Caulfield Sprint Winner Howmuchdoyouloveme Books 2012 Patinack Farm Classic Bid

Con Karakatsanis’ exciting sprinter Howmuchdoyoulove me took out the 2012 Caulfield Sprint this afternoon booking themselves a spot in some of the upcoming Group 1 sprint features during the Melbourne Cup Carnival including the $1 million Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse on Emirates Stakes Day, Saturday November 11.


Howmuchdoyouloveme wins Caulfield Sprint and has booked a spot in the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic field

A bargain buy for just $5,000 at the 2010 William Inglis and Son 2010 Classic Yearling Sales, Written Tycoon gelding Howmuchdoyouloveme is now a dual stakes winner and a very promising prospect in Melbourne this spring.

The lightly-raced four-year-old was last seen running away to win the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) in Grafton by four lengths back in July, and while only about 85% fit today according to jockey Brenton Avdulla, they seemed to do it easy.

“It’s a big thrill to ride him,” Sydney-based Avdulla, who started his apprenticeship at Caulfield, said after the Caulfield Sprint 2012 win.

“I’ve been with him every step of the way.

“They (connections) were thinking of selling him, but I’m glad they kept him.

“I was a little bit worried today because he’s probably only about 85% fit.

“But he was just too strong.”

Jumping favourite for the $220,000 Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m), Howmuchdoyouloveme got away from the gates fairly and was able to find the front early with sufficient speed on.

The big galloper maintained that forward running position and lead-all-the-way controlling the race, walking around the corner and bouncing away to open it up over the final couple of hundred metres.

The chasers came for them on the straight but they had no chance of catching the winner, Howmuchdoyouloveme eventually finding the line two lengths clear of Stephen Brown’s Exceed And Excel six-year-old Canali, who tracked second throughout, with the now Bryan Dais-trained Latin News completing the trifecta a further long neck away in third.

Thrilled with the performance Karakatsanis, much like Avdulla, had a few concerns about how the favourite would handle resuming racing in this noted class rise but he had nothing to worry about in the end.

“I just knew it was a pretty tough ask to come up from Listed level to the spring carnival in a Group 2,” he said.

“He was first-up in 10 weeks and I knew he’s going to have a lot of improvement under his belt.”

Karakatsanis confirmed their next race would be in the $250,000 Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day, Saturday November 3, followed by a shot at the big time in the 2012 Patinack Farm Classic – a race dominated for the past two years by superstar mare Black Caviar.

“We’ll just see how he pulls up but at this stage he’ll go to the Salinger and if he goes well there he’ll back up in the Patinack,” he said.

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2012 Caulfield Sprint Results & Finishing Order

Caulfield Cup Day Race 6 – 20/10/2012

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Con Karakatsanis Brenton Avdulla 2 54.5kg $3.50F
2 4 CANALI Stephen Brown Luke Currie 2L 5 55kg $10
3 10 LATIN NEWS Bryan Dais Dwayne Dunn 2.4L 6 53.5kg $26
4 9 ALTAR Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.5L 7 53.5kg $5
5 5 CURTANA Peter G Moody Ben Melham 3.75L 8 55kg $16
6 6 FREERETURN Jason Warren Craig Newitt 3.85L 4 54.5kg $13
7 1 MID SUMMER MUSIC Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 4.35L 10 58.5kg $10
8 3 THANKGODYOU’REHERE Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Glen Boss 4.65L 3 57.5kg $7
9 2 GREEN BIRDIE (NZ) Tony Vasil Craig Williams 4.85L 11 58kg $14
10 11 STANZOUT Colin Davies Nicholas Hall 7.6L 1 53.5kg (cd 54kg) $101
11 8 METALLURGICAL John P Thompson Christian Reith 7.7L 9 53.5kg $20