Former Coolmore Stud stallion Excellent Art now calls India home but is likely to have another chance to earn his first Australian stakes winner after Under The Louvre (Excellent Art – Barcelona Girl, by Noverre) remained unbeaten at Wednesday’s Caulfield meeting.
Coolmore dispensed with Excellent Art after he shuttled between Ireland and Australia for four seasons, which has produced two Group 3 winners in the UK and Ireland, but Under The Louvre is likely to have chances to add to that tally in the Australian spring.
Under The Louvre won on debut at Swan Hill before repeating his emphatic first-up success at Caulfield. The two-year-old jumped only fairly but rounded up his rivals in the straight to post a dominant win.
The colt’s trainer Tony Vasil noted Excellent Art (Pivotal – Obsessive, by Seeking The Gold) won the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile in 2007. Vasil said Under The Louvre indicated 1600 metres would be within his capabilities as a spring three-year-old.
“I’d say today he has convinced me he could be quite competitive in the spring,” Vasil said. “If that’s the case, he can’t keep going now and expect to stay up so more than likely, I’ll give him a bit of breather.
“His father won the St James’s Palace Stakes. He’s got a lovely nature and a brilliant turn of foot when you press the button. He’s quite laid back.
“He does look like he’ll get further.”
Aquanita Racing paid $50,000 for Under The Louvre at the 2012 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. The colt is the first foal to race out of Barcelona Girl (Noverre – Sri Lanka, by Sri Pekan), who is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Master Harry (Magic Albert – Sir Lanka, by Sri Pekan).