Friday Flash – 19th March

Fortuna has one runner in NZ and two runners in Singapore this Saturday March 20th

New Zealand

Rhapsody in Blue resumes at Tauranga on Saturday (race 3 at 2:03pm) – brings good recent trial form to this event and has won previously on resuming – outside draw  will make it hard for her, but does get 3kg allowance courtesy of stable apprentice Joe Kamaruddin, who is riding in great form. Will need luck on a course that favours on pace runners but if gets it can certainly feature



Elliot Ness has his second start in Singapore in the Restricted Maiden (race 2 at 6 pm New Zealand time) – this horse has certainly created interest in Singapore with very good trial form and a slashing debut run for second beaten a lip in this grade off a wide draw – again has drawn wide which won’t make it easy, however has champion jockey Vlad Duric rides – will be ridden positively from the gates – is a strong  top three chance and can win

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

1st Pick: ELLIOT NESS (8)

Big show on debut and has the beating of Con Speranza. Expect another bold run here.

2nd Pick: CON SPERANZA (7)

Far from disgraced in a couple of starts so far and has more to offer going forward.

3rd Pick: ILLUSTRIOUS (9)

Has trialled very nicely and hails from a stable in good form. Watch closely.

4th Pick: SKYLIGHT (14)

An interesting runner from the stable of the champion handler and receives 1.5kgs.


Brutus races in the Novice 1400 event (race 5 at 7:30 pm NZT) – first time at 1400 and has a very difficult draw to contend with, however is talented at best , brings strong form to the race, has won in this grade previously and does get the benefit of a 4kg claim from his rider Jeryln Seow –  needs luck but if he can get it can feature here at good odds


Fortuna trackwork this week – Matamata

Tuesday 16th March

Rhapsody In Blue (J Kamaruddin) galloped over 1000 metres in 1.04, final 600 in 36.7.


Thursday 18th March

Melody Belle (T Harris) worked at three quarter pace over 1200 metres in 1.29.1, home in 44.6.

Leaderboard (S Pillay) worked at three quarter pace over 1200 metres, running the last 1000 in 1.13, final 600 in 44.

Other News

Mohawk, our most recent acquisition, is a two-year-old gelding by Extreme Choice  (Sire of the unbeaten Jamie Richards trainedPalamos and Golden Slipper 2nd favourite Stay Inside) – now in work with Jamie Richards at Matamata and will be aimed to have his first NZ late April – Shares available – Read More HERE