Friday Flash – 14th July 2024

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NZB Karaka Millions Mega Maiden Series Races Announced

Our new Magic Millions purchase, the HELLBENT Filly is now fully committed


Fortuna has one runner on Saturday, in NZ,


RAGAMUFFIN contests the R65 1400m event – Race 4 at 1.15pm with Lisa Allpress  to ride from Barrier 5 on what could be a very testing track – a bold 4th at New Plymouth 1800m 11th May, he has been freshened since and won a jumpout home track 7th June. Right in this if he cops the heavy track conditions – TAB says “Racing well for a while – ticks all the betting boxes” – showing $4/$1.70 Fixed Odds

Matamata Trackwork – Fortuna runners

Wednesday 14th June

Bellatrix Star (T Melvin)  worked over 800 metres at three-quarter pace in 59.5, home in 45.1.

Singapore Trackwork 

Saturday 8th June

NZB Karaka Millions Mega Maiden Series Races Announced
NZ Racing Desk

Karaka Millions riches are set to be amplified next season, with horses eligible for the lucrative NZB Karaka Millions Series racing for an additional $1m in bonuses. This exciting series is comprised of 40 non-Saturday Maiden races to be run from September 2024 through to May 2025. A $25,000 bonus will be struck if a Karaka Millions eligible horse, three years or older, wins one of the races shown below. The winning owner(s) will receive $20,000 and the successful trainer $5,000.

“This series is a great opportunity to boost field sizes across the country outside of our premier racedays, and will give those Karaka Million Eligible horses a chance to compete for a significant bonus,” Darin Balcombe, NZTR COO said “The selected races provide a spread of region and distance to provide maximum opportunity. We are excited to bring this series to the regions.”

The following conditions also apply to the 40 races:
No horse that is KM eligible will be given preference in terms of entry to a race, normal maiden balloting conditions will apply. In the event of a KM Bonus race being divided KM Eligible horses will be placed in one race. This will be given priority.

Here are the 40 races

Date Club & Venue Race Condition & Distance
Friday 20 September Taupo RC@Taupo Mdn 1200m
Sunday 22 September Waverley RC@Waverley Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 25 September Sth Canterbury@Timaru Mdn 1200m
Sunday 29 September Te Aroha JC@Te Aroha Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 16 October ATR@Pukekohe Park Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 23 October Gore RC@Gore Mdn 1335m
Thursday 24 October Taranaki RI@New Plymouth Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 30 October Te Aroha JC@Te Aroha Mdn 1200m
Sunday 3 November Otaki-Maori RC@Otak Mdn 1200m
Thursday 21 November Sth Canterbury RC@Timaru Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 27 November Te Aroha JC@Te Aroha Mdn 2200m
Wednesday 11 December Hawke’s Bay RI@Hastings Mdn 2000m
Wednesday 18 December Whangarei RC@Ruakaka Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 18 December Ashburton RC@Ashburton Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 1 January Riverton RC@Riverton Mdn 1400m
Thursday 2 January Racing Tauranga@Tauranga Mdn 1200m
Thursday 16 January WTR@Te Rapa Mdn 1600m
Monday 20 January Wanganui JC@Whanganui Mdn 1340m
Thursday 23 January Southland RC@Invercargill Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 29 January Hawke’s Bay RI@Hastings Mdn 1200m
Friday 31 January WTR@Te Rapa Mdn 1400m
Thursday 6 February WairarapaRC@Tauherenikau Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 12 February Te ArohaJC@Te Aroha Mdn 1200m
Wednesday 19 February CanterburyJC@Riccarton Park Mdn 2000m
Friday 21 February Wanganui JC @Whanganui Mdn 1340m
Wednesday 26 February Taupo RC @Taupo Mdn 1400m
Sunday 2 March Marton JC@Awapuni Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 5 March CanterburyJC @R iccarton Park Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 12 March Sth WaikatoRC@ Matamata Mdn 2000m
Sunday 23 March Matamata RC @ Matamata Mdn 1400m
Wednesday 26 March Egmont RC @ Hawera Mdn1400m
Wednesday 2 April ATR@ Pukekohe Park Mdn 1600m
Wednesday 16 April Ashburton RC @ Ashburton Mdn 1200m
Thursday 17 April Matamata RC @ Matamata Mdn 1200m
Monday 21 April Otaki-Maori RC @ Otaki Mdn 2000m
Wednesday 30 April Hawke’s Bay RI @ Hastings Mdn 1200m
Thursday 1 May Canterbury JC @ Riccarton Syn Mdn 1400m
Sunday 11 May Wanganui JC @ Whanganui Mdn 1340m
Friday 23 May Otago RC @ Wingatui Mdn 1600m
Sunday 25 May ĀTR @ Ellerslie Mdn 1500m

From a Fortuna perspective, the Karaka Millions registered horses that we have, that are 3yo or older as of 1 August and are still Maidens, are Court Of Appeal and Queens Consort


Our new Magic Millions purchase, the HELLBENT Filly is now fully committed

Proving to be very popular, our recent Magic Millions acquisition the yearling Filly by Hellbent out of Beside You was fully committed within five days – she will be on her way to New Zealand from the Gold Coast on Sunday

The Yearling Filly by Hellbent out of Beside You – “Linda”
Note that we still have a few shares left in our January Magic Millions acquisition, the yearling Filly by Spirit of Boom out of Aotearower –  “Boomer” – fully broken in, she is now deep into her second stable preparation and is on target to trial at Te Rapa on Tuesday, the 6th of August – a big strong type,  she is shaping up as an early runner – shares available at $1932 per each 1% and $44 per month from 1 July – click HERE to see all of her details on our website – or call/text Jonn 021 921 460 if you require more information

The  Filly  by Spirit of Boom out of Aotearower –  “Boomer”
Des Coppins – Guest Selector
Here is what Des has to say this week

Greetings John and the Fortuna team
It was a frustrating day with the 3 last Saturday with Show of Love missing the kick and getting on heels at the top of the straight; La Parisienne running with a slipped saddle and Who Knows caught on a limb.
She can be a fickle game at times but we’ve had a respectable run with the best bets on the email tipping service ( with several Fortuna investors on board) including the $8 winner My Chablis midweek at Cambridge.
Incidentally for this week only I’m inviting potential clients a special offer of just $200 ( gst inclusive) for the email service dcoppins@ to start immediately. Drop me a line and all will be revealed and the payment takes you right up until August 31 ( approx 60 NZ gallops race days).

Three to watch for this weekend.

Old Town Road, race 7, Trentham

He’s had two runs and he looks pretty much spot on to deliver. He gets a 3kgs allowance and the track conditions will be right up his alley. He was bogged down on the inside of the track at Wanganui last time and in wet ground at Wanganui they go up and down on the one spot when pinned near the rail.
Old Town Road has won 7 races, all in heavy ground at distances varying from 1100 to 1400m.

Te Rapa, Silver Javelin r9

She was game in defeat here two starts ago when we were on board and you can almost put a line through the run she received last time at Counties where she began awkwardly and while improving near the 900 she got on heels and that clearly upset her rhythm.
Let’s go again!

Highlighter, r4 Te Rapa

I made her the best bet last time and she delivered after giving the leaders a big start in the early stages.
The pace will be on and that’ll suit a back marker like her.
She races so well on this track and the 3kgs claim gives her a massive pull in the weights over the speedy Babylon Berlin. On a wettish track, the weight relief is gold!
She’s 3rd up and in this state she’s never been out of the money in 4 prior preps!
Good punting this weekend.