Burgundy Belle – Two starts – Two wins

Fortuna’s Three Year Old Filly, BURGUNDY BELLE (Burgundy – Spin N Grin) franked her impressive debut win at New Plymouth (6th December) when taking out the Rating 65 1200 metre event at Matamata Saturday 29th December. Drawing the Ace barrier, rider Shafiq Rusof was content to hold the rail one back from the leader. Traveling nicely in the run, BURGUNDY BELLE was poised to challenge on the point of the turn, but did need a gap to open on the rails. Held up for a few strides, Shafiq did not panic, the gap came and he drove the filly through to take out the race with a long neck margin back to the 2nd horse, Tightlign, in a time of 1.10.67 on a Dead 5 track.

Click HERE to view the result and Video ReplayBURGUNDY BELLE  at full stretch makes it Two from Two – Matamata 29th December

Trainer, Jamie Richards was fulsome in his praise of the filly post race, “Look, it is a very pleasing result, she won a Maiden Race on debut on a Heavy 10 track and now she has backed up in a Rating 65 Saturday company race on a Dead 5, not many can do that, it is clear that she has lots of ability and a nice future in front of her. It is always great to win any race for any of our Owners, but we just love winning for the Fortuna team, we have had a lot of success together.”

Fortuna Director John Galvin was on hand along with a big group of his Fortuna Syndicate Members to watch Burgundy Belle make it two wins from two starts.“That was a very satisfying result, it is never easy for a 3yo to win on debut and then come out in Rating 65 company against older, seasoned horses and score a back to back win. She seems to be very capable and we are looking forward to how she can progress over the rest of the season. Jamie has done a superb job with her and a big thanks to Shafiq for a 10 out of 10 ride.”

Acquired in a Private Sale from her Breeders David Ellis and Karyn Fenton-Ellis, Burgundy Belle is a half sister to JACKS SECRET (two wins in Singapore) and  a three quarter sister to MAJOR TOM (three wins in Singapore), both of these horses have also been owned by Fortuna Syndicates and trained by Mark Walker in Singapore.

Burgundy Belle was strapped by Meg Lambert.

Burgundy Belle is raced by the Fortuna Burgundy Belle Syndicate, an ownership Group comprising 53 individuals