Friday Flash – 11th October 2019

Fortuna horses racing this weekend are LEADERBOARD and BURGUNDY BELLE at Matamata Saturday, RHAPSODY IN BLUE Hawera Saturday and RED ROVER resuming Singapore Sunday

Leaderboard, a Maiden winner over 2400m in Ireland a year ago had his first NZ run at Taupo for a fast finishing 4th over 1300m two weeks ago. Gets his chance here up to 1600m – Race 1 – has wide draw to contend with but is a quality type and can win this if he gets luck in the running, however if the Track gets to a Heavy 10, that may trip him up. Opie to ride

Burgundy Belle was super impressive when winning at Hastings 31 August. Up to Rating 82 Grade, back to 1200m, winner of 4 from 8, bice draw, Opie aboard, any rain no problem, she is right in this – Race 4

Rhapsody In Blue was impressive winning in Maiden Grade at Taupo – now steps up to R65 Grade at Hawera – never easy for last start Maiden winners to win first start in R65, but she has a touch of quality about her – Craig Grylls to ride from a nice draw – she presents as a good each way chance – Race 9

Red Rover resumes after a nice freshen up. An impressive last start winner this grade (Class 4) and trip (1000m), this gelded son of O’Reilly is a big powerful sprinting type. His work on Wednesday was super and he is quite capable of winning this – drawn 7 out of 12 and will be ridden by Azahar, who rode him to victory at his last start – Race 7

 Matamata Trackwork – Tuesday 8 October 

Course Proper: 

Burgundy Belle (T Harris) galloped over 1000 metres in 1.09, last 600 in 38.5. She is ready for the Rating 82 1200 metres at Matamata on Saturday.  

Rhapsody In Blue (M McNab) galloped over 1000 metres in 1.06, home in 38.3. Rhapsody In Blue has options at both Matamata and Hawera. 

Preparing for the Rating 82 2000 metres at Matamata, Luminous (T Harris) galloped over 1200 metres in 1.23.7, last 1000 in 1.07.4.

Also racing at Matamata Leaderboard (M McNab galloped in a pair over 1000 metres – fog prevented time being taken.

No.2 Sand:

Red Jakkal (C Burdan) worked at three quarter pace over 1000 metres, home in 44.

Matamata Trackwork – Thursday 10 October 

Course Proper: 

Racing in the Rating 65 1400 metres at Hawera on Saturday, Rhapsody In Blue (A Jones) worked at three quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1.16, home in 45.

No.2 Sand:

 Red Jakkal (M McNab) galloped in a pair over an easy 1000 metres in 1.10, home in 40. 

Leaderboard (O Bosson) worked at three quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1.14.4.

Dundeel’s Girl (A Jones) galloped over 800 metres in 54.4, home in 38.5.

World Thoroughbred Rankings List – Notable that off the back of Melody Belle’s Group One Livamol Classic win that Jamie Richards has moved up 3 spots to sit at #17 in the World in the Trainers rankings, Opie Bosson has moved up 4 spots to be #33 in the World on the Jockey’s list and incredibly, the Fortuna Melody Belle Syndicate sits at #30 on the Owners List – a huge thrill for her Ownership Group

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Melody Belle Ownership Group – Livamol Classic – Hastings 5th October 2019