Classy sprinter Howmuchdoyouloveme will carry the top-weight of 61kg when he returns to the races in the Listed Canterbury Classic (1100m) on Friday night.
Howmuchdoyouloveme has recorded seven wins from 14 starts during what has been, at times, a controversial racing career and has shown that he has the ability to carry big weights to race wins.
The Written Tycoon gelding carted 59.5kg from barrier 16 to win the Listed Lightning Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 last year and followed that up with a tough on-pace win with 60kg on his back in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at the same venue of June 22.
Howmuchdoyouloveme was allocated the top-weight of 60.5kg in the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) at Grafton on July 10, but that proved to be a bridge too far for the sprinter and he finished fifth behind Youthful Jack.
David Payne-trained Centennial Park will be returning to the races for the first time since his 2013 Spring Racing Carnival campaign and is chasing his first race win since he took out the Listed Super Saturday Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on March 9 during the 2013 Melbourne Festival Of Racing.
Centennial Park went closest to breaking through for a race win when he finished second behind Rain Drum in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 28, but failed to fire in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 12 and the Group 3 Tab.Com.Au Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day.
The majority of the 2014 Canterbury Classic final field will be returning to the races after a stint in the spelling paddock; with Queensland based- Adebisi, Marc Quinn-trained Pentasia and talented mare Sookie all set to start their 2014 Autumn Racing Carnival campaigns in the Listed event.
Darley gelding Knoydart will be returning to Listed level for the first time since he finished fourth in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) during the 2013 Melbourne Festival Of Racing following his narrow win in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1250m) at Canterbury on December 28 – his first race start since being gelded.
Rounding out the 2013 Canterbury Classic final field is David Pfieffer-trained Tahitian Black, who will be stepping up to Listed level for the first time since he finished eighth behind Title in the 2012 edition of the Mccarten Stakes (1100m).
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2014 Canterbury Classic Final Field And Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||85x307115x||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Jim Litt||Brenton Avdulla||4||61kg||108|
|2||66x595200x||CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)||David Payne||Nash Rawiller||3||56.5kg||99|
|3||150x93009x||ADEBISI||Desleigh Forster||Michael Cahill||6||56kg||98|
|4||2211x1539x||PENTASIA||Marc Quinn||Christian Reith||5||54kg||97|
|5||x72221x81x||SOOKIE||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||2||54kg||96|
|6||094×821422||TAHITIAN BLACK||David Pfieffer||Tim Clark||7||54kg||83|
|7||3x223130x1||KNOYDART||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||1||54kg||82|