Friday Flash – 19th January 2024

Headline News

Our new Spirit Of Boom Yearling Filly from Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale – Stable Name “Boomer” now live on the Fortuna website

Bellatrix Star galloped at Ellerslie this morning in the hands of Warren Kennedy


Fortuna has two well performed runners on Saturday – one in NZ and one in Singapore


LEADERBOARD defends his Wellington Cup on Saturday – Race 9 @ 4.42pm with Joe Doyle to ride  from an outside barrier – was running on well 2100m at Tauranga last Friday and will love the step up in trip – would really appreciate a bit of rain and current forecast has that occurring Friday evening and Saturday morning – was at huge winning odds last year ($51) and punters not taking any risks with him this year, but still generous odds of $18 and $5.50. A genuine staying type, he will be running this out better than most of them at the finish – particularly if the track is Soft


KING ARTHUR contests the Class 1 1200m Turf – Race 10 @4.30 Singapore time (9.30pm NZT) and will be ridden by  Stable Apprentice S W Chong, claiming 4ks, from barrier 4 – a nine time winner in Singapore, he is the equal highest rated horse in this race, has been working his way back into form after a long time away from the track during the latter half of 2023 – meets a good field here as you would expect in Class 1 but gets 4kgs off his back courtesy of Stable Apprentice  allowance. Suited by the Turf, the draw and the weight – may be capable of featuring here at good odds

Matamata Trackwork

Wednesday 17th Jan

Leaderboard (Kennedy) and Fierce Flight (Parmar) galloped on the course proper 23 m out from the running rail, completing the first of two separate assignments over 1200m in 1.22.6, and 37.8 last 600 then 10 minutes later repeated the same exercise in 1.19.4, and 36.6 – both horses are engaged for the Wellington Cup

Singapore Trackwork 

Tuesday 16th January

KING ARTHUR(AWAH)800/600-38; TRIDENT(ASLAM)1000/600-39;


Our new Spirit Of Boom Yearling Filly from Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale – Stable Name “Boomer” now live on the Fortuna website

Key features;

  • By Spirit of Boom, a very hardy racehorse and a well proven Stallion, who is a consistent top 10 Stallion by Winners and Wins on the Australian General Sires list
  • Out of the well performed racemare, Aotearower, a descendant of a long standing, tough NZ bloodline
  • Bred and sold by Cambridge Stud
  • Acquired by us for A$40k less than her passed in price at the Sale, she represents exceptional value
  • Given a big tick by Mark and David during inspections with Mark saying “just breezed across the ground beautifully when she paraded for us”

Click HERE to see her parade

This beautiful Filly was acquired by Fortuna Racing and David Ellis at the 2024 Magic Millions Gold Coast sale – this after David, in conjunction with fellow thoroughbred selector, Marcus Corban and Fortuna’s NZ Trainer, Mark Walker, had conducted extensive inspections over the previous six weeks. As always, our focus was very much on type and any Fillies that made the shortlist needed to have ticked several boxes before they could be on the list. We also had a budget and we are firm on not going above budget. Our budget for this year sale was A$120,000 and we managed to secure this lovely Filly for A$100,000 after she had been originally passed in at A$140,000, from her Breeders, Cambridge Stud


Spirit Of Boom – Aotearower  Yearling Filly




This Filly’s Sire, Spirit Of Boom, needs little introduction and is well proven  – consistently a Top 10 Stallion by wins and winners on the Australian General Sire list, he has been Queensland Champion Sire for four seasons in a row, and is the Sire of over 370 winners, including 25 Stakes Winners. A powerful Sprinter himself as a racehorse, he won twice at Group One level, the Doomben 10,000 and the The William Reid Stakes and raced until he was a six year old winning nine times from 52 starts, demonstrating that he was a very durable type.

The Dam, Aotearower (by Shamardal) won 4 times in NZ and was Group 3 placed. Her Dam, Katoon (by Kaapstad) won four times including twice at Group level. This is the family of Black Panther and Cross Roads and represents the tough, hardy nature that the NZ thoroughbred is renowned for

Click HERE to view this Filly’s pedigree

Physical type

This Filly, whom we have given the Stable Name “Boomer” is a beautiful walking Filly of good size and scope. She certainly ticked all of the usual boxes we look for when trying to select genuine, athletic types. Click HERE to see her parade ahead of the Magic Millions Sale

Preparation and Racing Plans

Te Akau Racing Principal David Ellis says “John, once again  you have done incredibly well here – you are running hot!!! We loved this Filly, she is full of class and by a Stallion who leaves consistent performers at all ages – physically she ticked all of the boxes and has an extremely good pedigree page as well.”

Te Akau Racing Trainer Mark Walker says “John, this Filly just breezed across the ground beautifully when she paraded for us – I just love the fact that she is out of a Sharmardal mare, the same as Imperatriz – this is a very strong NZ Family that consistently produces winners, but in particular, I loved her on type physically, very correct with a great walk. I am sure she will run as a 2yo, but will develop and mature into a strong 3yo type”

 Syndicator’s view (John Galvin)

“The Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale is a top end sale and it can be very difficult to buy at, particularly if you are working to a budget as we are – doing appropriate research and inspections is extremely important and Fortuna Racing is very fortunate to have the team of David Ellis, Mark Walker and Marcus Corban doing this research for us.  In the end we had several nice Fillies on our list and we would have been happy to own any of them, but “Boomer” was one who had particularly caught our eye due to her physical type and walk. Her pedigree page represents just what we like to buy, i.e  a combination of Australian speed influence with tough middle distance/staying New Zealand bloodlines.”

Magic Millions Race Series

Note that “Boomer” is to be registered for the Magic Millions Race Series. This is a series with all of its races being run on one day in mid January each year and which now carries in excess of A$14 million of prize money, including a A$3 million race for two-year-olds and a A$3 million race for three-year-olds – only runners purchased at this sale are eligible to run in any of the races in the series

Disclosure Statement & Agreement

View and/or Download the Disclosure Statement and the Syndicate Agreement for BOOMER

Read the Declaration.

Shares can be purchased directly off the Fortuna website HERE please feel free to call John 021 921 460 if you wish to discuss this opportunity or need assistance with ordering


  • Shares available right down to 1%.
  • 10% share $18,000 – 5% share  $9,000– 2.5% share $4,500 – 1% share $1,800 – all costings are in NZD
  • Initial Capital includes Purchase Price, NZ GST on entry to NZ, Promoters Fees, Insurance to 31 Jan 2025, Magic Millions Race Series Fee, Airfreight to NZ and working capital of over $12,000
  • Monthly ongoing costs from 1st April 2024 – from that date ongoing costs are – 10% share $440 per month – 5% share $220 per month – 2.5% share $110 per month – 1% share $44 per month.
  • Monthly ongoing costs can alternatively be paid up to 12 months in advance as an option for subscribers by Bank Payment or Credit Card
Bellatrix Star galloped at Ellerslie this morning in the hands of Warren Kennedy

“Ali” as she is known around the stable, had her first look at Ellerslie this morning, producing a strong galloping performance over 1200m. Te Akau Racing Manager Reece Trumper was present and was very happy with her work; “she traveled up to Ellerslie with no issue, was a little fresh in the parade ring before her gallop, but worked in her usual professional manner with a good report from rider Warren Kenneday  – she has now had a good look around Ellerslie and is right on target to contest the Karaka Million 2yo event 27th January” he said

Guest Selector – Gary Williams

Well John and the Fortuna Team

Even as a baby in a pram the Wellington Cup was the race my village and my Dad hung out for – several neighbours either won it or went close and when Leaderboard got up last year it was the best day EVER for me as one of many proud Owners!
The bookies prices are very mean so I expect my picks to be longer on tote.
Race 1…Witz End [ $5/$2]
Race 2….Sako [$6/$2] has a wide gate !
Race 3…..Overdrawn [ $5/$2 ] indeed a wide gate !
Race 4…..Nereus [ $4 /$2 ] skinny odds in tough field !
Race 5…..Graill Seeker [ $4 /$2]
Race 6…..Ifshecan [$10/ $3]
Race 7 ….No Rain Ever [$ 6/ $2 ] No jockey yet ,and hopefully some rain  for Leaderboard !
Race 8….Habana [$6 /$2 ] Top horse, but I like Moroney /Gerard pair [both over $20 ] for exotics .
Race9….Go Leaderboard.…..fellow 9 year old Waisake looks well placed but skinny odds while fellow St Leger winner Ess Vee Are [by Shocking] looks value at $10/$3 .
Race 10……Two of my old favourites in this, Novak [$21 /$6 ] for gold coin while I think Colorado Silver [ $4/$2 ] skinny odds, but looks special !As my grandma always said. “At the Punters graveyard with the big fields just look at the bottom 4 on the page” ! 
Good luck and always bet with your shoelaces, not your shoes !
Gary Williams