FORTUNA NEWSLETTER - October 2014
DARCI’S DREAM with David Walsh aboard on way to victory Canterbury Belle Stakes
IN THIS ISSUE
Outstanding winning streak for Fortuna horses
SIR DARCI makes it four wins from ten starts when winning at New Plymouth. Click HERE for race replay.
PRINCE HENRY puts on a royal display on debut at Taupo. Click HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkTuwHs4i2Y for race replay
DARCI’S DREAM continues on her winning way in Listed event at Riccarton Click HERE for race replay
Upcoming Racing News
Brand New Syndication Opportunity
Outstanding Winning Streak for Fortuna Horses
All good things must come to an end and when Fortuna’s 4yo gelding HIGHLY LIKELY (High Chaparral) went down by a nose in a head bobbing finish at Matamata Wednesday 24th September, it brought to an end a winning streak that has seen the six previous Fortuna runners here in New Zealand all win. The sequence had started back in June, with, ironically, HIGHLY LIKELY winning at Te Aroha at just his second race day start.
The new season dawned on 1st August and first out of the blocks in the new season was DARCI’S DREAM (Darci Brahma) who won at Taupo 20th August, then HIGHLY LIKELY won again at Matamata on 27th August. On September 11th, 4yo SIR DARCI (Darci Brahma), already a three win horse as a 3yo, traveled to New Plymouth for his first start in the new season and delivered a strong victory in a Rating 85 event over 1200 metres and then on 19th September, 3yo Gelding, PRINCE HENRY (Henrythenavigator), a strong trials winner in August, made his race day debut at Taupo and produced a winning result in impressive style.
With now five wins in a row from Fortuna horses, connections of 3yo Filly, DARCI’S DREAM, who was to contest the (Listed) Canterbury Belle Stakes the next day at Riccarton, could have been forgiven for wondering if luck was running out. However, this very smart filly was not to be denied and with an impressive turn of foot over the last 200 metres, collected some very valuable Black Type for her owners and six wins in a row for New Zealand based FORTUNA horses.
SIR DARCI makes it four wins from ten starts.
Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndications successful run of good fortune continued at New Plymouth 11th September with 4yo Gelding SIR DARCI (Darci Brahma-Dominant) taking out the Rating 85 event over 1200 metres, ridden by last season’s premiership winning jockey, Matt Cameron. It was SIR DARCI’S first run as a 4yo after recording a strong trial win at Te Teko on the 5th August. SIR DARCI had fashioned a very consistent record as a 3yo accumulating three wins and three minor placings from nine starts. Click HERE to see race replay
Fortuna Director, John Galvin was on hand to see his charge perform. ” He is developing into a lovely strong horse; as a 3yo we were always just a tad behind the eight ball with him due to a virus that he picked up pre Christmas,” said John Galvin, ” today he was fresh up over 1200 metres, he was very relaxed pre race but did race very keenly in the run; he came into contention as the turned for home, then seemed to hit a flat spot before finding another gear and charging home to win.”
SIR DARCI’S primary initial target will be the Couplands Bakeries Mile run at Riccarton on November 12th, but he will need to accumulate more ratings points to gain entry to that event.
SIR DARCI was selected by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale from the draft of the Oaks Stud. Trained by Jason Bridgman, he is raced by the Fortuna Sir Darci Syndicate, an ownership group made up of thirty two individuals.
SIR DARCI victorious New Plymouth 11th Sept 2014. Picture by Race Images Palmerston North
PRINCE HENRY debuts in royal fashion
3yo Gelding PRINCE HENRY (Henrythenavigator-Ocean of Tears) put in a commanding performance at his race day debut at Taupo 19th September. Being a well performed trialist, confidence in the camp was high for a bold showing, although punters thought differently, allowing the horse to drift out to $13 on the TAB. With the very experienced senior jockey Leith Innes aboard, the race plan was to use PRINCE HENRY’S gate speed to jump well and race right on the speed, however, the horse just dwelt slightly as they jumped and with a hot pace on, Innes chose to take a hold of the horse and let him just bowl along. As they came past the 600 metre mark, Innes rode PRINCE HENRY hard to move up the leaders, was four to five horse widths wide as they turned, but under a vigorous ride in the straight PRINCE HENRY responded, keeping his stable mate SONSY at bay, going to the line three quarters of a length clear. Click HERE to see race result and video replay
Fortuna Director, John Galvin was naturally delighted, “We have always thought that this horse has more than his share of ability; that was a strong field of Maiden runners out there today and to win like that, with what was a tough run on debut, augers well for his future prospects.”
PRINCE HENRY, trained by Jason Bridgman of Te Akau Racing, was acquired from Hallmark Stud after Fortuna Selector David Ellis had given the horse a big tick after being pointed in his direction by Danny Rolston of New Zealand Bloodstock in July 2013. He is owned by the Fortuna Prince Henry Syndicate made up of 26 individuals, many of them first time owners.
PRINCE HENRY wins Taupo 19th September 2014. Picture courtesy of Race Images
DARCI’S DREAM wins Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton
Anticipation among supporters of the Fortuna Syndicates 3yo Filly DARCI’S DREAM was high as start time for the time honoured Canterbury Belle Stakes, a Listed event, approached. A dominant winner at her first run as a three year old at Taupo on 20th August, DARCI’S DREAM or “BABY” as she is nicknamed, had been sent south by her Trainer, Jason Bridgman, to tackle the Listed event with the aim of using the race as one of two lead ups into the ultimate prize, the $300,000 Group One NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, run at Riccarton on the 15th November. DARCI’S DREAM had traveled down to Riccarton through the week, accompanied by her very experienced handler, Steve O’Neil.
Drawn well at barrier 4 in the field of twelve runners and ridden by New Zealand’s most successful ever jockey, the evergreen David Walsh, DARCI’S DREAM jumped nicely, camped in behind the speed, was produced to the outside by Walsh at about the 300 metre mark and then provided her trademark finishing run to burst clear, taking out the event by three quarters of a length, to the cheers of her small army of supporters who were on hand along with Fortuna Director, John Galvin. Click HERE to see race replay.
“I want to give a lot of credit to Trainer, Jason Bridgman for the way he has handled this filly,”said John Galvin.” she showed a lot of promise as an early 2yo, winning a trial in August 2013 in dominant fashion and we had earmarked her as a potential Karaka Million type, but Jason kept backing off her as she went through growing phases as a two year old. I was keen to push her along, but he kept pushing back, saying to me that she would be better as three year old and so it is proving.”
A daughter of the Champion race horse DARCI BRAHMA out of the Van Nistlerooy mare, Sweet Dreams Baby, DARCI’S DREAM was bred by David Ellis and Karyn Fenton Ellis, was acquired by Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndications at the 2013 NZ Bloodstock Karaka Select Sale and syndicated to an ownership group consisting of twenty nine individuals, many of then first time owners.
UPCOMING RACING NEWS
Recent dual winner HIGHLY LIKELY will start again in about two weeks time; SIR DARCI will contest the Rating 85 1200m Sprint on Group One day at Hastings October 4th, while debut winner PRINCE HENRY will start again at Taupo on 8th October. DARCI’S DREAM, will chase further black type in the Ray Coupland Stakes on 18th October and from there will head to the Group One NZ 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on 15th November .
In other news 4yo Mare SELINE trialed at Te Teko Tuesday 30th September, running a nice third under no pressure and will head to the races soon for her first start as a 4yo. 3yo Geldings DURAN and ROYAL ASCOT are both nearing the end of paddock spells, while 3yo Filly, OUR DRAHMA QUEEN continues to recover from a shoulder injury suffered some time ago.
Of the Two year Olds that we we acquired as yearlings at Karaka earlier this year, filly EBONY EYES (Bachelor Duke-Keepa Cruisin) will probably trial mid October, 2yo gelding BUTCH CASSIDY (Darci Brahma-Twelve Carat) is due to return to work any day while the physically outstanding 2yo “BELLA” Savabeel-Lynisky filly is now four weeks into her second stable preparation. “LORDE” (Iffraaj-Naturo) has overcome a setback and is now on the water walker ahead of a return to work while “JACK” (Sakhees Secret) is now well into his first stable preparation at Matamata. 2yo Filly, WINDBORNE (Darci Brahma-Sweet Dreams Baby), an impressive trial winner at the end of August, is on track to make her race day debut at Ellerslie on 25th October; a full sister to DARCI’S DREAM, she has been turning many heads at the track with the quality of her work.
4yo Gelding KING SAVINSKY (Savabeel) has had two Singapore runs, at 1200 and 1400 metres and will now step up to the more suitable distance of 1600 metres on 10th October. 3yo filly SECRET SPICE (Sakhees Secret) who ran a nice 5th at last start after getting no luck in the straight also gets out to 1600 metres 5th October. The staying type 4yo, DOUBLE JEOPARDY (Mettre En Jeu), is back in work after spelling and will return to the races soon. 5yo READY FORTUNE (More Than Ready) who was successful in July, has been enjoying a spell and resumes work this coming week, while 6yo VON SNITZEL (Snitzel) is now having a well earned break. EATONS GOLD (Jetspur) and OUR RIVER DANCER (Danehill Dancer) are both spelling in Malaysia following knee surgery and will return to Singapore later in the year.
VON SNITZEL with Lisa Allpress aboard and Trainer, Mark Walker, after wining in Singapore 27th June
As you may well appreciate, with over 500 individuals owning a share in one or more Fortuna horses, there is a wide diversity of Syndicate Members, geographically, age group, occupation, previous (or not) involvement in race horse ownership etc. We though it would be a good idea to feature some of our Members from time to time and first off the block is Ian Upson. Ian, originally from Taranaki, is a successful diary farmer based near Morrinsville, is married to Sandra and they have five adult children between them. Ian or “Uppy” as he is know to his friends is a real enthusiast in life. He has a wide range of interests including golf, country music, community involvement via Lions and, of course, racehorses. Prior to getting involved in Fortuna horses, Ian had had shares in other thoroughbreds and has even traversed over to the “dark side” with a share or two in standard breds.
Ian has had a fabulous run with his involvement in Fortuna horses; he has enjoyed winning success with ZABENE (retired – two wins), EATON’S GOLD* (four wins), SIR DARCI (four wins), DARCI’s DREAM (three wins), PRINCE HENRY (one win), KING SAVINSKY* (one win) and his one horse currently racing that has yet to win is DOUBLE JEOPARDY*. It hasn’t been all beer and skittles as Ian also had a share in the retired race mare, SING LIKE ELLA, who was retired without raceday success and was desperately unlucky with UNICORN EXPRESS* who tragically broke down in a race in Singapore and was put down, after showing a lot of promise. (note that horses marked with * are Singapore based horses).
Ian has a philosophy of taking small shares in a number of horses so that he always has something happening and this year to date, he has taken shares in three of our 2014 yearling (now 2yo’s) acquisitions, EBONY EYES (Bachelor Duke Filly), WINDBORNE (Darci Brahma filly) and “BELLA” (Savabeel Filly). Of these three, WINDBORNE has already been to the trials and won her trial in a canter, so it looks as if Ian’s luck is not going to run out any time soon.
Ian really enjoys the “social” side of racing and he (together with Sandra on occasions) is a regular attendee at trials and race days, enjoying the camaraderie and friendship with his fellow Syndicate Members. He is the first to admit that Lady Luck has been riding on his shoulder, but I can assure you Ian, that all of your fellow Members in the horses you have shares in, are hoping that she well and truly stays there.
Fortuna Syndication Opportunities
Watch this space as we are on the verge of announcing a brand new Syndication opportunity, this one a lovely 2yo Filly by the exciting young shuttle stallion, SHOWCASING, who is currently the leading first season Sire in Europe. We are just working through the final stages of our due diligence process and should be in a position to announce full details in a few days time.
Six wins in a row is not something that too may trainers, owners or syndicators can boast about and so a hearty congratulation to all of those Fortuna Members who had shares in any of those six winners. I have heard from several Members and non Members for that matter, who had some wonderful “kills” at the TAB with successful bets on the winning streak. A special thanks to Jason Bridgman and his hard working professionals at Te Akau Racing NZ for presenting these horses in great order. And we must mention David Ellis of course, whose role as Selector of thoroughbreds for Fortuna, has thrown up some lovely horses. We can look forward to the upcoming months with a lot of enthusiasm.
Fortuna Director – John Galvin
Contact John Galvin directly by email HERE or cell phone 021 921 460
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