Howmuchdoyouloveme Tops 2013 Healy Stakes Nominations

Robust sprinter Howmuchdoyouloveme will be out to continue his Queensland success in the Group 3 2013 Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Howmuchdoyouloveme is one of 22 horses entered for the Healy Stakes. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The four-year-old is one of 22 horses nominated for the $175,000 sprint and will chase a second straight victory after scoring a thumping two-length win in the Lightning Handicap last Saturday week.

Howmuchdoyouloveme is unbeaten in the sunshine state, having recorded two wins at last year’s winter carnival.

A quality mix of locals and southern raiders have been nominated for the Healy, with Adelaide gelding Conservatorium a chance of backing up seven days after his Eye Liner Stakes win at Ipswich.

The Garry Kennewell-trained sprinter broke through for his first win since October 2011 in the Eye Liner after impressive runner-up finishes in the Group 1 Goodwood and the Group 2 QTC Cup.

Darley trainer Peter Snowden is set to have two runners, with both Skytrain and Rarefied expected to step out. But both will have to show dramatic form turnarounds in order to be successful, having produced disappointing unplaced efforts at their most recent outings.

Also with multiple entrants is Queensland’s leading trainer Robert Heathcote who will be hoping one of Gundy Son, Griffon or Funtantes can score success for the stable.

On face value Griffon looks to be the best of the Eagle Farm trainer’s chances after three strong runs this campaign including a narrow last-start third in the QTC Cup.

Another galloper representing the local charge is Sunshine Coast gelding River Lad who won this race last year.

Other horses nominated for the Healy Stakes include Kelso Wood-trained gelding Benny’s Buttons, New Zealand mare Petty Cury and Chris Waller’s Riva De Lago.

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WJ Healy Stakes 2013 – Nominations

Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood 92
2 BORDER REBEL Sue Grills 98
4 DELAGO BOLT James Lyons 96
5 DIAMOND EARTH Anthony Cummings 84
7 FUNTANTES Robert Heathcote 100
8 G’DAY OLD MATE Barry Squair 86
9 GRIFFON Robert Heathcote 96
10 GUNDY SON Robert Heathcote 97
11 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Tina Cotsiopoulos 107
12 LIESELE Liam Birchley 92
13 LIGHTFEET LADY Stuart Kendrick 79
14 MAHISARA Paul Messara 98
15 PETTY CURY Don Sellwood 93
16 RAREFIED Peter Snowden
17 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller 102
18 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall 103
19 ROYAL BENDER Darren Weir
20 SHAFEEQ Desleigh Forster 92
21 SKYTRAIN Peter Snowden
22 THE JACKAL Kane St Vincent 90