Fleur de Lune thriving

Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell is forced into giving Fleur de Lune another run before her main mission at Te Aroha on April 6.

Somervell had originally intended waiting for the Gr.1 Fiber Fresh NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, the Te Aroha fillies and mares 1600-metre event, but will now start his stable star in the Gr.2 $85,000 Windsor Park Stud Japan Trophy at Tauranga on Saturday.

“She’s so well, she’s almost leaping out of herself,” said Somervell. “She’s just done so well and I’ve not been able to get enough work into her on the track. There are the options of a trial or a gallop between races, but Saturday’s race will be better for her.”

One drawback from tackling the Japan Trophy is the 59kg topweight Fleur de Lune will have to carry. “She’s going to be better suited under the weight-for-age scale at Te Aroha, but there’s nothing we can do about the weight on Saturday,” said Somervell.

Since crediting Somervell with his first Group One win in the Sistema Railway Stakes at Ellerslie, Fleur de Lune has finished fifth in the Group I Waikato Draught Sprint and third to Diademe in the Group III Westbury Classic.

While Somervell knows Fleur de Lune will run her usual honest race on Saturday, he is more looking forward to the Te Aroha feature, in which she has finished third and second in the last two years. “That’s the main aim and I’d love to win it,” he said.

Meanwhile Somervell reports he has given his smart three-year-old Addictive Habit a spell since the NZ Derby.

“He’s not happy on the firmer ground and things just didn’t go right for him in the Derby,” said Somervell. “He’s had a long campaign, but he wasn’t flat when I put him out. I’m sure he’ll come up well next campaign.”