Fortuna Newsletter of 13th March 2017



In this Newsletter

  1. MAJOR TOM makes it back to back wins in Singapore –
  2. Big Group One week for Fortuna
  3. Fortuna launches new Racing (Lease) Syndicate with Darci Brahma Filly
  4. Fortuna’s weekly tours to Te Akau Stud under way every Friday –
  5. Yearling Shares for Sale
MAJOR TOM shaping up as the “real deal”
Promising three year old MAJOR TOM, who was most impressive when winning for the first time in Singapore mid February, took a significant step forward in his racing career, when again winning impressively at Singapore’s Kranji race course Sunday 12th March. Unlike at his last win, where MAJOR TOM had beaten other non winners, this time he faced no less than 5 other last start winners and 3 more that had won a race in their last two starts. In the end, it was only the Japanese bred filly, Makanani, who posed any sort of threat to Major Tom. Aided by a smart ride by Derek David, the filly sped to the lead early in the run, then controlled that tempo from the front, and with a weight advantage of 5kgs over Major Tom, she looked as if she would be hard to pull back as they turned. However, Rizuan Shafiq, aboard Major Tom had the son of Darci Brahma well positioned one out and one back as they turned – moving to the outside and under a confident ride by Shafiq, he gradually wore the filly down – she didn’t give up without a fight however, going down by a short head with a further 1.7 lengths back to the 3rd horse.
Click HERE to see race replay.
Major Tom winning in Singapore Sunday March 12th

Understandably, Fortuna Director, John Galvin was very happy with his charge; “We have always had a lot of time for this horse, he has a touch of class about him and this victory tonight has franked our opinion of him as the type of horse that could be very competitive in the Group One Singapore Guineas in May – Trainer Mark Walker has done a great job with him and we believe that he has a lot of improvement still to come,” he said.Major Tom was purchased privately by John Galvin in a deal brokered by Te Akau supremo,David Ellis. He is raced by an ownership group of 31 people, many of whom are now booking flight to be in attendance at Kranji May 14th for Singapore Guineas.



After not having a Group One runner since November 2014 (Darci’s Dream 1000 Guineas – 2nd), it is somewhat of an embarasment of riches this coming week with two of the Fortuna Fillies tackling Group One events. Karaka Million winner, Melody Belle is first out of the blocks in theSistema Stakes at Ellerslie, a $200,000 race. She will be ridden by Michael McNab as Opie Bosson will still be serving a suspension that day. Attention then turns to Trentham on Saturday where 3yo Filly, Dame Margo Fonteyn tackles the Wellfield NZ Oaks for the prizemoney of $300,000. With Opie on duty in Sydney (Gingernuts in the Rosehill Guineas), NZ’s leading rider of Group and Listed winners for the season, Jonathan Parkes takes the mount. Well done to all connections – it is never easy to get a Group One contender and best of luck to you all.



Lease Syndicates are always popular as it involves very little money up front and thus provides a great entry point for people.

Darci Brahma – Lady Classique Filly Yearling Filly

I asked Te Akau Co-Trainer, Jamie Richards to inspect this filly in the paddock at Te Akau about three weeks ago and here is he said’ “John, I had a look at the Darci Brahma – Lady Classique Filly in the paddock yesterday and I really liked what I saw. She is a well put together filly and looks like a natural running type that will probably race as a 2yo. Her legs and knees are good, she has a lovely walk and a nice temperament. I would recommend that we break her in nice and early and get her to the Te Teko trials in August and map out a racing plan from there.”

So, that is the plan and we are now offering Terms for this Racing Syndicate.

  • The Syndicate will be governed by the normal Disclosure Statement and Syndicate Agreement
  • A Lease Agreement will be in place – there is no cost to lease the horse, but there is a right of purchase at a sum of $40k – the Syndicate can exercise this right at any time – the way that works in practice is that if she were to win some nice races and thus have significant value either as a sale or broodmare proposition at a value greater than the right of purchase price, then the syndicate would exercise its right of purchase.
  • The syndicate has the right to finish the lease at any time – if in the opinion of the Training Team, her racing prospects were not bright, then the Syndicate could decide to end the lease and hand the filly back to her owners
  • These lease terms are all governed by a separate Lease Agreement – this document would from part of normal initial Disclosure material.
  • Some working capital will be necessary, an amount of $3000 in total will be raised from syndicate Members.
  • Ongoing costs equivalent to $180 per month from 1st April 2017 will be required to meet ongoing costs.
So, if this option appeals to you and you would like to become involved, here are the figures;
10% share – $300 Initial, $360 per month from 1st April 2017; 5% share – $150 Initial, $180 per month from 1st April 2017; 2.5% share – $75 Initial, $90 per month from 1st April 2017

Let me know by email or call/text 021 921 460 if you would like to be part of this racing syndicate



These very popular tours are now well under way, with four having been conducted to date and a total of 52 Visitors enjoying the days out to date. Led by John  Galvin, the participants meet at BP Ngaruawahia at 10.45am on Fridays and then travel in convoy out to Te Akau Stud to view the Fortuna 2017 Yearling acquisitions and take in the stunning pastoral scene that is the 4000 plus acres of David Ellis’ property in the historic Te Akau valley. Book in with me now by email or phone 021 921 460 for this coming Friday 24th March or subsequent Fridays – All welcome





A definite Broodmare Prospect at the end of her career
15% of Shares Left

By the Champion NZ Bred GalloperDUNDEEL, a dominant Australian Derby winner as a 3yo and winner of the $4m Group One ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes as a 4yo; out of the unraced daughter of Redoutes ChoiceMIROVAYA, a daughter of the Group One (Australia) winning  MISS KOURNIKOVA, this Filly is  from a winning family and appealed to us as an “Oaks” type staying filly, having thrown strongly to her Sire, DUNDEEL, himself a son of the mighty High Chaparral. Plenty of potential here for some exceptional residual value as a broodmare once she is retired from racing. Her Stable name is “Sarah”

DUNDEEL-MIROVAYA Yearling Filly – Karaka Premier Sale

Here is what David Ellis, Fortuna’s thoroughbred selector had to say about this Filly; This is an outstanding Filly from the first crop of the remarkable racehorse Dundeel (High Chaparral), who stamped himself as well above average from the day he blew his two-year-old rivals off the track on debut over 1200 metres at Ellerslie. He racked up titles on both sides of the Tasman: champion 3YO and Horse of the Year in New Zealand, and champion middle distance horse in Australia. He ended his racing career winning the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) and his progeny have been highly sought after. The Filly’s dam, Mirovaya, is by the undisputed king of Australian sires, Redoute’s Choice, a son of the most successful sire of all time in Danehill; her second dam, Miss Kournikova) was joint top filly in the Australasian 3YO classifications and has become a very successful broodmare. This filly is all class, well grown, an early foal, a beautiful mover and we just fell in love with her when we inspected her at Lyndhurst Farm. She has depth of girth, a lovely shoulder, great forearm, short canon, plenty of power behind, lovely head, good ears and eyes, she just ticked every box for me and I am delighted to get her for this price. This filly has a lovely Northern Dancer cross in her pedigree and I really think that Dundeel over Redoute’s mares is going to be a very successful  mating.”

Shares available right down to 1% 

 10% share $15,200 – 5% share $7,600 – 2.5% share $3,800 – 1% share $1,520.

Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Karaka Million Fee, Pearl Series Fee, Insurance through to 31st January 2018 and working capital of over $6,000

Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Karaka Million Fee, Insurance through to 31st January 2018 and working capital of over $10,000

Monthly Ongoing costs commence 1st April 2017 – $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.

Contact John now 021 921 460 to secure your share

10% of Shares Left

This classy, athletic colt is by the Stallion DENMAN out of the Fastnet Rock Mare, LONDON REBEL. This mare is a 3/4 sister to the outstanding Hong Kong galloper Scintillation (12 wins – several at Listed Level and 4th placings in the Group One Hong Kong Sprint and the Group One Hong Kong Mile) and also a 3/4 sister to Shania Dane, (5 wins in Sydney, two at Group Two and one at Group Three) and a half sister to Risk Aversion (5 wins in Australia including one at Listed level). His Pedigree page is full of black type with a definite speed bias in the pedigree.DENMAN, a son of the Champion LONHRO, was a nine time winner on the track himself including the Group One Golden Rose in Sydney and the Sire of 87 winners to date.

Denman – London Rebel Yearling ColtClick HERE to see a video clip of this lovely horse parading
Now back in NZ and in the paddock  at Te Akau Stud, we will break him in during April, then give him his first stable preparation with the aim of getting him to one of the first sets of trials in the new season commencing 1st August. Assessment at that time will then determine his ongoing racing plans, but the A$2m race on the Gold Coast 15th January 2018 is very much in our sights.

 Shares Available right down to 1% – as follows  –10% share – NZ$12,500; 5% share – NZ$6,250; 2.5% share – NZ $3,125; 1% share NZ$1,250 – Ongoing monthly costs commencing 1st April 2017  of NZ$340 per 10% share, $170 per 5% share, $85 per 2.5% share and $34 per 1% share.

Shares include Cost of Horse, GST, Promoter Fees, Magic Million Fee, Transportation to NZ, Insurance to 31st January 2018 and Syndicate Working Capital of over $6,000

Applications can only be made after Investors have perused and signed the NZ Thoroughbred Racing approved Disclosure Statement. This can be obtained from the Syndicate Promoter, Fortuna Ltd (Director John Galvin), by emailing or calling John 021 921 460. Visit
Fortuna Ltd is an Authorised Syndicator under a Code of Practice administered by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Inc for regulating Thoroughbred Syndications. Details of the Offer are contained in the Disclosure Statement relating to the Offer



Fortuna Director, John Galvin

Contact John by email HERE or call/text John 021 921 460