2016 Premiere Stakes Not Confirmed for Under The Louvre

September 27th, 2016

Trainer Robert Smerdon has revealed that he is yet to confirm where stable star Under The Louvre will run this weekend, but an appearance in the 2016 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick remains an option.

The 2016 Premiere Stakes at Randwick is one of two options for Under The Louvre this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello

The 2016 Premiere Stakes at Randwick is one of two options for Under The Louvre this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello

Under The Louvre has been one of the country’s most consistent short courses through recent season and will enter his third-up run this weekend off the back of a smart second in the Group 3 The Heath (1100m) and fourth in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m).

Having mounted nominations in both the Premiere Stakes 2016 and the Group 3 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Sunday, Smerdon confirmed that Under The Louvre will accept into the fields of both races and a decision will be made on which path to take in the days to follow.

“You don’t know how they are going to stand up. Entries are one thing, barriers and final fields are another,” Smerdon told AAP.

“And we might have to put out a Twitter poll and find out when we need to scratch. Keep the punters happy.”

Under The Louvre has posted an impressive nine race wins and fourteen minors through thirty-one career starts, since making his competitive debut in the winter of 2013.

Trialling well in the lead-up to his competitive return this year, the Excellent Art entire was charged with carrying a race-high 60kgs in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) but produced a typically smart turn of foot to finish third.

Lining up amongst particularly talented company in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 21st, Under The Louvre was settled off pace before he was asked for an extra effort by Dwayne Dunn, and responded with a smart sprint to finish second behind Black Heart Bart.

Jumping from the gates well in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11th, Under The Louvre dictated terms from the outset and turned the tables on Darren Weir’s leading sprinter; breaking through for a maiden win at the highest level of racing.

The 2016 Premiere Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday today (Wednesday, September 28th).

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