Tough Love wins Lightning Stakes

Howmuchdoyouloveme got his career back on track with a third black-type victory in the LR Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

A flag-bearer for Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon, he has a 50% winning strike-rate in 12 starts and has banked over $426,000.  “He had plenty of weight but was pretty well placed,” jockey Brenton Avdulla said on Stradbroke day.  “He’s been racing in Group 1 sprints and there were no Black Caviars here.  It’s onwards and upwards from now on.”

Howmuchdoyouloveme (4g Written Tycoon – Betula Belle by Celtic Swing) started his career in style at Randwick in September 2011.  Sent for a spell through the summer and autumn months, he paid his dues with progressive wins at Doomben and Eagle Farm during Brisbane’s 2012 winter carnival.

Returning to Sydney, he detoured via Grafton to dominate the time-honoured LR Ramornie Stakes (1200m).  “From day one I’ve loved this horse and I wanted to show people how good he is,” Avdulla said after putting four panels on their rivals.  “I switched him off with 100 metres to go.”

Howmuchdoyouloveme continued his interstate travels with an away win in the Caulfield Sprint (1100m).  “It was a pretty tough task to go straight into a Group 2 at the spring carnival,” Avdulla said in Melbourne.  “He’s absolutely bombproof.”

The Lightning Stakes was the first-leg of what connections hope will be a feature double in Brisbane.  His next assignment is the G3 Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 22.

Written Tycoon was Australia’s Champion first-season sire in 2010-11 and Woodside Park will stand him for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee this year.  His Victorian based two year-old Written Up was a brilliant winner on debut at Bendigo in May and he was back in action with a tip-top second in the $130,000 Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill on Friday.

Written Tycoon will head the new-look Woodside Park roster alongside Elzaam (Redoute’s Choice) who is priced at $10,000 (inc gst).

– Karl Patterson