Combo hoping luck continues

The Cambridge trainer – jockey partnership of Lee Somervell and Jason Jago will be hoping their success with Kentucky Son at Matamata today is a sign of more success to come at Hastings on Saturday.

Kentucky Son, a son of the under-rated sire Civics, capped two placings from as many starts when showing plenty of fight to win the Jimmy Choux @ Rich Hill 1200.

He looked like having to settle for second at best when Apatchee Taat swept up wide out to head him early in the run home, but rather than yield, he pinned his ears back and fought off the challenger.
Kentucky Son then easily withstood late bids from Crystalight and Flying Fantasy to record a convincing win.

“He’s such a neat horse and he’s got a lovely temperament,” said Somervell. “He’s shown heaps and should be even better on firmer ground. I think he’s good enough to have a go at the Hawke’s Bay Guineas. I’ll get a better guide after his next run.”

Kentucky Son is raced by breeder Ada Parnwell in partnership with a group of colleagues at RD1. “I think it’s the first winner for most of the RD1 crew,” said Somervell. “And I’d say there’s more in store.”

Kentucky Son had to overcome the second-outside barrier draw to win the 1200-metre event and Somervell’s stable star, Fleur de Lune, has fared even worse in her Hastings mission on Saturday, the Gr.1 Makfi Challenge Stakes. She has drawn the complete outside of the 20 acceptors, including four ballots.

“It’s going to make it very tough for her, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Somervell. “She’s very well and we’ve just got to hope for a bit of luck.”

Fleur de Lune had no luck fresh-up when attempting to defend her Foxbridge Plate crown. After being tardy away, she got back in the field and never stood a chance.

But there is no doubting Fleur de Lune’s ability, as she showed when winning the Gr.1 Sistema Railway Handicap at Ellerslie last New Year’s Day.

Somervell has fared better with last-start winner Kapsboy at Hastings. The half-brother to Fleur de Lune has drawn barrier two in the final event.