Caulfield trainer Tony Vasil believes his smart two year old Under The Louvre will make it to the top grade as he attempts to make it a hat trick of wins at Flemington tomorrow.
The Excellent Art colt can keep his unbeaten record intact if he can win the $80,000 Riverdale Inglis Bonus Plate (1400m) and make it three wins from three starts.
Under The Louvre won on debut over 975m at Swan Hill in June then reproduced that winning performance at Caulfield on July 3 to score over 1200m.
Vasil doesn’t rate him as highly as his Caulfield Guineas aspirant Prince Harada at this stage of his career but will get a better guide tomorrow as he steps him up 1400m.
“He’s obviously a very handy young horse and we should get an idea on Saturday of what we can expect later on,” Vasil said.
Under The Louvre will once again be ridden Jack Hill who is also looking for a hat trick on the colt and has established a high opinion of the youngster from his wins at Swan Hill and Caulfield.
“He is definitely above average and will definitely be a better horse after a break,” Hill said.
“I think he will make a nice miler when he matures, the 1400m will suit him down to the ground and hopefully he gets a good run from the gate and can put them away again.”
Hill maintains that there is still plenty of natural improvement in Under The Louvre and he is only going to get better with time.
“At his first start he raced away and was very green but he did it easily,” Hill said.
“Last start he did a few things wrong again but was still able to win pretty easy.”
“I think he can measure up and pick up a nice race.”
Under The Louvre has been posted the early $4.80 favourite in front of Worth A Ransom ($6) with Glen Boss aboard.
The Mick Price trained Worth A Ransom is also looking to keep his winning record unblemished after scoring a runaway five and half lengths win in a 1200m Echuca maiden on July 8.
Peter Moody’s filly Mystical Miss is also high up in the betting at $6.50 after winning a 1300m two year old at Morphettville Parks on June 22.