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Seventeen nominations have been taken for Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m); the feature race at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.
Hey Doc has not been seen at the races since autumn, but is set to make his competitive return at Flemington on Saturday after being included in 2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap nominations.
Hey Doc has been a strong and consistent performer throughout his entire racing career so far, but undoubtedly found his best form to date through the recent Autumn Carnival.
Resuming for third in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) on February 4th, the Duporth gelding returned to winning form in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) on February 18th before claiming a maiden win at the highest level in the talent-stacked Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on March 4th.
Weathering a tough run in transit before finishing ninth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 1st, Hey Doc ran credibly for sixth in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) last time out on May 20th and should carry some residual fitness into this race.
I Am A Star has also been outstanding through her whole racing career and has been included in 2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap nominations.
I Am A Star became the first three-year-old to win the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at the conclusion of her impressive Spring Carnival campaign last year and resumed in February for second in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m).
Seventh in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) after a slow start, the I Am Invincible mare posted consecutive wins in the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) and Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) before a lacklustre run for eighth in the Doncaster Mile.
Last seen working home well for third in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) on May 6th, I Am A Star should prove tough to beat first-up and is likely-to-be the class runner of the Aurie’s Star Handicap field.
Lindsay Park is set to launch a multi-pronged attack in the feature race after including Cannyescent, Grande Rosso, Ruettiger and Snitzson in the Aurie’s Star Handicap field.
Cannyescent has found strong and consistent form this time in and is seeking a fourth-consecutive win in the Aurie’s Star Handicap and fifth from his last six starts.
Grande Rosso has not been seen at the races since March, but was a strong and consistent performer during his last preparation and is not without a chance of finishing in the first three on Saturday.
Ruettiger went amiss at his most-recent start, but is a live chance should he find the form he held prior to that race.
Snitzson flew home to finish third as a long-odds shot in the Australian Guineas most recently and is a proven first-up performer, having taken out the Highview Accounting Services Maiden (1300m) at the beginning of his summer campaign.
The 2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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2017 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||0x280x344x||BRAVE SMASH (JPN)||H||5||Darren Weir||90|
|3||26×1516111||CANNYESCENT||G||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||93|
|4||01x0533x53||FLIPPANT||M||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||100|
|5||717121175x||GRANDE ROSSO||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||100|
|6||134x31196x||HEY DOC||G||4||Tony McEvoy||105|
|7||31x271183x||I AM A STAR (NZ)||M||4||Shane Nichols||107|
|8||4805×50689||JERSEY WHISTLER||G||8||Tara Cochrane||62|
|10||15920×0926||LITTLE INDIAN||M||5||Robbie Laing||68|
|12||x3189348x3||MURT THE FLIRT||G||6||Brendan McCarthy||88|
|13||9504530014||PLAY MASTER||G||9||Peter Smith||85|
|14||14x64x0339||RUETTIGER (NZ)||G||6||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||90|
|15||6x114173x||SNITZSON||H||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||94|
|16||911x63280x||WE’VE GOT THIS||G||6||Greg Eurell||97|
|17||587×842574||YESTERDAY’S SONGS||G||7||Michael Moroney||93|
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