Four Year Old’s Got the Winning Habit

Mark down Cambridge four-year-old Addictive Habit as a horse to follow with confidence in the coming months.

The four-year-old has come back well from an injury and a major winter handicap now looks within his range.

He had finished runner-up in both the Gr.2 Great Northern Guineas and the Gr.2 Championship Stakes before he was sidelined last season after an unplaced run in the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby.

“He got hurt and that was probably a blessing in disguise, although you never want anything to go wrong with a tendon, and it’s given him the time to mature,” trainer Lee Somervell said. “I’m so lucky to have a horse with his ability and we could even go to Australia with him as a five-year-old.”

Addictive Habit proved the top grade held no fears for him last Saturday when he raced away to beat the open milers.

“It’s taken the pressure off for the Kiwifruit Cup (June 21) and he should get in the field now,” Somervell said. “He might have another run, even if it’s a trial somewhere, and his fitness will get him through the really heavy ground.”

Out of a half-sister to the charismatic Rough Habit, Addictive Habit loped along in fourth spot and one off the fence before he strode to the front 300 metres from home and quickly put his rivals to the sword.

“It was a brilliant ride by Matty (Cameron) and I said to him this horse is working more and more like a stayer and to get him right in the race,” Somervell said.

Addictive Habit had four lengths on Danza Lad at the post with the stablemates Old Drumble and Wanabefamous next home.

“He was off the scene for a bit and he’s come back and been nothing but impressive,” Cameron said. “He proved way too good for them and he’s quite a big, strong horse and you’ve got to bully him a bit.”