Top Day At Te Rapa For Somerville

Lee Somervell has Group One ambitions for Addictive Habit after an almost perfect day for the Cambridge trainer at Te Rapa.

On Saturday, he also produced the impressive juvenile winner Amun Ra while Kentucky Son finished runner-up in his event.

“To get two winners and a second and for Addictive Habit to win the tribute race for Ada Parnwell has been terrific,” he said.

Somervell, who enjoyed a close association with the late Cambridge racing identity for many years, will now stick to his plan to give Addictive Habit a break.

“I’ll freshen him up and have a go at the Hastings carnival,” he said. “We’ll nominate for all three of the Group Ones – he’s getting better all the time.

“At this stage of his development I think Addictive Habit is a better miler than over a middle distance, but in time he might even get two miles.”

The Colombia gelding was given a dream run by Matt Cameron and they cleared out in the run home to win by three and a-quarter lengths.

Somervell has held Amun Ra in the highest regard for some time and his faith in the chestnut colt was vindicated in outstanding fashion.

The youngster had his rivals chasing a memory in the straight when he bounded clear to score by four and three-quarter lengths.

“He was awesome and he’ll have a short break now,” Somervell said. “I think he’s going to be a top three-year-old, it’s very exciting.”

Meanwhile, former champion Hong Kong apprentice Marco Chui has opened his New Zealand account.

In his ninth raceday ride here, the 28-year-old was successful on Saturday aboard Sky Idea at Te Rapa.

Chui rewarded his major supporters Tim and Margaret Carter, who prepare the Fastnet Rock gelding, with a strong ride to earn the thick end of the Rating 65 stake.