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Aurie’s Star Handicap Tips and Preview - McEvoy hopeful sneaking under the radar

  • Manuel goes well second-up.
  • Likes Flemington.
  • Looking for extra trip too.
Trainer Tony McEvoy

Trainer Tony McEvoy saddles up two runners in Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, and the outsider of the pair is sneaking under the radar and is capable of causing a massive upset.

Caulfield Guineas winner Hey Doc is the clearly the best credentialed of McEvoy’s duo, while Manuel, a four-year-old son of Commands is only lightly-raced and is open to plenty of improvement.

To make it clear, I think Hey Doc and I Am Star are by far the best horses in the race, but this is a handicap and allocated weights are designed to level the field.

Take I Am A Star for instance – she resumed last campaign with a 2nd placing behind Super Cash in the Rubiton Stakes (1100m) where the winner carried 54kg and I Am A Star carried 53.5kg.

That pair defeated Chautauqua who was carrying 59.5kg, but that’s no to say they’re better sprinters that Chat, he was just unsuited by carrying a big weight over a trip slightly short of his best.

Hey Doc and I Am A Star are both Group 1 winners over a mile, and both are being aimed at the Memsie Stakes (1400m) next start before looking at some mile features later in the spring.
So it’s fair to suggest Manuel is far better suited at the weights over 1200m – but does he have the class?

Firstly, McEvoy would be sending him to Flemington from his South Australian base if he simply wasn’t up to it.

This horse looked brilliant in two barrier trials leading into his first-up assignment in the Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville where he was seemingly disappointing.

However, I don’t think the run was disappointing at all – he just wasn’t suited carrying 59kg in that class over 1050m.

He was well back throughout and never really seemed comfortable on the Soft 7, but when he straightened and balanced up, he hit his straps late and started to get going before running into a dead end and being pulled up. 

As second-up runs go, last campaign he went to Geelong and recorded a 10-length win over 1112m.

In regards to the Flemington straight, Manuel has raced down the straight on two occasions, and he was unlucky not to have won the Schweppes#flemingtonFling (1000m) after being severely blocked for a run from the 400m mark to the 50m.

Once out, he made up a length in the last 50m and there’s no doubt he would have finished much closer to Speedeor with some luck.

On Saturday, he looks suited stepping up in trip at a track he seems to like, while the extra fitness and drop from 59kg to 54kg should see him charging home.

I Am A Star and Hey Doc are the main dangers with their class taking them a long way, while Cannyescent also looms as a threat as he aims for his fourth successive victory following a freshen-up.

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Aurie’s Star Handicap Tips and Preview - McEvoy hopeful sneaking under the radar

Trainer Tony McEvoy saddles up two runners in Saturday’s Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington, and the outsider of the pair is sneaking under the radar and is capable of causing a massive upset.

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