Jago repays Fleur de Lune’s part-owners

Cambridge jockey Jason Jago was more pleased for Fleur de Lune and her owners than for himself when he guided the smart mare to victory at Te Rapa yesterday.

Jago has now been aboard in each of Fleur de Lune’s four wins and has also been Group One placed on the mare in last year’s Stewart Browne NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes at Te Aroha.

Between the Group One effort and yesterday’s win Jago underwent eye surgery, which was paid for by Fleur de Lune’s Hastings part-owners John and Colleen Duncan, who race the talented mare in partnership
with breeder Ada Parnwell.

“Jason had only 20 percent vision in his left eye as the result of a race fall in South Africa and he hadn’t been in a financial position to pay for the operation,” said Fleur de Lune’s trainer Lee Somervell. “But the Duncans made the offer to Jason to pay for the operation as a way of thanking him for winning three races on Fleur de Lune. He had laser surgery on his eye about three weeks ago and it’s made a huge difference to him. It’s given him a bit more confidence and hopefully that will result in more winners
for him.”

Jago lost the ride on Fleur de Lune for five starts and though the Stravinsky mare picked up Group placings success eluded her.

Jago was back in the saddle two starts ago in the Listed Westbury Stud Classic at Ellerslie and the result was a close second to Fazzle, beaten a mere nose.

Yesterday Fleur de Lune bounced back to her best form in style after being given every chance by Jago and she went to the line a length and three-quarters ahead of the runner-up Run Like Al.

“Jason said she had plenty left and I was happy with the way it all went,” said Somervell. “I wanted her to have a good hitout and she got it and she also ran a quick time (1:22) for the 1400 metres. Best of all, she
came home and ate up well. “

Fleur de Lune will not head to Te Aroha in a bid to go two better in the Group One Breeders Stakes and Jago will obviously again be in the saddle.