2016 Bel Esprit Stakes Weights Released

The Robert Smerdon-trained Under The Louvre has been allocated the 60kg top weight for the feature race in Melbourne this weekend, the Bel Esprit Stakes 2016 running at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.

Under The Louvre

Under The Louvre heads the 2016 Bel Esprit Stakes weights with 60kg at Caulfield Racecourse this Saturday in Melbourne. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

On Tuesday the handicaps for all 29 nominees entered for this year’s $120,000 Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) were released by Racing Victoria, the returning Excellent Art stallion Under The Louvre giving the kilos away if accepted to run.

The five-year-old hasn’t raced since mid-November last year when fourth to Famous Seamus in Sandown’s Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).

His best result from the spring was a third to Stratum Star in Caulfield’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m), which was his third Group 1 placing from as many elite level assignments.

Under The Louvre’s first Group 1 start produced a second to Shamal Wind in last year’s Oakleigh Plate (1100m) before his The Goodwood (1200m) third in Adelaide last May.

The horse has a solid first-up record of two wins and a second from five starts, and has trialled twice this season ahead of his possible Bel Esprit Stakes return.

If he runs it will be his first start with 60kg on his back since his third at Geelong in March of 2014 at just his sixth career start.

Following Under The Louvre in the Bel Esprit Stakes weights this Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea (59kg).

A six-year-old son of Flying Spur, the galloper is yet to race at Caulfield and has twice trialled this autumn in Sydney including a last start second over 1050m at Randwick on April 8.

His last official start was in December at the same track when eighth to Cradle Me in the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) carrying 59.5kg, That’s A Good Idea having had just one Melbourne run to date when seventh at Flemington in Group 2 class in November of 2014.

Only three other Bel Esprit Stakes entries are weighted above the 54kg minimum this year with Lee & Shannon Hope’s four-year-old Street Cry mare Pittsburgh Flyer (55.5kg), Magic Millions Sprint winner from the Gold Coast in January Husson Eagle (54.5kg) and the Darren Weir-trained Mirage (54.5kg).

Pittsburgh Flyer won the Group 3 G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) in the mud at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival last November, before returning for a nice fourth beaten under a length by Flamberge in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) on February 27.

Her last start produced a disappointing 12th over the same distance at Rosehill behind Griante in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) on March 19.

Of the light weights some of the most notable Bel Esprit Stakes entries include Summer Scorcher winner Sheidel now prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig who is also nominated for the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes in Adelaide on Saturday and Scott Brunton’s black-type winning Tasmanian raider Hellova Street.

Stay tuned for the Bel Esprit Stakes 2016 field and barriers released on Wednesday.

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2016 Bel Esprit Stakes Weights

Caulfield Racecourse – 23/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 23x523264x UNDER THE LOUVRE H 5 Robert Smerdon 1 60kg 105
2 0x12x3268x THAT’S A GOOD IDEA G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 59kg 103
3 787x461x40 PITTSBURGH FLYER M 4 Lee & Shannon Hope 3 55.5kg 100
4 1x24111x34 SHEIDEL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 4 54kg 97
5 113135x11x HELLOVA STREET G 5 Scott Brunton 5 56kg 97
6 7820x8800x GIRL GUIDE M 6 Ciaron Maher 6 54kg 95
7 35×0594307 IT IS WRITTEN G 7 Robbie Griffiths 7 55kg 95
8 75x97570x6 UNANIMOUSLY G 8 Matthew Dale 8 55kg 95
9 1418×53103 HUSSON EAGLE G 4 Patrick Payne 9 54.5kg 94
10 56212x40x7 MIRAGE G 6 Darren Weir 10 54.5kg 94
11 x61603100x OUR NKWAZI G 9 Shawn Mathrick 11 54kg 92
12 2610812651 BULLPIT G 4 Danny O’Brien 12 54kg 91
13 1921722512 BEAU RADA G 4 John McArdle 13 54kg 91
14 1143x3860x JAVA G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 14 54kg 90
15 125×972827 LONROCKSTAR G 6 John Sadler 15 54kg 89
16 321016×240 EXCLUSIVE LASS M 4 Nigel Blackiston 16 54kg 88
17 8x2152911x WE’VE GOT THIS G 4 Greg Eurell 17 54kg 87
18 48x653113x NOZOMI G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 18 54kg 86
19 113247×960 CASHED G 4 Ryan Balfour 19 54kg 85
20 x6712x1152 ONEROUS G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 20 54kg 85
21 26x1x1x11x SUPIDO H 4 Michael Kent 21 54kg 84
22 359444362x KLISHINA M 6 David Bourne 22 54kg 82
23 x12142635x PILLY’S WISH M 5 Mick Price 23 54kg 81
24 5×16161711 SOLAR DUCHESS M 5 Robbie Griffiths 24 54kg 80
25 2448×72353 PRETTY POSSUM M 6 Russell Osborne 25 54kg 80
26 210×02661 WELL SPRUNG C 3 Lyn Tolson & Leonie Proctor 26 54kg 77
27 1227x1091x OLIVIER G 5 Darren Weir 27 54kg 76
28 68626×2212 GOOD OFFA G 4 Byron Cozamanis 28 54kg 68
29 07×0166372 BIG BUDDIE G 7 Andrew Sawden 29 54kg 63

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