Stravinsky’s sprint queen wins Railway Stakes

Fleur de Lune (NZ) finally shed her bridesmaid’s tag when she downed New Zealand’s top short-course performers in the G1 Railway Stakes (1200m) on Tuesday.

The Stravinsky mare was crowned Ellerslie’s sprint queen after bursting clear with a brilliant turn of foot to defeat Jetset Lad (Elusive City) and Durham Town (Falkirk) by more than a length.

Fleur de Lune (5m Stravinsky – Kapsjoy by Kaapstad) had previously been G1 placed in the Makfi Challenge, NZ Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (2), Easter Handicap and Windsor Park Plate.  “It’s a huge thrill and it’s been a great team effort,” Cambridge trainer Lee Somervell said.  “I knew she was spot on and decided not to give her a lead-up.  She does a lot of work on the aqua-walker and always goes well fresh.”

Race favourite Burgundy (Redoute’s Choice) led the field and kicked bravely when under siege in the closing stages to finish fifth.

Fleur de Lune is a homebred for Ada Parnwell and is by noted sire of fillies Stravinsky.  Her dam Kapsjoy won three races for Parnwell and she is a sister to LR Gore Guineas winner He’s Got The Power.

Kapsjoy is also the dam of Saragarhi (Spartacus) who doubled up at Wingatui and Riccarton in November.  Her only other runner has been Kapsboy (Ishiguru) and he won at Arawa Park in June before finishing third in the LR Ryder Stakes at Otaki.