The first of the Group races on the Memsie Stakes Day card in Melbourne this weekend is The Heath 1100 Stakes 2016, the final field and betting markets for which are led by the Robert Smerdon-trained Under The Louvre.
Registered this season as the $150,000 Group 3 The Resimax Stakes (1100m), the short-distance Melbourne sprint is due to run as Caulfield Race 5 at 2:50pm (AEST) on Saturday.
Nicholas Hall is booked to ride the current $3.90 and firming favourite in The Heath Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au Under The Louvre, the Excellent Art stallion racing for the first time since winning Brisbane’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) on June 11.
Under The Louvre debuts as a six-year-old from a wide barrier 11 of 13 draw and carries the 59kg top weight in the set weights plus penalties showdown.
The alley and kilos haven’t stopped the bookies installing him as the horse to beat, the class galloper boasting solid Caulfield form (9-2-4-2) as well as the proven ability in Group 1 fields.
He ran first-up at Caulfield in the autumn and placed a close third when only a quarter-length off the winner in the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) with 60kg on his back, and is tipped for a similarly impressive performance in The Heath Stakes.
Five of his rivals are also under double-figures for the win in The Heath 1100 Stakes odds including the $5.50 co-second favourite Redzel with the outside barrier (13) to overcome.
The consistent Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Snitzel four-year-old is yet to race in Melbourne, but he is a three-time winner over the distance and comes off a smart trial win over 1000m at Warwick Farm from August 12.
Redzel has Mark Zahra aboard on the weekend from the nasty draw and was last seen winning the July Sprint (1100m) on a Heavy (8) track at Canterbury in late July.
Also at $5.50 to beat Under The Louvre is Hellbent in barrier nine with Damien Oliver aboard.
One of two hopes in the mix for Darren Weir, the I Am Invincible stallion steps out as a four-year-old for the second time after his first-up win at Sandown-Hillside on August 10.
He carried 57kg to victory that day over 1000m and drops a kilo for Saturday, the galloper sure to enjoy the extra metres boasting two wins and a second from three runs over The Heath metres.
The next best fancied at $8 are the Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained Group 3 Zeditave Stakes winner at the track back in February Santa Ana Lane and the returning Lindsay Park-raced Miss Promiscuity drawn in barriers six and four respectively.
A six-year-old daughter of Magnus, Miss Promiscuity is out to atone for her 12th behind Saturday’s Memsie Stakes favourite Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide from May, a race Under The Louvre finished second in.
Earlier in the autumn she went back-to-back at Caulfield giving her an overall record of four wins, two seconds and a third at the track.
She also has a two-from-four 50% first-up strike rate and plenty of 1200m form as well (7-3-2-1).
The last of the runners under $10 currently paying $9.50 is Shiraz, Tony McEvoy’s seven-year-old chasing his first win since the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) in Sydney nearly a year ago.
See below for the full The Heath 1100 Stakes 2016 field, barriers, jockeys and current Fixed Win betting markets available online now at Ladbrokes.com.au!