Fortuna NZ

Authorized Thoroughbred Syndicators

Fortuna Newsletter of 13th March 2017

 

Greetings,
 

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.

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BIG GROUP ONE WEEK FOR FORTUNA FILLIES

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.

 

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FORTUNA LAUNCHES NEW RACING (LEASE) SYNDICATE – DARCI BRAHMA YEARLING FILLY

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

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TE AKAU STUD WEEKLY TOURS

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

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YEARLING SHARES FOR SALE

REDOUTES CHOICE – VELVET AND SATIN COLT – NOW 100% SOLD

SEBRING- IRISH BELLE FILLY – NOW 100% SOLD

YEARLING FILLY BY DUNDEEL out of MIROVAYA (by Redoutes Choice) 
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

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YEARLING COLT BY DENMAN out of LONDON REBEL  (by Fastnet Rock)
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 john@fortuna-nz.com or calling John 021 921 460. Visit www.fortuna-nz.com
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
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Fortuna Director, John Galvin

Contact John by email HERE or call/text John 021 921 460

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.

CLICK HERE to watch race replay

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.”

Fortuna’s MELODY BELLE wins the Karaka Million

Scenes of unbridled jubilation surrounded a stunning win by Melody Belle (2 f Commands – Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) in the $1,000,000 Karaka Million (Listed, 1200m), on the eve of the New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales, at Ellerslie.

MELODY BELLE wins the $1m Karaka Million at Ellerslie - click to enlarge - Picture courtesy of Race Images

MELODY BELLE wins the $1m Karaka Million at Ellerslie – click to enlarge – Picture courtesy of Race Images

Click HERE to see Race Video replay

Owned by the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate, managed by John Galvin, the first foal from winning mare Meleka Belle was purchased on behalf of Fortuna for $57,500 by David Ellis , from the draft of Haunui Farm, at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.

In his welcoming speech, on the dais, after the Karaka Million, New Zealand Bloodstock founder Sir Peter Vela announced: “Next year not only will we have a million dollar two-year-old race, but a million dollar three-year-old race as wellThis horse (Melody Belle) was there to be bought by everybody, but David Ellis and John Galvin did the work as part of a great Te Akau/Fortuna Team,” Vela said“It’s a great pleasure to congratulate John, his owners, and the Te Akau team who made a fabulous choice in purchasing this Commands filly, from the draft of Haunui Farm, and ridden today by Opie Bosson to produce a dream result. We all dream about it and this group behind me on the podium can enjoy every moment of it, and my congratulations also to Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards who have done an outstanding job in preparing this horse to win today, unbelievable. Well done and all the best for the sales this year,” he said.

From barrier three, with blinkers on, Melody Belle (nicknamed “Valerie” in honour of Olympian Valerie Adams) was out fast before steadying for cover in fourth passing the 900m and once clear in the straight she pounced on the leaders at the 250m, quickly asserted a two-length advantage and never looked like being beaten thereafter.

It was a terrific ride by Bosson and even better effort by the filly, who really did win well.

“I wasn’t too sure what to think after her gallop (Tuesday), but she’s a really laidback filly and the blinkers went on today, which helped, and she was really sharp on the bridle and turning for home I couldn’t believe how well she was travelling,” Bosson said. “It shows that it’s not that expensive to get into a racehorse, into syndicates that John and Dave (Ellis) have, and to have a win like this is just unbelievable. It’s good to be home in NZ and working with Stephen Autridge; he’s my godfather, as well, and to get a big win for him is really humbling.”

Early mentioned in pre race comment by the Racing Media but thought by some punters to be a far better chance than her odds suggested, Melody Belle returned $32.40 & $6.60 on the tote ($26.00 & $6.00 fixed).

On Good3 footing, she ran the 1200 metres in 1:10.9 and final 600m in 35.0.

“Steve and Jamie and all the staff have done a great job,” Ellis said. “This filly is in the stable run by Kerry Jones and Milou Grylls, two of the best girls Te Akau has ever had in our thirty-five year history. I saw this filly at Haunui Farm, around this time last year, and she was bred by one the best breeders in New Zealand, the Sarten family, and she was a filly I just fell in love with the moment I saw her. She is by a great Australian stallion in Commands, from one of the best female families in New Zealand, and I was just so thrilled that we got the name Melody Belle, because Melody Belle was a filly that I watched race in the ‘70s and she was absolutely top-class. She was by Taipan II and raced by Marie Leicester’s, who bred this filly, parents Jim and Annie Sarten, and trained by Ray Verner. So you get a big thrill out of choosing a filly, and really knowing her background, and it’s a great team we have with Mark Walker, Jamie (Richards), helping me buy the horses. And my vet of over thirty years, Dr. Douglas Black, is there helping us and it’s just a real team effort.

“It’s been an incredible start to Jamie’s training career and you can see in the decisions that he and Steve are making, it’s a setup that is working very pleasingly. We’re going to be buying more horses this week to try and win the race next year, too.

“John Galvin and his Fortuna Syndicates have been such an important part of the stable and that’s the second million dollar race we’ve won for him, the first million dollar race was Tell A Tale (winning the 2000 Guineas) and now to win another one with Melody Belle just shows that he’s running a really good ship. He’s a very good operator, a very good communicator, a great winner, and a very gracious loser when things don’t go well, and we’re lucky to have him as a great supporter of Te Akau Racing.” Ellis said.

The win by Melody Belle followed another smart winner for Fortuna Syndications: Its Our Showtime (Showcasing) had been an impressive fresh-up winner a day earlier at Pukekohe.

John Galvin said: “It’s the third time that Fortuna has had a runner in this great race, the first two were unplaced but third time lucky today.

“I would particularly like to thank New Zealand Bloodstock and Sir Peter Vela for dreaming up the concept and putting this in place ten years ago.

I’ve had a long association with David Ellis and Te Akau Racing and David and Jamie bought this horse under budget and she is a great selection, so thank you all. Steve and Jamie have trained her to a tee and we thought that with the blinkers on, she could deliver if she got the run – and she did.

“Opie Bosson is a class act as a rider and he rode his first winner for me thirteen years ago. Thank you to Jasmine Fawcett for strapping the filly, Kerry Jones and Milou Grylls for looking after her so well at the stable and last but not least thank you to all the 27  wonderful owners we have in this syndicate.”

Co-Trainer Jamie Richards said: “It’s a huge buzz and full credit to everyone behind the scenes that buy the horses. David (Ellis) selected her and John’s gone on and syndicated her and the rest is history. The team at home have done a wonderful job with her and it was a lovely ride by Opie –  he’s riding so well. It just shows in these big races how important a draw can be.”

Richards said her previous start was about having her spot on for this race, ‘but blinkers went on, Opie came down and galloped her on Tuesday and was really happy’. I’m thrilled for John and Team Fortuna, he puts a lot into the industry and he has a loyal bunch of clients and owners here tonight – it’s a big buzz, and we’ll be out there (at the sales) tomorrow trying to find another one for Team Fortuna for next year.

Fellow co-Trainer Stephen Autridge said: “She’s a great little filly, with great owners, so really pleased. Nothing went right with her in the run last time and I said ‘forget she went around’, it was run for today and everything went wrong anyway, but [today] she got the right draw, the right run, and right jockey”.

Story written by Jeff Dore and John Galvin

ITS OUR SHOWTIME wins stylishly at Pukekohe

After trialling superbly at Cambridge in early January, Its Our Showtime (4 m Showcasing – Be Inspired, by Zabeel) resumed with an impressive victory in the $20,000 Mount Shop Rating 65 1200 metres on Saturday at Pukekohe, to win for the send time in her 7 race starts career.

An easy winner in May for the Fortuna Its Our Showtime Syndicate  she had been patiently handled since then by trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards and it was a more furnished article that fronted recently at the trials on 10 January at Cambridge.

The resultant fourth placing at the trials, without rider Opie Bosson moving a muscle, behind three stakes performers was enough for her to start a $3.50 & $1.60 favourite on the tote ($3.20 & $1.35 fixed).

David Ellis, Te Akau principal, picked up the story on her purchase: “After the yearling sales that year (2014) I hadn’t bought enough horses and John Galvin wanted to syndicate another horse. I looked at fifteen horses that were for sale in the paddock and I rang John and said I’d seen a horse in Cambridge that was owned by James Chapman of Jamieson Park. She was out of a Zabeel mare. So John and I inspected the horse,  purchased her on the spot (subject to a Vet check), and John  syndicated her”.

Away well from a tricky draw to settle in fifth, Its Our Showtime was pushed three wide at the 800m but rider Cameron Lammas never panicked. He kept her balanced rounding the home turn, quickened on to lead at the 300m and after changing stride a furlong out she came clear to win easily. Under a substantial weight impost (58.5kgs), and resuming off 203 days, Its Our Showtime galloped to a very good time of 1:10.9, last 600m in 33.9, for the 1200 metres on Dead4 footing. Click HERE to see Race Video replay.

ITS OUR SHOWTIME winning for the 2nd time -Pukekohe 28th January

ITS OUR SHOWTIME winning for the 2nd time -Pukekohe 28th January – Click to enlarge – Picture courtesy of Race Images

“Obviously she’s a very talented mare and Steve and Jamie have been very patient with her,” said  Fortuna’s John Galvin “She’s had a couple of injury setbacks throughout her career, but she won her Maiden race by four lengths last autumn, was unlucky when beaten a nose at Ruakaka, and the team think quite a lot of her. They feel she can be right up there with the best of them, so we’ll take her along quietly and see where we finish up. She’s a lovely athletic mare, doesn’t carry a lot of condition, so each campaign needs to see her lightly raced . In the run today she was three wide at times, four wide as they turned, but kicked away strongly and withheld all the challengers. It was her first run back for over six months, so it was a nice result.”

ITS OUR SHOWTIME is raced by the Fortuna Its Our Showtime Syndicate, an ownership group of 33 individuals

EATONS GOLD makes it eight career wins in Singapore

EATONS GOLD showed his race rivals a clean pair of heels once turning for home in the Class 4 event over 1100 metres at Singapore’s Kranji racecourse, Sunday 15th January. Now an eight year old, who had his first Singapore start way back in July 2011 as a two year old, EATONS GOLD (Jet Spur-Road Ranger) has been a fabulous servant for his connections, starting 62 times for his eight wins and a myriad of minor placings and in excess of S$460,000 of earnings. Click HERE to watch race replay. Ridden by stable apprentice R Zawari, who rode two winners on the night, EATON capped off a highly successful weekend for Trainer, Mark Walker, who produced three winners on Sunday night to go with his two winners on Friday night.

Eatons Gold in action Kranji  Racecourse - 14th January 2017 - Click to enlarge

Eatons Gold in action Kranji Racecourse – 15th January 2017 – Click to enlarge

Purchased by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Syndications for NZ$75,000 at the 2010 Karaka yearling Sale, EATONS GOLD is raced by the Fortuna Eatons Gold Syndicate, an ownership group consisting of  21  individuals.

FORTUNA acquires DENMAN Colt 1st Day of Magic Millions Sale on Gold Coast

Fortuna’s Thoroughbred Selectors, David Ellis and Jamie Richards have selected a classy Yearling Colt for Fortuna 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.

I had told David and Jamie that I would like to buy a Colt that was physically correct, an early type and one who looked as if he had the physical attributes to be a runner as a 2yo, so that we could have a crack at the A$2m  Magic Millions 2yo event to be run on the Gold Coast on the 2nd Saturday of January 2018. Jamie called me about an hour before this horse came into the ring to say that they thought this horse met all of that criteria and would probably meet our budget criteria as well. Here is what he said to me after their successful purchase; “John, this is a really athletic type of horse, physically correct and who passed his Vet checks with flying colours. Of average height and an early foal (24th August), he looks to be a real running type and we are confident he can make a nice Two-Year-Old. His pedigree page is hard to fault with a lot of natural speed in the bloodlines; we are really happy to secure this horse to train for you and your owners.”

Denman-London Rebel Colt - Click to enlarge

Denman-London Rebel Colt – Click to enlarge

Click HERE to see a video clip of this lovely horse parading

The plan for this horse is to bring him back to NZ in the next few days, let him have two to three months in the paddock at Te Akau Stud, then break him and 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 as follows  – 10% share – NZ$12,500; 5% share – NZ$6,250; 2.5% share – NZ $3,125; 1% share NZ$1250 – 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 $8,000

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 HERE or calling John 021 921 460. Visit www.fortuna-nz.com

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

 

See Pedigree Below (click to enlarge)

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Fortuna 3yo COLORADO PRINCE wins on debut

 

Story contributors Jeff Dore and John Galvin

Colorado Prince in action -Tauherenikau 2nd Jan 2017 -click to enlarge - Picture courtesy of Race Images

Colorado Prince in action -Tauherenikau 2nd Jan 2017 -click to enlarge – Picture courtesy of Race Images

A half-brother to stakes winning stable-mates Darci’s Dream and Windborne, both by Darci Brahma (Danehill), Colorado Prince  scored on debut in the B & B Contracting Maiden 3YO 1400 metres on 2 January at Tauherenikau.

Having produced a pleasing gallop to finish third when trialling over 1200 metres on 13 December at Te Aroha, Colorado Prince (3 g Alamosa – Sweet Dreams Baby, by Van Nistelrooy), presented in terrific order for trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards and despite receiving no favours through the run he displayed some resounding attributes to score narrowly.

In the hands of talented rider Hayden Tinsley, Colorado Prince got his head up in the early shuffle for positions and ended up three wide without cover. Held together in fourth at the 600m, he was coaxed into second a furlong out and extended fully under persuasion when challenged near the line. Click HERE to see race result and Video replay

“He was good before the race, pretty relaxed about the whole experience and Hayden said that although a bit green he was pretty happy with how he found the line,” said Te Akau Racing Manager Brad Taylor.

Bred by Te Akau principal David Ellis & Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM, he is owned by the Fortuna Colorado Prince Syndicate, managed by John Galvin, who also had Darci’s Dream and Windborne under his Fortuna banner.

Darci’s Dream won the Canterbury Belle Stakes (Listed, 1200m) before finishing second to Platinum Witness in the 2014 1000 Guineas (Gr. 1, 1600m), while her year younger sister Windborne won the Murdoch Newell Stakes as a two-year-old and also won the Canterbury Belle Stakes as a three-year-old.

“John Galvin bought the first two filly foals out of this mare and Colorado Prince was a really lovely strong yearling, and it was a good effort to win today,” Ellis said. “He was three wide and really showed a bit of ticker, and I was really pleased for John (Galvin) because the Fortuna team had some bad luck yesterday with Dame Margo Fonteyn being a late withdrawal from the Royal Stakes at Ellerslie – it looked a winnable race for her. John is a true sportsman and he understands that these sorts of things can happen with thoroughbreds. He runs a terrific ship at Fortuna and he’s great to train for, and I’m really thrilled that another horse with the DE brand won for him – that’s three from three.

On Good3 footing, Colorado Prince ran the 1400 metres in 1:25.7, paid $5.40 & $1.90 on the tote and $4.80 fixed.

“It was a really good win, especially after being caught wide, three deep without cover, and he stuck to the task really well,” co Trainer Jamie Richards said, “He’s a lovely big horse, but has taken a bit of making and can be quite green in his action. Across the top you could see him get a bit awkward, but then he found a good rhythm in the straight. Hayden (Tinsley) said that when he balanced up he just took a little while to find his action, but he really attacked the line strong. We think he has the makings of a horse that is going to continue to improve, his trials had been good and it’s great to have another winner for John Galvin and the Fortuna team.”

Fortuna Director John Galvin, who could not attend today’s Tauherenikau meeting was understandably very pleased for his charge, “Patience is a virtue at any time, but never more so in horse racing – and we have been particularly patient with this horse – it is now paying off – hats off to Steve (Autridge) and Jamie (Richards) for producing this horse to win on debut. We have a great crew of owners, many of whom were in the two half sisters and also two sets of new owners for whom this was their very first race day runner,” he said.

Colorado Prince was acquired by John Galvin at the 2015 Karaka Select Sale for $90,ooo and is raced by the Colorado Prince Syndicate, an ownership group of 29 individuals.

OUR RIVER DANCER leads all the way for his 5th career win

“He’s the toughest horse I have ever trained – he just won’t give in,” were the comments of Fortuna’s Malaysian based Trainer, Sharee Hamilton, after OUR RIVER DANCER’s all the way win in the Class 4, 13oo metre event on the Penang track Christmas Day.

Drawn barrier 9 of 1o runners, OUR RIVER DANCER, was quickly into stride and went to the lead as he usually does – setting a solid tempo in the hands of rider S SALEE, he was still leading turning for home but being pressured by race rival, TAFFETAS, who went up to him at the 200 metre mark and briefly headed the grey 6yo Gelding. Indeed, the commentator declared before the runners hit the line that TAFFETAS “was home”, but in his gritty indefatigable style, OUR RIVER DANCER, fought back and went to the line half a length in front of his challenger. Click HERE to see race replay Video.

Our River Dancer victorious  in Penang Christmas Day 2016

Our River Dancer victorious in Penang Christmas Day 2016

Hamilton, based in Malaysia since the mid 90’s, is an expat Kiwi, who served as assistant trainer to fellow Kiwi Trainer, John Sargent, during his very successful training stint in Malaysia. It was a family affair for Hamilton as her husband, S SALEE was the winning rider. Christmas Day racing was the last day of the Malaysian racing season with Hamilton finished in 2nd place on the Trainer’s premiership for 2016 season with 56 winners.

OUR RIVER DANCER, who boasts a stout European pedigree (Danehill Dancer – Distinctly – by Sadlers Wells) has now had five career wins, two in Singapore (trained by Mark Walker) and three in Malaysia. He was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Ltd at the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale for the sum of NZ$105,000 and is raced by a NZ based Syndicate of nineteen individuals.

 

 

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