Friday Flash – 25th August 2023

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Fortuna 6yo NAVALHA wins on Riccarton Synthetic
Fortuna has three runners this weekend – two in NZ, one in Singapore this Sunday
New Zealand – Te Rapa SaturdaySOPRANO SUPREME resumes at Te Rapa in the R75 1400m event – Race 10 @ 4.48pm and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice, Jess Allen, claiming 3kgs, from an inside barrier. A natural staying type, this resuming trip is probably going to be too short for her, but will get a soft run from the nice draw and gets weight relief with the apprentice claim – can sneak into a place if tempo is strong – showing $21/$5.50 fixed odds

Matamata – Sunday

MALBOROUGH BAY contests the R65 1400m at Matamata – Race 6 @ 3.02pm with Stable Apprentice, Niranjan Parmar, claiming 2kgs, to ride from Barrier 10. Has been a long time since this 4yo son of Darci Brahma has greeted the judge but has been running solid races, gets suitable track conditions here – can feature in the finish

Singapore – Sunday

ROCKY races in the Class 4 1600 Turf event – Race 9 @4pm Singapore time (8pm NZ Time) with N Zyrul, claiming 2kgs, to ride from barrier 1. Last start winner this grade and trip but on the Polytrack. Gets the Turf here and meets a stronger field, but will get a sort fun from the nice draw and has a featherweight to carry. Presents a danger here and could be at good odds

Trialists – Te Awamutu 29th August

Three Fortuna Trialists this day, the 3yo Fillies COURT OF APPEAL and RUBICON CROSSING and the racemare DANCARINA

Fortuna Track work – MatamataTuesday 22nd August

Soprano Supreme (O Bosson) galloped in company over 1200 metres in 1.24.1, final 600 in 41.1.

Fortuna Track work – Singapore

Saturday 19th August

ROCKY (ASLAM)1000/600-37.5;


Other News

NAVALHA wins at Riccarton for Fortuna Racing – his 5th career victory

Fortuna Racing franked their run of recent success with another victory 24th August at Riccarton, winning the $17,000 Rating 75 1600 metres with Navalha (6 g Sebring – Afiado, by Encosta de Lago). Four starts ago Navalha recorded a strong victory in the Rating 65 1700 metres on 7 July at Awapuni (poly-track), before running fastest last 600m (33.3) for close fifth in the Rating 75 1600 metres on 28 July and finished well in the Rating 80 1400 metres on 9 August, both on the poly-track at Riccarton. Ideally drawn in barrier four and ridden by dual premiership winning jockey Michael McNab, Navalha travelled kindly behind a genuine pace, set by two pacemakers involved in a tussle, and once clear inside the 400m he quickened home to score by an increasing two and half length margin.

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“It was a good win and a lovely ride of Michael’s,” said co-trainer Mark Walker from his Te Akau Racing Matamata base, while his fellow co-trainer, Sam Bergerson, was on course at Riccarton. “He’s going well on the synthetic tracks and a horse that everyone likes in the stable. He’s so quiet and we’ll continue on with his campaign down south.”In the race named CJC Stallion Tender Open Now, Navalha covered 1600 metres on the poly-track in 1:35.6 and the dominant favourite paid $2.20 & $1.40 on the NZ TAB tote. It was a clinical victory, aided by the tempo, and gives rise to loftier assignments in the future.

“Navalha”  – 5th career win – Riccarton 24th August – Michael McNab aboard

“You’re always a bit nervous when a couple get out in front like that, but it was a mile and seemed that before the point of the turn he was coming into it nicely and good to see him extend in the straight,” said Fortuna Racing Director, John Galvin. “He gets back and shown to need a trip, so getting back to a mile today was just perfect for him. The reason we’ve gone to the synthetic (poly-track) these last couple of months is because he doesn’t handle wet tracks. The synthetic tracks have their advantages, not just for Navalha. We’ve won twice with Angel Wings, once with Hayate, and now twice with Navalha on the synthetics  and right across the whole Te Akau stable, they’ve had a lot of success on that surface the last few months and now there are three synthetic tracks it’s giving us more options with these types of horses that are able to race over the winter months but don’t handle wet turf tracks. Navalha ran campaigned at Riccarton last year and actually won down the chute (1200m) on turf, so he’ll either pursue further synthetic options or race on turf once the weather conditions and footing improves. He’s also racing like he might get 2000 metres and the Spring Classic (Listed, 2000m) towards the end of October could suit, as will other options.”

Co-Trainer Sam Bergerson with Navalha, strapper Kendyll Lee and winning rider, Michael McNab

NAVALHA (which means “Razor” in Portuguese), a 5yo Gelding by Sebring out of the Encosta de Lago Mare, Afiado, was acquired by John Galvin on the recommendation of Mark Walker, for just A$27,500 from the Inglis Digital Sale in July 2020 after having been originally acquired by James Harron Bloodstock for A$475k as a yearling but then offered for sale subsequently.

Navalha is raced by the Fortuna Navalha Syndicate, an ownership group of 57 individuals

Navalha was strapped by Kendyll Lee


Guest Selector 

Gary struggled to find a winner at Ruakaka last Saturday but his selection for Rotorua on Sunday, SMUG, duly delivered at the rescheduled meeting on Tuesday

Here is what Gary has to say about this weekend’s racing

Hi John  and the Fortuna Team

Firstly, a dominant Fortuna win at Riccarton with Navalha on Friday…well done ! 
Last week’s tips were a little disappointing and a reminder that a firm track in winter can make  things a bit tricky, so I need to remember certain basics in future ….ie around fitness, weights and jockeys in particular. Smug did the job at postponed meeting …Smug indeed ! 
Waikato has some nice races this week , with some top horses and some skinny prices. 
Need to build a kitty early on….Race 2 Bonnie Islay at double figures….needs a mile , small field , each-way all day ! 

Race 6…Queen Sarabi [ $5/$2 ] looks well placed. Spare a gold coin for place on Lot of Zees, will run the 2400m OK and due to see the inside fence some time before she retires!! 

The Foxbridge Plate has drawn a good field…. Dragon Leap [$5 /$2 ]should give it a big shake!!

Race 10….Deebee Power [$7 /$3 ] ticks a lot of boxes and has Opie. 
Enjoy the jumping races spectacles, and if looking for a bet at Matamata on Sunday look at Zedwilldo , a first starter in Race 5. He won a recent trial in style and beat Lashana who lines up in Race 2. Both worth following . 
Good luck……bet with your shoelaces, not your shoes ! 
And remember…. he/she who bets is a bettor, and those that don’t bet are NO bettor !!