Friday Flash – 24th February 2023

Headline News;

Fortuna launches a new syndicate – a yearling Filly by Reliable Man out of a Redoute’s Choice Mare

Flood Relief Donations

Fortuna has six runners on Saturday, four in NZ and two in Singapore

New Zealand


MALBOROUGH BAY races in the R65 1600m – Race 6 @ 3.38 pm and will be ridden by Jason Laking from Barrier 6. A winner on debut at Matamata in May of his 2yo year, since performing well during a South Island campaign including a 3rd in the Listed War Decree Stakes at Riccarton and then getting no luck in the running in the 2000 Guineas, he has fallen into a hole with his form, producing two rather average results since resuming, although was good closing stages of his last start at New Plymouth. He finds an even field here and the prospect of an easing in track conditions at Otaki will assist his prospects – can feature here


Madame Moet contests the R65 1200 – Race 3 @ 1.35pm – Sam Weatherly to ride from an outside draw – has been a difficult customer at times, but both her career wins have come at this venue – this trip may be too short for her and her draw makes it difficult – any easing of the ground will suit her – has a chance of running a place if things go right on the day

NAVALHA runs in the R75 1400 – Race 5 @2.43pm with Craig Zackey aboard. Impressing with a strong finishing run on resuming at New Plymouth Friday 17th at this trip and grade, he looks to improve on that effort here. Has a mid field draw and can be tardy away, but does look to be a good each way chance in this

RUBICON CROSSING takes her place in the feature race of the day the Group Two Matamata Breeders Stakes and will be ridden by Wiremu Pinn. A winner on debut in the Spring, she is well performed at Stakes level running placings three times, but was slightly disappointing with her last start 4th in the Taranaki Classic – wide draw (again!!) but blinkers go on and tactics will be to be bold from the jump. Meets a very good field here and would need take a big step and be right on top of her game – can run into the money if things go right.


TRIDENT contests the Class 4 1200 Turf event – Race 10 @ 4.30pm Sing time (9.30pm NZT and will be ridden by Simon Kok claiming 1kg, from a mid field barrier. Seven Singapore starts for two wins, three seconds and a fourth says it all about this 4yo son of Deep Field. Is resuming but trialed very nicely 10 days ago. Can give this a shake and is a good each way chance.

Here is what the STC tipsters say about this race

1st Pick: BUURAQ SIXTY-ONE (5)
Has a fantastic track and distance record having only run out of the top three once (6:2-2-1). Nunes booked to ride and draws a fabulous gate, looks the pick of the lot on paper.
2nd Pick: TRIDENT (2)
Returns here for first up run. Has been a model of consistency so far in his career with five top two finishes in seven starts. Don’t underestimate him.
3rd Pick: BE YOU (3)
Raced wide after being ridden cold. Despite being caught in a sticky spot, he still rattled home to only be beaten 3.1 lengths. Should be better here with a race under his belt.
4th Pick: FROM THE NAVY (1)
Definitely a horse has proven in class 4 carrying weight, the question is simply whether he’ll need a run or not. Top four hope first up.

ENTERTAINER races in the Class 3 1000 PolyRace 12 @ 5.30pm Sing time (10.30pm NZT) and will be ridden by Apprentice Fadzli Yusoff, claiming 2kgs from an outside barrier – an eight time winner in Singapore with over S$300k in earnings, “Joker” is back to a winnable grade, although did disappoint at his last start (but did have excuses) – will find it difficult from this draw at this trip, but if he flies the gates, watch out


Fortuna Track work – Matamata

Tuesday  February

Rubicon Crossing (W Pinn) worked over 1000 metres in 1.04.6, home in 36.8.

Fortuna Track work – Singapore

Saturday 18th February
Elliot Ness(Yusoff)1000/600- 39.5;

Tuesday 21st February
Our Final Offer(AWAH)1000/600- 38; King Arthur(Yusoff)10000/600- 39.5Briggs(Louis)1000/600- 37; Trident(Simon)800/600- 39;

Other News

Fortuna launches a new syndicate – a yearling Filly by Reliable Man out of Scene Queen (by Redoute’s Choice)

About The Yearling Filly by Reliable Man out of Scene Queen – “Raquel”

Definite Middle Distance/Staying type of Filly

Lot 979 – the Yearling Filly by the proven Stallion RELIABLE MAN out of SCENE QUEEN (By Redoute’s Choice) has been acquired by the David Ellis/Fortuna Racing combination from the 2023 NZ Bloodstock National Yearling 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”


“Raquel” – the Reliable Man – Scene Queen Yearling Filly


Raquel is the beneficiary of a stout pedigree. Her Sire, Reliable Man was a top class Stayer, winning five times from 14 starts at trips from 2000 to 2400m – he won twice at Group One level, firstly at Chantilly in France and then at Royal Randwick in Sydney, where he won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, defeating Dundeel. He is the Sire of over 370 winners, including 20 Stakes winners. These include the Victorian Oaks winner, Miami Bound, the NZ Oaks winner, Miss Sentimental and the Western Austrian glamour Mare, Inspirational Girl.

Raquel’s Dam is Scene Queen, a daughter of the renowned Champion Stallion and Broodmare Sire, Redoute’s Choice. She raced 3 times without winning and is the dam of five foals to race, four of whom have won, including the very smart Steven Autridge trained 3yo, Helly Belly, a winner at Matamata in December.

Click HERE to view her pedigree

Physical type
A powerful, athletic Filly of good size, “Raquel” 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)
“At the 2022 Sale we had acquired a lovely Reliable Man Filly – given the race name , Matariki, unfortunately she suffered a severe paddock accident and had to be put down – determined to find a suitable replacement, our selection team of David Ellis, Mark Walker and Marcus Corban identified Lot 979, also by Reliable Man and out of a Redoutes Choice Mare, as one of the nicest staying type Grey Fillies out of both Book 1 and Book 2 and, remarkably, we secured her for the same price  as Matariki”

Trainer’s view (Mark Walker)
“Asked by John Galvin to find a nice staying type Grey Filly, there was nothing in Book 1 that appealed, however Lot 979 in Book 2 really caught my eye – an athletic Filly of good size and with plenty of scope, her walk was very fluent and she really appealed to me. She will certainly benefit with a patient approach but I could see her as an Autumn 2yo who will develop and strengthen nicely into her 3yo year and beyond .”

Selectors view (Marcus Corban)
“This Filly is a typical strong Reliable Man type – she has a great athletic walk and plenty of size and scope – Reliable Man is a renowned Sire of stayers and this cross with a Redoute’s Choice mare injects class and speed into her pedigree page – this Filly represents great value at her acquisition price”

Ongoing Preparation
Raquel is now spelling at Te Akau Stud in the Waikato ahead of being broken in (estimate commencement mid March) and will then be prepared for racing at Matamata by nine time Premiership winning Trainer, Mark Walker of Te Akau Racing Stables – her first preparation will be short (2 – 3 weeks) – she will then have a further paddock spell to enable further growth and maturity and David and Mark will assess her in the Spring of 2023 in order to map out an ongoing trials/race plan for her.
Disclosure Statement & Agreement
View and/or Download the Disclosure Statement and the Syndicate Agreement for this syndicate


  • Shares available right down to 1%.
  • 10% share $8,000– 5% share $4,000 – 2.5% share $2,000 – 1% share $800 (all pricing in NZ$)
  • Share price includes all Initial Costs (Purchase price, NZ GST, Promoters Fees, Karaka Million Fee, Insurance through to 31st January 2024, and Working Capital of over $9,500
  • Monthly ongoing costs from 1st April 2023 – 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

Shares can be ordered online from the Fortuna website HERE or contact John directly by email response to this newsletter or call/text 021 921 460


Other Fortuna Yearling Shares available

From Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale

Super Seth – Dark Heather Filly

Freshman Sire Super Seth has taken the 2023 Yearling Sales by storm with his 1st crop of yearlings being well sought by some high profile buyers. Our purchase, nicknamed “Ruby” has had a significant pedigree upgrade since we acquired her, with a very close relative, the 3yo Colt Red Resistance, making it two wins from two starts in Sydney and now a strong contender for the Golden Slipper


Super Seth – Dark Heather Filly

$1960 per each 1% share and $44 per month from 1 April 2023 – 8% left

Click HERE  to read all about her, view her pedigree and see her parade Video. An August foal she looks like she will run as a 2yo, but has the size and scope to develop into a strong, powerful 3yo. Lots of residual value with this pedigree


The Star Witness – Alana’s Party yearling Filly “Ali”  

$1360 per each 1% share and $44 per month from 1 April 2023 – 27% available

Click HERE to read all about her, view her pedigree and see her parade Video – she should be up and running as a 2yo before Christmas and as such, represents a genuine chance to qualify for the 2024 Karaka Million


The Eminent – Queen Boudicca Yearling Filly “Queenie”

$1360 per each 1% share and $44 per month from 1 April 2023 – 34% available

I really love this one – a genuine staying type by physique and pedigree page Click HERE to read all about her, view her pedigree and see her parade Video – she will be given plenty of time to mature and develop, but may well debut as an Autumn 2yo and will certainly develop into a strong 3yo type who will run a trip

Orders can be made direct from our website pages but do not hesitate to email me or call/text 021 921 460 if you require further info


Flood Relief Donations

Several of our clients, hearing of different initiatives that have been instigated by the Thoroughbred industry, have asked how they may assist with Flood relief – obviously there are lots of ways that can be done, however there are three clear pathways via Thoroughbred industry initiatives and I have included details of those below

For horse welfare (all breeds): Donations for NZTR/Dunstan Horsefeeds/NZTBA appeal horse feed and medical supplies:
NZTR account: 01-0517-0063944-07
Reference: Cyclone Appeal

Kingsclere Stables/Thoroughbred Industry: Hawke’s Bay Relief Fund (this is the Roger James/Robert Wellwood initiative)
BNZ Matamata – 02-0360-0059698-25

Te Akau Racing Donations to NZ Red Cross


Guest Selector  – Andrew Castles

No luck with Butch’s selection last week – Here is what he selects for us this week

“Hi John and the Fortuna Team. Hard work this week with the unknown around track conditions, particularly at Matamata with rain forecast. I could have gone with the easy option and tipped Tokyo Tycoon to remain unbeaten by winning the Fairview Matamata Slipper but at $1.7 that doesn’t do much for the bank balance. After saying all of that I am going to step outside the square this week and tip a Quinella!! Race 2 at Matamata sees a couple of promising horses engaged and both of them cop a wet track. No 1 Freeze Frame and No 5 Ask Mum both look like they will progress through the grades. While they both relish rain affected tracks some of the hardest to beat in the race don’t and if the track got out to a Slow7 or Slow8 would likely be scratched. With that in mind if you are going to bet I would suggest locking in the $8.90 currently on offer with the TAB!. Butch”

Wellington Cup Magic Moments


Rick and Anne Middleton (Warkworth) with “The Cup”


Sandy and Jan Kelman (Temuka) waving the flag for the “Mainland”