Amun Ra Hits Right Note For Sommerville

Family involvement in Amun Ra has made the colt’s early and unexpected success even more satisfying for trainer Lee Somervell.

“On pedigree you wouldn’t have thought he would make a two-year-old, but he’s just gone from strength to strength,” he said. “He can only get better and he has got a serious future.

“My sons Kurt and Phillip have got a quarter share between them so that’s been great for all of us. Phillip has been in the rock band The Datsuns for many years and travelled the world with them and he was there to see the horse win.”

Amun Ra opened his account and credited his sire Ustinov with his first two-year-old winner when he coasted to an impressive victory earlier this month at Te Rapa.

“He’s having two weeks off and I’m pleased we didn’t go for the Ryder Stakes,” Somervell said.

“The track wouldn’t have suited him as he’s a big-striding horse. We’ll be targeting the Guineas races with him. We’ll have a look at Wanganui and longer-term Christchurch.

“There was quite a bit of interest in him from Hong Kong and I’m quite happy that didn’t eventuate.

“He’s got a slightly offset front leg, but that certainly doesn’t affect him when he’s galloping.”

Somervell has enjoyed his best ever season with 13 winners from a small team with Addictive Habit contributing three to that tally.

“He’s really thrived since his last win (at Te Rapa) and he’ll head toward Hastings,” he said.

“Track conditions will be important and we’re looking at the first two (the Makfi Challenge Stakes and Windsor Park Plate) and the 2000 metres of the last one (Spring Classic) wouldn’t be a problem either.”