Fit Winter Sprinters Face Off in 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap: Field & Odds Update

August 6, 2021

Fit Winter Sprinters Face Off in 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap: Field & Odds Update

A host of fit winter stars do battle at Flemington on Saturday in an outstanding edition of the Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 in the lead-up to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

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Upset VRC Derby champion Johnny Get Angry returns to racing in Saturday’s 2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap back at HQ. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Set to run as Flemington Race 8 at 4:30pm, this year’s Group 3 $200,000 World Horse Racing Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) field features 15 runners led in betting by the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained The Astrologist ($4.60 @ Ladbrokes.com.au).

The Zoustar five-year-old is drawn midfield in gate eight and chases a third win from four starts coming off a strong winter campaign.

He enjoyed back-to-back Flemington wins including July’s Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final over the six furlongs before a close third only a half-length beaten in Caulfield’s Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m).

The Astrologist faces a challenge here against a field of in-form sprinters, but he has the fitness edge in the Aurie’s Star field and returns to his pet track on Saturday.

It is a wide open Aurie’s Star Handicap betting market on the weekend with a further six single-figure fancies including the Danny O’Brien-trained stablemates Banquo ($7.50) and Group 1 runner-up Order Of Command ($8.50).

Written Tycoon entire Banquo is Group 1 performed at the track (Newmarket Handicap 5th) and a Group 2 placegetter when runner-up to Zoutori in last September’s Bobbie Lewis Quality.

He comes off a second to The Astrologist in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final and is out to turn the tables this weekend from barrier three third-up with Damian Lane in the saddle.

Kicking off his spring campaign is the Ben & JD Hayes-trained Aysar ($7.50) in gate nine with premier hoop Jamie Kah aboard the now four-year-old son of Deep Field.

Aysar is out to shrug his place-getter status having strung together a host of second placings last time out including in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) behind Ole Kirk.

Last start Listed Glasshouse Handicap winner in Queensland King Of Hastings ($8) and Saab Hasan’s resuming Wanted seven-year-old Sirius Suspect ($8.50) are the next best in betting.

Rounding out the horses under $10 Aurie’s Star Handicap odds is the rails-drawn Regardsmaree ($9.50) for local horseman Nick Ryan.

The So You Think five-year-old enjoyed a hat-trick of wins back at the start of the year and hasn’t raced since a fourth in the Echa Cup back in March.

There will also be eyes on triple-figure outsider, the returning VRC Derby champion Johnny Get Angry ($126) for former AFL Premiership coach Denis Pagan.

The youngster makes his four-year-old debut here and races for the first time since his upset win at HQ in last October’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) nine months ago.

Click here for the latest Aurie’s Star Handicap 2021 betting odds courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Aurie’s Star Handicap Field & Barriers

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. 

 

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