Top weight Under The Louvre is set to scratch out of Saturday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 2016 field in favour of a trip to Sydney on Epsom Handicap Day next weekend.
The Robert Smerdon-trained stallion will be the second early withdrawal from this year’s $500,000 Group 1 Yulong Park Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
On Wednesday soon after acceptances Peter & Paul Snowden opted to keep smart mare Tycoon Tara at home for the $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) on Saturday.
Winner of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) in Brisbane on June 11 defeating Black Heart Bart, who got the better of him the start before in Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m), Under The Louvre was drawn wide in gate 14 (of 16) in the original Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes field.
Black Heart Bart races in Saturday’s other elite level at Caulfield stepping up in distance for the $500,000 Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m).
Excellent Art six-year-old Under The Louve was allocated the 58kg top weight in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Kiwi raider Xtravagant (56.5kg) will now to carry the most kilos as he looks to atone for his dead last (12th) in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) a fortnight back at Flemington.
Before his official scratching, Under The Louvre pays $7.50 in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Instead of giving the weight away in this weekend’s Group 1 handicap, Smerdon will save Under The Louvre for the weight-for-age $300,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) on October 1 at Royal Randwick.
A winner of nearly $1.8 million in prize money to date, the galloper has had 31 career starts but is yet to race in Sydney.
Leading the latest Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes odds at $3.70 and firming is the Chris Waller-trained Counterattack followed by the in-form Darren Weir-trained Voodoo Lad ($5) shooting for three straight Melbourne wins.
On Tuesday this week Under The Louvre was nominated for the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m), held under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday October 21 on the eve of Cox Plate Day.
The early 2016 Manikato Stakes odds are firmly led by the reigning champion Chautauqua ($2.50).
Under The Louvre can be found further down the futures Manikato Stakes betting markets at $19.
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