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Fortuna launches new Singapore Syndicate


The stallion, DARCI BRAHMA, a champion race horse on the track and a top performer in the breeding barn has simply excelled with his progeny in Singapore over the past four seasons and in the current season in particular. In the current season he has presented 33 runners to the races for 16 individual winners and a total of 26 wins, with almost S$2m in prizemoney earned, just over half way through the Singapore season. 4yo ALIBI has been his best performer winning the first two legs of the Singapore 4yo Series and running 4th in the 3rd leg, banking almost S$700,000 in prize money along the way.

The Fortuna NZ Stable has contributed to these 2017 season totals as well with MAJOR TOM (3 wins) and PRINCE DARCI (1 win), both 4yo sons of DARCI BRAHMA

Fortuna now offers for Syndication an opportunity to share in this outstanding success by the DARCI BRAHMA progeny with a strong powerful Three Year Old Gelding (turned three on 1st August 2017) – nicknamed “Sonny”. Earmarked as a Singapore prospect early in 2016, this horse has been taken along steadily in his stable preparations, here in New Zealand, to date. An impressive physical individual (16.1 hands high and 530kgs in weight) Sonny completed his most recent preparation with a strong jump out trial on the course proper at Matamata and his NZ handlers, Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, declared him ready to travel to Singapore.

“Sonny” – Darci Brahma – Rihanna Gelding

Sonny has passed all of the mandatory Veterinary tests for entry to Singapore and will travel to Singapore late September. Once there he will join the stable ranks of Singapore’s leading Trainer, Mark Walker and should be ready to make his race day debut by the end of 2017. Significant prizemoney increases for the 2018 season are about to be announced by the Singapore Turf Club with all Group One races predicted to go to $1million minimum and all Group Two races predicted to go  to $500,000 minimum. Restricted Maiden Grade (which Sonny will be eligible for on arrival) is going to $85,000 – pretty good prize money for Maiden gallopers.

This is an excellent opportunity for potential syndicate Members to acquire a share in a lovely, strong son of a Stallion who has been dominant in Singapore these past four seasons.

Be quick, Fortuna’s last syndication offering sold out in 14 days.

Shares available right down to 1%  

10% share $11,200 – 5% share $5,600 – 2.5% share $2,800 – 1% share $1,120 

Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, Promoters Fees, Insurance through to 31st January 2019, all transport costs to Singapore and working capital of over $6,000

Monthly Ongoing costs from 1st September 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

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 CLICK HERE or calling John 021 921 460. Visit

 Fortuna Ltd is an Authorised Syndicator in accordance with the Code of Practice administered by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (Inc) established under The Financial Markets Conduct (Equine Bloodstock) Exemption Notice 2016. Details of this Offer are contained in the Disclosure Statement relating to the Offer




KING SAVINSKY wins at Penang Turf Club (Malaysia)


Rising seven year old gelding KING SAVINSKY (Savabeel- Lynisky) proved himself to be somewhat of a globe trotter when winning for the first time in Malaysia on Saturday 29th July. Already a winner in New Zealand as a 3yo and then a three time winner in Singapore, he has now added Malaysia to his list. Contesting the Class 5 1700 metre event at the Penang Turf Club, his 5th start since transferring to Malaysia earlier in 2017, a bold ride by senior jockey S Salee saw KING SAVINSKY rocket out of the gates to take the lead. Challenged mid race by another runner, the pace was hot, but  turning for home THE KING did not flinch and maintained a strong gallop to the line, staving off all challengers to win by half a length. KING SAVINSKY is trained at Penang by ex pat Kiwi conditioner Sharee Hamilton.

Click HERE to see race replays – (Race 3)

KING SAVINSKY was selected and acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Syndicators at the 2012 Karaka yearling sale for the sum of $95,000 and is raced by the Fortuna King Savinsky Syndicate, an ownership group of  29 individuals

KING SAVINSKY winning in Singapore 2016

PRINCE DARCI breaks through for his first win in Singapore


Well, it took him 12 starts to greet the judge but with some solid recent form behind him, 3yo Gelding, PRINCE DARCI (Darci Brahma-Obsession), in the hands of leading rider, Vlad Duric, was not to be denied and broke through for his first victory on Friday 28th July. Drawn the widest of nine runners in the Class 5 event over 1800 metres, PRINCE DARCI was three wide for much of the race, but Duric didn’t panic, giving the horse a quiet run before easing him into a challenging position as they turned for home and once there PRINCE DARCI was strong in the run to the post to score by 3/4 of a length. Prince Darci is trained in Singapore by Premiership leading trainer, Mark Walker

Click HERE to see race replay

Prince Darci wins in Singapore

PRINCE DARCI  was acquired at the Karaka 2015 Premier Sale by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Syndicators for the sum of NZ$60,000 and is raced by the Fortuna Prince Darci Syndicate, an ownership group of 19 individuals, under the banner of the Fortuna NZ Racing Stable in Singapore


Belle of the Season – Melody Belle

This news item has been sourced from the Te Akau Racing website

Champion Two-Year-Old and Horse of the Year finalist Melody Belle has completed one hell of a season.

From debut winner to Group One winner of a Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in New Zealand and Brisbane, and a stunning Karaka Million (Listed, 1200m) victory in between, the filly purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $57,500 at the 2016 NZB Premier Yearling Sale has been a revelation.

By *record-breaking sire Commands (Danehill) from first crop Iffraaj (Zafonic) mare Meleka Belle, Melody Belle was bred by Marie Leicester, prepared for sale by Haunui Farm, and purchased by David Ellis for the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin).

Her season record of four wins and a third from seven starts earned $865,444 in prize money.

“It’s not easy to compare horses, and I have bought and we have trained Champion Two-Year-Olds Darci Brahma, Maroofity, Warhorse and War Affair, but the way Melody Belle won those three big races (Karaka Million and two Sires’ Produce Stakes) said to me that in thirty years of buying, syndicating and training horses that she’s as a good a two-year-old as we’ve ever had,” Ellis said.

“Melody Belle was the only New Zealand two-year-old to win this season at Group level in Australia, when she won the Sires’ Produce (Gr. 2, 1400m) in Brisbane, and we are particularly proud of what she achieved in her first season of racing.”

In the saddle for a majority of her wins, Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson was also suitably impressed with the filly.

Following her win in the Karaka Million, Bosson said: “She’s a really laidback filly. The blinkers went on today, which helped. She was really sharp on the bridle and turning for home I couldn’t believe how well she was travelling”.

And after winning the Sires’ in Brisbane: “She was just travelling turning for home and when I let her down she gave me a huge sprint,” Bosson said.

“She has impressed me hugely in every start this season,” Bosson said. “She is professional in everything she does, has a great attitude, and a dazzling turn of foot when asked. She’s shown her class on both sides of the Tasman, which is never easy as a two-year-old, and I can’t wait to ride her again next season.”

Ellis said that Melody Belle is currently enjoying what he suggested would be a ‘good’ spell at Te Akau Stud, and with trainers Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards had mapped out a plan for her three-year-old season.

“Her first target is likely to be the Group Three Concorde Handicap in early December at Ellerslie, as a lead up to the Group One Railway there on New Year’s Day. Both of those races are 1200 metres and we feel she is the right sort of filly to then step up to the million-dollar Karaka 3YO Mile at the end of January next year,” he said.

“Following that she could look to major races like the Coolmore Classic at Randwick, Sydney if she was happy getting over a bit more ground.”

Autridge said: “She’s such a versatile and easy filly to train, that can act fresh, so we have plenty of options going into next season, but the main thing now is that she has a lengthy spell after achieving so much as a two-year-old”.

“She did nothing but keep stepping up and you’ve got to remember that after the Karaka Million it was eight weeks before she raced again and won the Group 1 Sires’ at Awapuni. And then she did the same thing again, virtually, before winning the Sires’ in Brisbane, so she’s one very athletic filly and there is a real depth of talent in that family.

“I thought she showed good natural ability and plenty of grit to win her only trial before we sent her to the races at Ruakaka and that day she actually beat the stable-mate Summer Monsoon, who we like too but she retained the rail and just kept going to win easily by two lengths with her ears pricked.

“She did a fair bit during the season, so that’s why we’ve decided, no Christchurch or Melbourne in the spring, and to give her a decent spell so that she has the best opportunity of doing it next time at three.

“With what she’s done, she’s up there with any of the better two-year-old fillies I’ve had anything to do with and this filly I’ve got to say is as good as I’ve ever had as a two-year-old filly,” he said.

*Commands set an Australian record of 155 individual winners in the 2010-11 racing season.

MAJOR TOM impressive in Singapore winning for the 3rd time from seven starts

3yo Gelding MAJOR TOM (Darci Brahma – Spin N Grin) made short work of his race day rivals when resuming at Singapore’s Kranji racetrack after a prolonged absence from the track. Starting as top weight in a Class 4 event over 1200 metres on the Turf, MAJOR TOM settled back in the running, with rider R Zawari starting to edge him closer from the 600 metres – he was the widest runner as they turned and over four lengths from the leader, but made a compelling run in the race to the post and won in stylish fashion by half a length at the line in a time of 1.11.o8 on a rain affected track.

Click HERE to see race replay

Major Tom’s 3rd Singapore Win 14th July 2017

Fortuna Director, John Galvin, expressed satisfaction after watching the race from his New Zealand home, “We have always had a lot of time for this horse, he seems to be a bit special and unfortunately he went shin sore after his last race, a race that was a lead up to the Singapore Guineas and while disappointing for his ownership team that he missed the Guineas, the break away from racing since the end of March has allowed him to develop and strengthen and as we saw tonight he won with authority over a trip too short for him. He does seem to be a type destined for much greater honours,” he said.

Acquired in a private sale for NZ$80,000 by John Galvin after the horse was recommended to him by Te Akau Racing Stables supremo, David Ellis, MAJOR TOM is owned by the Fortuna Major Tom Syndicate, an ownership Group comprising 28 individuals and races in Singapore under the Fortuna NZ Stable banner – he is trained by current Premiership leading trainer, Mark Walker. Major Tom has now won three of his seven starts with only one unplaced run and has accumulated over S$130,000 in prize money.

Great News – Significant Stakes Increases announce for NZ Racing

In very good news today, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing reports a significant boost to stakes in the new season!

More than $2 million will be added to stakes for the Feature and Premier 2 thoroughbred meetings in New Zealand next season.

The boost for Feature meetings, together with other increases for the 2017-18 season, were announced today by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR).

It will lift the minimum stake for non-maiden races at all Feature meetings to $22,500 and means that the $22,500 non-maiden minimum will apply to virtually every Saturday meeting in the new season.

The increases are part of a $6.5 million lift in funding for stakes for the thoroughbred code, from the New Zealand Racing Board, for each of the next two seasons.

This will produce a 13 per cent increase in budgeted NZTR-funded prize money for the 2017-18 season, which begins on August 1.

It had already been announced that NZTR had committed $3.25 million of the $6.5 million towards funding the $10,000 minimums for the code in the 2017-18 season.

NZTR consulted widely with its stakeholders prior to finalising the stakes schedule and there was widespread support for the proposal to focus on Feature meetings.  There are 94 Feature meetings, including 69 on a Saturday, scheduled for the new season.

“The boost in stakes for the Feature meetings will reward our most progressive horses,” NZTR chairman Dr Alan Jackson said. “These are the horses who will be our future stars and we also want to encourage these horses to target our best meetings.”

The open handicaps at Feature meetings will have a minimum stake of $35,000, up $5000 from the present level, and Rating 85 races will rise from $25,000 to $30,000. These increases will apply to around 180 races.

The minimum stake for three-year-old races at Feature and Premier 2 meetings will rise from $20,000 to $25,000 and the minimum for Rating 75 races at Feature meetings will also be lifted to $25,000.

Rating 65, special condition and two-year-old races at Feature and Premier 2 meetings will be lifted from $20,000 to $22,500.

There will also be a lift in the Iconic Race funding for the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas and the New Zealand Oaks and increased funding support for the Karaka Million and the Karaka Million 3YO Classic, which will both have a $1 million stake in 2018.

In addition, each of the 17 heats in the Dunstan Feeds Stayers Championship will increase by $5000 with the final to have a stake of $100,000, an increase of $20,000 on this season, bringing the total increase across the series to $105,000. This is part of the NZTR initiative to boost interest in racing and breeding stayers.

The stake for Pearl Series races at Feature meetings will rise by $2500 and the minimum stake for Rating 75 races at Industry meetings and Tier 2 Feature meetings will be $11,000.

SECRET SPICE makes it back to back wins in Malaysia

Fresh from a dominant winning display on the Penang track Saturday 3rd June, 5yo mare SECRET SPICE (Sahkees Secret-Caparison) backed up Sunday 11th June, this time over 1700 metres and franked her very good recent form with an all the way win, with jockey S Salee making the most of her ace barrier draw.

Click HERE to see the race result and Video replay (Race 2).

A three time winner in Singapore, SECRET SPICE is now fashioning an excellent record in Malaysia, five race day starts for three thirds and two wins

SECRET SPICE makes it two wins in Malaysia

HIDDEN PROMISE wins in Singapore – makes it four wins for Fortuna in 15 days


4yo Gelding HIDDEN PROMISE (Postponed-Promissory) scored his 2nd win in Singapore Sunday 4th June with a gutsy win in the Kranji D Stakes event over 1600 metres. Wanting to be handy, rider Shafiq was pushed three wide initially, but took the initiative and pushed forward to sit outside the leader, ZAC ACE, during the run. Turning for home, Shafiq pressed the button on HIDDEN PROMISE and he went to the post a clear winner with a margin of one length back to the second horse.

Click HERE to see race replay.

Hidden Promise wins for the 2nd Time in Singapore 4th June

Now a two win horse in Singapore, HIDDEN PROMISE is fashioning a very good record with two wins and five other prizemoney winning placings from his eight starts

Todays victory capped a golden run for the Fortuna Syndications operation, with four winners in the last 15 days, notably in four different racing jurisdictions, HIGHLY LIKELY in NZ Saturday 20th May, MELODY BELLE in Australia 27th May, SECRET SPICE in Malaysia 3rd June and HIDDEN PROMISE in Singapore 4th June

HIDDEN PROMISE was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna from the draft of Westbury Stud at the 2014 Karaka Ready To Run Sale for $65,000 and is raced by the Fortuna Hidden Promise Syndicate, an ownership Group of 29 individuals.


SECRET SPICE wins for Fortuna in Malaysia 3rd June

Five Year Old Mare, SECRET SPICE (Sahkees Secret-Caparison) put a good even field of Class 5 gallopers to the sword, sprinting clear in the straight to win by 3 lengths at her home track of Penang. SECRET SPICE who had won three times in Singapore was having her fourth start in Malaysia for Fortuna’s Malaysian Trainer, ex -pat kiwi, Sharee Hamilton. Her Malaysian form had been good with three thirds from her previous three runs. Settling nicely in the run for her rider, S Salee, three back and one off the rail,  Salee mounted a strong run forward at about the 600 metre mark, setting the mare alight to loop the field, the issue was never in doubt once they turned for home. Click HERE to see race result and replays (Race 9)

SECRET SPICE wins at Penang Turf Club 3rd June 2017

Fortuna Director, John Galvin, expressed great pleasure at the outcome; “Secret Spice had won three times in Singapore, collecting almost S$130,000 in prizemoney along the way, however she did not settle very well in the Singapore stable environment, so the decision was taken to send her to Malaysia, which provides a more open environment with spelling paddocks etc and the decision has paid off as she has settled beautifully up there and is really thriving,” he said, “I am sure there are a lot more successes in front of her.”

SECRET SPICE was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2013 Karaka Yearling Sales for the sum of $47,500 and is raced by the Fortuna Secret Spice Syndicate, an ownership group of 25 individuals.



The Beautiful Belle

Story – Courtesy of the Te Akau Racing Webite

Last Saturday, in the $250,000 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr. 2, 1400m) at Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane, Melody Belle (2 f Commands – Meleka Belle, by Iffraaj) obliterated her rivals by nearly five lengths.


Trained by Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards at Matamata, for the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin), she was purchased for $57,500 by David Ellis, from the draft of Haunui Farm, at the 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Sale.

Having already won the Karaka Million (Listed, 1200m) in January at Ellerslie, and Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr. 1, 1400m) on 1 April at Awapuni, furthering her record to four wins from six starts, Melody Belle has won her owners $879,203 in prize money, and now favourite ($2.80) for the $600,000 J. J. Atkins (Gr. 1, 1600m) on 10 June.

Virtually assured of becoming NZ Champion Two-Year-Old, a scratch beneath the surface reveals that Melody Belle stems from the famous Belle family: one of the iconic families in the history of New Zealand racing, which has enjoyed enormous success with fillies in particular.

Marie Leicester, who bred Melody Belle, provides an interesting insight into a family started by her parents, James & Annie Sarten, in 1939:

“She’s the second Melody Belle,” Leicester said. “Mum raced the other one [by Taipan II] and she raced particularly well too, so it must be a good name. She won the Te Aroha Breeders’ Stakes in 1975, when it was in its infancy.

“Belle Fox was the first one that mum and dad bred and she was born in ’39. She had two fillies. One was called Belle Time, by Summertime, and the other was Belle Rosa, by Instinct. Dad gave mum Belle Rosa and he kept Belle Time.

“Within our family, we’ve always said ‘Mum’s family and Dad’s family’. They’re all the one family, but we go back to those two mares all the time – the two daughters of Belle Fox.  The older Melody Belle came from Mum’s line, the Belle Rosa line, and this one comes from Dad’s one, the Belle Time line.

“She (latest Melody Belle) traces back to Honey Belle, who was a very good mare. She won the Foal Stakes when it used to be on New Year’s Day at Ellerslie, the Wellington Guineas, and the George Adams Handicap at Flemington, in the late 60s,” she said.

The grand-dam of Melody Belle, Empress Belle (Sir Tristram), left Tsarina Belle (Stravinsky), a half-sister to Meleka Belle, who finished third in the 1000 Guineas and second in the Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old.

“Meleka Belle and Tsarina Belle are both beautiful looking mares,” Leicester said. “Meleka Belle is from the first crop of Iffraaj and it was because we have the mares at Haunui Farm, and she was a young mare, that we decided to use a first season sire.  Meleka Belle won at Taupo, of all places, when I was (Club) President there. She won at the same meeting as Fix (Iffraaj) won, and they were both three-year-olds.

“Melody Belle is her first foal. I sold an O’Reilly filly out of her last year ($100,000). She’s now got a particularly lovely and very correct weanling filly by Not A Single Doubt, which I’m not sure whether I’ll sell or keep, and in foal to Tavistock.”

Regarding the mating of Meleka Belle to Commands, to produce Melody Belle, Leicester said: “I’d always wanted to send a mare to Commands, and every time I saw him in Australia I’d fall in love with him a bit more. I loved his pedigree and everything about him. I thought Meleka Belle was the ideal mare to go to him, and Commands actually died before Melody (Belle) was born”.

“You get fixations about stallions, and with Commands it was (Sir) Patrick’s family on the dam side and Danehill on the other side, so why would you not want to send a mare to him?

“It was a mating I’d always wanted to do, but felt I needed the right mare and thought Meleka (Belle) was the right mare.

“With the mating, I make up my mind where I want to send mares and then discuss with Mark Chitty (Haunui Farm) and we seldom disagree. Then we do a follow-up with a Brain International Limited rating. The Commands – Meleka Belle rating was very good. Anything under 200 is very good and they start off at 100. I think she was about 150.

“She (Melody Belle) has brought tremendous joy to me and her wins have been a real thrill. Even though you sell them, you still see them as your babies and no matter where they go you follow them intently.

“She blew me away on Saturday, as she did when she won the Sires’ at Awapuni. She seems to be able to jump, get a position, and relax, and find another gear when she turns for home. She’s very professional and I couldn’t get over when she came back into the birdcage like an old hack, just so relaxed – as if to say that race is over, what’s next? And her being so relaxed really thrilled me.

“She’s exciting and just seems to do it so easily, and she doesn’t seem to worry what the track is like. That takes me back to Tri Belle, Star Belle and Honey Belle. They could go through it (ground) if it was wet and loose, but not if it was gluey. None of the family could deal with drying, sticky, tracks.

“They say she’s a tough little girl; well most of the Belle fillies are tough. They’ve got that toughness in them and that determination. She’s a good workmanlike filly and tough. They take a fair bit of work and they just seem to relish it.

“The Belle family seems to keep popping up and they give us great joy, and I’m very, very proud of them, but Melody Belle looks to be very good. I could not believe what she did. She just put paid to them. She’s won her last three races, has had virtually a two-month gap between each one and to do that it takes a good horse and it also takes a good trainer.”


Main pic – Melody Belle as a Karaka yearling

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