Day At The Track

Louvre sets her sights on recreating history

02:56 AM 24 Feb 2011 NZDT
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The odds were always in favour of Louvre possessing her fair share of harness racing racing ability. As the fifth foal of Safely Kept mare My Ami Lee, she is closely related to some of Australia's best underage performers of recent years.

Being by Art Major, she is a sister to two and three-year-old Group 1 winner Renaissance Man ($271,000), while she is a half-sister to Miss Hazel ($310,000, by Presidential Ball), who counted an APG 3YO Final and New South Wales Oaks among 15 wins from just 29 starts.

Armbro Operative mare Dressed To Thrill didn’t reach the heights of her siblings, but still won 10 of 63 starts and $65,000, while My Ami Lee’s only other foal of racing age, Mach Three mare Miss Brazillian, didn’t make it to the races.

Louvre has been given the chance to record an early feature win of her own when she contests tomorrow night’s $20,000 Mittys Sapling Stakes for two-year-old fillies at Melton’s Tabcorp Park.

Trainer Susan Hunter said the filly, who sprint-laned to a soft win at Kilmore on debut, displayed similar characteristics to Miss Hazel, who she also had a stint training, and it was obvious from the first time she worked that she had above-average talent.

“I didn’t have a lot of do with Miss Hazel early, so I can’t say how they measure up as two-year-olds, but she’s got the same attitude – she just wants to go out there and do it,” Hunter said. “She’s very professional and is just a nice filly to have around.

“She’s still just a little bit green, but she has a bit of ability and she’s getting there.”

Louvre will find things infinitely tougher on Friday night when she starts from gate nine off a talent-packed second row in the 1720-metre scamper compared to her February 17 debut when she enjoyed the gun run on the leader’s back.

Among her classy back-row rivals are fellow unbeaten pair Moment Of Silence (11) – from the South Australian stable of Joe Buttigieg – and Classic Bliss (12), who is in the care of Rockbank trainer Bill Galea.

Adding to the difficulty of the task is the presence of well-drawn Peter Manning-trained talent Vickymurphy (1), the Glenn Douglas-trained Fulsome (5) and impressive Peter Tonkin-trained Ballarat winner Narkoola (6).

“It looks like a nice race, so we’ll just see how we go,” Hunter said. “But she’s very professional so I’m sure she’ll handle whatever comes her way.”

Australasia’s leading reinsman Daryl Douglas retains his association with Louvre – the $3 favourite with TAB Sportsbet – in the Sapling Stakes, which is the penultimate event on the Tabcorp Park card at 9:55pm.

By Brad BISHOP

Louvre winning on debut at Kilmore on February 17, 2011:

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