Talented sprinter Howmuchdoyouloveme is set to return to the races in the 2014 Canterbury Classic (1100m) after being included in the nominations for the Listed event that will be held at Canterbury on Friday.
Howmuchdoyouloveme missed the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and has not been seen at the races since he finished fifth behind veteran gelding Youthful Jack in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton on July 10.
The Written Tycoon gelding started his autumn campaign with a third place finish in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Warwick Farm on March 16, but failed to fire in either the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 30 or the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick on April 13.
Howmuchdoyouloveme returned to his best form with an impressive win in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival before recording a tough on-pace victory while carrying the top-weight of 60kg in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on June 22.
Another sprinter set to return to the races after a stint in the spelling paddock is Queensland-based Adebisi, who failed to fire during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne.
Adebisi started his spring campaign in the Ramornie Handicap, finishing ninth, and carried a heavy weight of 60.5 kilograms when a credible third in the Uniform Management Services Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on August 10.
The Shovhog gelding did not handle the tight-turning Moonee Valley circuit when he finished tenth behind Broken in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on August 24 and finished a distant tenth behind Speediness in the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington on September 7 before finishing his campaign with another poor effort in the GOA Billboards Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm on September 28.
Gai Waterhouse-trained Sookie produced two impressive performances in barrier trials at Royal Randwick on December 16 and January 3 and is set to have his first start for his new stable in the Canterbury Classic.
Sookie was previously owned by Patinack Farm and prepared by John Thompson; with the four-year-old breaking through for his maiden win at Group level with an impressive victory in the Group 3 Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) during the 2013 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Other horses included in the 2014 Canterbury Classic nominations include last-start winner Caprossa, Darley gelding Knoydart, the resuming Lilliburlero, veteran mare Pentasia, Chris Waller-trained Snitzem and the consistent Tahitian Black.
The full 2014 Canterbury Classic field will be released on Wednesday and the betting market will open at Ladbrokes.com.au shortly afterwards.
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2014 Canterbury Classic Nominations
|2||CAPROSSA||Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones||80|
|9||TAHITIAN BLACK||David Pfieffer||83|