Nick Hall will be the new rider on Stradbroke Handicap winner Under The Louvre when he resumes in the Group 3 $150,000 The Resimax Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Dwayne Dunn rode the Robert Smerdon trained Under The Louvre when he scored a narrow win over Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 $1.5m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11.
Smerdon said that the uncertainty of when Under The Louvre was going to return to the races was the reason Dunn was unable to be re-united with the six year old this weekend.
“We’ve also had another jockey change as well because I hadn’t decided what path we’d go,” Smerdon said.
“I spoke to Dwayne Dunn’s manager and said I wouldn’t know until the weekend and he had other options so he took another ride rather than miss out.”
Dunn will be on the Lee and Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane who has drawn barrier six in the thirteen horse field.
Hall is no stranger to Under The Louvre and from seven rides on the sprinter has recorded two wins, three seconds and two thirds and will know where to settle him back in the field from the barrier eleven.
While Under The Louvre hasn’t won over the 1100m at Caulfield, but he did run second in the 2015 Group 1 $400,000 Oakleigh Plate over the same course and distance.
Sydney trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have elected to bring the speedy Redzel to take on the Stradbroke Handicap winner in The Resimax Stakes.
Redzel resumed from a spell on July 23 and produced a great display of speed in leading all of the way to win the $85,000 July Sprint (1100m) at Canterbury.
The outside barrier shouldn’t affect Redzel and Mark Zahra will be able to use the gelding’s electric gate speed to cross the field and find the fence in the early stages.
The Darren Weir trained Diamond Oasis is another who likes to race on the pace and will jump from barrier seven with apprentice Michael Dee to ride.
Damien Oliver has taken the ride on stablemate Hellbent (barrier 9) who is stepping up to Group 3 level after resuming with a mid week win in a 1000m BenchMark 78 Handicap at Sandown on August 10.
The Lindsay Park team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig will saddle up their smart mare Miss Promiscuity who will jump from gate four with Damian Lane in the saddle.
Early market order for The Resimax Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $3.80 Under The Louvre, $5.50 Hellbent, Redzel, $8 Santa Ana Lane, Miss Promiscuity, $9.50 Sghiraz, $11 We’ve Got This, $18 Diamond Oasis, $21 Dan Zephyr, $26 Trevinder, $81 Sunday Escape, Truculent, $101 Jersey Whistler.