Aurie’s Star Handicap

The Aurie's Star Handicap is a Group 3 event held at Flemington Racecourse in early August.

2020 Aurie's Star Handicap Results

  • 1st: #2 Home Of The Brave
  • 2nd: #5 Great Again
  • 3rd: #10 Game Keeper



The Aurie’s Star Handicap is a Group 3 sprint hosted at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne every year around early August. Run over 1200m under open handicap conditions, the Aurie’s Star Handicap pays a total of $160,000 prize money.

The Aurie’s Star Handicap is one of the first group races of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and as a result tends to attract punting attention in excess of its status. Keep a close eye on the Aurie’s Star Handicap results, as they can provide a good indicator for later form in Group 1 races including the Manikato Stakes at The Valley that the 2017 Aurie’s Star winner Hey Doc went onto win.

More recently the 2019 Aurie’s Star Handicap winner So Si Bon, who won at 20/1, went on to run second next start in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m).

The Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 ran on Saturday August 8, 2020 and saw jockey Damien Oliver win a record fifth time aboard the Godolphin-raced Home Of The Brave. 

Aurie’s Star Handicap
Date: Saturday August 8, 2020
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Results

  • 1st: #2 Home Of The Brave
  • 2nd: #5 Great Again
  • 3rd: #10 Game Keeper

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated a record fifth win in the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 results saluting aboard the brave James Cummings-trained Home Of The Brave ($5) who narrowly held off the beaten favourite Great Again ($4.40) and the eye-catching Game Keeper ($9).

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Damien Oliver 7 59kg $5
2 5 GREAT AGAIN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 0.75L 8 57kg $4.40F
3 10 GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 1.15L 4 55kg $9
4 1 SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 2.15L 2 60kg $6.50
5 7 YULONG JANUARY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 2.65L 5 56kg $10
6 9 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 3.65L 1 55kg $10
7 4 WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4.05L 3 57.5kg $5.50
8 8 TROPE Julius Sandhu Jye McNeil 10.05L 6 55.5kg $12
11 THE CRUSHA Mark C Webb Jamie Kah 0
3 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith John Allen 0
6 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Luke Nolen 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Odds

Betting on the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 opens as soon as nominations are out the Monday of race week, the latest Aurie’s Star Handicap betting odds to be published below complete with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field

Many horses come into the Aurie’s Star Handicap field off the winter lead-up races held in Melbourne including the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in mid-July and the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) a fortnight later. In 2018 Voodoo Lad won the Sir John Monash Stakes – Aurie’s Star Handicap double and finished runner-up in Caulfield’s Bletchingly Stakes in between.

The 2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap field and barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and the full list of acceptances will be available below once released.

Eleven gallopers make-up the official Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 final field including the 60kg topweight So Si Bon drawn well in barrier three and the in-form favourite Great Again, coming off a Group 3 third in the Bletchingly Stakes, jumping from out in gate 10.

Update: #3 Reykjavik (6), #6 Signore Fox (11) and #11 The Crusha (1)  have been scratched leaving eight runners in the Aurie’s Star Handicap. Team Snowden’s Ramornie Handicap winner Signore Fox has also been withdrawn from Sydney’s Group 2 $200,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) due to a Heavy (9) Rosehill track rating today.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap field and betting market.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x84644116x SO SI BON Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes Mark Zahra 3 60kg 106
2 24720×3734 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) James Cummings Damien Oliver 9 59kg 104
3 x710x38156 REYKJAVIK Lindsey Smith John Allen 6 58.5kg 103
4 17x539265x WIDGEE TURF Patrick Payne Billy Egan 4 57.5kg 101
5 211x0x1623 GREAT AGAIN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 10 57kg 100
6 x1515x0801 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Luke Nolen 11 56kg 98
7 2x4111124x YULONG JANUARY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ben Melham 7 56kg 98
8 72x229x00x TROPE Julius Sandhu Jye McNeil 8 55.5kg 97
9 8x213x1108 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Dean Yendall 2 55kg 94
10 0x06x1111x GAME KEEPER Tony & Calvin McEvoy Damian Lane 5 55kg 81
11 5x41140x32 THE CRUSHA Mark C Webb Jamie Kah 1 55kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations

The early Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 nominations are taken by the VRC on the Monday of race week with the full list of entries to be announced below.

The 2020 Aurie’s Star Handicap nominations attracted a dozen hopefuls including Peter & Paul Snowden’s last start Ramornie Handicap winner at Grafton Signore Fox, last October’s Group 1 Ladbrokes Stakes champion Cape Of Good Hope and Godolphin’s veteran nine-year-old Home Of The Brave.

Click here to read more on the key Aurie’s Star Handicap 2020 nominees this season.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 83x100x80x CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE) H 5 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 108
2 0x06x1111x GAME KEEPER G 4 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 81
3 211x0x1623 GREAT AGAIN G 8 Lindsey Smith 100
4 8x213x1108 HIGHTAIL G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 94
5 24720×3734 HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE) G 9 James Cummings 104
6 3×56404728 MISS IANO M 7 Mark C Webb 85
7 x710x38156 REYKJAVIK H 6 Lindsey Smith 103
8 x1515x0801 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
9 x84644116x SO SI BON G 7 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 106
10 72x229x00x TROPE H 5 Julius Sandhu 97
11 17x539265x WIDGEE TURF G 7 Patrick Payne 101
12 2x4111124x YULONG JANUARY G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Aurie’s Star Handicap History

The Aurie’s Star Handicap was inaugurated in 1996 as an unlisted event, with Homestead taking out the first edition of the race. In 2005, the Aurie’s Star Handicap was upgraded to a listed event and given a boost in prize money. In 2010, it was ran as a Group 3 event, however was downgraded to listed status for the 2011 edition. In 2012, the Aurie’s Star Handicap was again upgraded to Group 3 and has remained at that status since.

The Aurie’s Star Handicap was held for a year at Moonee Valley Racecourse in 2007, but is now certainly a Flemington race. Although the Aurie’s Star Handicap only has a brief history, it has played an important role in the preparation of many sprinters for the spring campaigns.

In 2020 jockey Damien Oliver won the Aurie’s Star Handicap for a record fifth time taking out the race aboard Home Of The Brave who, in 2018, ran second to the Oliver-ridden winner Voodoo Lad when debuting down under.

Notable Aurie’s Star Handicap winners include Homestead (1996), Fields Of Omagh (2002), Sports (2003), Temple Of Boom (2011) and Voodoo Lad (2018) who went on to win Perth’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) later in the year.

Aurie’s Star Handicap Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Home Of The Brave 1 minute 10.58 seconds
2nd Great Again
3rd Game Keeper
2019
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st So Si Bon 1 minute 11.07 seconds
2nd Malibu Style
3rd Sesar
2018
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Voodoo Lad 1 minute 9.64 seconds
2nd Home Of The Brave
3rd Brave Song
2017
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Hey Doc 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Cannyescent
3rd Grande Rosso
2016
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Sooboog 1 minute 10 seconds
2nd Dibayani
3rd Tashbeeh
2015
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Shiraz 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Play Master
3rd Le Bonsir
2014
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Tiger Tees 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Mr Chard
3rd Zamorar
2013
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Broken 1 minute 12.5 seconds
2nd Temple Of Boom
3rd Cavallo Nero
2012
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Shanghai Warrior 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Golden Archer
3rd Zamorar
2011
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Temple Of Boom 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Rekindled Interest
3rd Offenders
2010
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Elusive Touch 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Leica Larrikin
3rd Beltrois
2009
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Mic Mac 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd All American
3rd El Segundo
2008
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Grand Duels 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Stavka
3rd Valedictum
2007
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Monet Rules 1 minute 12.0 seconds
2nd Orange County
3rd El Segundo
2006
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Bel Danoro 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd El Segundo
3rd Apache Cat
2005
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Niconero 1 minute 02.8 seconds
2nd Valedictum
3rd Tszyu
2004
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st General Bayton 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Deprave
3rd Via De Lago
2003
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Sports 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Naden
3rd Prince Rubiton
2002
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Fields Of Omagh 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Pindi Ridge
3rd Gypsy Lad
2001
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Sound The Alarm 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Slalom
3rd Le Zagaletta
2000
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st Roktzar 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Mystic Morse

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