Somervell praises young rider

Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell was full of praise for local apprentice Brendon Hutton after Sir Amron raced to a convincing fresh-up win in the NZI 1950 at Rotorua today.

“It’s the first time I’ve put the lad on and he rode the horse beautifully,” said Somervell. “He did just what I asked. I told him the horse was more than just a runner’s chance and that he’s a one-pacer and don’t hesitate to make a move at the 800 or 600 if he’s going all right. I told him he’d stick on.”

Hutton, who is apprenticed to Murray Baker, settled Sir Amron midfield and wide and worked him into the action across the top. On entering the home straight Sir Amron had ranged up wide out to take the lead and the four-year-old kept up a solid gallop to win by two lengths.

Hutton has now ridden 10 winners and though Sir Amron was his sole ride at Rotorua today, he is sure to be in increased demand over the rest of the winter. “I’ll be using him again, that’s for sure,” said Somervell.

Somervell deserves plenty of credit for Sir Amron’s win. It was a particularly fine training achievement to have the horse ready to win over 1950 metres in his first start since last September.

“He’d gone two good trials and I was confident he could go a big race,” said Somervell. “It’s also great for Ada (owner Ada Parnwell) and for Civics (Sir Amron’s sire).”

Somervell made it two wins in two racedays for Parnwell as last Saturday he saddled up Kapsboy, a half-brother to stable star Fleur de Lune, to win at Tauranga.

Civics, who stands at Parnwell’s Cambridge Thoroughbred Lodge, is enjoying a successful innings despite very limited patronage. He has had just 21 live foals from his first three crops and 12 of those horses have raced and eight have been the winners of 18 races.

Civics Rock, trained by Ralph Manning, has been the best advertisement for Civics with nine wins, while stablemates Question and Candidly have also been winners for the son of Danehill.

Somervell has boosted Civics’ strike rate through Sir Amron and Maysophia (two wins apiece) as well as Fairfleet and Holy Affair. The other winner for Civics is Mr Knowitall, who won at Te Aroha last week for Cambridge trainers Margaret and Tim Carter.