Friday Flash – 25th September

Two Fortuna runners this week in Singapore on Saturday 26th September

In Singapore, the Fortuna NZ Stable has two runners, Showbound, and Federation

4yo Showbound ran a nice 2nd over 1200m last Saturday and is primed to back up this week in the Restricted 4yo Maiden 1600m Turf for S$75,000 of prizemoney. Has a tricky draw (13) but does get a long run down the back straight.  J P Van Der Merwe takes the mount. Gets his chance here at 1600m, which we think he is looking for – it is a strong field with many chances, Showbound will roll forward from the wide draw and take up a forward position. Blinkers go on and can feature in the placings with the right run

Here is what the STC Tipsters have to say about this race:

1st Pick: SPEEDY MISSILE (1)

On paper he looks too good for this following his two seconds from as many starts. Will relish the extra 200m. Hard to beat.


Improving with every run. Let down strongly for a close third to Hard Too Think at his last start. Nice low draw. Go close.

3rd Pick: ALFARES (10)

Another one who had showed potential at his first couple of starts. Drawn wide. Louis-Philippe Beuzelin will be seen pumping away in his vigorous style on him inside the last 200m.

4th Pick: SHOWBOUND (2)

On the way up, especially after the addition of shades. Wide barrier is a query as well as the big jump in distance, but he can still give a good account of himself.

5yo Federation is a 4 win horse in Singapore and gets his chance to make if 5 wins in the Class 3 1400m Turf event for S$70,000. After racing 3 wide without cover he was beaten 4.2 lengths in Class 2 1400m 5th Sept –  the run was better than it looked. Rising star Ruan Maia takes the mount. Back in Class 3, trip to suit, slightly tricky draw, but presents as a good each way chance in  this race

Te Akau Track work this week – Fortuna Runners –  Matamata

No timed trackwork for Fortuna runners this week

Other News

Fortuna runners score Trials double Rotorua 22nd September

All eyes were on Horse Of The Year, Melody Belle, at her first public appearance since returning from Australia – away nicely, she settled back in the running, came into the trial nicely on the turn was urged up a little by rider Opie Bosson, but ran home strongly to score a nice trials win – she is right on track to defend her 201 and 2019 Windsor Park Plate crown Hastings 2nd October

Fortuna’s 2nd runner was the 2yo, Our Final Offer (by Deep Field) – his Te Teko trial two weeks prior was very ordinary – blinkers and ear muffs were applied at Rotorua. Jumping well in the hands of Troy Harris, he took a sit holding the rail, went to the outside of a tearaway leader as they turned and went to the line strongly – a nice result for a horse who has had issues. He is now ready to make his race day debut

3yo TITAN now in Singapore quarantine – a strong physical type by one of Australia’s best Stallions, Written Tycoon, Titan has had race day experience in Australia – should be up and running in Singapore by early January – still a Maiden, he will be eligible to contest Restricted Maiden Grade races in Singapore for prize money of S$75,000 (NZ$83,000) approx. – still some shares left – each 2.5% is NZ$2,250 and NZ$90 per month from 1 Oct. Click HERE to read more

“Titan” – 5th August 2020