Friday Flash – 1st December 2023

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Fortuna 3yo Filly VIVACIOUS breaks Maidens at Te Aroha 29th November in a classy performance – will now head to the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes at Trentham 16th December
Date Change for our Owners Day – now 17th December
Shares filling quickly in our recent Ready To Run purchase
Fortuna has 3 runners in two jurisdictions Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Mornington – Victoria – Friday 1st December

BEAU GESTE contests the BM 58 2400m event at Mornington – Race 6 @6.10pm NZT and will be ridden by Liam Riordan from a mid field barrier. Has not been disgraced in his two Aus starts to date in higher rated company than what he meets today. Some rain about which he will appreciate – he is back in trip here however. Will find this a tad easier and is a chance of running into the money  at odds of $21/$5

Wanganui – Saturday 2nd

INCA BELLE  races in the R65 1200m event – Race 2 @ 12.40 pm with Jonathan Parkes to ride from a mid field barrier – just missed when resuming this grade and trip Te Rapa 11th November – strung three wins in a row this time last year – good each way chance here at $4.80/$2

Warrnambool – Sunday 3rd – Jericho Cup Day

RUBICON CROSSING contests the BM 70 1000m  – Race 7 @ 6.10pm NZT – has run two strong races this trip and grade at The Valley last two starts after a dominant winning performance on her Aus debut at Mornington 30th September – will find this a bit easier and could be hard to beat – no odds yet but described by bookmaker Neds as “Leading contender”

(Note by the way that the Te Akau 5yo Prismatic, last seen running 5th in the NZ Cup, is 4th fave for the Jericho Cup – race 8 on Sunday)


Matamata Trackwork

Inca Belle (T Melvin) galloped over 1000 metres in 1.04.6, home in 37.2.

Singapore Trackwork 

Friday 24th November
GUN (RONNIE STEWART)1000/600-39.9;

Saturday 25th November
KING ARTHUR (YUSOFF)1000/600-38.2; RHETT BUTLER (JAMIL)1000/600-41.5;

VIVACIOUS breaks Maidens at Te Aroha 29th November in a classy performance – will head to the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes at Trentham 16th December – see Fortuna website story below

Fortuna Racing’s Three Year Old Filly, VIVACIOUS, records her Maiden win – Te Aroha 29th November

VIVACIOUS (3yo Filly Dundeel – Vivi Veloce, by More Than Ready) broke through at her second start in the $25,000 J Swap Maiden 3YO 1400 metres on 29 November at Te Aroha. After drawing clear to win easily at the trials on 10 October at Matamata, VIVACIOUS found the line for third when debuting in the Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on 3 November at Te Aroha, and took the necessary improvement to prevail in good fashion at her second race day outing.  Ridden positively from an awkward draw (9) by Opie Bosson, she slotted into a trailing position at the 800m, travelled up sweetly nearing the home turn, and after changing ground a couple of times in the straight, she surged through to score.

“We got held up a little bit in the straight, but I was always confident I was going to gather in the leader and she’s a nice filly on the way up,” Bosson said. “I just rode her hands and heels over the final stages and she did it pretty easily.”

Click HERE to see the race replay

Vivacious records her 1st Win – Te Aroha 29th November 2023 – Opie Bosson aboard

On Soft5 footing, that was soon upgraded to Good4 and drew compliments from the jockeys, VIVACIOUS, who is known around the stable as “Tui”, ran 1400 metres in 1:24.0, last 600m in 35.3, and held firm in betting to pay $4.60 & $1.90 on the NZ TAB tote.

“She didn’t get all favours up the straight, but it was a nice effort to win, albeit narrowly, and Opie rode a very confident race,” said co-trainer Mark Walker. “I loved the way Opie used her early to get a handy position, but then she came back to him and relaxed well and quickened up very nicely at the end of the race. We’ve thought for some time that she’s a nice staying filly in the making and the further she goes the better she’s going to get. We are eying some black type assignments for her and a very nice filly that Dave (Ellis) and John (Galvin) picked up quite cheaply at the 2022 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale.”

A quietly contented Opie Bosson, brings VIVACIOUS back to scale

Owned by the Fortuna Vivacious Syndicate (Manager John Galvin), she was purchased for $60,000 by Te Akau principal David Ellis CNZM and Fortuna Racing at the 2022 Ready To Run Sale, from the draft of Riverrock Farm and is raced by an Ownership Group comprising 55 individuals from New Zealand and Hong Kong

Fortuna Racing’s John Galvin was on track along with a good number of the Ownership group to support their promising Filly. “We’ve had a frustrating run of seconds and thirds throughout November with the Fortuna runners and it’s nice to get a win with this lovely filly. And its great to get this win at Te Aroha. We need Te Aroha racecourse and it’s wonderful to be back racing here on their newly renovated track after a few hiccoughs and delays,” he said. “It’s such a wonderful race track and every horse gets its chance. A big thanks to race sponsors, Swaps, who have sponsored racing for a long, long, time and worked with the club to do the track renovation. 

“It was a stylish win by VIVACIOUS today, a filly by Dundeel out of a mare by More Than Ready – that’s  a lovely pedigree, picked out of the 2022 Ready to Run Sale for us by David (Ellis) and Mark (Walker) and I’m still shaking my head as to how we bought her for $60,000. She was beautifully handled by Opie (Bosson) who gave her a very positive and confident ride and Mark (Walker) and Sam (Bergerson) have done a great job with her. We have people from all over the country in the ownership group and we welcome two from Blenheim who are here while on holiday.”

VIVACIOUS is the first Fortuna Racing horse that Kailey Barrett and Ryan Luiten, from Blenheim, has been involved in and did so after seeing her sold at Karaka before going to the Fortuna website to secure a share in her.

VIVACIOUS with Strapper, Ahbi Pawar and happy connections post race

VIVACIOUS  is a filly by the remarkable racehorse Dundeel (High Chaparral), who stamped himself as well above average from the day he blew his two-year-old rivals off the track on debut over 1200 metres at Ellerslie. The six time Group One winner gained titles on both sides of the Tasman: Champion 3YO and Horse of the Year in New Zealand, and Champion Middle Distance horse in Australia, he ended his racing career winning the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Gr. 1, 2000m) and his progeny have been highly sought after.

The dam side of pedigree is particularly rich. Incredibly, world renowned dam-sire, the late More Than Ready (Southern Halo) has sired over 4300 winners including 290 stakes winners and 50 Group One winners, and already proving an exceptional Australian broodmare sire. He has been Champion Sire in both hemispheres, proved an outstanding sire of sires and going from strength-to-strength as a broodmare sire. VIVACIOUS carries a bloodline cross to immortal sire Northern Dancer. Her dam, Vivi Veloce, was a Group Three winner over 1200 metres in Australia, and grand-dam Royal Sash (Royal Academy) also won at Group Three level among five wins to 1400 metres.

VIVACIOUS was strapped by Ahbi Pawar.


Date Change for our Owners Day – now 17th December

Please note we have had a change of date for our Owners Day – originally set for Sunday 10th Dec, some NZTR programming changes have seen the Rotorua meeting scheduled for the 6th Dec moved to the 10th – Mark and Sam have a big team going, so this means staffing for our Owners Day becomes impossible, hence the date change – see revised details below

Fortuna Owners Day 2023 is scheduled for Sunday  17th December 

Yes it’s that time of the year again – the occasion of our very popular Owners Day where we will review the successes of the past 12 months, mix and meet and we will be parading all of the Matamata based horses

Venue – The Gazebo (not Epsom Lounge) – Matamata Racecourse

Time – 1pm to 4pm

Refreshments provided

Note that it is important to register your attendance as we need that for catering – please email or call/text 021 288 6997

If you have registered for the 10th already, can you please reconfirm with Jessica that you can still make it on the 17th

Shares filling quickly in our 2023 Ready To Run purchasethe Contributor – Victory Parade Filly – $1240 for each 1% shareNote that Vivacious was our 2022 RTR purchase and her win on Wednesday continues the great run we are having with our RTR purchases in recent years, with our 2020 purchase, Ragamuffin, our 2021 purchase, Inca Belle and now Vivacious all having greeted the judge

About The Two Year Old Filly by Contributor out of Victory Parade – “Kylie”

Middle Distance/Staying type

Lot 295– the Two Year Old Filly by the proven Stallion CONTRIBUTOR out of VICTORY PARADE (By Street Sense) has been acquired by the David Ellis/Fortuna Racing combination from the 2023 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale – this after the Te Akau Selection Team of David Ellis, Mark Walker and Marcus Corban had conducted their normal thorough pre sale inspections

Mark Walker, when doing his usual pre sale Video clip inspections, had identified this Filly as a “genuine middle distance/staying type”

The Contributor –  Victory Parade Two Year Old Filly – “Kylie”

This Filly, who has been given the stable name “Kylie” is the beneficiary of  a strong  pedigree. Her Sire, Contributor was a top class racehorse in the UK and Australia, winning 8 times from 18 starts, at trips from 1400  to 2000m – he won four times at  Group level, including two Group One victories in Australia. He is the Sire of 121 runners, of which 84 are winners, including 8 Stakes winners.

“Kylie’s” Dam is Victory Parade, a daughter of  Street Sense. She won twice in Australia and is the dam of one foal to race, Smokeshow, who has won three trials and run 2nd in each of his two raceday starts – Click HERE to view  pedigree

Physical type
A powerful, athletic Filly of good size, standing at 16.1 hands high and tipping the scales at 500kgs, she is physically correct, has a lovely temperament, has a strong athletic walk and passed her pre sale Vet exam without issue – Click HERE to her parading  Pre Sale

Syndicator’s view (John Galvin)

“I had asked David Ellis and Mark Walker to select a staying type Two Year Old Filly out of this sale – one with a strong pedigree page but which also met our criteria for type. Their inspections threw up two or three that met the overall criteria, but this Filly was their preferred option and we were lucky enough to secure her below our budget. Contributor is fashioning a great record as a Sire of staying types and this Filly really does fit the bill. Standing over 16 hands high and weighing 500kgs, she is a great physical specimen.”

Trainer’s view (Mark Walker)

Asked by John Galvin to find a nice staying type, this Filly really caught my eye when David Ellis and I conducted our  inspections – a  lovely moving Filly of good size, her breeze up gallop demonstrated a strong powerful action – she paraded very well at inspections and has the physical characteristics to develop into a lovely staying type as a Three Year Old and beyond

Selectors view (David Ellis)

“We thought this Filly by Contributor was a beautiful moving Filly with a lot of class – she presented as a good strong,  very sound type and we were thrilled to buy her for what I thought was great value for money”

Ongoing Preparation
“Kylieis now spelling at Te Akau Stud in the Waikato ahead of prepared for racing at Matamata by Ten time Premiership winning Trainer, Mark Walker in conjunction with co-Trainer, Sam Bergerson of Te Akau Racing Stables – this preparation will commence around 12th December and will include jumpouts and trials in the late summer/autumn of 2024 – during this initial preparation Mark and Sam will be constantly assessing her and will make a decision whether she can make her race day debut as an Autumn 2yo or whether she can be put aside until her 3yo season, which commences 1 August 2024


  • Shares available right down to 1%.
  • 10% share $12,400– 5% share  $6,200 – 2.5% share $3,100 – 1% share $1,240

Share price includes all Initial Costs (Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Insurance through to 31st January 2025, and Working Capital of over $8,000

  • Monthly ongoing costs from 1st January 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

Syndication Paperwork is still being finalised for this Filly, but we are taking “expressions of interest”  – she is 65% committed already, so please email or call/text John 021 921 460

Guest Selector – Gary WilliamsHere is what Gary says this week

Well John and Team, only One win last week but the scratchings and places IMO give me a pass !
Particularly when on course Volare stood out so much and I was able to fill the pockets on the trifecta and first four. But these bigger stakes and more horses chasing them make it very competitive out there !

This week  I’m sticking to a couple who I tipped earlier….
Wanganui….Race 3 Wolfgang {$9/$3] well weighted to lead and go close.
Race 7 Egyption Queen ….on the way up now.
Race  8 Soldier Boy [ $13 / $4 ] wide draw and tough rivals but one to follow as has talent .

Te Rapa…..Race 4 Maracatu [ $3 win] ..Fisrst race form has stood up so should go close !
Race 5 Petrucci {$3.50] looks the best of the Tangerine lot.
Race 6 Waitak [ $2.50 ] Stupid price but obviously quite the talent !
Race 7 Monza [ $12 / $4] building to a win and nicely placed in this !
Race 8 So Surreal [ $14 / $4] place best but likes to lead and could stretch them !
Race 9 Grail Seeker [ $4 win] Miserable odds but well rated and could be special !
Race 10 Arjays Flight [ $9 / $3 ] Only won once but looked a picture last week in flesh and was again stiff !Needs this distance IMO.

And remember, bet with your shoelaces.not your Shoes.

Gary W