Another Group One chance for pair

Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell and former South African jockey Jason Jago may get a further quick opportunity at Group One success.

The pair were denied a Group One win at Te Aroha last Saturday when their charge Fleur de Lune was outbobbed by Say No  More in the $200,000 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.

Somervell was trying for his first Group One win and victory would have completed a clean sweep on the day for Jago, who was successful on his other two rides, Anna Maria and Goldminer.

Somervell is toying with the idea of backing Fleur de Lune up in the Group I $200,000 Land Pride Easter Handicap at Ellerslie on Saturday.

“I hadn’t thought past the Te Aroha race as she had been set for it,” said Somervell. “It’s a pity we didn’t win, but she was so brave. The beauty of it is that she seems to have come through it well.

“She’s pulled up well and provided she eats up well over the next few days there’s a chance she could run in the Easter. I might nominate her for it and see what happens.”

If Fleur de Lune does miss the Easter she will be saved for the Group II Travis Stakes at Te Rapa later in the month. “It’s 2000 metres, but that shouldn’t worry her,” said Somervell.

Jago was obviously disappointed at not landing the Group One win on Fleur de Lune last weekend, but he was so proud of the mare.

“She showed so much heart,” said Jago. “I thought she had her head down right on the line and we might have got there, but it wasn’t to be. It was still a great day for me with two wins and to win a Group One would have been a bonus.”

Jago’s first winner, Anna Maria, is prepared at Cambridge by Tim and Margaret Carter, and Goldminer is also a Cambridge-trained horse, being part of Shaune Ritchie’s team.