2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Swansong for Under The Louvre

May 24, 2017

2017 Kingsford Smith Cup Swansong for Under The Louvre

Robert Smerdon’s reigning Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre will chase a final Group 1 victory when he runs in his career swansong in Brisbane on Saturday in the Kingsford Smith Cup 2017.

Under The Louvre

Last year’s Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre has his career swansong in the 2017 Kingsford Smith Cup at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The $1.8 million earning Excellent Art six-year-old is set to head to stud at Grandview Stud in Queensland Queensland following his 36th and final run in the new-look $700,000 Group 1 Darley Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m) – formerly the BTC Cup – at Eagle Farm Racecourse this weekend.

It has been a year since Under The Louvre posted his last victory, winning the $1.5 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at the Eagle Farm track.

That followed a brave second to Black Heart Bart in Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) and remains his sole Eagle Farm start ahead of his return to the track for the Kingsford Smith Cup.

Under The Louvre has had just the one run this year after he spent an extended time on the sidelines following his dead last (11th) to Lucky Hussler at Sandown-Hillside last November in the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m).

First-up on May 6 at Flemington he ran over six lengths away 12th to the winner Crystal Dreamer over 1000m down the straight carting 62kg.

Saturday sees Under The Louvre drop back to 59kg at weight-for-age and the step-up in distance should suit as the horse looks to add to his smart second-up record that currently stands at two wins, two seconds and a third from six runs.

Smerdon is confident he has the horse in peak fitness, but is worried about the chances of hitting a Heavy-rated Eagle Farm track as Under The Louvre has never run on a mud course.

“He’s very good in himself,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria this week.

“He’s as fit as he needs to be but if it comes up like a Heavy track, he’s never been a real Heavy-track horse, so that’s an issue.

“Obviously, it’s a big step to go there on Saturday but we’re committed to running there Saturday and then he’s got a stud career on the other side of that.

“He’s been a terrific horse for the stable, he’s won almost $2m and he’s a Group 1 winner so those horses are terribly hard to replace and he’s a bit of a character so it’s sad to see him go but they don’t last forever.”

It is shaping-up as a tough edition of the Kingsford-Smith Cup with the likes of The Goodwood winner Vega Magic and BRC Sprint champ from last weekend Jungle Edge expected to back-up.

For all the best Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival odds, Kingsford-Smith Cup betting markets and more this season head to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field