Fortuna 3yo RED JAKKAL breaks Maiden ranks at his 2nd Race Day Start

Fortuna Three Year old Gelding RED JAKKAL provided a big thrill for his large ownership Group when clearing Maiden ranks at Rotorua 20th March 2019. Drawn nicely at Barrier 3 from the 1200 metre starting point and in the hands of super hoop, Opie Bosson, “Winston” as he is nicknamed showed good gate speed and was soon in the lead. This allowed Bosson to control the tempo and it was obvious on turning that RED JAKKAL had plenty in hand with Bosson merely shaking the reins at him down the straight and only drawing the whip with 100 metres to go

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Red Jakkal breaks Maidens – Rotorua 20th March 2019 – Picture courtesy of Race Images

RED JAKKAL is a gelded son of the ill-fated International Stayer Jakkalberry, who died early in his stud career and out of the Red Giant mare Red Alert. His one previous race day start on the same track in September 2018 had yielded a fast finishing 2nd. Fortuna Director John Galvin explains the background, “David Ellis had picked this horse out for me at the 2017 Karaka Ready To Run sale after I have given him instructions to find me a nice staying type. He did show some early promise in his first preparation as a 2yo, but was put aside for a break before resuming and having two trials at Te Teko in August, the second of these being particularly pleasing – he then franked this form with a very good debut run at Rotorua in September for 2nd. After this race, Trainer Jamie Richards determined that “Winston” would be well served by having a break to attain mote maturity and this time in, he is definitely stronger and has the makings of a horse, who on type and pedigree, will definitely be suited by more distance. Our patience is paying off.”

RED JAKKAL is raced by the Fortuna Red Jakkal Syndicate, an ownership group of 75 individuals and was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2017 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run sale for $75,000.