Under The Louvre Leads 2016 Bel Esprit Stakes Field

Robert Smerdon’s Group 1 placed galloper Under The Louvre kicks off another autumn campaign this weekend in the Bel Esprit Stakes 2016 carrying top weight for the Caulfield sprint feature.

Under The Louvre

Under The Louvre leads the 2016 Bel Esprit Stakes field and weights at Caulfield Racecourse this weekend in Melbourne first-up. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Set to run as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:35pm (AEST) as the penultimate event on the Melbourne program this Saturday, the $120,000 Listed Sheen Group Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) has attracted a full field of 14 starters plus four emergencies.

Sitting top of the field and weights with 60kg is Under The Louvre drawn in barrier 13, possibly into 11, with Mark Zahra booked to ride the Excellent Art stallion.

From three Group 1 wins the five-year-old has three top three runs, most recently his third to Stratum Star in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) last September.

Under The Louvre is first-up on Saturday having won two of his five previous first-up runs and is targeting more elite level runs over the coming months with a return to Adelaide for a second shot at the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) first on the agenda.

He ran third to Flamberge in that Morphettville feature last autumn, and after looking to improve on that this time in he will also head to Brisbane for a shot at the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June.

Following Under The Louvre in the Bel Esprit Stakes field and weights for Saturday is the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained That’s A Good Idea (59kg) drawn better in barrier six for his returning run and Caulfield race debut.

The next heaviest weighted on 56kg in the handicap sprint clash is Scott Brunton’s also 2016 The Goodwood-bound Tasmanian raider Hellova Street drawn wide in the second outside alley for his mainland debut.

Drawn the other end of the field with the inside run from barrier one is Nicholas Hall’s mount Pittsburgh Flyer.

The Lee & Shannon Hope-trained Street Cry mare comes off two Group 1 runs, the first producing an Oakleigh Plate fourth at Caulfield before her 12th to Griante in Rosehill’s The Galaxy (1100m) on March 19.

Saturday sees the four-year-old face an easier field, but Pittsburgh Flyer is yet to win from four runs at Caulfield and also goes up from 51kg last start to 55.5kg on the weekend.

Another four-year-old mare in the mix is Perth expat Sheidel, the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor now prepared by David Hayes & Tom Dabernig.

She is a multiple Black Type winner in WA and has had two Melbourne runs this campaign including a close fourth behind Bullpit at Sandown-Hillside over 1000m on April 9.

Damien Oliver rides her this weekend, Sheidel seeing Caulfield for the first time but dropping from 55kg last time out to the 54kg Bel Esprit Stakes minimum.

Out of the same lead-up race and coming back from 55.5kg to 54kg on Saturday is the John McArdle-trained Hard Spun four-year-old Beau Rada (2nd), the in-form gelding to be ridden by Chris Symons from barrier 10.

And the horse that beat Beau Rada home last start, the Danny O’Brien-trained Speed ‘N’ Power four-year-old Bullpit is also accepted for the rematch at Caulfield shooting for back-to-back wins with Glen Boss aboard from a gun gate four draw.

See below for the full Bel Esprit Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and weights.

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2016 Bel Esprit Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 8 (4:35pm) – 23/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 23x523264x UNDER THE LOUVRE Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 13 60kg 105
2 0x12x3268x THAT’S A GOOD IDEA Peter & Paul Snowden TBA 6 59kg 103
3 113135x11x HELLOVA STREET Scott Brunton Ben Melham 17 56kg 97
4 787x461x40 PITTSBURGH FLYER Lee & Shannon Hope Nicholas Hall 1 55.5kg 100
5 35×0594307 IT IS WRITTEN Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney 3 55kg 95
6 75x97570x6 UNANIMOUSLY Matthew Dale Damian Lane 12 55kg 95
7 1418×53103 HUSSON EAGLE Patrick Payne Ms Michelle Payne 9 54.5kg 94
8 56212x40x7 MIRAGE Darren Weir TBA 7 54.5kg 94
9 1x24111x34 SHEIDEL David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Damien Oliver 8 54kg 97
10 7820x8800x GIRL GUIDE Ciaron Maher Dean Yendall 15 54kg 95
11 x61603100x OUR NKWAZI Shawn Mathrick Dwayne Dunn 14 54kg 92
12 1921722512 BEAU RADA John McArdle Chris Symons 10 54kg 91
13 2610812651 BULLPIT Danny O’Brien Glen Boss 4 54kg 91
14 1143x3860x JAVA Lee & Anthony Freedman Patrick Moloney 11 54kg 90
15e 125×972827 LONROCKSTAR John Sadler James Winks 18 54kg 89
16e 8x2152911x WE’VE GOT THIS Greg Eurell Craig Newitt 2 54kg 87
17e 48x653113x NOZOMI Lee & Anthony Freedman James Winks 5 54kg 86
18e 113247×960 CASHED Ryan Balfour TBA 16 54kg 85

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