Friday Flash – 17th May 2024

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HAYATE wins at Cambridge

Fortuna has three runners next few days – two in NZ – one in Victoria

Werribee – Friday

RUBICON CROSSING races in the BM64 1008m event – Race 7 @ 3.55 pm (5.55pm NZT) and will be ridden by Luke Cartwright, claiming 2kgs, from Barrier 9 – narrowly beaten this grade and trip last time – slightly tricky draw but is set to go well here and is a strong top 3 chance – Neds says “Fitter now and will take beating” – showing $2.70/$1.30 fixed odds

Te Rapa – Saturday

MALBOROUGH BAY contests the R75 1400m event – Race 7 @ 3.47pm with Opie Bosson to ride from Barrier 5. Won narrowly but well this trip R65 grade 27th April – up in grade but has the right draw, the right rider and gets track conditions to suit ready to run another bold one here and is a good each way chance at nice odds TAB says “Sure to go well again” – showing $9.50/$3.10 fixed odds

Hawera – Sunday

KHAFEEF runs in the Restricted Open Steeples – Race 4 @ 12.52 with Michael Roustoby in the saddle – ran a strong 3rd in this grade at Woodville 9th May – Meets a few others here with good recent form also but is right in this as a top three chance – TAB says “Forward showing expected – go close ”  – showing $6/$2.05

Matamata Trackwork – Fortuna runners

Tuesday 14th MayStar Shadow (N Parmar)  worked over 1200 metres in 1.18.42, home in 36.98

Singapore Trackwork 

Saturday 11th May




Fortuna racemare HAYATE records her 4th career win at Cambridge 15th May 2024

Securing a race-to-race double for the Te Akau stable rider Opie Bosson, Fortuna Racing’s HAYATE (5 m Maurice – Vamoose, by Admire Moon) won the $17,000 Rating 60 2000 metres on 15 May at Cambridge. No sooner had Bosson guided Hayate’s Te Akau Racing stable-mate Luxuriant (Iffraaj) to an easy victory in the Rating 60 970 metres than he was back in winning action again with the Fortuna runner.

A winner earlier in the season over 1550 metres on the poly track at Cambridge, and subsequently second there at her next start, Hayatehad been unable to quicken on Soft 7 footing in the Rating 65 1600 metres on 8 May at Matamata, and faced both a drop back in grade and step up in distance. Given an economical trip on the inner from barrier two, Hayate was away from the rail and improving between runners inside the 600m and drew out to win well after arresting the lead mid-straight. In the race sponsored by Oakvue Lodge/Serenity Park, Hayate ran 2000 metres in 2:04.7 on the poly track and paid $5.20 & $2.20 on the NZ TAB tote.

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“She was helped with a drop back in grade to Rating 60 and it was good to get another win with her,” said Mark Walker, who trains in partnership with Sam Bergerson. “Great, too, to get another winner for Fortuna Racing, John & Jessica Galvin and their owners –  they’ve had a great run of wins in recent weeks. She has shown to handle the synthetic surface really well, so should be able to be placed nicely with the upcoming meetings on the poly tracks. It was also good to see her step up and win over 2000 metres, which shows she can handle a middle distance and that too opens up a few further opportunities.”

HAYATE – 4th career win – Cambridge 15th May 2024 – Opie Bosson aboard

A winner on debut in May 2022, Hayate has been a consistent performer and recorded her fourth victory for her owners in the Fortuna Hayate Syndicate (Mgr: John Galvin).

“They were similar sorts of rides,” said John Galvin (who was on course to witness the victory), commenting on the piloting by Bosson of the two stablemates in succession. “He bided his time, got them off the rail at the right time and they both won well. Hayate raced last week at Matamata and while she disappointed, the track was probably a bit sticky for her and her trackwork leading into that race had been very strong, so I think it was a clever decision by Mark Walker to back her up a week later, given that she was going to drop in grade and also get up in trip. We now know she can run the 2000 metres and she certainly wasn’t stopping. It was a lovely win and now she’ll be back up in grade, of course. She’s always given us the signal that she’s been looking for more ground and, finally, we’ve managed to get her there. She’s a five-year-old now, but she’s very sound and now that she’s up in trip there is bound to be a few more wins in her as well. She’s quite adept on the Polytrack, so that will provide more opportunities. While she likes sting out of the tracks, she doesn’t like it too heavy. And the Polytrack, as we know, suits those sorts of horses that aren’t necessarily firm track horses but also don’t like it heavy, either.”

Raced by the Fortuna Hayate Syndicate, an Ownership Group of 60 individuals, Hayate was acquired for $80,000 by Te Akau principal David Ellis and Fortuna Racing at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Mapperley Stud.

Hayate was strapped by Cooper Stumbles.

Des Coppins – Guest Selector
Here is what Des has to say this week

Greetings John and the Fortuna readers

Last week two of our three horses at value ran in the money and both were game defeat but just found one better on the day.
Mind you, the early bird place prices weren’t too bad!
Let’s get onto this weekend:

R7 Te Rapa : Francee

Forget her last run on this track when she copped a serious check nearing the 800m and a few strides later she was on heels when the pace slightly slackened. Despite all this she was the third quickest over the last 400 and 200 when finishing only 11th.
I’m expecting a big form reversal and the odds will be good enough to go top 4.

R4 Trentham: Dresse’ Par Joli

Michael McNab will take her back from a wide draw but she will be attacking the line if her first three runs are anything to go by.
She looks very promising.
I notice she’s part of the TAB betting surge option and the $4.50 looks very inviting.
In saying that I’ll be playing the insurance line of $1.75 as a place.

R3 Te Rapa
I’m opting for a quinella option on two who I think are both on the cusp of a win, Acquarello and Silver Javelin.
We had the former as one to follow last time it raced here and it was just beaten. It’s ideally suited in this race and I see Opie is booked to ride.
I’m keen also on Silver Javelin.
It’s another who winds up better than most in the final sections of its races. She’s second up and she won second up on her last preparation. In her limited racing she boast a placing behind the talented Pour the Wine. I’ll be backing both individually and strategically in relation to their respective odds but I won’t be ignoring the quinella either.

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Good punting!