cost just $5,000 as a yearling and has won five of six starts including the
Group II MRC Caulfield Sprint, so we'd say his owners love him an awful lot and
so will punters if Howmuchdoyouloveme can win the big sprint double at
Flemington starting with the Group II VRC Yellowglen Stakes this Saturday.
Howmuchdoyouloveme was timed to win his first Flemington hit-out at this morning in 45.35 seconds for the 800 metres with the final 200 metres carved out in a blistering 10.58 seconds.
Watch the gallop here.
Shortly after the gallop jockey Brenton Avdulla told trainer Con Karakatsanis, "He was in second gear, I was swinging off him."
Punters have rallied to Howmuchdoyouloveme(pictured Racepix Vic) , who has been heavily backed to win this Saturday and has replaced last Friday night's Group I Manikato Stakes winner Sea Siren at the top of betting for the $1 million Group I VRC Patinack Farm Classic weight-for-age sprint over 1200 metres on Saturday week.
Howmuchdoyouloveme is the epitome of a saleyard gift, snaffled by his trainer for paltry $5,000 from the 2009 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the Red Gums Stud draft.
Already he has won five of six starts and more than $316,000 in prizemoney with the promise of more to come this spring and beyond.
Howmuchdoyouloveme is the first stakes-winner for unraced Betula Belle, who is by Celtic Swing (GB), a sire best known for giving us champion sprinter Takeover Target, who launched his stakes career with a win in the Listed Ramornie Handicap at Grafton, which was also won coincidentally by Howmuchdoyouloveme earlier this year.
The family is sparse of Black Type until you get back to the fourth dam Goofed, whose many notable descendants include the likes of former leading international sire Lyphard and champion Australian filly Magical Miss.
Betula Belle has not had a foal since Howmuchdoyouloveme and has been officially dropped from the studbook as of August this year despite being covered again by Written Tycoon last spring.
Howmuchdoyouloveme is the second stakes-winner for Eliza Park based Written Tycoon, who was standing in Victoria, but was sent to the new Queensland division of Eliza Park for the current breeding season and stands at a fee of $15,400.
Eliza Park is also responsible for the sires of champion sprinters Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) and Hay List (Statue of Liberty (USA), so if you believe things go in threes… Howmuchdoyouloveme !