Under The Louvre Primed for 2015 The Goodwood

May 13th, 2015

Trainer Robert Smerdon has been understandably thrilled with the results posted by classy sprinter Under The Louvre this year and is confident of another polished performance in Saturday’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

Under The Louvre is in career-best form leading into the 2015 Goodwood Handicap. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Under The Louvre is in career-best form leading into the 2015 Goodwood Handicap. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Under the Louvre has posted an impressive total of eight wins and seven minors through his 19 career starts so far but has arguably found career-best form in 2015; running a pleasing second in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) first-up and winning the Listed Hareeba Stakes (1200m) before placing a close second to Amorino in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) most recently on April 18th.

Having been forced to replace injured hoop Nick Hall for the 2015 Goodwood Handicap ride, Smerdon is confident Hareeba Stakes winner Mark Zahra will again get the best from the Excellent Art entire.

“It was just a matter of Nick not being confident that his wrist was 100 percent and eventually his manager confirmed to me that they were going to give the injury more time to repair,” Smerdon told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“But Mark is a terrific replacement. He won on the horse in March at Mornington so the change of rider should be no problem.”

Pleased with the way Under The Louvre has taken to training since his most recent race, Smerdon is confident the conditions of the 2015 The Goodwood will play directly into the strengths of the four-year-old.

“He races really well fresh and I think a race like The Goodwood, under the weights conditions, gives the horse a genuine chance.

“He should be at his peak for Saturday. He’ll have an edge on him but at the same time it won’t be an easy race to win.

“He has progressively gotten better throughout his career and The Goodwood has come along at a terrific time in his preparation.”

Charged with carrying just 55.5kgs, Under The Louvre will leave from the ideal barrier 5 in the 205 Goodwood Handicap.

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