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Veteran sprinter Voodoo Lad heads up trainer Darren Weir’s three nominations for the 2018 Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Last start Flemington winner Camdus and Man From Uncle join Voodoo Lad in the Aurie’s Star Handicap entries which have been extended until 10am on Tuesday August 7, 2018.
Voodoo Lad is the winner of eleven of his twenty-eight starts but is yet to win at Flemington but has been placed on three occasions down the straight with his best effort being a second to the Lindsay Park trained Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Also included in the ten original nominations is the Lindsay Park German import Poetic Dream.
Poetic Dream has raced once for Lindsay Park co-trainers David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig for a fifth in the Group 3 $150,000 Autumn Handicap (1400m) at Flemington during the 2018 Melbourne Autumn Carnival but showed marked improvement when he won a recent Flemington jump out with the blinkers on.
Hayes gave Poetic Dream another jump out down the Flemington straight last Friday without the blinkers but said he would definitely wear them in the Aurie’s Star Handicap on the weekend.
“He’ll probably race beyond a sprint distance at a mile with no blinkers but in the lead-up to those races I’ll run him in blinkers,” David Hayes told AAP.
“He seems pretty fast in them.”
Hayes is happy to wait and see how Poetic Dream performs under race conditions before mapping out the rest of the 2018 Spring Carnival which could include some Group 1 assignments.
“I don’t want to talk about those races until he’s shown his form in Australia, but it’s very encouraging what we’re seeing,” Hayes said.
Nominations for 2018 Aurie’s Star Handicap
|#||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|2||15x11375x1||BRAVE SONG||G||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||83|
|3||86125×1751||CAMDUS (IRE)||G||7||Darren Weir||96|
|4||x0x1x1230x||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||G||7||James Cummings||107|
|5||83x477100x||I AM A STAR (NZ)||M||5||Shane Nichols||106|
|6||x115x80x46||MAN FROM UNCLE||G||5||Darren Weir||90|
|8||13173x5x||POETIC DREAM (IRE)||H||5||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||98|
|9||x411x4614x||RICH CHARM||G||6||Udyta Clarke||104|
|10||7x145x0012||VOODOO LAD||G||7||Darren Weir||107|
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