Sir Rupert – Toorak Calls for Aurie’s Star Winner So Si Bon

August 10, 2019

Sir Rupert – Toorak Calls for Aurie’s Star Winner So Si Bon

The Lindsay Park stable are eyeing the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Toorak Handicap for So Si Bon after the six-year-old’s upset win fresh in the Group 3 $160,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight.

So Si Bon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

So Si Bon scored an upset 2019 Aurie’s Star Handicap result down the Flemington straight first-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

So You Think gelding So Si Bon posted just his third career win at start number 38 with the late-charging effort in the Aurie’s Star Handicap on Saturday just as the hail came down in Melbourne.

It was his 17th run at the track and his first victory at Headquarters, So Si Bon showing much improvement on his last start 20th when dead last in the Group 1 $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) in Sydney back in early April.

The galloper finished fourth in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) when only 1.2 lengths beaten by the winner Harlem as a $31 roughie back on March 9 in his other latest Flemington run.

Ridden to victory by Luke Nolen, So Si Bon ($21) beat home the better-fancied Neville Parnham-trained Perth raider Malibu Style ($6), who came off a close lead-up fourth in Caulfield’s Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).

Malibu Style led the field around after all the runners moved to the outside fence early on, but was run down in the final furlong by So Si Bon who got out and hit the front at the 200m.

“He’s been pretty good to me,” winning hoop Nolen said.

“It’s amazing that he’s had a win.

“Onwards and upwards I think.”

Flashing home late to snare third was the beaten favourite Sesar ($4.20) who held off Seaburge and Milwaukee in a photo for the placing.

That form combined with the promising first-up success has co-trainer David Hayes confident of a big Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign for the upset Aurie’s Star winner So Si Bon.

“Fantastic,” Hayes said of the win.

“We took a fresh approach and coming into the race we were quietly confident I was worried the winter form might hold up on the heavy track.

“He ran fourth in an Australian Cup just gelded, now he’s a fully-fledged gelding.”

The team threw in a cheeky nomination for the horse in the Group 1 $5 million Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m), but admitted to having their eyes on a couple of other more achievable spring elite levels.

“He’s got pretty good form so we’ll probably head towards the Rupert Clarke and Toorak as the main aims,” Hall of Fame trainer Hayes confirmed.

The Group 1 $500,000 Ladbrokes Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) runs at Caulfield on September 21 followed by the Group 1 $500,000 Toorak Handicap (1600m) on October 12.

Pre-field Rupert Clarke Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au have So Si Bon installed at $15 post his Group 3 success on Saturday.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Tagaloa On Track for 2020 Caul...

Maher To Have Crack at 2020 Me...

Maher To Have Crack at 2020 Melbourne Cup

Top Victorian horseman Ciaron Maher hopes there is enough time to get the...

The Kosciuszko 2020 Target for...

The Kosciuszko 2020 Target for All Victorian Sprint Final Winner Lord Von Costa

The Donna Scott-trained Lord Von Costa could be headed for the $1.3 million...

Magic Millions Classic Favouri...

Magic Millions Classic Favourite Blondeau Heads 2019 BJ McLachlan Stakes Odds

Chris Waller’s co-favourite in early markets on the $2 million Magic Millions...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiw...

Ballarat Cup 2019 Results: Kiwia Goes Back-to-Back

Trainer Archie Alexander was over the moon with the surprise 2019 Ballarat Cup...

Horse Racing Today

Glasshouse Handicap 2020 Winne...

Winx Guineas Results 2020: Wap...

Winx Guineas Results 2020: Wapiti Wins For The Punters

It was a huge 2020 Winx Guineas result for local Sunshine Coast trainer Gary...

2020 Winter Stakes Results: No...

2020 Winter Stakes Results: Noble Boy Back to Winning Form

Patience paid off for Sydney trainer Clare Cunningham at Rosehill Gardens on...

2020 Winter Stakes Day: Rosehi...

2020 Winter Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

The Sydney Winter Racing Carnival action continues with Winter Stakes Day 2020...

Sir John Monash Stakes Day 202...

Sir John Monash Stakes Day 2020: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

Caulfield Racecourse is host to the latest Melbourne Winter Racing Carnival...

Race Results

Glasshouse Handicap 2020 Winner Krone To Target Magic Millions In The Summer

Winx Guineas Results 2020: Wapiti Wins For The Punters

2020 Sir John Monash Stakes Winner Jungle Edge Too Good Again

2020 Winter Stakes Results: Noble Boy Back to Winning Form

Grafton Cup 2020 Results: Top Weight Proves No Problem for Sixties Groove

Race Previews

Trumbull Tops 2020 Winter Stakes Field & Odds

2020 Glasshouse Handicap Field & Betting: Soxagon Nears Odds-On

Star Of Michelin Guides 2020 Winx Guineas Field & Betting

Grafton Cup 2020 Betting Update: Frankely Awesome Scratched

2020 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting: Viridine Short Favourite

Fields & Form

2020 Winter Stakes Day: Rosehill Scratchings & Track Report

Sir John Monash Stakes Day 2020: Caulfield Scratchings & Track Report

2020 Winx Guineas Day: Sunshine Coast Scratchings & Track Report

Trumbull Tops 2020 Winter Stakes Field & Odds

2020 Glasshouse Handicap Field & Betting: Soxagon Nears Odds-On