Doncaster also on Somervell’s mind

Addictive Habit providing trainer Lee Somervell with success in the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings last October.

Addictive Habit providing trainer Lee Somervell with success in the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic at Hastings last October.

A trial at Rotorua tomorrow won’t be the only think on Lee Somervell’s mind with his stable star Addictive Habit.

Addictive Habit will make his first public appearance since finishing unplaced in the Gr. 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile at Trentham on January 23 when he contests an open 1230-metre heat with Trudy Thornton in the saddle.

Winner of the last two editions of the Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile as well as the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic, Addictive Habit holds a nomination for the Gr. 1 $A3 million The Star Doncaster Mile at Randwick on April 2.

“I know we’re shooting the stars but we’re pressing ahead and making the second payment for the Doncaster tomorrow,” said the Cambridge trainer.

“Actually it was Murray Baker who talked me into nominating him for the Doncaster. He reminded me how many years they’ve struck a wet track in Sydney and that would play into Addictive Habit’s favour. The second payment could also see some of them drop out. “

Addictive Habit is weighted at just 52kg for the Doncaster Mile and is currently 43rd in order of entry.

Somervell was hoping to see more rivals for Addictive Habit in tomorrow’s trial than four to enable him to have a strong hit-out.

“He’s had three weeks out and I was going to leave him out six weeks but he put on 30kg in that time,” said Somervell. “He does seem to thrive on a three-week break.

“He will have this trial then maybe another one at Matamata later in the month. If we don’t get to the Doncaster there’s also the Easter at Ellerslie to consider, but I’ve just got to watch him with his weight over here. He’s right at the top of the handicap and we can’t afford to get any more weight if he’s going to have a crack at the Easter.”

Somervell also reports his talented mare Celebrity Miss is coming to hand nicely.

“She was out six weeks and is thriving,” he said. “Her main aim is the Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Te Aroha.”

Celebrity Miss finished third behind Addictive Habit in the Livamol Classic and includes a win in the Listed Jakkalberry Classic in her efforts this season.