Aurie’s Star Handicap

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

2021 Aurie's Star Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 The Astrologist
  • 2nd: #4 Romancer
  • 3rd: #14 Too Good Too Hard



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 $200,000 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 2021 ran on Saturday August 7, 2021 and was won by fit winter type The Astrologist. 

Aurie’s Star Handicap
Date: Saturday August 7, 2021
Track: Flemington Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Results

  • 1st: #5 The Astrologist
  • 2nd: #4 Romancer
  • 3rd: #14 Too Good Too Hard

Zoustar five-year-old The Astrologist ($6) continued his strong winter bid improving on a lead-up third in the Bletchingly Stakes to post a one-length win in the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 results ahead of a spring bid targeting the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Thornton 8 57kg $6
2 4 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1L 6 57kg $31
3 14 TOO GOOD TOO HARD Phillip Stokes Will Price (a) 1.75L 10 54kg $11
4 8 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 1.85L 3 55.5kg $7
5 10 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jye McNeil 2.25L 7 55.5kg $41
6 15 IRISH SONGS Kurt Goldman Beau Mertens 2.45L 14 54kg $81
7 11 SIRIUS SUSPECT Saab Hasan Damien Oliver 2.65L 13 55.5kg $12
8 6 GREAT AGAIN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 2.75L 2 56.5kg $13
9 12 REGARDSMAREE Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 3.25L 1 54kg $11
10 2 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 4L 5 58.5kg $9.50
11 3 AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Ms Jamie Kah 4.1L 9 57.5kg $4.80F
12 7 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Craig Newitt 4.85L 12 56.5kg $41
13 1 JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Jamie Mott 9.85L 11 59kg $91
14 9 KING OF HASTINGS Anthony & Sam Freedman Brett Prebble 10.35L 4 55.5kg $10
SB 13 I AM SOMEONE Matt Laurie Lachlan Neindorf (a) 0 54kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Odds

Betting on the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 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.

2021 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 Astrologist (3rd in 2021) was the last Bletchingly Stakes graduate to back-up and win the Aurie’s Star Handicap.

The 2021 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.

The Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 final field features 15 hopefuls including Glasshouse Handicap winner King Of Hastings, returning Caulfield Guineas runner-up Aysar, the spring’s VRC Derby champion Johnny Get Angry and the in-form The Astrologist last seen running third in Caulfield’s Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2021 Aurie’s Star field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0329431x JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) Denis Pagan Jamie Mott 11 59kg 104
2 722x329x98 ORDER OF COMMAND Danny O’Brien Craig Williams 5 58.5kg 103
3 x1622x229x AYSAR Ben & JD Hayes Ms Jamie Kah 9 57.5kg 101
4 7174346×18 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 6 57kg 100
5 2145×54113 THE ASTROLOGIST Leon & Troy Corstens Damien Thornton 8 57kg 100
6 x16232x483 GREAT AGAIN Lindsey Smith Declan Bates 2 56.5kg 99
7 8568436×98 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Kris Lees Craig Newitt 12 56.5kg 99
8 25x7277x52 BANQUO Danny O’Brien Damian Lane 3 55.5kg 97
9 9x615x0641 KING OF HASTINGS Anthony & Sam Freedman Brett Prebble 4 55.5kg 97
10 11218227×0 SECRET BLAZE Tony & Calvin McEvoy Jye McNeil 7 55.5kg 97
11 60x311x76x SIRIUS SUSPECT Saab Hasan Damien Oliver 13 55.5kg 97
12 34x131114x REGARDSMAREE Nick Ryan Fred Kersley 1 54kg 94
13 36x99x7407 I AM SOMEONE Matt Laurie Lachlan Neindorf (a) 14 54kg 90
14 72233×7711 TOO GOOD TOO HARD Phillip Stokes Will Price (a) 10 54kg 89
15 403×439067 IRISH SONGS Kurt Goldman Beau Mertens 15 54kg 76

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Nominations

The early Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 nominations are taken by the VRC on the Monday of race week with the full list of entries to be announced below.

The 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap nominations drew 20 entries including returning Victoria Derby champion Johnny Get Angry, last year’s Caulfield Guineas runner-up Aysar and the in-form Leon & Troy Corstens-trained The Astrologist.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0329431x JOHNNY GET ANGRY (NZ) G 4 Denis Pagan 1 59kg 104
2 722x329x98 ORDER OF COMMAND G 7 Danny O’Brien 2 58.5kg 103
3 x1622x229x AYSAR H 4 Ben & JD Hayes 3 57.5kg 101
4 2145×54113 THE ASTROLOGIST G 5 Leon & Troy Corstens 4 57kg 100
5 7174346×18 ROMANCER (NZ) G 8 Grahame Begg 5 57kg 100
6 8568436×98 TACTICAL ADVANTAGE G 8 Kris Lees 6 56.5kg 99
7 x16232x483 GREAT AGAIN G 9 Lindsey Smith 7 56.5kg 99
8 9x615x0641 KING OF HASTINGS G 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 8 55.5kg 97
9 25x7277x52 BANQUO H 5 Danny O’Brien 9 55.5kg 97
10 11218227×0 SECRET BLAZE G 6 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 10 55.5kg 97
11 60x311x76x SIRIUS SUSPECT G 7 Saab Hasan 11 55.5kg 97
12 34x131114x REGARDSMAREE G 5 Nick Ryan 12 54kg 94
13 x6062329x0 BRAVE SONG G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 13 54kg 94
14 086x6673x8 HIGHTAIL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 54kg 93
15 36x99x7407 I AM SOMEONE G 7 Matt Laurie 15 54kg 90
16 72233×7711 TOO GOOD TOO HARD M 6 Phillip Stokes 16 54kg 89
17 112x1101x2 LA MEXICANA M 4 Anthony & Sam Freedman 17 54kg 88
18 4522×52161 KALKARNI ROYALE M 5 Kevin Corstens 18 54kg 83
19 x31536x021 FREE TO MOVE G 4 Ken & Kasey Keys 19 54kg 76
20 403×439067 IRISH SONGS G 6 Kurt Goldman 20 54kg 76

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
2021
Aurie’s Star Handicap
1st The Astrologist 1 minute 10.50 seconds
2nd Romancer
3rd Too Good Too Hard
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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