Racing preview (August 10): Spring aspirants back for G3 Aurie’s Star Hcp

Updated: August 9, 2017

Trainer Tony McEvoy said Saturday’s G3 Aurie’s Star Handicap race was a nice starting point for Hey Doc, which won the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington in the autumn. Hey Doc hasn’t raced since finishing sixth in the Goodwood at Morphettville in May but has had a Flemington straight course jump-out to prepare for his return. Hey Doc has opened the $4.80 equal second choice behind Myer Classic winner I Am A Star at $4.20; overall 2017-18 season record (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 18-0-27, +12.2 units


It may not officially signal the start of spring but the Aurie’s Star Handicap is a starting point for many carnival aspirants. The Group 3 race at Flemington on Saturday starts the spring campaign for Hey Doc. Bart Cummings used the 1200m-sprint to start some of his Melbourne Cup contenders while El Segundo ran in the race four times on the way to winning Group 1 races later in his campaign. Hey Doc will go to the $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 2 (more here).

Classy fillies Catchy, Formality and Tulip are among 35 horses from Lindsay Park stables nominated for Victoria’s richest race for 3yos, the Caulfield Guineas. Group 1 winners The Mission, Invader and Summer Passage along with unbeaten colt Royal Symphony are also among the 327 contenders for the October 14 race, which has had its prize money doubled to $2 million this year. The three Lindsay Park fillies are also among 237 nominations for the Thousand Guineas, the $500,000 fillies-only race, also on October 14 (more here).

Five NSW country features have received significant prize money increases this season. The Port Macquarie Cup, Goulburn Cup, Wellington Boot, Tamworth Cup and Wagga Wagga Town Plate will all be worth $150,000. Racing NSW has also expanded the schedule of Showcase race meetings from 40 to 45 in 2017-18, upgrading five key country carnival race days to a minimum of $30,000 per race. The number of country TAB meetings will also rise from 645 to 664 (more here).


Today’s racing: Bairnsdale (Vic – good 4), Kembla Grange (NSW – good 3), Taree (NSW – good 4), Rockhampton (Qld – good 4), Pinjarra (WA – good 4). Harness racing: Redcliffe (Qld), Echuca (Vic), Ballarat (Vic), Penrith (NSW). Greyhound racing: Warragul (Vic), Shepparton (Vic), Maitland (NSW), Warrnambool (Vic), Sandown Park (Vic), Albion Park (Qld), Angle Park (SA), Dapto (NSW), Hobart (Tas), Mandurah (WA).


Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Bairnsdale R6 #2 Ayers Rock (win)
Bairnsdale R9 #3 Kaaptive Hero (win)
Kembla Grange R4 #10 Teodosio (win)
Kembla Grange R5 #8 Coulthard (win)
Taree R6 #6 Nissile (E/W)
Taree R7 #8 Roxette (win)
Rockhampton R4 #6 Dam Wonderful (win)


Yesterday’s results (WIN-PLACE-UNPLACED): 3-0-4, +0.65 units

Geelong R6 #4 Bastille (win) LOSE (4th)
Geelong R10 #10 Pablo’s Express (win) 1st ($2.60)
Canterbury R1 #1 Runaway (win) 1st ($1.55)
Canterbury R2 #4 Funoon (win) LOSE (U/P)
Canterbury R6 #7 Missile Coda (win) 1st ($3.50)
Sunshine Coast R4 #1 Cornforth (win) LOSE (2nd)
Gawler R6 #2 Grand Armada (win) LOSE (U/P)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Sportsbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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