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Under The Louvre Impresses at Stud
Ipswich-based Grandview Stud reports that Group 1 winner Under The Louvre has taken to his new career as a stallion with the same professionalism he displayed on the racetrack. His barn-mate Whittington has also continued to do a terrific job, with both stallions successfully covering over 80% of mares in foal on the first cover. Meanwhile, Jet Spur sits just behind the younger stallions at 70%. A winner of the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap, Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) retired to stud with nine wins and 14 placings and over $1.8 million in prize money. He is a grandson of Pivotal (UK) who boasts a lofty 18% stakes winners to runners when mated with Danehill line mares. This makes Under The Louvre, who is free of Danehill blood, an attractive outcross for breeders given the proliferation of Danehill line mare in Australia. He stands at Grandview Stud at a fee of just $7,700 (inc. GST).
Under The Louvre To Parade At Grandview Open Day
Queensland's picturesque Grandview Stud is set to open its doors for morning tea and a stallion parade on Sunday September 3. Central to festivities will be the unveiling of Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre to the public. A winner of $1.8 million in prizemoney with an impressive 15 placings from 22 starts in black type company, Under The Louvre is also a grandson of Pivotal who boasts a lofty 18% stakeswinners to runners when mated with Danehill line mares. Also on parade will be Tale of the Cat's precocious son Whittington, winner of both the historic Listed Breeders' Plate as a 2YO and the Magic Millions Sprint at three. Winner getting machine Jet Spur will also be circling for the public. The 2015 Champion Queensland Sire and beautifully bred son of Flying Spur and Verocative has a record of a staggering 57% winners to runners. Attendance is by RSVP, so contact Grandview Stud.
Under The Louvre to Stand at Grandview Stud
2016 Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre will stand at Ipswich-based Grandview Stud from this spring at an introductory fee of just $7,700 (inc. GST). "Under the Louvre had incredible acceleration," trainer Robert Smerdon said. "He mixed it with the best and in the Stradbroke he faced nine Group One winners including Black Heart Bart." Smerdon added: "If he can throw that explosive turn of foot, athleticism and temperament into his progeny I believe he's a very good stallion prospect." Under The Louvre retires to stud with nine wins and 14 placings and over $1.8 million in prize money. Incredibly, from 22 starts in black type company, Under The Louvre either won or placed in 15. Grandview Stud's Michael Grieve is thrilled to have secured Under The Louvre who will stand alongside proven sire Jet Spur and the promising Tale of the Cat stallion, Whittington. "Under The Louvre is arguably the most exciting racehorse to enter stud in Queensland for many years," Grieve said. "Under The Louvre is the best performer by Group One winner Excellent Art who only stood a few seasons in Australia, but he is, in turn, a son of the outstanding speed influence, Pivotal." He added: "Another interesting aspect to Pivotal is that matched up with Danehill, he is running at a massive 18% stakes performers to runners. So, being totally free of Danehill, Under The Louvre offers a rare outcross for breeders."
Gr1 winner Under The Louvre
Under The Louvre Ready for Gr1 Swansong
Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) will travel to Brisbane tonight ahead of his final race start in Saturday's Gr1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm. The gifted 6YO is scheduled to retire to Grandview Stud in Queensland following Saturday's $700,000 sprint feature, which will be the 36th start of his career. Trainer Robert Smerdon said last year's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap winner appeared to be in top shape for his swansong, but did warn the wet track was a concern. "His work has been really good and back to where it is when he's raced at his best," Smerdon told racenet. "The track is an issue for sure. He's won in the soft but he's not a heavy ground horse." He added: "It certainly will not be suitable for him if it is heavy but he's got to be up there so we'll just wait and see." Part-owner Rod Lyons said it would be a sad day watching Under The Louvre race for the last time. "He's a damn good horse, a Group One winner, and been very good to us," Lyons said. "It will be sad that he's finishing but he's going to a new career and has a great life ahead of him at stud."
Gr1 winner Under The Louvre
Gr1 Manikato Stakes Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the running of the $1 million Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) to be run at Moonee Valley on Friday night. The race promises to produce an epic clash between sprinting heavyweights Chautauqua and Buffering, as well as Gr1 winners English, Capitalist, Japonisme, Lucky Hussler, Under The Louvre, The Quarterback, Rebel Dane, and Holler, who will be having his first start back in Australia since returning from a failed Royal Ascot campaign. Chautauqua, currently rated the world's best sprinter, is favourite for the race at $2.10 ahead of Golden Slipper hero Capitalist at $6 and English at $9. All other runners are at double figure odds, with Lucky Hussler next best at $10 and veteran Queensland ace Buffering at $11. The field is:
1. BUFFERING (Robert Heathcote-Damian Browne) 58.5kg (2)
2. CHAUTAUQUA (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 58.5kg (1)
3. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58.5kg (10)
4. UNDER THE LOUVRE (Robert Smerdon-Chris Parnham) 58.5kg (5)
5. REBEL DANE (Gary Portelli-Ben Melham) 58.5kg (4)
6. THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Matthew Allen) 58.5kg (11)
7. JAPONISME (Chris Waller-Glyn Schofield) 58.5kg (8)
8. FELL SWOOP (Matthew Dale-Hugh Bowman) 58.5kg (3)
9. HOLLER (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 58.5kg (7)
10. ENGLISH (Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-S Clipperton) 56.5kg (9)
11. CAPITALIST (Peter & Paul Snowden-Kerrin McEvoy) 53kg (6)
Under The Louvre Redirected To Premiere Stakes
Connections of Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) have decided against running the Stradbroke Handicap winner in tomorrow's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield after drawing poorly in barrier 14. The 6YO will instead travel to Sydney for the weight-for-age Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday week. Trainer Robert Smerdon said if Under The Louvre performs well in the Premiere he could return to Melbourne to take on the world's best sprinter, Chautauqua, in the Gr1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on 22 October. "He goes right-handed and 1200 metres suits him," Smerdon told racing.com. "What we were thinking was if he went well enough in the Rupert Clarke, we would've given him 27 days to the Manikato and roll the dice against Chautauqua." He added: "It still gives him three weeks, so he probably still will end up in the Manikato if he performs well."
Under The Louvre will bypass the Sir Rupert Clarke (pic: Steve Hart)
Under The Louvre & Miss Rock To Rattle Home
Their racing style of getting back may well give their supporters heart palpitations, however both Under The Louvre (Race 6) and Miss Rock (Race 2) have undeniable chances at tomorrow’s Flemington meeting. A winner at her last start over 1200m in Sydney’s Percy Sykes, Miss Rock was friendless in her debut but stunned her opposition with a barnstorming finish, something she looks likely to do in her seasonal return down the straight six for which she is quoted at $6.00. Perennial bridesmaid Under The Louvre, meanwhile, is a $4.50 quote over the same course and distance in the Bobbie Lewis Quality where he clashes with both Xtravagant ($4.40) and the highly touted Kinglike $5.50). Despite his top-weight Under The Louvre will likely drop from the clouds in the closing stages.
Smart sprinter Under The Louvre is blessed with a powerful finish
Redzel Wins Gr3 Heath Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's Gr1-winning high profile stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group success when 4YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) scored by 0.4-length for trainers Peter & Paul Snowden in the $150,000 Gr3 Heath Stakes (1100m) for 4YO+, over 6YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & fellow 4YO gelding Santa Ana Lane (Lope de Vega-Fast Fleet, by Fastnet Rock). Redzel improved his record to 4 wins (including the Listed Fireball Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 11 starts for $323,200 earnings. Redzel, who is out of the Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud.
Redzel becomes the latest stakes winner for Snitzel (image: Mark Gatt)
Under The Louvre Wins Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap
In the third of Eagle Farm's quartet of Gr1 features last Saturday, perennial feature race bridegroom, 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre), narrowly outpointed top-weight 5YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) in a thrilling stretch duel to win the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) for trainer Robert Smerdon. In third place, at the astonishing odds of $151, was lightly raced 3YO gelding The Virginian (Hinchinbrook-Redwood Dancer, by Forestry). Coming into the race off a runner-up behind Black Heart Bart in the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap, the duo renewed their Adelaide rivalry in exciting fashion. The win, his first since March 2015, took Under The Louvre's record to 9 wins (including the Listed Hareeba Stakes & Listed Headquarters Tavern Stakes) & 13 placings (including the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap – twice – Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Handicap Gr3 Moonga Stakes – twice – Listed Sofitel Handicap, Listed Anniversary Vase & Listed Bel Esprit Stakes) from 29 starts for $1,761,701 earnings. Under The Louvre was a $50,000 yearling consigned by Kanangra Stud at the 2012 Inglis Classic Sale.
Under The Louvre back in the winners' enclosure (pic: Steve Hart)
Stradbroke Handicap Final Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the showpiece event of the Queensland winter carnival - the $1.5 million Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The TAB favourite for the race is the Gr1 winning mare Azkadellia at $4, ahead of Gr1 Goodwood winner Black Heart Bart ($6), Counterattack ($7), and Gr1 BTC Cup winner Malaguerra and Gr1 Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate who are both at $9. Next best is Team Hawkes' enigmatic but highly talented galloper Kaepernick at $11. The final field is:
1. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 58kg (10)
2. DELECTATION (Chris Waller-James McDonald) 57kg (7)
3. MALAGUERRA (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Hugh Bowman) 56kg (9)
4. MUSIC MAGNATE (Bjorn Baker-Kerrin McEvoy) 55.5kg (3)
5. AZKADELLIA (Ciaron Maher-Damien Oliver) 54.5kg (5)
6. CHARLIE BOY (Peter & Paul Snowden-Tommy Berry) 54.5kg (6)
7. UNDER THE LOUVRE (Robert Smerdon-Dwayne Dunn) 54.5kg (13)
8. SACRED STAR (Tony Pike-Vinnie Colgan) 54.5kg (8)
9. BIG MONEY (Rodney Northam-Robert Thompson) 54kg (4)
10. HOOKED (John Thompson-Tye Angland) 54kg (16)
11. CHARMED HARMONY (John Sadler-Chad Schofield) 53kg (15)
12. COUNTERATTACK (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 52.5kg (14)
13. PRECIOUS GEM (Henry Dwyer-Tim Clark) 52.5kg (18)
14. TWO BLUE (Kristen Buchanan-Tegan Harrison) 52kg (2)
15. KAEPERNICK (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-C Reith) 52kg (17)
16. ARTLEE (Todd Willan-Mitchell Bell) 52kg (1)
17. TAKEDOWN (Gary Moore-Jason Taylor) 50.5kg (11)
18. THE VIRGINIAN (Toby Edmonds-Rosie Myers) 50.5kg (12)
Black Heart Bart Wins Gr1 Goodwood
At Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, Scenic Lodge's VRC Derby-winning sire Blackfriars (Danehill-Kensington Gardens, by Grosvenor) celebrated an elite success when 5YO gelding Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) scored by 0.6-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $500,000 Gr1 Goodwood (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & 4YO entire Supido (Sebring-Lady Succeed, by Brian's Time). This was a thoroughly deserved maiden top-flight success for Black Heart Bart after finishing a narrow second in both the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and Gr1 All Aged Stakes in the autumn. "All his runs for me have been terrific. It's great to see him win a Group One because he deserves it," trainer Darren Weir told Sky Racing. "When he first arrived at the stable I thought he was a big gangly bugger who would be better over a trip, but he's just the perfect horse to train. He eats well, he works well, he's very sound and he's just a very good racehorse." Weir confirmed that Black Heart Bart will now head to Queensland for the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on 11 June. "The plan all along was to target this race and then its three weeks to the Stradbroke which is ideal," he said. Black Heart Bart improved his record to 12 wins (including the Gr2 Lee Steere Stakes, Gr3 Victoria Handicap, Gr3 WATC Northerly Stakes, Listed Birthday Stakes, Listed Bunbury Stakes, Listed Pinjarra Classic, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes, Listed WATC Carbine Club of WA Stakes & Listed WATC Summer Scorcher) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr3 WATC Asian Beau Stakes) from 30 starts for $1,698,950 earnings. Black Heart Bart, who was sold for $20,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, is out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel and Gr1-placed Tamalee Farm stallion Arlington.
Gr1 Goodwood Field & Barrier Draw
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Goodwood (1200m) to be run at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide on Saturday. Race favourite is the former West Australian-galloper Black Heart Bart ($4) who has drawn well in barrier 2, whilst his main market danger, the Mick Kent-trained Supido ($5.50), has drawn midfield in gate 9. The only other horse under double-figure odds, Under The Louvre ($8), has come up with barrier 11. Last year's winner Flamberge will find it tough to defend his title after drawing barrier 17. The final field is:
1. FLAMBERGE (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra-D Lane) 59kg (17)
2. THE QUARTERBACK (Robbie Griffiths-Matthew Allen) 58.5kg (1)
3. BLACK HEART BART (Darren Weir-Brad Rawiller) 57kg (2)
4. CHURCHILL DANCER (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-N Hall) 57kg (15)
5. GRIANTE - scratched -
6. BIG MONEY (Rodney Northam-Robert Thompson) 56.5kg (14)
7. SMOKIN' JOEY (Wez Hunter-Craig Newitt) 56.5kg (5)
8. NOSTRADAMUS (Phillip Stokes-Dom Tourneur) 56.5kg (20)
9. FAST 'N' ROCKING (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-S Baster) 56kg (16)
10. DAYTONA GREY (Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas-C Lindop) 56kg (18)
11. UNDER THE LOUVRE (Robert Smerdon-Dwayne Dunn) 55.5kg (11)
12. ADMIRAL (Barry Campbell-Brendon McCoull) 55.5kg (6)
13. FAATINAH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dylan Dunn) 55.5kg (10)
14. SUPER ONE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-D Moor) 54.5kg (13)
15. SUPIDO (Michael Kent-James Winks) 54.5kg (9)
16. SIRBIBLE (Russell Bell-Wayne Kerford) 54.5kg (19)
17. CASHED (Ryan Balfour-Todd Pannell) 54.5kg (4)
18. MISS PROMISCUITY (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-L Meech) 54kg (8)
19. SHEIDEL (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Matthew Neilson) 53.5kg (12)
20. SOOBOOG (Darren Weir-Dean Yendall) 53kg (7)
Sheidel Wins Listed Bel Esprit Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, dual Gr1-winning former Coolmore shuttler Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill-L'On Vite, by Secretariat) added a black-type success when 4YO mare Sheidel (Holy Roman Emperor-Laventour, by Metal Storm) scored by 0.1-length for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $120,000 Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) for 3YO+, over 6YO mare Girl Guide (Churchill Downs-Satnav, by Canny Lad) & 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). This was the first eastern states stakes victory for former Perth mare Sheidel who boosted her already impressive strike rate to 12 wins (including the Listed Summer Scorcher Stakes, Listed RS Crawford Stakes & Listed Jungle Mist Classic) and 3 placings from 18 starts for $734,000 earnings.
Vashka Wins Gr3 Moonga Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a Group success when 5YO Godolphin gelding Vashka (Exceed and Excel-Zaroyale, by Zabeel) scored by 0.5-length for trainer John O'Shea in the $150,000 Gr3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & 6YO mare Coronation Shallan (Strategic-Coronation Crystal, by Bianconi). Vashka took her record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Shannon Stakes) and 4 placings from 16 starts for $484,850 earnings.
Stratum Star Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
In a blanket finish at Caulfield in Melbourne, At Caulfield in Melbourne, Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & former Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) celebrated a Gr1 victory when 4YO entire Stratum Star (Stratum-Purely Spectacular, by Pins) scored by a nose for trainer Darren Weir in the $402,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), over favoured 4YO gelding Disposition (Reset-Test Case, by Testa Rossa) & 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). A perennial bridesmaid since shedding his stakes tag last October, highly consistent Stratum Star took his record to 4 wins (also including the Listed Gothic Stakes) & 9 placings (including last start's Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr2 Alister Clarke Stakes, Gr1 Australian Guineas, Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes, Gr2 Sandown Guineas & Gr2 Carbine Club Stakes) for $643,460 earnings.
Churchill Dancer Wins Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Quality
At Flemington in Melbourne, former Blue Gum Farm stallion Churchill Downs (Danehill-Silken Whisper, by Diesis) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Churchill Dancer (Churchill Downs-Dark Review, by Second Empire) scored by 0.2-length for trainers David Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $200,000 Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) for 4YO+, over 5YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & 5YO mare and stable-mate Gregers (Commands-Satnav, by Canny Lad). This was the first stakes victory for the improving Churchill Dancer who took his record to 5 wins and 11 placings from 27 starts for $622,180 earnings.
Flamberge Wins Gr1 Goodwood
At Morphettville in South Australia, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) celebrated a Gr1 success when 5YO gelding Flamberge (Exceed and Excel-Razor Blade, by Blazing Sword) scored a surprise 0.7-length win for trainer Peter Moody in the $500,000 Gr1 Goodwood (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entires Lord Of The Sky (Danerich-Princess Abassi, by Abassi) & Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). Flamberge took his record to 8 wins (including the Gr3 Heath Stakes, Gr3 Sebring Stakes & Gr3 Standish Handicap) & 8 placings (including the Gr2 Rubiton Stakes & Gr3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes) from 27 starts for $990,300 earnings. A homebred for newly elected Racing Victoria chairman David Moodie's Contract Racing, Flamberge is a full brother to dual Listed winner Curtana and a half-brother to Gr2 winner Sunburnt Land (Scenic) from the brilliant Gr3-winning sprinter Razor Blade.
Black Heart Bart Ready For Gr1 Test
Meanwhile, highly progressive Perth sprinter Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars-Sister Theresa, by At Talaq) could to start favourite for Saturday's Gr1 Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville after being well backed into $4.60, reports horseracing.com.au. Black Heart Bart is undoubtedly one of West Australia's most progressive gallopers, having won 7 of his 18 starts including a last-start 5.25-length romp in the Listed Bunbury Stakes (1400m) in March. Trainer Vaughn Sigley says he has been delighted with the progress the Blackfriars gelding has made this preparation, and is confident he can acquit himself well at his first attempt at Gr1 level. "He deserves his chance at a race like this," Sigley told Sky's Racing HQ. "He carried 61 kilos that day when he won with five and a half and he has just really hit his straps. He is a horse that has come on and he took a while to mature." he added, "We are looking forward to it and hopefully he is good enough to perform at the top level." Hucklebuck is the current favourite for the Goodwood at $4.40, ahead of Black Heart Bart ($4.60), Lucky Hussler ($6) and smart Victorian galloper Under The Louvre ($8.50). Black Heart Bart certainly has the pedigree to be a serious racehorse, being out of a half-sister to New Zealand Oaks winner Savannah Success, dam of Cox Plate winner and outstanding young stallion Savabeel.
Amorino Wins Listed Anniversary Vase
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed Arrowfield Stud stallion Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a black-type success when former Sydney and Perth-based 5YO gelding Amorino (Snitzel-Steal My Love, by Marauding) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Archie Alexander in the $120,000 Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) for 3YO+, over the unlucky Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & 4YO mare Marianne (Darci Brahma-Maryann Jones, by Fasliyev). Amorino took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr3 TAB Rewards Stakes, Listed Grandstand Cup, Listed Bunbury Stakes, Listed Cyril Flower Stakes) & 4 placings (including the last-start Listed Pinjarra Classic) from 32 starts for $763,350 earnings. Amorino was a $70,000 purchase by Sydney trainer Gerald Ryan at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud.
Under The Louvre Wins Listed Hareeba Stakes
At Mornington in Victoria, Gr1-winning & 4-times Gr1-placed shuttler & former champion 3YO miler Excellent Art (Pivotal-Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) scored by 1.75-lengths for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $120,000 Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Scarlet Billows (Street Boss-Hushabye Baby, Hussonet) & 4YO gelding Magnus Lad (Magnus-Charlann, by Double Income). This was a brilliant performance by the underrated by Under the Louvre who took his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Tavern Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Oakleigh Plate, Gr3 Moonga Stakes & Listed Sofitel Handicap) from 18 starts for $488,801 earnings. Under The Louvre was purchased by Aquanita Racing for $50,000 at the 2012 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Kanangra.
Shamal Wind Wins Gr1 Oakleigh Plate
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning former Darley shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 5YO mare Shamal Wind (Dubawi-Firemaid, by Machiavellian) scored by 0.75-length for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $400,000 Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & 4YO gelding Fast 'n' Rocking (Fastnet Rock-For the Good Times, by Hennessy). In registering her maiden Gr1 victory, Shamal Wind took her record to 8 wins (including the Listed WJ Adams Stakes (twice) & Listed Heritage Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr2 Centrebet Classic, Gr2 Caulfield Sprint Handicap - twice & Gr3 GH Mumm Stakes - twice) from 24 starts for $832,975 earnings. "She deserves to win a race like this, she has tried so hard all her life," winning jockey Dwayne Dunn said. "We didn't have the best of runs in transit to the home bend, but she really sprinted hard for me. She has a good short, sharp sprint and that is what she showed." Shamal Wind was a $55,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud.
Shamal Wind (image: Steve Hart)
Lucky Hussler Wins Gr3 Moonga Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, triple Gr1-winning stallion Husson (Hussonet-Villa Elisa, by Roy) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Lucky Hussler (Husson-Talaq Dancer, by Black Hawk) scored by 3.25-lengths for trainer Darren Weir in the $150,000 Gr3 Moonga Stakes (1400m) for 4YO+, over 4YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & fellow 5YO gelding Generalife (Lonhro-Albaicin, by Redoute's Choice). Lucky Hussler took his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Vo Rogue Plate & Gr3 BRC George Moore Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr2 Queensland Guineas, Listed Headquarters Tavern Stakes & Listed Daybreak Lover Stakes) from 24 starts for $466,600 earnings. Consigned by Monarch Stud, Lucky Hussler was a $100,000 purchase by Valley View Heights Management Services Pty Ltd at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Lucky Hussler's next start will be in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Spring Carnival (8 November).
Under The Louvre Wins Listed Tavern Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Gr1-winning & 4-times Gr1-placed shuttler & former champion 3YO miler Excellent Art (Pivotal-Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Robert Smerdon in the $120,000 Listed Tavern Stakes (1400m) for 4YO+, over 5YO gelding Lucky Hussler (Husson-Talaq Dancer, by Black Hawk) & 6YO gelding Our Hand Of Faith (Testa Rossa-Gold Ransom, by Red Ransom). This was the first stakes victory for Under The Louvre who took his record to 7 wins and 3 palcings (including the Listed Sofitel Handicap) from 15 starts for $317,801 earnings. Under The LOuvre was purchased by Aquanita Racing for $50,000 at the 2012 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Kanangra.
Late Charge Wins Listed The Sofitel
At Flemington in Melbourne, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Late Charge (Hard Spun-Fantagonal, by Octagonal) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Wendy Kelly in the $120,000 Listed The Sofitel (1400m) for 4YO+, over fellow 4YO entire Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) & 8YO gelding Extra Zero (Danzero-Extra Bubbly, by Bellotto). Late Charge finally broke through for his maiden stakes victory taking his record to 4 wins and 1 placing (the Gr2 Autumn Stakes) from 10 starts for $240,000 earnings. Trainer Wendy Kelly said the plan is to run Late Charge in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in two weeks time, then the Gr1 Toorak Handicap on 11 October before assessing whether to push on towards the Cox Plate.
Pyrrolic Wins Listed AR Creswick Series Final
At Flemington, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a black-type success when 3YO colt Pyrrolic (Teofilo-Guillem, by Jeune) scored by 0.5-length for trainer Mick Kent in the $120,000 Listed AR Creswick Series Final (1200m) for 3YOs, over 3YO gelding Hard Stride (Street Sense-Hard Rider, by Maroof) & fellow 3YO colt Under The Louvre (Excellent Art-Barcelona Girl, by Noverre). This was the first stakes victory for Pyrrolic who took his record to 2 wins from 4 starts for $98,820 earnings. Mick Kent has always held Pyrrolic in high regard and is hoping the rising 4YO can now realise his potential after undergoing a wind operation in the autumn. "He's a really nice horse, he's come back really well" Kent told TVN. "I think he's up to spring quality. I'll probably give him one more run then back-off him and get him ready for the spring."
Prince Cheri Connections Hoping To Reign At Exciting Scone Cup Meeting
David Vandyke says that talented import Prince Cheri (Lando-Princess Cheri, by Mondrian) has recovered from the back injury that hampered his autumn carnival campaign and is ready to produce his best in today's $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m), reports sportsnews.com.au. Despite being in less than peak physical condition, the 6YO French-bred entire managed to turn in creditable performances in both his starts in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes behind Boban and the Gr3 Sky High Stakes behind Entirely Platinum, beaten just 3-lengths in both races. "He had an issue, we've managed him through it and he's good now," Vandyke said. "In the Sky High he sweated up and looked a bit agitated before the race and whether it [injury] happened in the run or before I don't know but he seemed fine going into that race. But he certainly came out of it with a back complaint." Prince Cheri has carried a mini-boom ever since making a winning Australian debut at Canterbury in March last year. He was then spelled before returning with two wins in his first three starts last spring, including a victory in the Gr3 Kingston Town Stakes that earned him favouritism for the Gr1 Metropolitan in which he finished sixth. "I think on his best form he will be hard to beat at Scone," Vandyke said. The Scone Cup Carnival is the richest country racing carnival in Australia boasting almost $2 million in prize-money over the two days. There are six stakes events over the two days including the Dark Jewel Classic for fillies and mares which will be run at Gr3 level for the first time. The carnival will also feature the $400,000 Inglis 3YO Guineas (1400m) which has attracted a quality field that includes exciting youngsters Chautauqua and Under The Louvre. To add to the excitement, if the Bjorn Baker-trained filly Twilight Royale can win the Guineas, she will collect a $2.4 million bonus for her connections. The Testa Rossa filly secured the first two legs of the Inglis Triple Crown series last season with victories in the Inglis Nursery and VRC Sires Produce Stakes.