Fleur de Lune (NZ) is capable of shouldering 59kg to victory in the G2 Japan Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga according to trainer Lee Somervell.
The Stravinsky mare will use Saturday’s race as a final lead-up to the G1 NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha on April 6. She was beaten in a photo-finish by Say No More in the weight-for-age feature for fillies last year.
Fleur de Lune (5m Stravinsky – Kapsjoy by Kaapstad) is a homebred for Ada Parnwell and shed her bridesmaid’s tag with a G1 victory in the Railway Stakes (1200m) at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day. “When she won the Railway, she only had 54kg so another 5kg for a 15.1 hands horse isn’t easy,” Somervell admitted. “But she will still be competitive and the rain will bring her into play because she likes the sting out of the ground.
“She definitely needs a good hit-out. There were no suitable trials or races for her so Tauranga was our only choice. The big advantage going to Te Aroha next month is is that she will go back to 57kg at weight-for-age.”
Former Coolmore – Cambridge Stud shuttler Stravinsky sired Fleur de Lune from Kapsjoy who won three races for Parnwell. She is a sister to LR Gore Guineas winner He’s Got The Power.