The Robert Smderon-trained Group 1 winner Under The Louvre is hot favourite in a small nine-horse Gilgai Stakes 2016 field and betting market for the Flemington sprint clash on Turnbull Stakes Day.
Set to run as Flemington Race 4 at 2:00pm (AEDT) on Sunday, this year’s $200,000 Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) has a small but class line-up facing off led by Under The Louvre.
A six-year-old son of Excellent Art, Under The Louvre leads the latest Gilgai Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au paying a short $2.45 to win the set weights plus penalties showdown down the straight.
Best known for his Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) victory in Brisbane back in the winter, the stallion has had two runs this time in including the last start fourth to Faatinah in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis (1200m).
Under The Louvre is accepted for both a return to that track / distance in the Gilgai Stakes, Dwayne Dunn on standby for the ride, as well as $300,000 Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) in Sydney on Saturday where he is drawn the rails in the weight-for-age sprint.
Following Under The Louvre in the latest markets for the Gilgai Stakes on Sunday at $4.20 is his last start conqueror, the Lindsay Park-trained Faatinah.
Drawn a treat in gate two with Michael Walker booked for the ride on the consistent Nicconi four-year-old, Faatinah has won four of his nine starts to date.
Three of those wins have been over the 1200m including the Bobbie Lewis where he carted 53kg to a 1.75 length win in his first run since crossing fifth in the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) behind Black Hart Bart in Adelaide on May 21.
Faatinah is only lightly-raced but is doing everything right, but needs to handle the notable step up to 57kg in the Gilgai Stakes.
A further three runners are under double figures for the win including The Quarterback ($6.50) who is a Group 1 winner at the track and distance.
Drawn in gate three on Sunday, the Robbie Griffiths-trained Street Boss gelding took out the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) defeating Black Heart Bart (2nd) and Chautauqua (3rd) as a $21 chance in the autumn.
His last run was a ninth in Morphettville’s The Goodwood, but he has won a subsequent trial and has a decent record fresh (6-1-1-2).
The Quarterback also has plenty of winning form at the Flemington track (11-4-0-4) and will relish getting back there for the first time since the Newmarket.
Rounding out the best in betting are Darren Weir’s returning Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner last spring Stratum Star ($8.50) and the Greg Eurell-trained Bobbie Lewis third placed We’ve Got This ($8.50) who has stellar form at the distance (9-4-2-2) – drawn in barriers five and four respectively.
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