2016 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap Winner, Under The Louvre Now Stands At Grandview Stud!
Written on the 21 July 2017
Champion sprinter, Under The Louvre who won Queensland's biggest race, the Stradbroke Handicap in 2016 and was multiple Group One placed, has now retired to Grandview Stud in a deal structured by Group 1 Bloodstock, at an introductory fee of just $7,700 inc. GST.
Former trainer Robert Smerdon said he had incredible acceleration. "He mixed it with the best and in the Stradbroke he faced nine Group One winners including Black Heart Bart."
"He could easily have been a multiple Group One winner - I thought he was a bit stiff in the Oakleigh Plate when he flew home in 33 flat - he only missed by a lip in the Rupert Clarke and was beaten a neck by Black Heart Bart in the Goodwood."
From 36 starts in his career, Under The Louvre won 9 starts and achieved 14 placings, earning prizemoney of more than $1.8 million. Twenty-two of those starts were in black type company.
Under The Louvre is the best performer out of Group 1 winner Excellent Art who stood a few seasons in Australia, and he is, in turn son of the outstanding speed influence Pivotal.
"Standing, at one stage, for the equivalent of AU$150,000 in Europe, Pivotal produced over 130 stakes winners and that was just from being based in the one hemisphere," Michael Grieve from Grandview said.
"Another interesting aspect to Pivotal is that, matched up with Danehill, he is running at a massive 18% stakes performers to runners. So, being totally free of Danehill, Under The Louvre offers a rare outcross for breeders."
Michael Grieve is naturally thrilled with having Under The Louvre on board alongside Jet Spur and Whittington.
"Under The Louvre is arguably the most exciting racehorse to enter stud in Queensland for many years," Michael has previously said.
"Not only did he win the Stradbroke, but he also raced against and beat the best in Melbourne too. He was very adaptable."
(Top photo: Entrance to Grandview Stud - Photo source: Team Thoroughbreds)
(Bottom photo: Under The Louvre - Photo source: www.racingandsports.com.au)