Friday Flash – 11th August 2023

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Fortuna 6yo ELLIOT NESS records his 3rd career win in Singapore 6th August

Ellerslie Track Reconstruction

Sam Bergerson – Young Gun

Fortuna has four runners Saturday and Sunday –  two in NZ and two in Singapore
New Zealand

KHAFEEF runs in the One win Hurdles event at Riccarton on Saturday 12th August – Race 1 @ 11.30am and will be ridden by Dean Parker. Strong Hurdles winner at Hawera in late April, he then fell in a Hurdles event at Hastings early June – had a couple of starts on the flat since then (including one on Riccarton synthetic last Wednesday where his saddle slipped). Very capable jumper who can go keen and is unpredictable as a result – is 2nd fave @ $3.60/$1.20 and can take this out if things go right for him

BEAU GESTE races in the Grand National Hurdles at Riccarton Saturday 12th August – Race 4 @1.12pm with Dean Parker to ride. Ran out of condition with 600m to go Sydenham Hurdles last week after traveling and jumping well – very capable jumper on his day but meets some more seasoned runners in this and may just need the run – tempting odds @$21/$3.60 though

Singapore – Sunday

KNIPPENBERG races in the Class 4 1200 Turf event – Race 7 @3pm Singapore time (7pm NZ Time) with Vlad Duric to ride from the outside barrier (11) – two wins and two seconds from 6 starts says it all for this lovely 4yo son of I Am Invincible. Was very strong for 2nd last start when resuming off a break. Has taken a lot of improvement and provided Duric can negotiate a sweet passage from the wide draw, he is right in this

Here is what the STC tipsters have to say about this race;

1st Pick: LIM’S STRAIGHT (3)
Gets a decent gate advantage over a few of his major opposition in this race. Has been super impressive since his return and well managed by Daniel Meagher, winning chance.
2nd Pick: KNIPPENBERG (1)
Carries the top weight in this weekends event which is a slight concern. Despite the big weight and wide gate, his class should take him a very long way in this event with Duric booked to ride.
3rd Pick: GALAXY BAR (10)
Hasn’t raced since his open maiden victory on the 2nd of July but has trialled since. Gets a super light weight for this weekend’s assignment against proven company, each way hope.
4th Pick: TRIBUTO (7)
Worked well during the week and a solid performance by him wouldn’t shock. Louis Beuzelin knows this horse well and can hopefully get the best out of him.

ENTERTAINER races in the Class 4 1100 Poly event – Race 12 @5.30pm Singapore time (9.30pm NZ Time) with Yusoff to ride from barrier 9 claiming 2kgs – has not won a race since September 2022 and has been mixing form of late – but has won eight times in his career, seven of those on this trip and surface – now back to Class 4m the first time he has raced in this grade for two years – is that the key? Needs a bit of luck from the draw but does have good gate speed and can feature in the finish here

Here is what the STC tipsters have to say about this race;

1st Pick: ASIF (3)
Singapore debut for NSW galloper who was initially with Chris Waller. Two trials in the country have been solid, Nunes stays on for the race day start, respect.
2nd Pick: FADABOY (10)
Jamil sticks on this running claiming 4kg again which will see him have a featherweight once again. Last two starts have been super and the jump out to 1100m should only improve his chances to perform here.
3rd Pick: OPUNAKE (7)
Won immediately heading up to class 4 and confirmed that he is in great condition at the moment. Draws barrier 2 so expect him to roll forward from there and control from the front again, place hope.
4th Pick: ENTERTAINER (1)
Will appreciate the drop to 57kg here with the claiming rider on board. Back to class 4 should see him being super competitive this weekend, each way.

Fortuna Track work – Matamata

No Fortuna timed trackwork this week

Fortuna Track work – Singapore

Saturday 5th August

Tuesday 8th August


Other News

Fortuna Racing’s ELLIOT NESS records his 3rd career win in Singapore 6th August 2023

Six year old ELLIOT NESS (Written Tycoon – Walk with Attitude) lived up to his hot favourite billing when producing a strong winning effort to take out the Class 5 1100m Polytrack event at Singapore’s Kranji Racecourse 6th August. Ridden by Te Akau Racing Stable Apprentice, Fadzli Yusoff, Elliot Ness bounced away well from his No 2 Barrier and settled in 2nd place outside the leader. Always traveling well, Yusof kicked his mount clear after turning for home, establishing a winning break which he sustained to the line, finishing the race with a 3/4 length margin in a time of 1.04.99.

Click HERE to see the race replay

ELLIOT NESS had not greeted the judge since July 2022, but had spent most of the latter part of 2022 in rehab after undergoing knee surgery to remove a chip

Trainer, Donna Logan, was effusive in her praise of both horse and rider after the race. “That was a classy performance by Elliot Ness and he was given a great ride by Yusoff from his nice barrier draw. It was a great effort all round – well done to John Galvin of Fortuna Racing and his ownership team – John was up here in Singapore last week to see the Fortuna runner, Rocky, win and now they get another winner today.”

“Elliot Ness” – 3rd Singapore Win – 6th August 2022

Fortuna Racing’s John Galvin, watching from his home in Hamilton, New Zealand, was also very happy with the win. “Look, on paper, he presented as a really strong chance today – he had run a very strong 2nd placing off a wide draw this grade and trip at his last start, but they still have to deliver on the day and today was his day. Lovely professional ride from Yusoff and full marks to Donna Logan and her team for having this horse in such great order.”

ELLIOT NESS (who raced with the name PROHIBITION in Australia) was originally purchased as a Yearling at the 2019 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for A$675,000 as a Stallion prospect for an Ownership Group comprising the China Horse Club and other high profile owners. Trained by  Peter and Paul Snowden in Sydney, he trialed twice in May 2020 for a  4th and a 6th placing and after determining that his trial form indicated that he was not up to Stallion making ability plus the fact that he was very Colty and needed to gelded, he was put up for sale unreserved and John Galvin acquired  him  at the May 2020 Inglis Online Sale for just A$35,000. He has now won three times and had sixteen other prizemoney placing from 23 starts and has Stakes Earnings of just under S$150,000 for his Ownership Group consisting of 44 individuals from NZ, Australia and Hong Kong


Ellerslie Track Reconstruction

Racing participants in New Zealand have a certain spring in their steps at the moment with the $20m increase in Stakes from 1 August and at our Premier racetrack, Ellerslie, the new Turf is being laid and the course is due to have its first race day in the middle of January – click HERE to see footage of progress with Ellerslie CEO, Paul Wilcox commenting

Sam Bergerson – Young Gun

Newly appointed Te Akau Racing Co-Trainer, Sam Bergerson, was featured in a recent edition of Love Racing’s “Young Gun” series – see this great footage of Sam HERE

Guest Selector 

Our latest Guest Selector is Gary Williams – Gary lives in Auckland (although he writes this week’s edition from sunny Fiji) – Gary has had some wonderful Ownership experiences, with shares in gallopers such as Tinseltown (Avondale and Counties Cups), Pasta Post (Rotorua Cup) and the mighty but ill fated Xcellent (NZ Derby, 3rd Melbourne Cup) – he has also enjoyed significant success with his Fortuna runners, via Leaderboard (Wellington Cup), Khafeef and the Singapore runners Red Rover and Marcus Antonius

Here is what Gary has to say about Saturday’s racing at Riccarton

Bula John  and the Fortuna Team

Grand National Day has always fascinated me ……as a young Southern kid I watched in awe as southern horses such as No Offence, Koral, Enceeoh etc won the big steeples. Sadly no jumpers in the South now but wagering on the day may help sustain the day a little longer.

Hours of study resulted in me finding 3 x good bets with  a bit  of value. Maybe 10’s and 3’s.

The TAB has gone miserable on Berry The Cash in the Grand National Hurdles – Race 4,  posting odds of $4 –  just silly for its inexperience but he can feature

I’ve liked Southerner Prince Alby [Race 8] since he returned from Aussie. Yes he’s up against some in-form Northerners and his quote at $6/$2 , but surely he will be at least $10/$3 on the Tote come raceday. Each way all day.

Then in the last [ Race 10], I like the veteran Deels Done. Getting on in age, but he likes Riccarton in August and with 3kg off he in with a big Top 3 chance. The TAB has him at $13 and $4 , but should be more on the Tote !

Good Luck – stay warm and bet with your shoelaces and NOT your shoes !