Friday Flash – 11th February

Fortuna has four runners this week, one in NZ and three in Singapore

New Zealand
Leaderboard, a shock scratching from the Wellington Cup, is over his issues and contests the Taranaki Cup, over 2000m at Awapuni Friday 11th February – Race 8 at 5.02pm – Joe Kamaruddin rides. He meets a very strong field here and has drawn the outside barrier in a field of 16 runners. An out and out stayer, he may find the trip a bit short for him, particularly at this class, however will be finding the line strongly – Rain is forecast which will assist – is at big odds and is a sneaky place chance if it does rain

Hidden Promise contests the Class 5 1400 Turf on Sunday 13th  – Race 7 @ 8pm and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice Jerlyn Seow claiming 3kgs. This veteran nine year old has won 7 times in Singapore at trips 1600m and above. Ran a strong finishing 4th over 1200m last start and has good each way claims here in a weakish field

Here is what the Singapore Turf Club tipsters have to say about this race

Consistent of late in this grade and gets a senior rider aboard. Has to overcome a wide barrier but plenty of room to find a position and can surprise in a low-depth field.
2nd Pick: FIREWORKS (2)
Blinkers come off for this run after a fair run last start behind First Thief. Manoel Nunes jumps on for the ride and will be well supported.
3rd Pick: ATLANTEAN (7)
Bounced back to form with a strong placing and goes up one kilo from that run. Meets similar conditions here and can surprise again.
4th Pick: HIDDEN PROMISE (3)
Getting back to a journey where he performs better. Drawn nicely in barrier four and aided by apprentice claim. Probably the easiest field he has met for a while.

King Arthur races in the Class 3 1200m Polytrack event with CC Wong in the saddle – this horse has taken all before him of late winning three in a row at Class 4 level. Meets a very strong Class 3 field here and won’t find it easy. Has also drawn wide again, although has won his last two races in compelling fashion from similar draws. Good each way chance and can win with luck in the running

Here is what the Singapore Turf Club tipsters have to say about this race

1st Pick: LUCKY JINSHA (10)
Last-start win and trial victory last week confirmed this horse is extremely progressive and is continuing to improve. In what looks a great Class 3 he has to be the pick.
2nd Pick: KING ARTHUR (7)
Another up into Class 3 and who has been winning a lot of late. Will be the speed influence in the race and will be in the right part of the track making his own luck upfront. Toughest test to-date but with some luck, he should be in the finish.
3rd Pick: SACRED GIFT (8)
Trialled in the fastest time we’ve seen for a while at Kranji going 58.81 for the 1000m. Rarely runs a bad one, therefore one has to consider him first-up as a place hope at least.
4th Pick: SONGGONG HERA (2)
Looks one of the class horses in the field. Form behind Lim’s Kosciuszko looking really strong, right in this with the right steer.

Hadeer also races in the Class 3 1200 Polytrack event. Like King Arthur, he is a 4 win horse in Singapore and has won at Class 3 level – Jerlyn Seow rides claiming 3kgs from an outside barrier. All his four wins have been on the Turf and so the Poly surface is a question mark this time – loves to lead and so if he can make the front is a chance of running in the money – surface is a query however

Fortuna Track work – Matamata

Tuesday 8th Feb

Ragamuffin (N Parmar) galloped over an easy 800 metres in 57, home 42.

Thursday 10th  Feb

Hayate (A Jones) galloped over 800 metres, home in 37.7.

Navalha (O Bosson) worked at three quarter pace over 1000 metres 1.13.3, home in 43.7.
2g Darci Brahma – Ujjayyi (R Sheehan) worked at three quarter pace over 800, home in 43.

Fortuna Track work – Singapore

Tuesday 8th Feb

Hadeer (Jerlyn) – 800/600 38; King Arthur (CC Wong) – 1000/600 38; Hidden Promise (Harry K) – C, 1000/600 38

Other News

Fortuna Shares for Sale

Now in full work and heading for a trial 8th March – this strapping 2yo Gelding by Darci Brahma out of the winning Iffraaj Mare,  Ujjayyi is turning a few heads at the Matamata track

– Click HERE to see a Video Clip of “DB” parading 9th Feb with voiceover from Jamie Richards

– still a few shares left at $1100 per each 1% and $40 per month from 1 April

“DB” 2yo Gelding by Darci Brahna out of Ujjayyi

Shares can be ordered online from the Fortuna website HERE

Contact John by email if you require further information or call/text 021 921 460


The Fortuna Winners keep coming – 7 in total now for 2022 – 4 in Singapore and 3 in NZ – see the story on our latest winner, DANCARINA, below;

Fortuna Three Year Old Filly DANCARINA records her first race day win at Ruakaka 9th February

DANCARINA (the 3yo Filly by Sebring out of Dance For Me), sent out a $1.90 favourite by Punters, did not let her backers or connections down when producting a strong winning effort, in the hands of Opie Bosson, in the Bream Bay Maiden 1400m at Ruakaka 9th February. Having just her 2nd race day start after producing a fast finishing and close up 3rd placing at Matamata 12th January, DANCARINA was away quickly from her mid field draw and was part of a line of four horses all contesting for the lead. Rider Opie Bosson was content to let her slide forward to sit outside the leader however and traveling sweetly in the run, gathered in the leader on turning for home and set sail for the winning post, going to the line a length clear of 2nd placegetter, Destiny’s Girl.

Click HERE to see the race replay

Trainer, Jamie Richards, on course to watch his team of runners race, was quietly satisfied post race “She really deserved that win, she was great at Matamata on debut and she has been showing us a lot at home – she has been a slow maturing Filly who has had a few issues along the way, but we have taken our time with her and I am sure she has a lot more to give yet – lovely ride by Opie and well done to John Galvin and his Fortuna Team of Owners, they have been very patient”

 Dancarina – Victorious at Ruakaka 09 February 2022

Fortuna Director, John Galvin, watching from his Hamilton home, was also very pleased “That was great to watch – I was sure she would run well today off the back of her strong debut run at Matamata and so it proved. Her draw was slightly tricky, but Opie summed it up perfectly, he was happy to have her use up a bit of petrol early knowing that he had some horsepower under him – and well done to Jamie, this Filly has had him scratching his head a few times with some of her physical issues, but it has all come together of late”

DANCARINA was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast January Sale for A$100,000 from the draft of Widden Stud. She is raced by the Fortuna Dancarina Syndicate, an ownership group comprising 60 individuals