Somervell counting down days to Concorde

Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell is getting excited over Fleur de Lune’s chances of recapturing her best form in the Gr. 3 $70,000 The Aussie Butcher Concorde Handicap at Ellerslie on Saturday.

“She’s got in at 57 and a half kilos and that is her limit,” said Somervell. “No disrespect to the other runners, but the field isn’t as strong as I thought it would be and we’ve had a bit of rain which help her chances.

“When I first put her in the field I was unsure how it would work out, but each day I’m getting a bit more confident. I’m really looking forward to seeing her go round.”

Fleur de Lune has been off the winner’s list since taking the Gr. 1 Sistema Railway Stakes on the Ellerslie track on New Year’s Day. In the meantime she has had 10 starts for two placings, the first being when third behind Diademe and Final Touch in the Gr. 3 Westbury Classic, also at Ellerslie, last March.

Fleur de Lune’s other placing was a second to Lady Kipling two starts ago at Tauranga over 1300 metres and that form stacked up well with Lady Kipling going on to win again last start.

Fleur de Lune’s most recent run was also at Tauranga when finishing sixth behind I Do, who will contest the Gr. 1 Rydges Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham on Saturday.

“Nothing went right for her last time,” said Somervell. “She drew out and was caught three-wide, but she came through it well.”

Jason Jago will be back in the saddle on Saturday and provided Fleur de Lune shapes up well she will head back to Ellerslie to defend her Sistema Railway Stakes crown.

“It’s a lovely time frame between this race and the first of January,” said Somervell. “Her work has been good and she’s having a couple of days on the water-walker at Russell and Robyn Rogers’ place, like she usually does before a race.”