Above: Ilovemyself winning the Listed Festival Stakes (1000m) at Flemington

Greg Eurell’s spring stocks have taken a hit following news that emerging colt Ilovemyself has been sold to Hong Kong interests.

The son of Ilovethiscity burst onto the scene with a debut win in the Listed Festival Stakes (1000m) at Flemington in February before encountering a wet track when a beaten favourite in the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) in Sydney.

A disappointed Eurell confirmed the sale on Tuesday and said the pain was compounded by his belief that the rising three-year-old could have stamped himself as a Group 1 star during the spring.

“It’s very disappointing because I thought he was a really promising horse,” Eurell said.

“When he first won at Flemington we had a lot of interest in him but Neville (Murdoch, owner) deflected most of that.

“After Sydney he went to the paddock and we had no interest in him at all but then he came back into work and for whatever reason, it just started to generate again.

“Understandably, the offer was too good to refuse.

“He’d been back in work for six and seven weeks and he was going terrific.

“He’d grown and developed and he was just an outstanding-looking individual.”

It is understood the galloper will join the stable of Casper Fownes when he arrives in Hong Kong.

Eurell is hoping another of his Ilovethiscity two-year-olds, unbeaten gelding Ilovethegame, can ease the pain somewhat when he tackles the $110,000 2YO Sprint Series Final at Flemington (1200m) on Saturday.

While he admitted the youngster wasn’t quite at the same level as his former stablemate, Eurell is optimistic Ilovethegame can win on Saturday.

“I’m really happy with his horse, he came out of his first start fantastic and he certainly derived a lot of benefit from it,” he said.

“He’s just generally a really nice horse this bloke.

“I’m sure on Saturday that he’ll run well but I think he might have some big shoes to fill.”

Article courtesy of Racing.com