Fortuna News Round Up 5th December



Fortuna’s Singapore Trainer Mark Walker claims 2017 season Singapore Trainer’s Premiership

With the 2018 Singapore racing season coming to a close on Sunday, Mark Walker has claimed the title of Champion Singapore Trainer for the second time – to add to his five New Zealand Trainers’ Premiership titles!

Congratulations to Mark Walker and all the team in Te Akau Racing in Singapore in winning yet another Premiership!

Mark finished the season on 87 wins. A truly remarkable performance and 22 wins ahead of the second placed trainer.


MELODY BELLE to make her 3yo debut at Ellerslie Sat 9th Dec

Melody Belle at Avondale Trials 16th Nov 2017
Anticipation is high and nerves are on edge as Saturday 9th December approaches, this being the day that last season’s Champion Two Year Old, MELODY BELLE, kicks off her 3yo Season. Not many Champion 2yo’s carry on to being dominant as 3yo’s, but those that do generally are very, very good. Saturday’s lead up race is a precursor to the Group One Sistema Railway Stakes over 1200 metres on New Year’s Day at Ellerslie and safely through that, the filly will be aimed at the $1m Karaka 3yo Mile on 27th January, also at Ellerslie. MELODY BELLE’s two trials have been first class as she has built to resumption.
FORTUNA acquires a lovely staying type 2yo at Ready To Run Sale – By Jakkalberry – Stable Name “Winston”

Click HERE to see “Winston” parading at Matamata last week – voice over from Jamie Richards

2yo Gelding by Jakkalberry out of Red Alert

Patience paid off for John Galvin at the recent Ready To Run Sale – it has been well documented how the NZ Trainers and Syndicators were competing with the very deep pocketed Asian and Australian buying bench as the record average price of $108,000 would attest to.
My instructions to David Ellis and Jamie Richards were to target a staying type with a strong staying pedigree, who passed the vet checks with flying colours and with a budget of no more than $80,000. In the end just nine horses were on our short list, with “Winston” ranked No 2 in our preference. Our No 1 preference went for $430,000!!! – but we were rapt to get Winston knocked down to us for $75,000 late in the sale – the patience paid off.

Trainer Jamie Richards has this to say about Winston – “John, this horse presents as a lovely physical specimen with a strong staying pedigree – from what we have seen to date, however, we don’t think you will need to wait a long time for him – he is a more of a compact staying type rather than a lean rangy type – our plan is to get him to a trial in March or April of 2018 and then assess him from there. Steve and I think he will make a lovely 3yo staying type.”Shares selling steadily – 55% sold already – contact John by email HERE or call/text 021 921 460 to get involved.

Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Insurance through to 31st January 2019 and working capital of over $12,000 – Training fees paid up to 1st April 2018 
Shares available right down to 1%
 10% share $13,000 – 5% share $6,500 – 2.5% share $3,250 – 1% share $1,300.
Monthly Ongoing costs commence 1st April 2018 – $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.
And don’t forget we offer Terms, what we call the “Harvey Norman” option – you can pay your share off over a six month period interest free.
Contact John by email or call/text 021 921 460 to get involved in this lovely horse


Last Call for Fortuna “Owners Day” – Matamata Race Course Sunday 10th December

Don’t forget to register for the Owners Day.

Date – Sunday December 10th
Place – “The Gazebo” – Matamata Race course
Time – 1pm to 4pm
Theme – “Jockeys Day”
Light refreshments will be served

As the theme suggest, we will be honouring the riders that have ridden for us over the years and a number of riders who have ridden successfully for us will be present. We will also be parading a number of the Fortuna horses as well including Melody Belle, Chance To Dance, Aabir (our latest “straight to Singapore acquisition) and “Winston” – our very latest Ready To Run acquisition

Please RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to attend – call John 021 921 460 to register