Friday Flash – 24th December

Fortuna has two NZ runners next few days, – Singapore racing season has come to an end for 2021 – racing resumes up there  2nd January

New Zealand

Mohawk Brave will endeavour to make it 2 wins from 2 starts when he tackles the Rating 65 1200m at Awapuni on Boxing Day – Race 3 at 1.12pm – this flashy Chestnut 3yo son of Sire sensation Extreme Choice turned a few heads with his stylish win on debut at Te Aroha 28th October. Stable apprentice Parmar Singh, claiming 4kgs, retains the mount from a mid field draw. Race day and trials form has been very good – is right in this and represents a strong each way chance – can win

Leaderboard resumes at Timaru on 28th of December in the rating 74 1600m event – race 5 at 3.16pm. Apprentice, Sanu Toolooa, claiming 3kgs, rides. On a path to the Wellington Cup 29th Jan, this trip is probably too short for him and will get back, but in a fresh state can perform if pace is strong – any rain will help. Place chance

Fortuna Track work – Matamata

Tuesday 21st December

No timed Fortuna trackwork today

Thursday 23rd December

No timed Fortuna trackwork today

Other News

James McDonald ranked No 1 Jockey in world by Thoroughbred Racing Commentary. Click HERE to read this story

Britain’s Charlie Appleby ranked No 1 Trainer in world for 2021 – Jamie Richards ranked 8th Click HERE  to read this story

Shares For Sale

You may recall the well known TV Ads of yesteryear, proclaiming “Give that man a DB”

Well, it’s not too late to pick up that last minute Christmas gift for a loved one and what could be better than a “DB”? – And I don’t mean a box of beer, but a share in our outstanding 2yo Gelded son of Darci Brahma out of the Iffraaj Mare Ujjayyi – very well bought at the November Ready To Run Sale for New Zealand racing, this handsome, physically correct Gelding (Stable name “DB”)  ticks more than a few boxes. On paddock spell right now, he will commence his first stable preparation in the hands of Jamie Richards mid January – read all about him below – $1100 for each 1% share and $40 per month ongoing costs from 1 April

About The 2yo Gelding “DB” by Darci Brahma out of Ujjayyi

This handsome, athletic Two Year Old Gelding was identified by Fortuna’s Thoroughbred Selectors, David Ellis and Jamie Richards, as a type that fitted the Fortuna criteria of acquiring a nicely bred, physically correct, 2yo Gelding within the Fortuna budget. He was acquired by David and John at the NZB 2021 Ready To Run sale after they had conducted physical inspections, viewed his pre sale breeze up gallop  and he had passed a comprehensive Vet Check conducted by Senior Veterinarian, Dr Doug Black. Mark Walker, from his Singapore base, had also perused his breeze up and parade and rated him a “solid prospect” – this Gelding has been given the stable name “DB” ahead of being allocated a formal Race name

 The Darci Brahma – Ujjayyi 2yo Gelding “DB”


This Gelding has a very strong Pedigree – he is by the high quality Stallion, DARCI BRAHMA, a Champion racehorse on the track, the Sire of close to 500 winners including 58 Stakes winners and twice the Leading NZ Sire of 3yo’s. DB’s dam UJJAYYI is by the outstanding international Stallion, IFFRAAJ (also the dam sire of 14 time Group One winner Melody Belle).  UJJAYYI won a Maiden race by 3.5 lengths on debut and ran 6th in the Group One Sistema Stakes at Ellerslie before being retired from racing due to injury  – this is her first foal  Click HERE to view DB’s pedigree

Physical type
A strong, athletic Gelding, “DB” is a late August foal of good medium size, who walks well and breezed up nicely at the Ready To Run Breeze up gallops. Click HERE to see him parading ahead of the Ready To Run Sale. Click HERE to view his Breeze Up gallop. Presenting as a 3yo type, DB will benefit  from a 6 week paddock spell ahead of his first stable prep

Trainer’s view (Jamie Richards)
“John, this horse is a really attractive son of Darci Brahma, who caught our attention with his pedigree page and his parade – his breeze up gallop was good, showed a bit of greenness but had a lovely action – he will need a bit of time in the paddock (eight weeks) to strengthen up ahead of his first stable prep – he has “3yo type” written all over him, so we will be patient – he represents great value at the price you secured him for – I am looking forward to having him in my stable”

Selector’s view (David Ellis)
“This horse is a typical son of Darci Brahma, he is strong through the shoulder, has good rib on him, a lovely deep girth, paraded and breezed up very well and is very typical of the sort of horse I like to buy. Over the years, Te Akau trained Colts and Geldings have had spectacular success in the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton – we know what it takes of a horse to be competitive in that race and this boy has the right physical credentials – he was very well bought at $60,000 ”

Syndicator’s view (John Galvin)
“My brief to David and Jamie was to find a nice athletic 3yo type Colt or Gelding who, on pedigree and type, could be a contender for the “Classic” 3yo races in the 2022/23 season. I had picked him out myself from the catalogue because we have had much success with nearly all of the Darci Brahma progeny we have bought over the years, so it was satisfying to see that he was on David and Jamie’s short list and was given the tick by Mark Walker as well. He is a lovely athletic individual who I am sure will be a great asset to the Fortuna Team”

Disclosure Statement & Agreement
Click HERE to read Disclosure Statement – Click HERE to read Syndicate Agreement and Click HERE to view Declaration

  • Shares available right down to 1%.
  • 10% share $11,000 – 5% share  $5,500 – 2.5% share $2,750 – 1% share $1,100 (all pricing in NZ$)
  • Share price includes all Initial Costs (Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees,  Insurance through to 31st January 2023, and Working Capital of over$13,000
  • Monthly ongoing costs from 1stApril 2022 – from that date ongoing costs are –10% share $400 per month – 5% share $200 per month – 2.5% share $100 per month – 1% share $40 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

Click HERE to order shares directly off the Fortuna website

Seasons Greetings

Jessica and John and Family wish all of our clients and supporters a very Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring you much happiness and prosperity and also many winners.