Somervell in the winning groove again

Dainty Rose (Shaun McKay) breaking the drought for Lee Somervell at Pukekohe last Sunday.

Dainty Rose (Shaun McKay) breaking the drought for Lee Somervell at Pukekohe last Sunday.

Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell is back in the winning groove and hoping it can continue at Hastings on Saturday.

Somervell has won with his last two runners, Dainty Rose and Impulsive Habit, and after landing that double within four days he will be shooting for more success with One Prize One Goal and Silhouette Noir at the Hawke Bay meeting.

“My brother Revel reminded me last week that I hadn’t trained a winner since November 20 so I better get a move on,” said Somervell. “It was good to get the win with Dainty Rose then the one with Impulsive Habit.

“These things come in cycles so I hope it can continue on Saturday. I’m going down with two good chances.

“I’ve got a lot of time for One Prize One Goal. It’ll be his first trip away but he’s got heaps of ability.

“Silhouette Noir is a good chance, too. She likes left-handed tracks.”

One Prize One Goal, a three-year-old son of Ekraar, was a trials winner at Matamata before an unlucky third on debut behind two smart types, Elusive Meteor and Andando, at Te Rapa. He then filled the same placing behind the Todd Mitchell-trained My Pride And Joy at Pukekohe.

Silhouette Noir fought well for third behind Astrid and the smart Go Nicholas at Te Rapa last month and will be chasing her eighth win. Her most recent success was last July at Te Rapa.

Both One Prize One Goal and Silhouette Noir will be ridden by Matamata apprentice Shaun McKay, who rode both horses in their last starts and was responsible for breaking Somervell’s drought when successful on stablemate Dainty Rose at Pukekohe last Sunday.

“He (McKay) is a good young rider and I’m happy to have him on,” said Somervell. “Dainty Rose deserved to win at Pukekohe and he rode her well.”

Bred by John O’Flaherty and raced by him and his partner, Jan McGiven, Dainty Rose was having her seventh start when she cleared maiden ranks. Her lead-up form included a second at Te Aroha.

McKay pushed her along in the early stages at Pukekohe and gave her a good run in the trail before urging her through to lead with 400 metres to run. Dainty Rose then kicked on strongly to win by a half-length from The Rebel Knight with Zanyetta an unlucky third.

Impulsive Habit (Sam Spratt) scoring a dominant win at Rotorua yesterday.

Impulsive Habit (Sam Spratt) scoring a dominant win at Rotorua yesterday.

Buoyed by Dainty Rose’s win, Somervell was quietly confident Impulsive Habit would win at Rotorua yesterday and relieved when he prevailed by three lengths.

“I just wanted to get him out of maidens,” said Somervell. “He was actually ready to go at Matamata, but of course they pulled the pin on that meeting.

“He’s shown heaps of ability but he’s had a few attitude problems. He’s come right and I’d like to go to the Hastings carnival (next spring) with him.”

Impulsive Habit was a late pick-up ride for Sam Spratt yesterday after Maija Vance suffered a badly dislocated shoulder when her mount suffered a heart attack during last Tuesday’s Avondale trials.

Spratt had past experience on Impulsive Habit, having finished third on him in his second start, in the Listed Courtesy Ford Ryder Stakes at Otaki last July. She was also aboard in his first two three-year-old starts, including the Gr.2 Sacred Falls Hawke’s Bay Guineas.

Impulsive Habit was given a spell after failing to come up last spring and Somervell reproduced him for a third at the Cambridge trials in February before he resumed raceday when fifth at Matamata last month. “It was a bit too short first start back and he went okay,” said Somervell.

Yesterday Impulsive Habit won like a horse destined for more success, especially with easing of the ground.

Spratt was happy to sit back and wide on the son of Echoes Of Heaven and had him sixth nearing the home turn. Sticking to the extreme outside, Impulsive Habit ploughed through the heavy11 footing to win by three lengths.

Somervell shares in the group racing Impulsive Habit, who hails from Isabel Roddick’s successful family which includes the mighty Rough Habit and the Somervell-trained Group One winner Addictive Habit.

Addictive Habit is progressing well after a long layoff recovering from injury and will trial next week at Te Awamutu before heading to Queensland, where he has already enjoyed success.