER G 5 Wez Hunter 69
8 2x9750840x IHTSAHYMN G 5 Patrick Payne 100
9 42276x520x LE BONSIR G 8 Mick Price 95
10 238x597x46 LIVING ON A PRAYER G 7 Mick Cerchi 84
11 28×2853512 LONROCKSTAR G 6 John Sadler 90
12 467×336431 MIO DIO G 5 Wez Hunter 76
13 6331332255 NADEEM LASS M 6 Robbie Griffiths 89
14 808×025482 PAGO ROCK G 8 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 92
15 1774641651 PLAY MASTER G 7 Peter Smith 92
16 1x41215x11 SHIRAZ G 6 Tony McEvoy 94
17 x35054x11x SMACKDOWN (NZ) G 7 Trent Pennuto 89
18 2560x6704x TEMPLE OF BOOM G 9 Tony Gollan 105
19 2x12111x2x TRUST IN A GUST H 5 Darren Weir 110
20 076x42111x ZEBRINZ G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 82


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