FORTUNA’s 5yo Gelding HIGHLY LIKELY caused a boil over at Te Rapa today, staging a form reversal when winning the Rating 65 2100 metre event. Drawn the outside barrier, instructions to rider Cameron Lammas were very clear; “go to the front and lead” were the orders from Te Akau Co-Trainer Stephen Autridge. Lammas executed the race plan perfectly getting HIGHLY LIKELY to the lead and then setting a steady pace throughout the run; however as they turned, the horse did seem under a bit of pressure and was clearly headed, but then the penny seemed to drop and HIGHLY LIKELY found another gear and kicked away in the run home to win easing down by two lengths. Click HERE to see the video replay
HIGHLY LIKELY in action Te Rapa 2nd October
FORTUNA DIRECTOR, John Galvin, was not overly surprised by the outcome; “There is an old saying in racing that class is permanent, form is tempoarary and while the horse has been struggling this campaign, I was always sure the problem lay between his ears. The Training Team have done a great job with him in recent weeks varying his work, particularly with a lot of jumping, and to be fair, his last run at the Rapa was not all that bad. I was expecting a bolder race today and we got it,” he said.
Acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2011 NZ Bloodstock South Island Sale, HIGHLY LIKELY is raced by the Fortuna Highly Likely Syndicate, an ownership group of 24 people
He doesn’t win out of turn, but invariably tuns a bad race and Friday 25th September, saw 6yo Gelding READY FORTUNE (More Than Ready-Bahira) storm home down the middle of the track to record his 3rd victory in Singapore from 39 starts. running into prize money winning placings 28 of those 39 starts. READY FORTUNE has now accumulated close to S$140,000 of winnings in his time in Singapore.
Ridden by Apprentice R Zawari, READY FORTUNE was slow away and settled at the rear of the field. His young rider improved him along the rails and on straightening, hooked him off heels of the winners in front of him in order to get clear running down the middle of the track and put in a compelling run that carried him to a one length victory margin. Click HERE to see the race replay
Acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Ltd at the 2011 Karaka Premier Sale, READY FORTUNE is a half brother to the dual Stakes winner in NZ, RIO FORTUNE (by Captain Rio) and is raced in Singapore by the FORTUNA NZ Stable on behalf of his NZ based ownership group, comprising 27 individuals.
3yo Filly, Windborne began her classic campaign in perfect style at Riccarton with a dashing display in her season opener.
Already a Stakes winner as a 2yo ( Murdoch Newell Stakes at Avondale November 2014), this was her first appearance since failing in the Listed Karaka Million in January 2015; the Matamata filly proved far too good for her rivals in Saturday’s Listed NZ Bloodstock Canterbury Belle Stakes to emulate the victory of her sister Darci’s Dream in the event last year.
WINDBORNE taking out the Listed Canterbury Belle Stakes at Riccarton
Windborne ( Darci Brahma-Sweet Dreams Baby), with Rosie Myers aboard tracked the race leader, Dezzies Dream, owned by All Black coach, Steve Hansen, to the turn and when a rails run presented itself she shot through to win going away by three lengths. Myers was effusive in her praise post race “She relaxed beautifully and she’s a very exciting filly with a great turn of foot”. Click HERE to se race result and Video replay.
Offered for sale at the 2014 Karaka Yearling Sales by her breeders David Ellis and Karyn Fenton Ellis, Windborne was acquired by Fortuna Director John Galvin for $100,000 and syndicated to an ownership Group of 30 individuals, a number of whom also shared in the ownership of her Full sister, Darci’s Dream
John Galvin was effusive in his praise of her handler’s. “Former Trainer, Jason Bridgman, did a great job with her in her Spring 2yo campaign and then ensured she went for a nice long spell after going amiss in the Karaka Million and since the new Training Team of Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have taken her over in the late Autumn, their focus has been on teaching her how to relax in her work and that focus paid off in yesterday’s race, where she relaxed perfectly in the run.”
Windborne will now be aimed at the (Listed) Ray Coupland Stakes over 1400 metres to be run at Ashburton on October 17th and all going well there, she will contest the Group One NZ Bloodstock Guineas at Riccarton November 14th.
Fortuna’s 5yo Gelding OUR RIVER DANCER (Danehill Dancer-Distinctly) put in a tough performance in Singapore today, Sunday 13th September. A last start winner by five lengths two weeks ago, OUR RIVER DANCER had felt the handicappers lash with eight ratings points (4kgs) added. Starting in the same grade, Trainer Mark Walker decided to claim 4kgs by engaging the promising young apprentice CK NG. Drawn 11 from the 1600 metre mark on the Polytrack, there is only a 100 metre run to the first turn. Instructions to the young rider were very clear; go forward and try and lead. OUR RIVER DANCER began well but there were a number of horses inside him also vying for the lead. Undeterred, NG kept pressing on with the horse and finally hit the lead at about the 1000 metre mark. Turning for home, the horse was traveling well, but the swoopers were coming and at the 200 metre mark it looked like he might be collared, but found enough to go to the line winning by half a length. Click HERE to see the replay.
Fortuna Director John Galvin who was present on track along with his wife Jessica, was quick to give praise to trainer Mark Walker. “Our River Dancer has always been inclined to pull hard in his trackwork, so a couple of months ago, Mark changed his training regime with less trackwork and a lot more work on the treadmill and the swimming pool. It seems to have made all of the difference and the horse now boasts two wins, a 2nd, a 3rd and a 5th from his last five starts.”
Acquired for Fortuna by David Ellis at the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale, OUR RIVER DANCER is raced by an ownership group of 26 individuals and his now won over S$68k in prize money.
OUR RIVER DANCER successful in Singapore 30th Aug 2015
It may have been his 19th Singapore start and yet to greet the judge, however 5yo OUR RIVER DANCER (Danehill Dancer-Distinctly) was unfazed as he strode to the winning post over 5 lengths clear of his nearest rival in a Class 5 event over 1600 metres on Kranji’s Poly Track Sunday 30th August. Ridden by Singapore’s leading apprentice Shafiq Rusof, OUR RIVER DANCER (stable name HUNTER) bounced away from barrier one as he does like to lead in his races. Taken on by eventual runner up, SUPER VELOX, rider Shafiq eased him out of the speed duel and had the horse loping along nice and relaxed in third place. As they turned for homs Shafiq eased Hunter into the gap between the twh horses and sprinted away for an emphatic win. OUR RIVER DANCER, who had almost a year off racing after knee surgery, has been knocking on the door of late with a third and a second in his two previous races, so was sent out a very warm favourite last night. Click HERE to see the race replay
OUR RIVER DANCER successful in Singapore 30th Aug 2015
Acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna Syndicators at the Karaka 2012 Sale, OUR RIVER DANCER is raced by the Fortuna Our River Dancer Syndicate, an ownership group comprising 26 individuals.
It is a big weekend for Fortuna runners Friday night sees DURAN ( Darci Brahma) on debut in Race 2, Stable Star EATONS GOLD in race 6, SECRET SPICE who is 2nd up after a good resuming 2nd placing in Race 1, DOUBLE JEOPARDY in race 4 and READY FORTUNE, who is in top form in race 3. Sunday evening sees last start winner KING SAVINSKY and last start runner up OUR RIVER DANCER looking to extend their records.
King Savinsky rules in Singapore 23rd August 2015
At his seventeenth attempt in Singapore and after running eight minor placings in a row, 5yo KING SAVINSKY (Savabeel-Lynisky) was not be denied in his Class 5 race over 1900 metres on the Polytrack at Singapore’s Kanji racetrack. Ridden by Singapore Champion jockey, Manoel Nunes, he had drawn barrier one and raced on the rail just behind the speed. Nunes extricated his charge off the rail just before the turn and KING SAVINSKY put together a strong gallop down the straight, fighting off a determined Super Velox, before scoring by bit over a length. Trained in Singapore by Mark Walker, KING SAVINSKY was a Maiden winner here in New Zealand before traveling to Singapore after contesting the NZ Derby in 2014. He took a while to acclimatise to his new environment, but had been racing in very consistent form over recent months. Click HERE to see race replay.
Acquired by David Ellis for Fortuna at the Karaka 2012 Yearling Sales, KING SAVINSKY is raced by the Fortuna King Savinsky Syndicate, an ownership group of 32 people.
Fortuna Singapore trackwork – Tuesday 4 August (heavy rain) – Kranji -
Our River Dancer (SB Ng) – Canter, 1000m/600m 36.9;
Wednesday 5 August (fine and sunny) – Kranji -
King Savinsky (Nunes) – Canter, 1000m ¾ /600m 42.9;
Eatons Gold (SB Ng) – 800m/600m 37.2.
Thursday 6 August – (fine & sunny) – Kranji -
Lady Iffraaj (CK Ng) – 800m ¾ /600m 43.2.
Five Fortuna runners in Singapore this weekend
5yo Double Jeopardy is all set for his 2nd up run this coming Friday in a Class 5 event over 1600 metres on the Turf. Drawn 1 at the barrier, he carries top with of 59kgs but has Singapore’s leading jockey Manoel Nunes in the saddle. Note this is a day meeting as Singapore is celebrating its 50th Anniversary (and what a 50 years it has been for the fledgling nation) and so the race start time is 4.50pm NZ time. He is well suited by this race at a trip that is ideal and on the roomy Turf track. A bold showing is expected.
In the same race and after not getting a start last week, OUR RIVER DANCER is all set for his race this Friday in a Class 5 1600 metre event on the Turf track. Unfortunately, he has drawn wide, at Barrier 11, however he will carry just 48.5kgs courtesy of the 4kg claim of Apprentice CK Ng. If he jumps well, rider will take him forward and he is capable of featuring in the finish with luck in the running.
KING SAVINSKY has bounced through his race last Friday like an old pro and so is all set to race again this coming Sunday in a Class 5 event over 1800 metres on the Ploytrack, race 5 at 6.50pm NZ Time. Drawn barrier 9, in a field of 13, Manoel Nunes to ride and if he jumps well, you will see him take up a prominent position in the running. THE KING is well suited in this event, has been racing very consistently and it would be no surprise to see him win his first race in Singapore.
SECRET SPICE has been coming along very nicely in her work and she will resume racing this coming Sunday 9th August in a Class 5 1200 metre event on the Polytrack, Race 8, run at 8.20pm NZ time. Singapore’s top jockey, Manoel Nunes takes the mount from a nice draw of barrier 7. Wile at a trip that is too short for her, she could give a lot of cheek in a fresh state.
EATONS GOLD is all set to run this coming Sunday 9th August in an Open Benchmark 1100 event on the Polytrack, Race 10 at 9.25pm NZ time. Spoilt for choice with jockeys, Mark Walker has elected to put Singapore’s Champion rider, Manoel Nunes, aboard. Unfortunately, we have drawn wide again, but Nunes will sum that up as they jump and we know he has the speed to go forward if able. Racing in white hot form, EATON is very capable of taking this event out.
7.25 p.m. R6 No 6 Double Jeopardy (4g Mettre En Jeu – Flyin’ Finnish) ; drawn ten of eleven, Double Jeopardy returns from a spell with Corey Brown taking the mount. The 4YO looks terrific and has recently had a quiet trial in preparation for this race. He has proven to be a consistent performer and even though 1200m will be short of his best, his work suggests that he can be a first four contender in the race. Click HERE to see the race field
8.25 p.m. R8 No 6 Our River Dancer (4g Danehill Dancer – Distinctly) has been a little disappointing of late but he is looking well and his work suggests that there could be some improvement in him. He has drawn ten in this thirteen horse field. Corey Brown takes the ride and with his wealth of experience, Our River Dancer looks to be a competitive place chance. Click HERE to see the race field