Fortuna Weekly Round Up 14th November

Fortuna’s JACKS SECRET breaks through for his Maiden win in Singapore

Cliches filled the airwaves late evening Friday 10th November after JACKS SECRET, (five year old gelding – Sahkees Secret-Spin N Grin) won the Class 5 1400 metre event at Singapore’s Kranji racecourse. “All good things come to he who waits,” “Patience is a virtue”, “No longer the bridesmaid”  were some of the cliches being employed. This because JACKS SECRET, who had made his Singapore debut in October 2016 had had seventeen previous starts without victory. The horse had not been without form however, as 13 of those 17 starts had resulted in prizemoney earnings and his three previous starts before victory had yielded three seconds in a row.

Drawn the outside barrier in the 14 horse field, rider Vlad Duric elected to go back and ride for luck. Prior to the turn Duric was steadily picking his way through the field and it was obvious he had a mount full of running beneath him and all he needed to do was find clear air in the run home in order to be competitive in the finish. The clear air came, but job was not over as the race leader, Sing Roulette, had established a five length break as they turned. Out in the middle of the track, however, JACKS SECRET had mounted a compelling run, quickly reeled in the leader and went to the line with two lengths to spare. Click HERE to watch the race video replay.

JACKS SECRET – victorious in Singapore – Vlad Duric in the saddle

JACKS SECRET  was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2014 Karaka Yearling Sales for the sum of $25,000. He has now accumulated over $72,000 in prize money earnings. He is owned and raced by the Fortuna Jacks Secret Syndicate, an ownership group of 24 individuals, 2 of whom are Singapore residents.


Latest Fortuna acquisition

Shares in Fortuna’s latest “Straight To Singapore” acquisition, the O’Reilly – Neraan 3yo Gelding, named “AABIR” are selling quickly, now 65% sold. A big, strong (16.1 hands) type, AABIR has been well prepared and shown excellent ability going to the trials four times for a win, two seconds and a third.

Click HERE to see video clip of AABIR parading.

He is scheduled to travel to Singapore where he will be prepared by Singapore’s leading Trainer, Mark Walker. All going well, he will have his first start in March and will be racing in Restricted Maiden Grade, a grade that carries S$85,000 (approx NZ$90,000 in prize money (no. that is not a misprint)

“Aabir” –

Shares available right down to 1%  
 5% share $7,400 – 2.5% share $3,700 – 1% share $1,480
Share price includes all Initial Costs – Purchase price, Promoters Fees, Insurance through to 31st January 2019, all transport costs to Singapore and working capital of over $6,000
Monthly Ongoing costs from 1st January 2018 – $170 per month per 5% share – $85 per month per 2.5% share – $34 per month per 1% share

FORTUNA’S Champion Two Year Old, MELODY BELLE  to trial at Avondale Thursday 16th November

Yes, she’s back!! MELODY BELLE will have the second of her two 3yo season trials at Avondale this week ahead of her planned 3yo debut at Ellerslie on Saturday 9th December in the Open Sprint. The winner of $865,000 from just seven starts as a 2yo, MELODY BELLE  has some ambitious targets as a 3yo, with the Group One System Railway Stakes at Ellerslie on New Years Day being her initial major target and the $1m Karaka 3yo Classic over 1600 metres at Ellerslie being her second major target.


Fortuna’s CHANCE TO DANCE has his summer racing campaign mapped out

8yo CHANCE TO DANCE who has won two of his three NZ starts, both in elite races has gone for a water walker freshen up after his win in the Group 3 OMF Stakes at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup Day. Having had just four starts in the Fortuna colours, he has already won prize money of NZ$130,000. He will start next in the Group One Zabeel Classic (200- metre -$200,000) on Boxing Day at Ellerslie and from there his plans include the Group One Herbie Dyke Stakes at Te Rapa (2000 metres $400,00) on 9th February and the Group One Auckland Cup (3200 metres $500,000) on 9th March



FORTUNA horses racing this week  

VENUS DE MILO races Singapore Friday 17th November,  HIDDEN PROMISE races Singapore 19th November, OUR RIVER DANCER races at the Perak Turf Club meeting (Malaysia) 18th November.

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