Somervell gets holiday spending money

Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell heads off for a nine-day holiday in Fiji today after having a couple of perfect results at Te Rapa yesterday.

Kapsboy started the day brilliantly for Somervell when leading throughout to win the Taumarunui & Districts RSA Premier and no sooner had the three-year-old been hosed down than Somervell was watching Kapsboy’s older half-sister Fleur de Lune do an exhibition gallop.

“I couldn’t be happier with both horses,” said Somervell. “It was a real family affair with Kapsboy being a half-brother to Fleur de Lune. And my other runner on the day, Sir Amron, went a good race for sixth. He’s a dour stayer and needs it wetter.

“All round it was a good day – and thanks to Kapsboy we’ve got a bit more spending money for our holiday in Fiji.”

Fleur de Lune, winner of this year’s Gr.1 Sistema Railway Handicap at Ellerslie, is being set for another first-up run in the Gr.3 $70,000 Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate (wfa 1200m) at Te Rapa on August 17. She was second in the event in 2011 behind Fritzy Boy and turned the tables when winning last year while the subsequent Gr.1 winner Xanadu was third.

Fleur de Lune was ridden as usual by Jason Jago in the exhibition gallop and worked from the 1000 metres at three-quarter pace, quickening to run the final 600 metres in 35.

“We weren’t after time with her,” said Somervell. “It was top work and Jason said she hasn’t felt that well in her work for 12 months. Because of the easing of the ground, she was freer in her movement.”

Somervell plans to give her another exhibition gallop, at the Te Aroha races on August 9, to further her readiness for the Foxbridge Plate.

Kapsboy, a son of Ishiguru, has now won three of his 12 starts and been placed on five occasions, including a third in the Listed Brancott Estate Ryder Stakes 12 months ago. He beat the promising Cornelius and his Ryder Stakes conqueror Move Faster when winning at Tauranga last month then ran fourth to Mighty Matt at Awapuni.

“He just got buried in the mud at Palmerston North,” said Somervell. “He was really struggling in the ground, but he still ran fourth.”

Before yesterday’s race Somervell and Jago hatched a plan how to make the most of the opportunity on better ground than Kapsboy had struck at Awapuni.

“We spent quarter of an hour working out the tactics, trying to work out if anything was liable to take the pace and where he should race,” said Somervell. “We decided the best option was to go to the front and for Jason to try and give him a breather from the 1000 to the 800 metres then kick again. It worked out brilliantly.

“He’s a pretty good horse and he’s just got better with experience. He should go on with it.”