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The bookies are taking no chances with beaten last start favourite Sesar who is out to atone for the punters as the top fancy in this Saturday’s 2019 Aurie’s Star Handicap betting markets at Flemington.
Team Hawkes’ untapped son of Sebring will make his four-year-old debut on the weekend down the famous ‘Straight Six’ as one of 15 runners in the Group 3 $160,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) field.
Drawn wide in barrier 14 with jockey Dwayne Dunn coming aboard for the ride, the entire is looking to return to the form that saw him take out the Winter Dash (1200m) in the wet at Randwick two back when first-up.
Sesar also took out Sydney’s Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), run on a Heavy Randwick track, last October.
He needs a rain-affected course to perform his best and make up for his last start sixth when beaten over eight lengths as the hot favourite at Caulfield in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).
“The horse pulled up bright and well from his last run and his work since has been good,” co-trained Wayne Hawkes told the Herald Sun this week.
He returns to the track and distance for the first time since last Melbourne Cup Carnival when he ran seventh behind Sunlight in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).
It is an open Aurie’s Star betting market this season with a further four single-figure fancies including $7 co-second elects Iconoclasm and Milwaukee drawn in barriers three and 11 respectively.
Brett Prebble has the mount on the returning Danny O’Brien-trained Toorak Toff stallion Iconoclasm who has a three-from-five record at Flemington.
“Iconoclasm is going well,” O’Brien said.
“It’s his first time down the straight but he doesn’t know how to run a bad race.
“The expectation is that he will run well again.”
Michael Moroney’s Fastnet Rock six-year-old Milwaukee meanwhile has run top two in his four latest starts so comes into the Group 3 in ultra-consistent form.
He has an excellent strike-rate at Flemington (8:4-2-1) and won over 1100m here two back when carrying 57kg.
Milwaukee drops right back to 54.5kg in the Aurie’s Star Handicap weights with Damien Oliver retaining the ride after his second on the horse at the track and distance only a half-length beaten in the Listed All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m) on July 6.
The All Victorian Sprint Final winner Malibu Style is also in the Aurie’s Star Handicap field this season, the veteran eight-year-old having his 57th career start and paying $8 to enjoy two recent Flemington wins.
The Perth-trained chestnut hails from the Ascot stables of Neville Parnham and was last seen running only 1.4 lengths back fourth behind Oak Door at Caulfield in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m).
Malibu Style carted a hefty 58.5kg in his two latest runs and comes back to 57.5kg as the second heaviest weighted chance on Saturday.
The other single-figure hope and early market mover backed heavily from $15 to $8.50 is Antha, the Jason Warren-trained having just his 16th career start despite being a seven-year-old.
Head to Ladbrokes.com.au now for the full Aurie’s Star Handicap 2019 field, barriers and odds.
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