Under The Louvre Heads 2016 Bobbie Lewis Quality Nominations

Robert Smerdon’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre is nominated for a second-up spring run in the Bobbie Lewis Quality 2016 down the Flemington straight on Saturday.

Under The Louvre

Group 1 winner Under The Louvre is the headline 2016 Bobbie Lewis Quality nominee for Flemington this weekend. Photo: Daniel Costello.

In the winter the Excellent Art stallion won the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane before a first-up second at Caulfield a fortnight back behind Redzel in the Group 3 The Heath 1100 (1100m).

The six-year-old is now one of a bumper 20 nominations received by Racing Victoria on Monday for this weekend’s $200,000 Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) on Makybe Diva Stakes Day.

He will enjoy the extra metres on Saturday with a strong 1200m record (14-6-2-4) and races at Flemington for the first time since last VRC Derby Day.

Also high-up the handicap ratings in the Bobbie Lewis Quality nominations this season is visiting Kiwi galloper Xtravagant who heads towards a run in the $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October.

The Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards-trained Pentire four-year-old was last seen winning a Group 3 sprint at home in late April, which followed his failed eighth to Palentino on debut down under at Flemington in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) back in March.

A host of smart new-season four-year-olds are nominated for the Bobbie Lewis this season including also the Chris Waller-trained Counterattack, the Michael Moroney-trained Tivaci and Sooboog for Darren Weir.

Counterattack has had just one run at the track when third to stablemate Japonisme in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) last Melbourne Cup Carnival and is the only hope for Sydney’s top trainer Waller in the race on Saturday.

Tivaci has more Flemington experience with four previous starts at the course including his Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) win in February.

He was last seen winning Queensland’s Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) back in early July and has a two-from-three first-up record to date.

Sooboog has the fitness edge for Saturday, the Snitzel stallion having won the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) over the track and distance last time out on August 6.

Also coming off a win is the Alan Hunter-trained Astro Castro who won his debut at Flemington over 1100m back in July as a 101/1 roughie.

Last year’s Bobbie Lewis Quality winner was the Lindsay Park-trained Churchill Dancer (2015), who beat home this season’s likely favourite Under The Louvre.

The stable are back this spring with two entries in Nicconi gelding Faatinah and Shaf.

Faatinah won the Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide in early May defeating Sooboog before his last start fifth when under three lengths off the winner Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) later that month at Morphettville.

Shaf meanwhile has had just the one previous Flemington run from early August when winning a 1000nm Benchmark 90 by 1.5 lengths, but is out to atone for a 12th to Just Magical at Moonee Valley on August 20.

Check out the full Bobbie Lewis Quality 2016 nominations below, final acceptances out on Wednesday followed by the top markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

2016 Bobbie Lewis Quality Nominations

Flemington Racecourse – 10/09/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1 ASTRO CASTRO G 4 Alan Hunter 67
2 2119x960x3 BON AURUM H 4 Ciaron Maher 82
3 600x16038x CHARLIE BOY G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
4 513x35217x COUNTERATTACK H 4 Chris Waller 102
5 5900902657 DECISION TIME G 9 Clarry Conners 90
6 8151116x4x DURENDAL G 5 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 98
7 12346x115x FAATINAH G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 90
8 x652x445x6 GENERALIFE G 7 John O’Shea 105
9 21x16x204x KINGLIKE H 4 Gerald Ryan 98
10 x059620x05 NICOSCENE H 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 84
11 14x19230x3 SANTA ANA LANE G 4 Lee & Anthony Freedman 95
12 5111414210 SHAF G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 87
13 6712x2413x SIR MOMENTS G 6 Steven O’Dea 104
14 x382020541 SOOBOOG H 4 Darren Weir 98
15 3x476x1213 THE MONSTAR G 6 Brett Cavanough 97
16 x1108x461x TIVACI H 4 Michael Moroney 93
17 0994140×05 TUDOR H 5 Doug Harrison 89
18 3264x321x2 UNDER THE LOUVRE H 6 Robert Smerdon 110
19 x2152911x6 WE’VE GOT THIS G 5 Greg Eurell 87
20 831114181x XTRAVAGANT (NZ) H 4 Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards 107


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