Joe Pride’s Tiger Tees has been installed the clear-cut favourite for Saturday’s Group 3 $150,000 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.

The Warwick Farm trainer nominated but did not accept withTiger Tees for the Group 2 $175,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) in Sydney at Royal Randwick.

Pride is looking for more forgiving ground, suggesting the tracks in Sydney are getting very firm early in the new season.

He may be a little surprised to learn the Flemington track is already rated a ‘good 3’ and track curators have been watering the track this week, applying seven mls of irrigation in the past 24 hours.

When fixed-odds markets were released on the Aurie’s Star last night, Tiger Tees went up the favourite at $3.20, ahead of Zamorar at $4.60. (Racing Network)