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Two Year Old Filly WINDBORNE impressive with debut win

WINDBORNE strides to winning post Elleslie 25th October 2014

WINDBORNE strides to winning post Elleslie 25th October 2014 – Picture by Race Images

FORTUNA 2yo Filly WINDBORNE lived up to her name with an impressive debut win at Ellerslie 25th October. Drawn barrier three at the 880 metre start, WINDBORNE, with Cameron Lammas in the saddle, raced in third place in the running , eased out as they straightened, took a few strides to balance up, but then mounted a strong turn of foot to draw clears to win by three quarters of a length from favourite, Halleloojah. “I was pushing her to the line with hands and heels” said Lammas,” but she had plenty more to give if I had asked her for more.” Click HERE to see race replay

It will be a win Cameron Lammas will remember for a long time as it was just his second race day ride after a 20 month enforced injury break after suffering a badly broken leg in a barrier incident.

FORTUNA Director, John Galvin was naturally delighted about his charge’s success. “She has shown us a lot at the trials and in her work and we were expecting a strong performance today and it’s great to see her live up to our expectations,” he said.

WINDBORNE (Darci Brahma-Sweet Dreams Baby), bred by David Ellis and Karyn Fenton-Ellis, was acquired by Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndications at the Karaka Select Sale for $100,000 and is a full sister to the three year old Stakes winner DARCI’S DREAM. She is raced by the Fortuna Windborne Syndicate, an ownership group comprising 30 individuals

Fortuna Full Sisters DARCI’S DREAM and WINDBORNE both race Sat 25th October

A big day of racing lies in front of Three Year Old Filly DARCI’S DREAM and her Two Year Old full sister WINDBORNE, this Saturday 25th October. DARCI’S DREAM (Darci Brahma-Sweet Dreams Baby) is looking to extend her unbeaten record as a 3yo when she contests the (Listed) Ray Coupland Stakes at Riccarton over 1400 metres.

DARCI'S DREAM with David Walsh aboard  on way to victory Canterbury Belle Stakes

DARCI’S DREAM with David Walsh aboard on way to victory Canterbury Belle Stakes

Already a winner on the Riccarton track when taking out the (Listed) Canterbury Belle Stakes on 20th September, Saturday’s event is a final lead up race for DARCI’S DREAM ahead of her attempt at Group One glory in the NZ Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, for prize money of $300,000, run at Riccarton on 15th November. The highly experienced David Walsh takes the mount and she will run from barrier 3.

Meanwhile at Ellerslie the same day, her full sister, WINDBORNE, makes her race day debut over the 880 metre trip. An impressive trial winner at Te Teko at the end of August, followed up by a strong 2nd placing at the Waipa Trials 14th October, WINDBORNE has been declared ready by her trainer, Jason Bridgman, to make her debut. Senior jockey,  Cameron Lammas, takes the ride from barrier 3.

WINDBORNE in action Waipa Trials 14th october

WINDBORNE in action Waipa Trials 14th october

Ashburton Track Debacle

Fortuna Director John Galvin was at Ashburton on Saturday when the first cancelation occurred and with Jason Bridgman when the photo below was taken. The race meeting was rescheduled but then canceled again today. Why you may ask? Well, the comments below from David Ellis hit the nail right on the head

David Ellis comments on the Ashburton situation as follows:

“I have this to say about the Ashburton track -

There simply was not enough water put on the track in the last two weeks and with the wind that has been experienced, you can see quite clearly that the water wasn’t getting across the whole track. Jason took a photo of the irrigation working on Saturday after the races were called off and you can clearly see with the wind that the water wasn’t getting across the entire track.

Ashburton Track 18th October

Ashburton Track 18th October

The outcome of this is that you get the effect of having two or three metres of rock-hard surface which is absolutely not ideal. The track actually had a penetrometer reading of four once you came out into the middle of the track. Now a lot of people will say “what happens if you water the track and the rain comes?” – meaning that the track is then a six when it should ideally be somewhere between a three and a four. My answer to that is “yes okay it is a six but we are racing – not abandoning race days!”

Sometimes I think that our racing administrators have no idea just how expensive it is to have these cancellations – in our case we transported three horses from Riccarton to Ashburton. We had Jason Bridgman and Matthew Cameron who both flew from Auckland to Christchurch and then had to get cars to drive to Ashburton. Not forgetting a number of our owners who had also made the expensive trip to be on course to cheer their fillies on.

We are really relying on our clubs to deliver on a track that will sustain some rain.

In New Zealand racing generally speaking there are two groups of trainers – one is age group trainers and the other is trainers who specialise in training horses that in general terms do not do a lot of racing until they are four, five or six. To clarify where I am coming from, I guess you would say that Te Akau is an age group stable – we have horses in most of the major 2YO and 3YO races.

However there is the other group and you can think of a few who readily spring to mind – as trainers of mostly older horses – these trainers seldom have horses in major 2YO and 3YO races. Those types of older horses that they train are tough, dour types that can sustain rock-hard tracks in most cases.

However if 2YOs and 3YOs are going to get through the entire season of racing which is what the powers that be should be encouraging, they need to have a track with the give out of it. For example a 3YO today is meant to race at Hawkes Bay in October, run in the Guineas at Riccarton in November, be ready to back up for Christmas racing at Ellerslie in December/January and then hopefully get to the Derby or Oaks in March. Horses can only cope with this sort of preparation if the tracks have some give in them because the modern thoroughbred today simply jars up or goes shin-sore if the tracks are rock-hard. Whereas many older horses seem to be able to handle it.

So you have a situation where half the trainers want the track rock hard and half want the track with the jar out of it. I think the bottom line is that New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing policy should be that for summer racing, the Clubs prepare a track to provide for a reading of 4 for the morning of the races, that dries out by the middle of the card to a 3 – so a penetrometer of say between a 3 and a 4. This way if there is a shower on the day, tracks will sustain racing and the massive costs of commencing a race meeting and having one race before the fixture is abandoned does not keep occurring.

So to the trainers who are against watering I say – you need to look at the bigger picture and we can only avoid cancellations like Saturday by having good irrigation systems that cover the entire track.

The argument about what is best – age group racing versus older horses – is quite one-sided. In New Zealand it is just not financially viable to wait to assess horses until they are 4, 5 or 6YOs. The stake money in New Zealand is all around 2YO and 3YO racing. What I like most of all, is if you get a really good 3YO all the races they are in are at set weights so you don’t have to keep bleating on about whether the handicapper has done a good or bad thing for your horse – you just get on with it.

Of course the big money in New Zealand racing is in races like the NZB 1000 Guineas which has a stake of $300,000, the 2000 Guineas of $400,000, the Oaks which is $300,000 and the Derby which is $750,000 – those set weight races are what we are trying to win.”

DARCI’S DREAM in battle with Te Akau Stable Mate, FLAMING, in Ashburton Stakes race

Flaming and Darci’s Dream have the task of upholding a proud stable record in Saturday’s Listed $50,000 Ray Coupland Stakes.

Matamata’s Te Akau Racing has won the Ashburton three-year-old feature six times, three of them under current trainer Jason Bridgman.

“It’s been a great race to us and a good race for me. In my four years at Te Akau, I’ve won it three times and Rock ‘n’ Pop threw the race away when he finished second to Shuka. He shied out and veered wide and lost a fair bit of ground,” Bridgman said.

“It’s a nice lead-up to the Guineas races at Riccarton. It’s doesn’t have the same pressure of the Sarten Memorial at Te Rapa and it’s treated our horses well.”

Bridgman’s previous winners were King’s Rose in 2010, Abidewithme in 2012 and Costa Viva in 2013, while Te Akau earlier won with King’s Chapel in 2003, Sea Saint in 2005 and Princess Coup in 2006.

King’s Chapel progressed to Gr. 1 2000 Guineas success, while King’s Rose and Costa Viva went on to win the Gr. 1 1000 Guineas, the race in the sights of Flaming and Darci’s Dream.

Both fillies bring strong form, with Flaming finishing second to Group One winner O’Marilyn resuming in the Gr. 3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings last month and Darci’s Dream winning both her starts as a three-year-old, following a first-up win at Taupo with success in the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton.

“Darci’s Dream looks near her peak now, condition-wise, but she’d probably prefer a bit more moisture around,” Bridgman said.

“Flaming has shown more class on top of the ground, but they are both live chances. Darci’s Dream has probably got the edge fitness-wise but Flaming has got the better form credentials, coming out of a good run in the Gold Trail Stakes. It’s going to be a good match-up because there’s not much between them.” – NZ Racing Desk
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Guineas Test for Prince Henry

NZ Racing Desk 10 October 2014, 3:01 p.m.

PRINCE HENRY wins Taupo 19th September 2014. Picture courtesy of Race Images

PRINCE HENRY wins Taupo 19th September 2014. Picture courtesy of Race Images










Matamata trainer Jason Bridgman’s chances of embellishing Te Akau Racing’s proud Guineas record at Riccarton next month will become clearer in the coming weeks.

Te Akau has won either the 1000 or 2000 Guineas at Riccarton seven Dmes in the past 10 years and has six three-year-olds sDll in contenDon – fillies Darci’s Dream, Flaming, No Tricks and Vive La Difference and male gallopers Rockfast and Prince Henry.

A winner of his only start to date at Taupo last month, Prince Henry will be out to convince Bridgman he is worthy of a trip south when he contests Saturday’s Waharoa Livestock 1200 at Matamata.

“He’s still got to progress to get to Riccarton. He is up against winners this time so we’ll get a good line on him,” Bridgman said.

“He’s still quite a raw horse so that’s why we are going 1200m again and he’ll need to win this and take the next step at 1400m if we were going to look at the Guineas with him.”

Rockfast finished sixth in last Saturday’s Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m) at HasDngs, while Vive La Difference was eighth in the special condiDons maiden on the same programme.

“We’ll just see how they both come through their runs before deciding what’s next. Being their first runs on top of the ground, they’ve taken a couple of days to get over their races and they might both now be looking for a mile,” Bridgman said.

Savabeel filly No Tricks boosted her stocks for the Gr.1 $300,000 New Zealand Bloodstock 42nd 1000 Guineas (1600m) on November 15 with a comprehensive 3 1/2-length maiden win at Taupo on Wednesday.

She is not entered for the Gr.1 $400,000 Sothys 42nd New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) on November 8, though Darci’s Dream, Flaming and Vive La Difference all are.

Last-start Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes runner-up Flaming has headed south in preparaDon for Saturday week’s Listed $50,000 Ray Coupland Stakes (1400m) at Ashburton in which she will face Darci’s Dream, who followed a first-up Taupo win with success in the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton last month. –

ITS SHOWTIME- Fortuna launches new Syndication Opportunity

Does it get better than this? By the leading European First Season Stallion out of a ZABEEL mare.

ITS SHOWTIME- 2yo Filly by Showcasing out of Zabeel mare, Be Inspired

ITS SHOWTIME- 2yo Filly by Showcasing out of Zabeel mare, Be Inspired

Yes, ITS SHOWTIME. Released for public syndication is this beautiful, strong filly by up and coming Stallion SHOWCASING. An extremely fast racehorse in Europe, SHOWCASING carries the blood of some of the great Stallions of the last 50 years, OASIS DREAM, GREEN DESERT, DANZIG and DANCING BRAVE. His Stud career is off to a flying start in Europe, currently he is the leading First Season Sire in Europe. Read More HERE on that.

But wait there is more. This filly whom we have named ITS SHOWTIME, is out of the ZABEEL mare, BE INSPIRED.   As we know ZABEEL has proven to be a mighty sire of broodmares with his wonderful staying blood a strong influence on the race track performance of their progeny

Turning to ITS SHOWTIME herself, she is a wonderful physical specimen. Foaled 5th November 2012, she is now a Two Year old and stands 16 hands tall, is physically correct and has a dream temperament. She has been broken in and has commenced her first training preparation. Originally identified by David Ellis and John Galvin as an ideal type for Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndications, they had her on their short list at the Karaka Sale but was passed in at the Sale below the Vendor’s reserve.. David and John have continued to pursue acquisition and now that has been achieved.

Click HERE to watch Video clip of this lovely filly parading. Here is David Ellis description of ITS SHOWTIME,“This is a beautiful filly with good size and strength, a deep girth, a lovely walk and physically correct. She will develop into a lovely 3yo filly  and as an older racemare”

Closely related to 2012/13 Filly of the Year, FIX (Iffraaj) and the Australian Group One winner, FORETELLER (Dansili), ITS SHOWTIME will be trained by Jason Bridgman of Te Akau Racing Stables.

A 10% share can be acquired in ITS SHOWTIME  for $14,000, a 5% share for $7,000 and a 2.5% share for $3,500. These initial costs include the cost of the horse, GST, Sales and Promoters Fees,  Insurance Premium through to 31st January 2016 and  $20k of working capital. Monthly Ongoing costs which commence 1st February 2015 are $300 per  10% share, $150  per 5% share and $75  per 2.5% share.

Applications can only be made after Investors have perused and signed the NZ Thoroughbred Racing approved Disclosure Statement. This can be obtained from Fortuna Director, John Galvin by emailing HERE or calling John on (+64) 21 921 460.

Fortuna Ltd is an Authorised Syndicator in accordance with the Code of Practice established under The ( New Zealand) Securities Act (Bloodstock) Exemption Notice 2002

Savabeel – Super Sire

Savabeel-Super Sire

Savabeel-Super Sire

Simply outstanding results delivered by Savabeel progeny yesterday in Group One events both side of the Tasman. In the Group One Livamol Classic at Hastings (2000 metres) 5yo Mare, COSTUME, showed that her previous Group One victory in the 200 metre Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa in Februarury was no fluke, when she stretched out her nose at the right time to win the $250,000 event by half a head. Stablemate, SORIANO, also a 5yo Mare by Savabeel was another half head away, running third. Later in the day, at Flemington, the Savabeel 4yo mare, LUCIA VALENTINO, who had won the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes at Randwick before going on to run 3rd to RISING ROMANCE in the ATC Oaks in the Autumn, put in a dominant finishing sprint to beat some of the best horses in Australia in the Group One Turnbull Stakes. And to put the icing on the cakes, the 6yo Gelding, BRAMBLES, also by Savabeel ran third!!!!

Fortuna’s October Newsletter is here


DARCI'S DREAM with David Walsh aboard  on way to victory Canterbury Belle Stakes

DARCI’S DREAM with David Walsh aboard on way to victory Canterbury Belle Stakes


  • 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 for race replay

  • DARCI’S DREAM continues on her winning way in Listed event at Riccarton Click HERE for race replay

  • Upcoming Racing News

  • Singapore Update

  • Fortuna Owners

  • 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

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

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.


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.

Singapore News

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 Sitzel, Mek Walker and Lisa Allpress victorious in Singapore

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.

John Galvin

John Galvin

Fortuna Director – John Galvin
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FORTUNA’s winning streak comes to an end.

Well, it had to happen some time and the six winners in a row winning streak enjoyed by New Zealand based Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndication runners came to and end yesterday, but by the nearest of margins with the Fortuna runner, HIGHLY LIKELY going down by a nose in a head bobbing finish.

HIGHLY LIKELY - narrow defeat Matamata 24th sept 2104

HIGHLY LIKELY – narrow defeat Matamata 24th sept 2104

The winning streak had started June 18th with HIGHLY LIKELY winning at Te Aroha and then had been followed by 3yo Filly, DARCI’S DREAM winning at Taupo, HIGHLY LIKELY then winning again at Matamata, SIR DARCI winning at New Plymouth, PRINCE HENRY at Taupo and finally, DARCI’S DREAM winning the Black Type event, the Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton. Fortuna supremo, John Galvin, was philosophical,”It had to end sometime, but what a great winning streak it has been and has generated a lot of interest and a number of our Syndicate members have significant profits in their TAB accounts as they have backed up on our winners.” he said. ” Full credit to our trainer, Te Akau Racing’s Jason Bridgman and his dedicated staff for producing our horses in such great order.”

Six in a row – New Zealand based Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndications enjoying amazing winning sequence


Winning streaks are hard to come by in the very competitive world of Thoroughbred racing, but six New Zealand based runners to the races since mid June have produced six wins in succession for Fortuna Thoroughbred Syndications. The streak began on June 18th when 3yo gelding HIGHLY LIKELY (High Chaparral) won a 2100 metre Highweight event at just his second race day start. Then on 20th August, the 3yo Filly, DARCI’S DREAM (Darci Brahma), already a winner as a 2yo, beat a good field of 3yo fillies at Taupo at her first run as a 3yo. HIGHLY LIKELY, who had been freshened after his first victory in June and now a 4yo, then won a Rating 65 event over 1600 metres at Matamata on 27th August. On September 11th the Gelding SIR DARCI (Darci Brahma), already a three win horse as a 3yo and having his first run as a 4yo, won a Rating 75 event over 1200 metres at New Plymouth. Next up was 3yo Gelding PRINCE HENRY (Henrythenavigator), an impressive trial winner in August and now having his first race day start. He duly obliged, producing a strong finish off a wide barrier draw to score at Taupo over 1200 metres on 19th September. The following day at Riccarton, DARCI’S DREAM stepped out in the time honoured Canterbury Belle Stakes, a Listed race for 3yo fillies and produced a withering finish to take out the 1200 metre event.

DARCI'S DREAM takes out Canterbury Belle Stakes

DARCI’S DREAM takes out Canterbury Belle Stakes

“ People are asking me what the secret is,” laughs Fortuna Director, John Galvin, “ but really, we are not doing anything different to what we have always done since we started syndicating back in 2007. We have continued to buy athletic, well conformed horses with nice pedigrees; horses that are in a reasonable price range for syndication and then apply a highly professional to handling and training via our Training establishment, Te Akau Racing, under the steady hand of Jason Bridgman.”

Asked how long the streak can continue for, John Galvin replied,”Well, what I have learned from my involvement in racing over a long period of time is that this game is a great leveller; so we will take what we can get now as I am sure we will have some lean streaks in the future. But the pressure is now really on HIGHLY LIKELY to win at Matamata on 24th September and if he does get up to make it seven wins in succession for us, then all the pressure will be SIR DARCI when he races next at Hastings on 4th October.”

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