FORTUNA NEWSLETTER -
01 July 2014
HIGHLY LIKELY winning at Te Aroha 18th June 2014
IN THIS ISSUE
Fortuna Horses Salute Judge
Yearling Shares For Sale Update
- Excitement building ahead of Spring Racing
FORTUNA HORSES SALUTE JUDGE NEW ZEALAND AND SINGAPORE
Two Fortuna horses enjoyed winning success recently, HIGHLY LIKELY and VON SNITZEL
Fortuna 3yo, HIGHLY LIKELY, wins in testing conditions at Te Aroha
Published 18th June 2014
Promising three year old gelding, HIGHLY LIKELY (High Chaparral-Starrinka), produced a gutsy effort in very testing conditions at Te Aroha today, when taking out a Maiden 2200 metre event at just his second race day start. Fortuna boss, John Galvin, was well pleased with his charge’s effort. ” Let’s put this in persecutive,” he said, ” this horse is just having his his second race day start, the trip is 2200 metres, the track is a Heavy 11 and he is just a three year old racing against older horses and lugging 68.5kgs, because it was an amateur riders race – that is a big effort under the circumstances and aided by a lovely ride by Jamie Richards.” Click HERE to watch race replay - HIGHLY LIKELY goes from barrier three and is in the Fortuna colours of Tangerine/Blue with White Sash.
HIGHLY LIKELY, acquired for Fortuna by David Ellis at the 2012 South Island Yearling Sale, has a lovely pedigree, by the Champion Race Horse and now successful Stallion, High Chaparral, out of the Volksraad mare, Starrinka, herself a half sister to the well performed The Meista. Trainer Jason Bridgman and Syndicate Manager, John Galvin, have always had a lot of time for the horse, but have handled him patiently as he is still developing and maturing. “HIGHLY LIKELY is still very much a work in progress” says Bridgman, “a year from now he will be more mature and a lot stronger as a result; he has the potential to be a really top line winter galloper in the years ahead.”
HIGHLY LIKELY is raced by the Fortuna Highly Likely Syndicate, an ownership group of twenty five individuals. He was ridden in today’s event by amateur rider, Jamie Richards, whose day job is racing manager for Te Akau Racing Stables. Jamie has now had seven race day rides for four wins and two seconds, a great record in Amateur riding events. Jamie has a great pedigree himself, being the son of former South Island jockey and now successful Wingatui trainer, Paul Richards.
Highly Likely with connections Te Aroha 18th June 2013
Fortuna 5yo VON SNITZEL rewards patient owners with fine win in Singapore
Published 27th June 2014
“A long time between drinks” was an appropriate adage when Fortuna’s 5yo Gelding VON SNITZEL ( Snitzel-Lumir) won in Singapore Friday 27th June. The last time that VON SNITZEL had greeted the judge had been 810 days earlier, in April 2012. Not that the horse has been unproductive in that time as he had won prize money in twelve of his twenty five starts.
Drawn well at Barrier two on the Turf track and in the hands of the very capable Lisa Allpress, VON SNITZELwent straight to the lead, dictated terms in front, cornered under no pressure from the rider and maintained his advantage down the long Kranji straight, winning with a two length margin in hand in the smart time of 1.23.67 for the 1400 metre trip. Click HERE to view race replay
” I am so happy for the Syndicate Members” was Fortuna Director John Galvin’s response straight after the race, ” they have had their patience tested severely in the past two years; however he has generally run very honest races and his accumulated earnings in Singapore are now around S$95,000, so he has more than paid his way. He was very unlucky last start, getting badly squeezed just short of the post and with his good barrier draw tonight, we did think he was a real chance.”
Selected by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2010 Karaka Premier Sale, VON SNITZEL is raced by an ownership group comprising 24 individuals.
VON SNITZEL winning Singapore 27th June 2014 – Lisa Allpress aboard.
YEARLING SHARES FOR SALE UPDATE
Four of the six yearling we acquired at Karaka are fully sold with the other two almost sold. Shares are left as follows:
“BELLA” (Savabeel-Lynisky Filly). Big, strong, powerful, this girl has 3yo type written all over her. She is approaching the end of her first stable preparation and has not put a foot wrong. Out of a very winning family (Lynisky has had four to the races, all winners) and by a Sire who is enjoying great success both sides of the Tasman, we plan to be very patient with this girl, teach her the basics, let her fill out into herself and then aim her at the Classic 3yo races such as the Oaks and Derby events in the Autumn of 2016. As an older horse, she will make a grand staying type. $7,400 per 5% share and $150 per month ongoing. 15% left.
“JACK” (Sakhees Secret Gelding). Selected by Mark Walker as an ideal Singapore type, JACK has developed into an imposing type. With plenty of size to him, he is shaping as a 3yo type. We have gelded him already and shortly he will start on his breaking in process. Once he has been fully educated and had two trials, he will travel to Singapore; when he first starts there he will be racing for $75,000 in prize money. Out of a Group winning mare, JACK represents excellent value given that his pricing includes the cost of transportation to Singapore. $3,800 per 5% share and $150 per month ongoing. 25% left.
Please do not hesitate to contact John Galvin
if you have interest in either of these two yearlings. Call 021 921 460 or email email@example.com
EXCITEMENT BUILDS AT MATAMATA AS FORTUNA HORSES PREPARE FOR SPRING RACING.
Although we are in the depths of winter still with Polar blasts forecast over the next few days, the reality is that the lucrative Spring Racing scene is just around the corner and the thoroughbred candidates for the various prizes on offer are hard at work preparing for their assignments.
“I cannot remember a season where we have had such depth in the Fortuna ranks,” reports Fortuna Director John Galvin. “In our rising 4yo team, we have three time winner SIR DARCI, who really strengthened and developed during his late Autumn break, preparing for a number of the rich Mile events during the coming season; the Group 2 Coupland Mile at Riccarton during Cup week being his initial primary target , while stablemate SELINE, although not able to win as a 3yo, never ran a bad race and being a slow maturing type, is expected to step up during her four year old season.
Sir Darci winning at Ellerslie-February 2014
“In the rising 3yo team, we have DARCI’s DREAM, already a winner as a 2yo, who will be aimed at the high class fillies events and the well performed trials performers, geldings DURAN and PRINCE HENRY; all three of these horse are being aimed at August trials. Our other very promising filly, OUR DRAHMA QUEEN, has had a bit of setback and needs to box spell for a few weeks before being ready to race again.
DARCI’s DREAM winning at Te Aroha February 2014
” Our rising Two Year old team, all Karaka 2014 graduates, are also showing some mettle with WINDBORNE ( Darci Brahma-Sweet Dream Baby) on track to trial in August as will ”EBONY” (Bachelor Duke-Keepa Cruisin), Singapore bound ”LORDE” (Iffraj-Naturo) and “BUTCH” (Darci Brahma-Twelve Carat). ”Bella” (Savabeel-Lynisky), more of a 3yo type, will also trial in the spring, but probably not until later. We should also mention ROYAL ASCOT (Keeper-High Rank), who has developed into a lovely big strong horse; he is Singapore bound but will trial in the Spring before heading away.”
In the current racing ranks, recent winner 3yo HIGHLY LIKELY has come through his gutsy win in fine shape and will race again soon, while fellow 3yo REDOUTES CHANCE, gets his chance at Te Aroha Wednesday 9th July.
After a slow start to the season (which in Singapore runs January to December) Fortuna’s Trainer, Mark Walker, has hit a purple patch of form lately and has now moved up to 4th on the Premiership table. As outlined above, Fortuna enjoyed success last week with VON SNITZEL and this coming weekend, READY FORTUNE,who is close to winning, races as does DOUBLE JEOPARDY, who ran a fine 3rd last time out and is also close to a win. 2yo SECRET SPICE is back in work after a break and will next race as a 3yo sometime in August; also a promising type who has needed time to mature. The well performed EATONS GOLD is having a paddock spell in Malaysia after having some chips removed from his knees; he has been joined there by OUR RIVER DANCER, who also required some knee surgery. Recent arrival, KING SAVINSKY has acclimatised well and will have his first trial in Singapore very soon.
KING SAVINSKY in Singapore June 2014
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