5yo Gelding HIGHLY LIKELY (High Chaparral-Starrinka), who commenced a fresh campaign at Pukekohe over 1600 metres earlier in April with a solid but unplaced finish, didn’t disappoint favourite punters today when contesting the Jumpers Flay event over 2100 metre at Tauranga. Ridden by the up and coming young Jumps rider, Daniel Miller, HIGHLY LIKELY contested the lead for most of the run, kicked clear on turning for home and withheld a couple of stern challenges to win by 3/4 length on the line for his 4th career victory. Click HERE to see race result and video replay.
HIGHLY LIKELY winning for the 4th time-Tauranga 28th April 2016. Click to enlarge
Fortuna Director, John Galvin, expressed satisfaction post race. “Highly Likely is not the easiest horse to handle, he has a lot of quirks, but he has responded well to a number of changes that the Training Team have made to his work routine. He is a genuine staying type and while we won’t get carried away with todays’ result, we will seek to progress him through the grades; he is still maturing and developing and there is a nice race in store for him at some point.”
Acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock South Island Sale, HIGHLY LIKELY is raced by an ownership Group consisting of 25 individual Members.
He doesn’t win out of turn, but when he does win, KING SAVINSKY does so in stylish fashion. Slow away from the barrier in the Class 5 1800 metre event on the Kranji Polytrack, rider Manoel Nunes was content to let the strapping 5yo son of Savabeel lope along at the back of the field. Starting to edge him forward from about the 800 metre mark, Nunes cleverly got his charge onto the back of race favourite, Verglactica and tracked him into the straight. On turning for home, Nunes switched to the outside of the other runner and mounted a strong staying finish to go to the line victorious by the best part of a length. Click HERE to see the race replay
Friday night’s victory was KING SAVINSKY’s third in Singapore from 4o starts and he has now grossed over S$100,000 in official earnings. Acquired at the 2012 Karaka Select Sale by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna, KING SAVINSKY has 32 individual Members in his Syndicate.
King Savinsky winning in Singapore 22nd April 2016 – Click to enlarge
Seven Year Old Gelding EATONS GOLD became Fortuna Syndications most successful horse ever (by wins) when winning in Singapore Sunday 27th April, making it seven career wins and close to S$400,000 of career earnings.
Backing up from a previous win in February, EATONS GOLD was carrying 58kgs, a weight he had not won with previously, but had drawn nicely at barrier and 2 and had Singapore Champion Jockey, Manoel Nunes in the saddle. Away nicely, Nunes settled Eatons Gold in behind the leader, eased him forward before the turn and hit the lead on straightening, refusing to surrender, despite a strong challenge from race favourite, Rich Fortune, going to the line 3/4 of a length clear of his rival. Click HERE to see the race replay.
EATONS GOLD wins for 7th time in Singapore 27th March 2016. Click to enlarge
Trained in Singapore by Champion Trainer, Mark Walker, EATONS GOLD was a $75,000 purchase by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 201o Karaka Select Sale and is owned by The Fortuna Eatons Gold Syndicate, an ownership group of 27 individuals.
Fortuna Director, John Galvin was naturally very pleased with the outcome. “EATONS GOLD has been a wonderful servant for us in Singapore,” he said, “while not a true top class horse, he hardly ever runs a bad race as his seven wins, seven seconds snd seven thirds and nine fourths from forty eight starts will attest.”
Two Fortuna runners, the 6yo READY FORTUNE and 5yo KING SAVINSKY clash in Race 1, a Class 5 event over 1700 metres, at Singapore’s Kranji racecourse Friday 26th February. Both have dropped back in Class and both have strong credentials. READY FORTUNE has won four times in Class 5 and is a dangerous lightweight with just 53kgs to carry; to be ridden by the promising apprentice CK NG. A get back type of runner, he will be storming home at the finish. KING SAVINSKY is a two win horse in Singapore after having previously won once in NZ. A big, strapping son of Savabeel, he is primed for this race and will be ridden by Champion apprentice (but now a senior rider) SHAFIQ RUSOF, from a good barrier draw.
King Savinsky winning in Singapore 6th November 2015. Click to enlarge
Race 1 on Sunday features the 5yo DOUBLE JEOPARDY, one of the best performed Maiden Runners in Singapore. Off the scene for a mandatory three month stand down after suffering a bleeding attack last November, he is a very interesting runner. A natural staying type, the Class 5 1200 metre trip is, on paper, too short for him, but a look at his past form reveals that he is very capable of running this sort of trip very strongly in a fresh state. To be ridden by CK NG (who takes 4kgs off his back) from barrier 4, he presents some danger to this field.
Torrential rain greeted the starters as they approached the barrier for the Class 4 Sprint over 1000 metres at Singapore’s Kranji racecourse Friday 19th February. Fortuna’s seven year old EATONS GOLD had drawn out in barrier ten and while suited by the drop back to Class 4 from Class 3, was still going to need some luck from the draw and heavy rain was going to complicate matters as well. None of this seemed to worry the young apprentice CK NG, who had been assigned to the riding duties by Singapore’s Champion Trainer, Mark Walker. He bounced EATONS GOLD out nicely from the start before steadying him into 3rd place in the run. The track was very water logged as a result of the heavy rain and made the event a real slog. At the 300 metre mark, the favourite, LADRONE, had kicked away and it looked as if the task of winning the race night be beyond EATONS GOLD as it was hard to sprint on the very wet surface, however he kept up a sustained run and with LADRONE weakening on his run the last 50 metre, EATONS GOLD got up for a last stride win. Click HERE to see the race replay.
EATONS GOLD winning Singapore 19th February 2016. Click to enlarge
EATONS GOLD’s win was his sixth in Singapore and bought his career earnings up to over S$360,000, a great reward for a faithful servant, who rarely runs a bad race. Interestingly enough, that sixth win means that EATON equals the winning record of the very good galloper, TELL A TALE, who up until now, has held the record for the most wins by a Fortuna horse.
Raced by the Fortuna Eatons Gold Syndicate, the horse was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2010 Karaka Select Sale for $72,500
It was a busy and successful sporting day Sunday 31st January with New Zealand teams taking out the World Rugby Sevens in Wellington and the Black Caps clinching the One Day Cricket Series against Pakistan at Eden Park. But for a group of 33 people scattered around different part of New Zealand, their main focus for the day was how their talented 3yo Filly, LADY IFFRAAJ, would perform in the S$75,000 Novice event at Kranji race course in Singapore. An emphatic last to first winner at her last start in December, “LORDE” as this filly is nicknamed had been freshened and was now stepping up in grade over 1000 metres on the Kranji Polytrack. Drawn nicely at barrier 4, LADY IFFRAAJ had the services of up and coming Mohammed Firdaus to ride She jumped nicely and settled in third place behind the pacemaker NOVA EAGLE (Nunes) and BE BOLD (Brown). As they turned, BE BOLD surged up to wrest the lead from NOVA EAGLE, but LADY IFFRAAJ was poised to pounce and mounted an irresistible finishing run to take the lead in the last 100 metres and won the event by three quarters of a length. Click HERE to see race replay.
LADY IFFRAAJ wins again in Singapore 31st Jan 2016
Fortuna Director, John Galvin was naturally very pleased, ” We have always had a lot of time for this filly and she seems to have more than her share of ability. She could prove to be a very good horse in Singapore in due course.”
LADY IFFRAAJ has now had five starts in Singapore for two wins, two seconds and a third and has already amassed S$100,000 in prizemoney earnings. Bred by Jamieson Park, she was acquired for Fortuna by David Ellis at the 2014 Karaka Premier Sale for NZ$27,500
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Talented 3yo Filly, WINDBORNE (Darci Brahma-Sweet Dreams Baby) takes on a good field of 3yo’s over 1200 metres down the Trentham chute on Wellington Cup Day (Race 3). Fresh up after last running in the Pegasus Stakes at Riccarton in November, where she bungled the start, connections are hoping that “Annie” can maintain her unbeaten fresh up record. The winner of two black type races, the Murdock Newell Stakes at Avondale as a 2yo and the Canterbury Belle Stakes as a 3yo, WINDBORNE has drawn barrier eight in a field of nine and will be ridden by Matthew Cameron.
WINDBORNE taking out the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton November 2015
At the Gore Guineas meeting 5yo SIR DARCI (Darci Brahma-Dominant) is also racing fresh up in the Rating 75 1200 metre event. The winner of four races, SIR DARCI has struggled to find form this past twelve months, but appears to be in great order and has drawn nicely at barrier four; he will be ridden by Cameron Lammas in race 11.
At just her fourth race day start, 3yo Filly LADY IFFRAAJ (Iffraj-Naturo) overcame the outside barrier draw to win her first race in Singapore in emphatic style over 1000 metres. Her previous three starts had produced two 2nds and a 3rd, so clearly “LORDE”, as she is nicknamed, had more than her share of ability. Ridden by the vastly experienced Corey Brown, she jumped well from the barriers, but Brown settled her back in the running third from last. Approaching the turn, he set her alight and as they straightened, she was the widest runner but a good eight lengths from the leader. However, not to be denied, LADY IFFRAAJ maintained a strong, sustained sprint and went to the line a length clear of her nearest rival. Click HERE to see race replay.
LADY IFFRAAJ winning Singapore 13th December 2015.Click to enlarge.
Acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Syndicators at the 2014 Karaka Premier Sale, LADY IFFRAAJ is raced by an ownership group of 33 individuals, many of whom are first time owners. Sunday’s win has now taken LADY IFFRAAJ’s Singapore earning to close to S$70,000
First away on Saturday at Awapuni is 5yo SIR DARCI. At the scene of his last start 4th over 1400 metres, this time SIR DARCI steps up to 1600 metres and goes up in grade to Rating 85. Wearing blinkers at his last start, he pulled early in the running and this weekend he we will be allowed to stride forward. To be ridden by Cameron Lammas from Barrier 9 in Race 5 @ 3.27 pm.
At Te Rapa, 5yo HIGHLY LIKELY will back up at Te Rapa after his unfortunate run at Ellerslie last Saturday, Stumbling badly as he left the barriers, HIGHLY LIKELY finished up running in the rear, when he is a natural front runner. Through the race in good shape, his connections have made the decision to back him up in the Rating 75 2400 Dunstan Feeds Qualifier on a track where he has tasted success before. To be ridden by the highly experienced Mark Du Plessis from Barrier 6 in Race 5 at 3.10 pm.
Singapore on Friday night see 4yo Mare SECRET SPICE is having her 2nd start back from a freshen up in a Class 4 event over 1600 metres. She will be ridden by Stable Apprentice CK NG who claims 4kgs.
Sunday evening sees 3yo Filly, LADY IFFRAAJ make an appearance, She has shown quality in her first three outings in Singapore with two seconds and a third to her record and she gets another crack to make the Winners Circle on the last day of racing in Singapore for the 2015 season. Sh starts in an Initiation over 1000 metres and will be ridden by the very experienced Corey Brown.
The 7yo Sprinter EATONS GOLD very rarely puts in a bad race and gets his chance to win in this Benchmark 67 event over 1200 metres on Sunday. The five win horse who has win ell over S$300,000 in Singapore will be ridden by Apprentice CK NG, claiming 4kgs