Fortuna Racings 3yo Filly ANGELS WINGS wins on Cambridge Synthetic 31st May

Deserving of victory, Angels Wings (3yo Filly by Heroic Valour – Gowana, by More Than Ready) took out the $14,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series Maiden Fillies & Mares 1300 metres on 31 May at Cambridge. Positioned handily but unable to quicken on Heavy 10 in the Maiden 1200 metres on 14 May at Matamata, Angel Wings had placed in four of her eight starts and showed appreciation of the poly-track when bouncing back. Stable rider Opie Bosson urged her up from her mid field draw, then settled nicely in the trail before challenging earnestly when rounding for the run home and she responded to urgings over the concluding stages.

Te Akau Trainer Mark Walker was on track to watch his charge salute the judge. “It was a well deserved win, she seemed to handle the surface well and a really nice ride by Opie” he said, “She’s been consistent for a long time and great to see her break through for John Galvin and the Fortuna Racing owners.”

Angel’s Wings – Maiden win Cambridge Synthetic 31 May 2023

Angels Wings returned $6.90 & $2.20 on the NZ TAB tote after running a good time (1:16.3) for the 1300 metres.

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Fortuna Racing’s John Galvin was also on course along with Fortuna Racing stalwarts, Ian Upson, Shane and Marlene Thomsen and Noel Williams, all Members of the ownership group, “It was very satisfying to see her win,” he observed after the race. “She’s been there or thereabouts at her last few starts, delivering some pretty good efforts without winning, before striking a very heavy track last time. Today was a bit of an experiment, coming to the synthetic track, which only came about because of the abandonment at Hastings last week, but one that has paid off. Opie reported that she handled the surface pretty well, so given there is a few more synthetic track meetings coming up presents a few more opportunities for her at the same venue. She found a bit extra at the end and it’s worthy noting that we race a lot of horses on the poly-track in Singapore – you often see up there that horses can make a dive near the line like she did. She was in a winning position on the home turn and it was just a matter of whether she could pick up the leader. She’s a lovely big filly and still good in the coat, so we’ll see how she pulls up out of this run and work out plans from there. The family can actually run a trip, so our thinking is that she could stretch out a bit in trip in her four-year-old season.”

Angel Wings was purchased by David Ellis and Andrew Williams Bloodstock for A$100,000 on behalf of Fortuna Racing, from the draft of KBL Thoroughbreds, at the 2021 Gold Coast National Yearling Sale. She was purchased just a few days after the Fortuna Racing dual Horse of The Year and now Thoroughbred Hall of Famer, Melody Belle, was sold for A$2.6m and many of the  owners are also owners in Angels Wings

Angels Wings is owned by Fortuna Angels Wings Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin), an ownership group comprising 41 individuals