Five Fortuna runners in NZ and Singapore Thursday through to Sunday

Two last start winners feature among Fortuna runners over the next few days.

First away is OUR DRAHMA QUEEN (4yo Mare – Darci Brahma-Queen Cha Cha) who broke Maidens at New Plymouth a couple of weeks ago and heads back to the same venue to contest a Rating 65 event Thursday 3rd December. Drawn nicely again at barrier 4 and to be ridden by Matt Cameron, she has been working in great style since her last start victory.

OUR DRAHMA QUEEN wins for first time - New Plymouth 20th November 2015 - Click to enlarge
OUR DRAHMA QUEEN wins for first time – New Plymouth 20th November 2015 – Click to enlarge

In Singapore, Friday 4th, BUTCH CASSIDY (3yo gelding Darci Brahma-Twelve Carat) has his second race day start in an Initiation 1200 metre event on the Polytrack, Apprentice M Zaki to ride from Barrier 7. BUTCH CASSIDY ran 7th on debut over 1100 metres after being slightly slow away form the barrier and connections are looking for an improvement at this 2nd start.

Ellerslie on Saturday sees the very much in form HIGHLY LIKELY (5yo Gelding – High Chaparral-Starrinka) contest the Dunstan Feeds Rating 75 event over 2200 metres. His last three starts have produced a win and two very close 2nds over staying distances and although he needs to lug 60kgs in this event, he has been working in great style and should be very competitive in this event. Cameron Lammas to ride from barrier 9.

In Singapore on Sunday, the last start winner, READY FORTUNE (6yo Gelding – More Than Ready-Bahira) steps up to Class 4 level over the 1800 metre distance. Significantly down in weight since his last, this grade is a lot harder than where he has been running in recent times, but the horse is in great form and will be running on strongly at the business end of the race. CK NG, a 4kg claiming apprentice takes the mount and brings the horse’s carried weight down to just 48kgs.

The Class 5 Apprentice Riders race over 1700 metres sees the durable OUR RIVER DANCER (5yo Gelding – Danehill Dancer-Distinctly) get a chance to extend his winning record in Singapore to three wins. A bold front running type, he ran a solid 4th at his last start, a resuming run over 1600 metres and will be improved by that outing. Apprentice CK NG, who has won on the horse previously and who claims 4kgs, takes the mount