Howmuchdoyouloveme Ready to Step Up at Caulfield

Howmuchdoyouloveme trainer Con Karakatsanis believes the rising sprinter’s bold, front-running style will be an asset when he kicks off his spring this Saturday in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m).

Howmuchdoyouloveme and Con Karakatsanis

Howmuchdoyouloveme begins his spring campaign in Saturday's Caulfield Sprint. Photo by: Daniel Costello

The lightly-raced gelding was last seen in July when he produced a dominant start-to-finish display to win the Listed Ramornie Handicap (1100m) Handicap at Grafton by four lengths.

“I think his big advantage is that being so big and quick he can grind horses into the ground,” Karakatsanis said.

“He makes things really difficult for his rivals and he still has a turn of foot on the back of a hot tempo.”

Karakatsanis admits the four-year-old, who was bought for just $5,000 as a yearling, is still an unknown proposition but said he is showing all the right signs that he is ready to make the rise in class.

“I don’t really know what to expect as he’s still untapped but he’s come back a lot more mature and he’s strengthened up quite a bit,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see how he goes against better competition but last preparation laid the foundation and everything he has shown at home suggests he is ready to make that step.

“He’s very big, very athletic and he’s strengthened up nicely since the last prep.”

The major spring goal for the son of Written Tycoon will be the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) on November 3 but Karakatsanis has not ruled out giving him a shot at Group 1 level in the Patinack Farm Classic (1200m).

“All going well we’ll head to the Salinger and if he goes well there we might look at backing up into the Patinack,” Karakatsanis said.

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