Injury rules Habit out of Doncaster

Addictive Habit (Sam Spratt) outfinishing Ringo (right) in the 2015 Gr. 2 Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton. (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

Addictive Habit (Sam Spratt) outfinishing Ringo (right) in the 2015 Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton. (Photo: Trish Dunell/NZ Racing Desk).

The Doncaster dream with Addictive Habit is over with an injury putting the Group One winner until next season.

“He’s got a slight tendon tear, he did it playing in his paddock,” said trainer Lee Somervell. “Our huge plans have been shot down and he’s going to need at least six months off.”

Addictive Habit was to have run in the open handicap at Te Rapa today as a lead-in to the $A3 million Gr. 1 Doncaster Handicap at Randwick on April 2.

“It was obviously going to be a huge challenge in Sydney and I will be irritated if it turns out to be a wet track,” said Somervell. “That was what we were going to be hoping for.

“It’s been a big blow, but we’ve still got a horse who hasn’t been over-raced and the prognosis is good.

“In a strange coincidence, Derek Nolan was going to ride Addictive Habit at Te Rapa and he came off a young horse and broke his foot so he couldn’t have ridden him.”

Addictive Habit won the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic in the spring before he successfully defended his Gr. 2 Coupland’s Bakeries title to boost his stake earnings beyond $750,000.

In his absence, Somervell will be looking to Celebrity Miss to lead the stable’s autumn charge.

“She’s coming up really well heading into the Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha,” said Somervell. “She’ll trial at Matamata on Tuesday.”

Celebrity Miss finished third behind her stablemate in the Livamol Classic and won the Listed Jakkalberry Classic in her next appearance. She hasn’t raced since she was unplaced in the Gr. 3 City of Auckland Cup on New Year’s Day.

— NZ Racing Desk