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Fortuna’s Chance To Dance runs 5th in the Sydney Cup


Seven year old gelding, Chance To Dance, ran gallantly in the re run of the Group One A$2m Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick on Saturday 22nd April. Having run “second” in the same event on April 8th, which was declared a “no race” by the Stewards, the challenge for Chance to Dance (Teofilo-Crystal Ballet) was could he back up with a two week gap over 3200 metres on a Testing heavy 8 track? Settled on the rail mid field by rider Christian Reith, off a very steady tempo set by tear away leader Lasqueti Spirit, Chance to Dance started to come into the race from about the 800 metre peg, when Reith got him off the rail and onto the back of eventual race winner Polarisation and as the field turned for home, the horse looked to be coming into the race strongly before tiring the last 100 metres to finish in 5th place. “That was a super effort” declared his rider, “he tried his heart out, but was running on empty the last 120 metres.”

CHANCE TO DANCE (Teofilo-Crystal Ballet)

Fortuna Director, John Galvin, who was on track along with Jessica Galvin and seventeen syndicate Members was philosophical about the result. “It was a great effort by the horse,” he said, “it was always going to be a hard ask to run two 3200 metre races two weeks apart, particularly on such testing ground. His best form has been on Good/Dead tracks and we are very proud of the effort he put in today.”

Chance to Dance, who was acquired by John Galvin at the Inglis Chairmans Sale on March 29th for A$260,000 picked up A$50,000 for his fifth placing. The horse will now travel back to New Zealand for a well earned break. “The plan was always to bring him back to NZ once he had completed his Autumn campaign here in Australia,” said John Galvin. “He will parade at our Owners Day at Matamata on April 30th, then have a good four or five weeks in the paddock at Te Akau Stud before resuming work early June and after trialing at Te Teko in August, we will map out some firm plans for his 2017/18 season and all options, be they contesting the Two Mile races in NZ or bringing him back to Australia to race, are on the table for consideration.”

The Chance to Dance Syndicate comprises 66 parties, all of whom are existing Fortuna clients.



Fortuna Newsletter 11th March 2017


In this Newsletter

  • Unprecedented Drama in the Sydney Cup
  • Fortuna Owners Open Day
  • Melody Belle off to Brisbane for winter carnival
  • Inglis Sydney Broodmare Sale hits new highs
  • Current Opportunities

Unprecedented Drama in Sydney Cup

“All dressed up and nowhere to go” was the feeling in the Chance to Dance Syndicate camp after the newly acquired seven year old had run a mighty race to finish “2nd” only to find out that the race had been declared a “no race” by the Stewards, citing safety concerns due to a fallen horse about 150 metres past the winning post, who could not be removed from the track. Click HERE to see footage of the last 800 metres of the “non race.”

While initially disappointed, John Galvin was philosophical about the outcome; “It was so frustrating, we had put in a huge effort over the previous nine days to acquire the horse, put the Syndicate together, organise ticketing for those attending and the horse ran such a super race, only to have it all come to naught,” he said, “however these things can happen in racing and we could debate until the cows come home as to whether the stewards made the right decision in declaring a no race, but what is done is done. A rerun has been announced for Saturday 22nd April, so now we get another crack at it and this time we hope he can go one better.”

John and Jessica were leading a group of 22 of the Syndicate Members – a great day was being had by all with a highlight being the glamour mare, Winx, recording her 17th straight victory. The outcome of the Sydney Cup was obviously a huge dampener on the occasion, however as we know, racing people are used to adversity and after a few drinks in the bar, spirits rose, discussion turned to the strong possibility that the race would be rerun and given the super effort that Chance to Dance had put in, attention was refocused on him being a genuine chance in the rerun.

Fortuna Owners Open Day


Date  –  Sunday 30th April

Time  –  2pm to 5pm

Place – “The Gazebo” – Matamata Race Course

Refreshments will be served

RSVP 25th April

Here is a great opportunity for Fortuna clients and other interested parties to mix and mingle in a convivial atmosphere and view some lovely horses parading. Karaka Million and Sires Produce winner, the Brisbane bound, MELODY BELLE, will be paraded.  CHANCE TO DANCE  returning from his Sydney Cup run, will parade as well. Any other Fortuna horses that are in work (i.e not out at the farm), will also be viewed. Potential candidates for that category are ITS OUR SHOWTIME, LEONESSA, JETSET, COLORADO PRINCE and METEORIC LASS. Also on display will be the 2017 yearling acquisitions, the Denman and Redoutes Choice Colts and the Sebring, Dundeel and Burgundy Fillies.

So, mark your diaries and please advise us asap (for catering purposes) if you would like to attend – you can do that by emailing or by calling/texting Jessica 021 288 6997 or John 021 921 460.

Feel very free to invite friends, family or work colleagues who would have interest in viewing our horses – all welcome.

MELODY BELLE to tackle Group races at the Brisbane Carnival

After MELODY BELLE’s powerful victory in the Group One Manawatu Sire’s Produce Stakes at Awapuni, the Team put their heads together to map out a plan for her. An obvious option was to spell ahead of her three year old season, however the quality of her back to back wins in the Karaka Million and the Sires Produce Stakes gave the team confidence that she could be very competitive in the 2yo events at the Brisbane Carnival. “To win as she did in the Sires, coming off a two month break, first time at 1400 metres and on a sticky track was a super effort,” said Co-Trainer Stephen Autridge, ” she has only had five well spaced runs in her Two Year Old career and we think she will only improve ahead of a Brisbane campaign.”

“Valerie” as she is nicknamed, is booked to fly to Brisbane 4th May, will trial ahead of her first assignment, the Group Two Sires Produce Stakes over 1350 metres (A$350k) at  Doomben on 27th May before contesting the Group One T J Smith Stakes – 1600 metres (A$600k) on 10th June. This latter race has proven elusive for Kiwi based runners; when Darci Brahma won it in 2005, he was the first Kiwi based horse to win for eighteen years and there was a further eleven year gap before Sacred Elixir won in 2016. Already the winner of close to $700k (purchase price at Karaka 2016 sale was $57.5K) MELODY BELLE is bringing huge thrills to her ownership group, many of whom are already planning their “winter holiday” in Brisbane.

Inglis Sydney Broodmare Sale hits new highs

Amazing scenes at the Inglis Broodmare Sale in Sydney last week. Following on from a hugely successful Yearling sale with average sale prices of A$370K, the Premier Sale of Broodmare prospects surpassed all expectations with three lots making more than A$1m and an average of A$570k. Star of the show was the NZ bred Zabeel mare, Provocative who, in foal to Tavistock, made $1.2m.

The broodmare market in Australia is red hot as players jostle to secure quality mares for their broodmare bands.

This underscores the Fortuna philosophy of aiming to secure nicely bred fillies at reasonable prices, attempt to achieve black type success during their racing careers, have lots of fun and camaraderie between syndicate Members along the way and then have a nice outcome at the end of their racing career.


Current Opportunities

“Sarah” – Dundeel-Mirovaya Yearling Filly

Still a few shares left in this lovely filly who is now nearing the end of her breaking in phaze  – Click HERE for more details. $3800 per 2.5% share.

“Lisa” – Burgundy-Spin N Grin Filly

An outstanding physical type with a pedigree to die for – Also in the final phazes of her breaking in. Click HERE for more details. $4000 per 2.5% share.

“Lady Jess”

This is our current Racing Syndicate (Lease) opportunity. The Yearling filly by Darci Brahma out of the five time winning racemare Lady Classique,she has been described by her breaker Dan Miller as the “strongest filly out of the sixteen I have broken in so far this year”. Our expectations of this filly is that she will be racing prior to Christmas 2017.

This filly provides a great entry point for people to have an interest in a quality racehorse, just $150 initial cost and $180 per month (commencing 1st April). There is a right of purchase available to the Syndicate which can be exercised at any time.

Please make contact with John by email or call/text 021 921 460 if you would like to participate in or obtain more information on any of these opportunities

Fortuna’s CHANCE TO DANCE runs “2nd” in the “no race” Sydney Cup


The excitement was palpable among the 24 supporters of Fortuna’s recently acquired seven year old Gelding, CHANCE TO DANCE, who were on course to watch him take his place in the A$2m Sydney Cup, run at Royal Randwick last Saturday. Acquired only nine days before at the Inglis Chairmans Sale by John Galvin for A$260k, the horse had brought good form to the race, but had been ignored by the tipsters and betting public ( oh how we love that) and was starting at odds at over 30 to 1. Bouncing away well from the start, rider Damian Lane had CHANCE TO DANCE handy throughout the run in a race run at good tempo. Making a forward move from about the 600 metre mark, he hit the front at the top of the straight, ran strongly all the way to the line, just getting run down in the last few strides by POLARISATION.

All to no avail, because during the race, the Stewards had called a “no race” – this due to the fact that ALMOONQUITH had broken down early in the race and was laying on the track about 100 metres past the winning post and so for safety reasons the Stewards made the call to abandon the race. Unfortunately, six of the fourteen runners did not hear the abandonment call and their riders continued to race on – the other eight runners pulled up.

Prizemoney for 2nd place was A$380k, but of course, with the race being abandoned, no prizemoney is payable.

The good news is that the race has been rescheduled for Saturday 22nd April and CHANCE TO DANCE, who has pulled up super, will take his place in the field, much to the delight of his small army of supporters.



Fortuna’s EATONS GOLD makes it nine career wins in Singapore


Rising nine year old Eatons Gold (Jetspur-Road Ranger) showed in very emphatic fashion that he seems unaware of his age, when sprinting away to win the S$60,000 Bench Mark 67 event in the slick time of 59.1 seconds on Kranji’s Polytrack surface Sunday 2nd April.

Eatons Gold Singapore 2nd April 2017

” This horse has had an amazing career to date in Singapore”, said Fortuna NZ Stable Director, John Galvin, ” he had his first start on 1st July 2011, and in almost six seasons of racing, he has earned prize money in 51 of his 67 starts. He is no superstar, as he has not managed to win in Class 3, but is honest as the day is long, doesn’t know when to quit and always gives a great sight in his races. His recent form in much stronger company than he met tonight has been outstanding and pre-race I thought he represented a great winning opportunity.”

Galvin’s assessment appeared to be shared by the astute betting public who installed the eight year old a 3 to 1 favourite. Drawn in mid field, Eatons Gold bounced away from the start nicely, and Rider Rizuan Shafiq soon had his charge in a perfect one out, one back position. On turning for home, Shafiq eased his mount to the outside of the two leaders, hit the front and went to the line a length clear of his rivals.

Click HERE to view the race video replay

Acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2010 Karaka Premier Sale for NZ$75,000, Eatons Gold  has been a wonderful money spinner for his ownership group of 24 individuals, with career earnings now in excess of S$500,000.

John Galvin revealed post race that Eatons Gold was booked to travel to Malaysia to see out his racing career in the care of Fortuna’s Malaysian based trainer, Sharee Hamilton. “There is no reason why this horse cannot continue to race for another couple of seasons” said Galvin, “and we thought that Malaysia would provide him the perfect opportunity to wind out his career before retiring.” 

Eatons Gold capped off a remarkable week for the New Zealand based Syndication company, Fortuna Ltd, with its 2yo star, Melody Belle, winning the prestigious Group One Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes emphatic fashion at New Zealand’s Awapuni race course and on Thursday the company acquiring the seven year old Australian galloper, Chance to Dance, who will race in the Fortuna colours in the A$2m Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick on Saturday 8th April. “There hasn’t been much sleep this past 72 hours,” quipped John Galvin.

Group One Glory For MELODY BELLE


Karaka Million winner Melody Belle (2 f Commands – Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) stamped her authority over her fellow Two Year Olds with another impressive win in the $225,000 Courtesy Ford Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) on Saturday at Awapuni.

Melody Belle strides to victory Group One Sires Produce Stakes

At 32 to 1 when winning New Zealand’s richest race ($1m Karaka Million (Listed, 1200m)) on 29 January at Ellerslie, Melody Belle ended up a $4.70 favourite in the Sires’.

Unsighted at the races since her Karaka Million success on 29th January, Melody Belle indicated to trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards that her fitness was up to the mark after cruising home for a classy win when trialling over 1000 metres on 21 March at Matamata, with Opie Bosson in the saddle.

Recording his first Group One victory, rider Michael McNab had Melody Belle travelling beautifully in fourth, appeared to have plenty of horse underneath him turning for home and after quickening through a gap to lead at the 200m she ripped away to score by 1 ½ lengths.

On Slow8 footing, Melody Belle ran the 1400 metres in 1:25.5.

Owned by the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate, an ownership group of 32 individuals and managed by Fortuna Director, John Galvin, the first foal from winning mare Meleka Belle was purchased for $57,500 by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna, from the draft of Haunui Farm, at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, and recording her third win from five starts took her earnings to almost $700,000.

“What a thrill that was and she’s a stunning filly that will be even better next season,” said Ellis, of the filly bred by Marie Leicester.  Steve and Jamie have had their licence for only eighteen months and that was their eighth Group One win, which is a phenomenal performance.

“ When I first inspected  her I said to Jamie that I had seen an absolutely gorgeous filly, with a lot of speed and the quality and type to go on, and we bought her for what is now an exceptional price.

“I’m thrilled for John Galvin who has done a fantastic job, works really hard syndicating these horses and his Fortuna Syndications business is on an incredible roll.”

Only a matter of months ago, Te Akau and Fortuna Syndications celebrated their 100th success together when Dame Margo Fonteyn (High Chaparral) scored in December at New Plymouth, that total has now raced to 111 joint successes  and last week Ellis purchased the seven year old Gelding, Chance to Dance (Teofilo) for Fortuna at the inaugural Inglis Chairman’s Sale of Elite Racing Prospects on 30 March at the Newmarket complex in Sydney. Te Akau trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards are now preparing Chance to Dance for the $2m Sydney Cup (Gr. 1, 3200m) on 8 April.

“Post Karaka Million we set her for the Group One Sistema Stakes, but she scoped a little bit dirty and we had to scratch her,” said John Galvin, of the lead up for Melody Belle.

“She then trialled really well at Matamata, and her work since then had been brilliant, even this week on slow tracks. It was always a question mark in our minds about the slow track, until they do it on race day you never quite know. But, on the basis of her work over the last week or two we did have high levels of confidence.

“It was just a matter of whether she would handle the track and whether or not she had luck in the running.

“It was a lovely ride by Michael McNab. He got her into the right place, always within striking distance, found the gap as they turned in and was threatening without looking like she might run away from them, but when she changed legs at the 150-metre mark she put the race to bed,” he said. “I am just so happy for our owners, not only are they having the thrill of a lifetime, but they now own a very valuable filly, one who has a very promising future.”

Fortuna buys proven stayer CHANCE TO DANCE who will race in the Sydney Cup Saturday April 8th


A carefully crafted and well executed plan came off when the seven year old Gelding CHANCE TO DANCE (Teofilo -Crystal Ballet) who is guaranteed a start in the Sydney Cup April 8th,was knocked down to  David Ellis.

“We bought the horse for A$260,000 at the sales, through Jamie (Richards), for John Galvin’s Fortuna Syndications,” Ellis said.

“After the Sydney Cup we plan for him to campaign him at the Brisbane Cup Carnival, and following that, he will return to New Zealand where we expect him to be a competitive weight-for-age and cups horse back in the New Zealand.”

Bought two years ago by Nick and Lloyd Williams, who made history when Almandin (Monsun) became their fifth Melbourne Cup winner last year, the Irish import Chance to Dance has won seven of his twenty-seven starts, $450,795 in prize money, and after recently finishing fourth in the Adelaide Cup (Gr. 2, 3200m) under 58kgs, he drops to 51.5kgs next Saturday.

“We identified this horse through the Chairman’s Sale, which has been a great initiative by Inglis to offer these elite racing prospects,” Ellis said.

“We had the horse inspected at Williams’ Macedon Lodge in Victoria by Brent Thompson from New Zealand Bloodstock, vetted by Dr Maxine Brain at the same time and also had our NZ based vet Dr. Douglas Black with Maxine, check out his X Rays etc.”

CHANCE TO DANCE (Teofilo-Crystal Ballet)

Richards said: “The horse is going to have a hit out on Saturday morning in Victoria, as his preparation continues towards the Sydney Cup. He will then travel to Sydney early next week and join Gingernuts in the boxes we have at Randwick, and Steve and I will top off his training ahead of the Cup.

“John Galvin had previously purchased an older horse, Zabene, syndicated him and he raced on successfully under the Te Akau banner to win a couple of times,including a listed victory in the Metropolitan Handicap at Riccarton.   Mark Walker has been quite influential in discussions with John about approaching syndication in a slightly different manner, buying tried horses and ones with quality such as this that is rarely available for sale.

“Chance to Dance has not got many miles on the clock, is a very good-looking horse, and it will be exciting to get to know him better over the next week to ten days and both Steve and I are t about thrilled about having the opportunity to train him.”

With Chance to Dance being a live prospect in the Sydney Cup, at $15, Fortuna Syndications receive another shot at glory soon after Melody Belle (Commands), bought by Ellis and prepared by Autridge & Richards, took out the $1m Karaka Million (Listed, 1200m) at Ellerslie. Melody Belle tackles the Group One Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes at Awapuni on 1st April.

“Mark Walker and I have regularly talked about the idea of buying a proven staying horse out of Australia, who could be termed second-tier, but also a potential top performer at a good value investment price,” Galvin said “and Mark was the one who brought this particular horse to my attention.”

The thinking being that once settled in they could prove pretty competitive at the top end in New Zealand. That’s been underlined by imported proven horses like Willie Cazal winning the Livamol Classic, and Mr Impatience winning the Wellington Cup.  These sorts of horses are obviously not easy to come by and two or three we have looked at in the past couple of years were not sound.

He’s extremely readymade, is a genuine live prospect in the Sydney Cup next week, and our due diligence suggests that he is indeed a very sound and capable horse. He’s won over 2400 metres in February at Caulfield, and after getting a bit further back than intended he finished fourth in the Adelaide Cup, so clearly 3200 metres is not beyond him.

“Following inspection by the experts, the conclusion they came to was that there was no physical reason why we could not buy Chance to Dance, and expect him to be running up to the form that he has  shown to date.  In the meantime, behind the scenes, I’ve been promoting this horse to the Fortuna clients, taking expressions of interest, and as at auction time had ninety-five percent commitment,” he said.

Last December, Te Akau and Fortuna Syndications celebrated their 100th success together when Dame Margo Fonteyn (High Chaparral) scored  at New Plymouth and that total has now soared to 110 winners in the intervening weeks.

“Buying this horse is definitely  a coup for Fortuna and Te Akau,” Galvin said, “and I want to pay tribute to those fifty one of our clients who have flocked to support this concept as we have promoted it over the past couple of weeks – I detect genuine excitement from all of them that they are having a shot at a $2m race in just a few days time.

” I also want to thank the Williams family for putting up such a quality horse for sale, providing us the opportunity to purchase him.”

Fortuna Newsletter of 13th March 2017



In this Newsletter

  1. MAJOR TOM makes it back to back wins in Singapore –
  2. Big Group One week for Fortuna
  3. Fortuna launches new Racing (Lease) Syndicate with Darci Brahma Filly
  4. Fortuna’s weekly tours to Te Akau Stud under way every Friday –
  5. Yearling Shares for Sale
MAJOR TOM shaping up as the “real deal”
Promising three year old MAJOR TOM, who was most impressive when winning for the first time in Singapore mid February, took a significant step forward in his racing career, when again winning impressively at Singapore’s Kranji race course Sunday 12th March. Unlike at his last win, where MAJOR TOM had beaten other non winners, this time he faced no less than 5 other last start winners and 3 more that had won a race in their last two starts. In the end, it was only the Japanese bred filly, Makanani, who posed any sort of threat to Major Tom. Aided by a smart ride by Derek David, the filly sped to the lead early in the run, then controlled that tempo from the front, and with a weight advantage of 5kgs over Major Tom, she looked as if she would be hard to pull back as they turned. However, Rizuan Shafiq, aboard Major Tom had the son of Darci Brahma well positioned one out and one back as they turned – moving to the outside and under a confident ride by Shafiq, he gradually wore the filly down – she didn’t give up without a fight however, going down by a short head with a further 1.7 lengths back to the 3rd horse.
Click HERE to see race replay.
Major Tom winning in Singapore Sunday March 12th

Understandably, Fortuna Director, John Galvin was very happy with his charge; “We have always had a lot of time for this horse, he has a touch of class about him and this victory tonight has franked our opinion of him as the type of horse that could be very competitive in the Group One Singapore Guineas in May – Trainer Mark Walker has done a great job with him and we believe that he has a lot of improvement still to come,” he said.Major Tom was purchased privately by John Galvin in a deal brokered by Te Akau supremo,David Ellis. He is raced by an ownership group of 31 people, many of whom are now booking flight to be in attendance at Kranji May 14th for Singapore Guineas.



After not having a Group One runner since November 2014 (Darci’s Dream 1000 Guineas – 2nd), it is somewhat of an embarasment of riches this coming week with two of the Fortuna Fillies tackling Group One events. Karaka Million winner, Melody Belle is first out of the blocks in theSistema Stakes at Ellerslie, a $200,000 race. She will be ridden by Michael McNab as Opie Bosson will still be serving a suspension that day. Attention then turns to Trentham on Saturday where 3yo Filly, Dame Margo Fonteyn tackles the Wellfield NZ Oaks for the prizemoney of $300,000. With Opie on duty in Sydney (Gingernuts in the Rosehill Guineas), NZ’s leading rider of Group and Listed winners for the season, Jonathan Parkes takes the mount. Well done to all connections – it is never easy to get a Group One contender and best of luck to you all.



Lease Syndicates are always popular as it involves very little money up front and thus provides a great entry point for people.

Darci Brahma – Lady Classique Filly Yearling Filly

I asked Te Akau Co-Trainer, Jamie Richards to inspect this filly in the paddock at Te Akau about three weeks ago and here is he said’ “John, I had a look at the Darci Brahma – Lady Classique Filly in the paddock yesterday and I really liked what I saw. She is a well put together filly and looks like a natural running type that will probably race as a 2yo. Her legs and knees are good, she has a lovely walk and a nice temperament. I would recommend that we break her in nice and early and get her to the Te Teko trials in August and map out a racing plan from there.”

So, that is the plan and we are now offering Terms for this Racing Syndicate.

  • The Syndicate will be governed by the normal Disclosure Statement and Syndicate Agreement
  • A Lease Agreement will be in place – there is no cost to lease the horse, but there is a right of purchase at a sum of $40k – the Syndicate can exercise this right at any time – the way that works in practice is that if she were to win some nice races and thus have significant value either as a sale or broodmare proposition at a value greater than the right of purchase price, then the syndicate would exercise its right of purchase.
  • The syndicate has the right to finish the lease at any time – if in the opinion of the Training Team, her racing prospects were not bright, then the Syndicate could decide to end the lease and hand the filly back to her owners
  • These lease terms are all governed by a separate Lease Agreement – this document would from part of normal initial Disclosure material.
  • Some working capital will be necessary, an amount of $3000 in total will be raised from syndicate Members.
  • Ongoing costs equivalent to $180 per month from 1st April 2017 will be required to meet ongoing costs.
So, if this option appeals to you and you would like to become involved, here are the figures;
10% share – $300 Initial, $360 per month from 1st April 2017; 5% share – $150 Initial, $180 per month from 1st April 2017; 2.5% share – $75 Initial, $90 per month from 1st April 2017

Let me know by email or call/text 021 921 460 if you would like to be part of this racing syndicate



These very popular tours are now well under way, with four having been conducted to date and a total of 52 Visitors enjoying the days out to date. Led by John  Galvin, the participants meet at BP Ngaruawahia at 10.45am on Fridays and then travel in convoy out to Te Akau Stud to view the Fortuna 2017 Yearling acquisitions and take in the stunning pastoral scene that is the 4000 plus acres of David Ellis’ property in the historic Te Akau valley. Book in with me now by email or phone 021 921 460 for this coming Friday 24th March or subsequent Fridays – All welcome





A definite Broodmare Prospect at the end of her career
15% of Shares Left

By the Champion NZ Bred GalloperDUNDEEL, a dominant Australian Derby winner as a 3yo and winner of the $4m Group One ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a 4yo; out of the unraced daughter of Redoutes ChoiceMIROVAYA, a daughter of the Group One (Australia) winning  MISS KOURNIKOVA, this Filly is  from a winning family and appealed to us as an “Oaks” type staying filly, having thrown strongly to her Sire, DUNDEEL, himself a son of the mighty High Chaparral. Plenty of potential here for some exceptional residual value as a broodmare once she is retired from racing. Her Stable name is “Sarah”

DUNDEEL-MIROVAYA Yearling Filly – Karaka Premier Sale

Here is what David Ellis, Fortuna’s thoroughbred selector had to say about this Filly; This is an outstanding Filly from the first crop of the remarkable racehorse Dundeel (High Chaparral), who stamped himself as well above average from the day he blew his two-year-old rivals off the track on debut over 1200 metres at Ellerslie. He racked up titles on both sides of the Tasman: champion 3YO and Horse of the Year in New Zealand, and champion middle distance horse in Australia. He ended his racing career winning the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) and his progeny have been highly sought after. The Filly’s dam, Mirovaya, is by the undisputed king of Australian sires, Redoute’s Choice, a son of the most successful sire of all time in Danehill; her second dam, Miss Kournikova) was joint top filly in the Australasian 3YO classifications and has become a very successful broodmare. This filly is all class, well grown, an early foal, a beautiful mover and we just fell in love with her when we inspected her at Lyndhurst Farm. She has depth of girth, a lovely shoulder, great forearm, short canon, plenty of power behind, lovely head, good ears and eyes, she just ticked every box for me and I am delighted to get her for this price. This filly has a lovely Northern Dancer cross in her pedigree and I really think that Dundeel over Redoute’s mares is going to be a very successful  mating.”

Shares available right down to 1% 

 10% share $15,200 – 5% share $7,600 – 2.5% share $3,800 – 1% share $1,520.

Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Karaka Million Fee, Pearl Series Fee, Insurance through to 31st January 2018 and working capital of over $6,000

Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Karaka Million Fee, Insurance through to 31st January 2018 and working capital of over $10,000

Monthly Ongoing costs commence 1st April 2017 – $340 per month per 10% share – $170 per month per 5% share – $85 per month per 2.5% share – $34 per month per 1% share.

Contact John now 021 921 460 to secure your share

10% of Shares Left

This classy, athletic colt is by the Stallion DENMAN out of the Fastnet Rock Mare, LONDON REBEL. This mare is a 3/4 sister to the outstanding Hong Kong galloper Scintillation (12 wins – several at Listed Level and 4th placings in the Group One Hong Kong Sprint and the Group One Hong Kong Mile) and also a 3/4 sister to Shania Dane, (5 wins in Sydney, two at Group Two and one at Group Three) and a half sister to Risk Aversion (5 wins in Australia including one at Listed level). His Pedigree page is full of black type with a definite speed bias in the pedigree.DENMAN, a son of the Champion LONHRO, was a nine time winner on the track himself including the Group One Golden Rose in Sydney and the Sire of 87 winners to date.

Denman – London Rebel Yearling ColtClick HERE to see a video clip of this lovely horse parading
Now back in NZ and in the paddock  at Te Akau Stud, we will break him in during April, then give him his first stable preparation with the aim of getting him to one of the first sets of trials in the new season commencing 1st August. Assessment at that time will then determine his ongoing racing plans, but the A$2m race on the Gold Coast 15th January 2018 is very much in our sights.

 Shares Available right down to 1% – as follows  –10% share – NZ$12,500; 5% share – NZ$6,250; 2.5% share – NZ $3,125; 1% share NZ$1,250 – Ongoing monthly costs commencing 1st April 2017  of NZ$340 per 10% share, $170 per 5% share, $85 per 2.5% share and $34 per 1% share.

Shares include Cost of Horse, GST, Promoter Fees, Magic Million Fee, Transportation to NZ, Insurance to 31st January 2018 and Syndicate Working Capital of over $6,000

Applications can only be made after Investors have perused and signed the NZ Thoroughbred Racing approved Disclosure Statement. This can be obtained from the Syndicate Promoter, Fortuna Ltd (Director John Galvin), by emailing or calling John 021 921 460. Visit
Fortuna Ltd is an Authorised Syndicator under a Code of Practice administered by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Inc for regulating Thoroughbred Syndications. Details of the Offer are contained in the Disclosure Statement relating to the Offer



Fortuna Director, John Galvin

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MAJOR TOM does it again – back to back wins in Singapore

Major Tom wins again Kranji 12th March

Promising three year old MAJOR TOM, who was most impressive when winning for the first time in Singapore mid February, took a significant step forward in his racing career, when again winning impressively at Singapore’s Kranji race course Sunday 12th March. Unlike at his last win, where MAJOR TOM had beaten other non winners, this time he faced no less than 5 other last start winners and 3 more that had won a race in their last two starts. In the end, it was only the Japanese bred filly, Makanani, who posed any sort of threat to Major Tom. Aided by a smart ride by Derek David, the filly sped to the lead early in the run, then controlled that tempo from the front, and with a weight advantage of 5kgs over Major Tom, she looked as if she would be hard to pull back as they turned. However, Rizuan Shafiq, aboard Major Tom had the son of Darci Brahma well positioned one out and one back as they turned – moving to the outside and under a confident ride by Shafiq, he gradually wore the filly down – she didn’t give up without a fight however, going down by a short head with a further 1.7 lengths back to the 3rd horse.

Click HERE to see race replay.

Understandably, Fortuna Director, John Galvin was very happy with his charge; “We have always had a lot of time for this horse, he has a touch of class about him and this victory tonight has franked our opinion of him as the type of horse that could be very competitive in the Group One Singapore Guineas in May – Trainer Mark Walker has done a great job with him and we believe that he has a lot of improvement still to come,” he said.

Major Tom was purchased privately by John Galvin in a deal brokered by Te Akau supremo, David Ellis. He is raced by an ownership group of 31 people, many of whom are now booking flight to be in attendance at Kranji May 14th for Singapore Guineas.

Fortuna’s HIDDEN PROMISE breaks through for his first win in Singapore

Fortuna’s John Galvin had a bit of a chuckle after watching HIDDEN PROMISE’s Maiden win at Singapore’s Kranji race course Sunday 19th February, “Hidden Promise is a great name for him, because he has been a very slow maturing horse who had us scratching our heads at times during his preparations in NZ and Singapore, but he delivered the ‘promise’ tonight.” he said.

Showing steady improvement in each of his four starts prior to his Maiden victory, HIDDEN PROMISE, a 4yo gelding by Postponed out of the Zabeel mare, Promissory, drew nicely in Barrier One in the 1699 metre Class 5 event on Kranji’s turf track. Ridden by Te Akau Racing’s stable apprentice R Zawari, he covered not an ounce of extra ground one back on the rail. Steadily bought into the race by his rider after a hot pace was set by the two leaders, Zawari pulled HIDDEN PROMISE out to the centre of the track to challenge with what looked like a winning run. Inexplicably, the horse (nicknamed “Bart”) ducked back to the inside and finished up on the running rail. Undeterred, he kept finding, poked through on the inside of other runners and went to the line to score by a long neck in the good time of 1.35.62. Click HERE to see race replay

HIDDEN PROMISE wins his first race in Singapore 19th Feb 2017 - Click HERE to enlarge

HIDDEN PROMISE wins his first race in Singapore 19th Feb 2017 – Click HERE to enlarge

Trained in Singapore by Te Akau Racings, Mark Walker the 2016 Singapore Champion Trainer, HIDDEN PROMISE was selected by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2014 NZ Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale from the draft of Westbury Stud for the price of $65,000. John Galvin also paid tribute to Te Akau Racing’s NZ Trainers, Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, who prepared HIDDEN PROMISE in NZ before he went to Singapore, ” Steve and Jamie kept saying to me ‘he’ll be right – just needs time and maturity to show his best’ – they did a great job,” he said.

HIDDEN PROMISE is owned by the Fortuna Hidden Promise Syndicate, an ownership group of 28 individuals

Fortuna’s MAJOR TOM scores decisively in Singapore

Fortuna Three year old Gelding MAJOR TOM could not have been more impressive in breaking through for his first Singapore at his fourth start. By Darci Brahma out of the Group Two NZ winning mare, Spin N Grin, MAJOR TOM was beautifully handled with a class ride from Rizuan Shafiq. Already knocking on the door for a while, the Darci Brahma three-year-old left his 11 rivals reeling when a saloon passage presented itself at the top of the straight.  Lengthening up under Shafiq Rizuan’s urgings, Major Tom opened up to a commanding break and by the 200m was well clear as he went on to hit the line 1 ¾-length clear of the fast-finishing newcomer Chalaza (Danny Beasley) with Mr Exchequer (Matthew Kellady) boxing on well for third place another 2 ¼ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 22.86secs for the 1400m on the Short Course.

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MAJOR TOM winning in Singapore - click to enlarge

MAJOR TOM winning in Singapore – click to enlarge

“He’s a promising horse who has kept improving with every run, especially when he will get over a mile,” said the 2015 Singapore champion trainer, Mark Walker. “He is well above average, and I will now run him in a Novice race over 1400m. The Three-Year-Old series is something I have in mind for him, but he will skip the first Leg and go for the second Leg instead.”

Walker was referring to the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge which kicks off with the Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) on March 26 followed by the Group 2 Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) on April 14 and the Group 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m) on May 14.

Major Tom was acquired by Fortuna Director John Galvin in November 2015 for $80,000 in a private sale deal. He is owned and raced by the Fortuna Major Tom Syndicate, an ownership group of 31 people. ” I couldn’t be happier for this group of owners,” said John Galvin, “five of them are also in the Melody Belle Syndicate – she recently won NZ’s richest horse race, the Karaka Million, a number of the others are long term Fortuna stalwarts and we have a handful of newer clients in there as well.”

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