Friday Flash – 1st November 2019

Fortuna runners this week are MELODY BELLE who contests the Group One Empire Rose Stakes at Flemington on Saturday 2nd (Derby Day), AABIR and SPORTSCASTER race in Singapore Friday 1st while the exciting RED ROVER looks to make it three in a row Singapore Sunday 3rd.

MELODY BELLE – well what can you say – 14 career wins, 13 of them at the elite level, reigning Horse of the Year. Hard to win in Aus though and she will need to be at her best. Draw a little bit tricky, but stats show that 1600m barrier draws at Flemington show no particular bias. Highest rated horse in the field by a good margin and with no 3yo’s in the field, it is a level weights race. Be hard to beat

AABIR has undoubted ability, but is a bleeder. Work has been good and has undoubted ability. If all goes well, he is a chance of running in the money

SPORTSCASTER gets up to 1800m, a perfect distance for him and on the Poly as well. Has a good draw and a very good lightweight jockey in Alysha Collett. Field is quite strong, but with his good draw and light weight, he will be in it for a long way – Each way.

RED ROVER is all class – big, strong, very fast. Three Singapore starts for a 2nd and two wins in succession says it all. But now up in Grade to Class 3, so he is in the big boys play pen. Great draw and a rider in Benny Woodworth who can do no wrong at the moment. Can win and is a very good each way chance.

Matamata Track work this week – Fortuna Runners

No Fortuna runners did fast work this week

In Melbourne Melody Belle worked superbly down the Flemington straight Tuesday 29th – last 400m in 22.5 secs

Fortuna Strike Rate in NZ season to date – 6 wins from 20 starts – Win SR 3.33 – 17 times in the money from the 20 starts

New UK acquisition – a genuine “Cups Type” Stayer – arrives in NZ 7th December – Read more HERE– expressions of interest please email John HERE