2013 Healy Stakes Field Features Howmuchdoyouloveme

Powerful front-runner Howmuchdoyouloveme will be out to keep an unbeaten Queensland alive when he jumps from barrier 13 in the Group 3 2013 Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Howmuchdoyouloveme heads the Healy Stakes field. Photo: Daniel Costello.

The four-year-old is one of 13 horses set to line up in the $175,000 sprint and he heads there in good form.

Howmuchdoyouloveme reaffirmed his love for the sunshine state on June 8 when he thundered home to win the Lightning Handicap by two lengths at Eagle Farm.

The Written Tycoon gelding is unbeaten in Queensland, having also won two races in Brisbane last winter.

Among those Howmuchdoyouloveme will have to overcome this weekend are a trio of gallopers from the stable of Queensland’s leading trainer Robert Heathcote.

Heathcote has accepted with Funtantes, Gundy Son and Griffon. Of the three, Griffon probably has the best lead-up form, having produced strong finishes to run in the top four in three starts this winter.

Another horse who will be out to turn solid performances into victory this weekend is Chris Waller’s sprinter Riva De Lago. The five-year-old has run second in his past three outings including the Group 2 Ajax Stakes and the Listed Luskin Star Stakes.

Deagon trainer James Lyons will be hoping Lightning Handicap runner-up De Lago Bolt can continue his good run of form, with the Lightning result preceded by a win at Doomben in late April.

Sunshine Coast sprinter River Lad returns to defend his Healy Stakes title but will have to bounce back from a sixth-place finish in the Lightning.

Other runners of note include New Zealand mare Petty Cury and Darley-owned gelding Skytrain.

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WJ Healy Stakes 2013 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 1x185x3071 HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME Tina Cotsiopoulos Nash Rawiller 13 60kg 107
2 4×63121927 SKYTRAIN Peter Snowden TBA 3 58.5kg 104
3 327×411326 RIVER LAD Natalie Mccall Eddie Wilkinson 8 58kg 103
4 6×23511222 RIVA DE LAGO Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 11 57.5kg 102
5 6826214×52 GUNDY SON Robert Heathcote Ryan Wiggins 2 55kg 97
6 74x1318x12 DELAGO BOLT James Lyons Anthony Allen (a) 5 54.5kg 96
7 x123819418 FUNTANTES Robert Heathcote Glen Colless 6 54.5kg 100
8 10x136x443 GRIFFON Robert Heathcote Peter Robl 12 54.5kg 96
9 19x1111x49 PETTY CURY Don Sellwood Ric McMahon 4 54kg 93
10 x807323x10 BENNY’S BUTTONS Kelso Wood Michael Cahill 7 54kg 92
11 111x80x030 LIESELE Liam Birchley Chris Munce 1 54kg 92
12 29350×0912 ROYAL BENDER Darren Weir TBA 10 54kg 92
13 71351x718x SHAFEEQ Desleigh Forster Jason Collett 9 54kg 92