Day At The Track

Susan Hunter's fillies head home

12:14 AM 27 Jun 2012 NZST
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Louvre, a daughter of Art Major
Louvre, a daughter of Art Major - who has won 15 of her 29 starts and $367,180.

Fresh from a Breeders Challenge Gr. 1 winning double at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday afternoon (June 24), the Susan Hunter harness racing stable will return to Victoria chasing more feature race success with talented pair Louvre and Married To The Mob.

Hunter became the first trainer to prepare both a male and female to clean sweep the Breeders Challenge Finals after Louvre joined Captain Joy as a winner of the two and three year old features.

"The stable had a very big day and the entire Sloys team (owners) were very happy with both of the results," stable representative Michael Doltoff said.

"Louvre will go back to Victoria for the Australian Oaks, the Breeders Crown and after a short break will return to Menangle again as soon as possible. I wish they had a track like Menangle in Victoria, 1000 metre tracks are completely outdated, the quicker they build a 1400 metre track in Victoria the better."

Two year old Aces N Sevens filly Married To The Mob will also be aimed at the Breeders Crown series and despite winning as an $11 chance on Sunday was given a strong hope by the stable.

"Married To The Mob wasn't totally unexpected, the stable had a dabble at $11 or $12 so we were quietly confident and in the end the result went our way."

"She will get ready for the Breeders Crown but will go home and have a week or so off in the paddock to get over last weekend, she's a nice filly and really underrated I think but she proved on Sunday that with the right run she is very capable of winning a big race."

Doltoff was full of praise for driver Luke McCarthy who partnered both fillies on Sunday.

"Luke's a great driver, he is driving in plenty of races and knows when to put them into the action, he drove three Gr. 1 winners on Sunday and that isn't a fluke."


Trainer Paul Fitzpatrick has sent an ominous warning to rival trainers about his Breeders Challenge winning two year old No Ah Saint suggesting that the son of Riverboat King will improve on Sunday's performance.

No Ah Saint finished second past the post in the Gr. 1 final but was awarded victory after a protest lodged by driver Gavin Fitzpatrick was upheld in the stewards' room.

"That's my first race I have ever won on protest but I know that I have lost plenty in the stewards' room," Fitzpatrick said.

"When I compare No Ah Saint to some of the good two year olds that I have trained I think he is as fast as any of them, when he settles off the speed that is going to be his go but when he is spot on I think he will go even better."

Fitzpatrick explained he had been having problems with the youngster in the lead up to the Breeders Challenge series but the two week gap between the semi and grand final ensured the two year old was ready to win on Sunday.

"We were going to run him a week before the semi finals but he got a touch of scours for a few days and we had to scratch him and then with all of the rain around Sydney he really had a poor preparation for the semi but I said to the owners I wasn't really fazed because we had a fortnight to get him right."

"I trialled him at Menangle on the Monday before the final and he did enough to say that he was back to something like his best."

No Ah Saint is Breeders Crown eligible and Fitzpatrick will now sets his sights on Victoria. The Cawdor trainer won last year's two year old colts and geldings Breeders Crown with Three Over Three and believes he has a serious contender again this year.

"He's a really good racehorse, at his top he has very high speed so I will see how he pulls up but we do think a lot of the horse and at this stage if he's fit he will go to the Breeders Crown."

"My filly Missing Letters that finished third in the Breeders Challenge is also eligible for the Breeders Crown and will compete in the heats here in Sydney before a decision is made by the owners whether she will head to Victoria."


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