After tearing a muscle in their unplaced WJ Healy Stakes run last start, the Con Karakatsanis-trained Howmuchdoyouloveme has been sent to the paddock and ruled out of next week’s Ramornie Handicap 2014.
The Written Tycoon five-year-old was set to run in the $150,000 Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) next Wednesday, July 9, on the opening meeting of the two day Grafton Cup Carnival.
It would have been the sprinter’s third straight Ramornie run having won the race back in 2012 by a big four lengths before their luckless fifth to Youthful Jack 12 months ago.
That came on the back of a win in the Group 3 W.J. Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm, a race they could only manage to run six and a half lengths away ninth in behind Big Money this year on June 21.
Howmuchdoyouloveme was up on the speed early and settled into second, chasing them a long way out with a hefty 60kg top weight.
They weakened late and were injured during the run forcing the now Warwick Farm-based Karakatsanis to spell them earlier than planned.
While the injuries are not career threatening they will see them miss Grafton’s major sprint feature and not return until late in the spring.
“He got hurt in the Healy, he has a few torn muscles in his hindquarters, nothing too serious but enough for us not to press on to the Ramornie,” Karakatsanis told TVN.
“He will spend the winter in the paddock and we should still be able to get him up for some races late in the spring in Melbourne.”
WJ Healy Stakes winner Big Money, prepared in Scone by Rodney Northam, meanwhile is the expected headliner when the Ramornie Handicap 2014 nominations, along with those for Thursday week’s $150,000 Listed Grafton Cup (2350m), close tomorrow.
Adding some Sydney flare to the country sprint will be top hoop Tye Angland making the trip to Grafton to ride the Jarrod Austin-trained Territory.
The Lonhro six-year-old is third-up for the winter and is out to improve on their last start seventh to Oakfield Commands in the Winter Dash (1200m) at Randwick on June 21.
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