Dilemma for Jago

Cambridge jockey Jason Jago faced an unenviable task leading up to this weekend’s racing.

Jago, who is enjoying a good run of success, had to firstly choose between riding at either Te Rapa or Otaki and, after deciding on the latter venue, he then had to separate the rides on two leading chances in the Listed Brancott Estate Ryder Stakes at the Levin Racing Club’s meeting.

Jago passed up the mount on one of his regular rides, New Moon, in the Listed $80,000 Hibiscus Painters Taumarunui Gold Cup, to be at Otaki where he had to choose between the Lee Somervell-trained stablemates Kapsboy and Addictive Habit in the Ryder Stakes.

He has been aboard Kapsboy in each of his three public appearances for a trials third, a trials win then a stylish raceday debut victory at Rotorua last month. And though he didn’t ride Addictive Habit in either of his two trials starts he was in the saddle when the horse made a winning debut at Tauranga recently.

“I could have had a few good rides at Te Rapa, but made my mind up to go to Otaki and it was a difficult choice in the Ryder,” said Jago. “Both horses have been working well and in the end I just knew I had to stay with Kapsboy. Ada (part-owner Ada Parnwell) and the Duncans (the other owners) have been good to me and I want to be loyal to them.”

But Jago says loyalty was only part of the reason he has opted to stick with Kapsboy, leaving Hayden Tinsley to snap up the ride on Addictive Habit. He also has a very high opinion of the half-brother to Somervell’s top galloper Fleur de Lune, whom he has ridden to four wins and four Group One placings.

“I’ve always been impressed by Kapsboy,” said Jago. “I like both horses, but if you take a line through (Move Faster) the horse who ran second to Addictive Habit that same horse ran third to Kapsboy.”

Jago’s confidence with Kapsboy was dented slightly when the barrier draws came out for the Ryder Stakes with Kapsboy drawing barrier the outside (14) and Addictive Habit, eight.

“I wasn’t happy to see the draw,” said Jago. It’s hard from out there, especially for a young horse. He did show speed last time, but they look like they’ll be going hard from the start so it’s not going to be easy for him. We’ll find out how good he is.”

Meanwhile Jago believes New Moon can be a serious chance in the Taumarunui Cup, in which he will be ridden by Tasha Collett.

“He went a good race last time when he dropped back to a mile and the bit further is going to suit him,” said Jago.