Friday Flash – 26th August 2022

Headline News;

Melody Belle has her first foal
Mark Walker scores six winners at Taupo Midweek meeting

Fortuna has four runners this weekend –  three resuming runners in NZ and one in Singapore
SOPRANO SUPREME resumes at Te Rapa on Saturday 27th in the R75 1400 – Race 5 @ 3.08pm. Opie Bosson to ride. Enjoying a nice spell after her trip to the Queensland Carnival, she has pre-trained at Waiuku Beach, trialed nicely at Avondale and is set for a big season. This trip will be too short for her, but she will be rattling home at the end – can run into the money if the tempo is strong

 Soprano Supreme 3rd career win Rotorua Apil 2022 – Opie Bosson aboard

LEADERBOARD resumes at Matamata on Sunday 28th in the R75 1600 – Race 5 @ 2.25pm – Parma Singh takes 3kgs off his back – being set for a NZ Cup campaign, this trip may be too short, but he won an 1100m trial at Te Rapa 4thAugust by 1.5 lengths easing down on the line – he is very fit and will relish the track conditions. Can finish in the money here

KHAFEEF is the 3rd of our resumers – Sunday 28th at Hawera – Race 4 @2.04pm – Lemmy Douglas with a 3kg claim gets to ride – won on this track 2000m in April when a Heavy 8, but then failed on a Heavy 10 at Te Rapa. Another who is preparing for a NZ Cup campaign, so this may be too short and will get a Heavy 10 track here. Caution required

ROCKY contests the Open Maiden 1100m Polytrack event – Race 5 @ 2pm Singapore Time (6pm NZT) with Jake Bayliss to ride. Winless from 3 previous starts but showing clear ability, he ran 2nd last start behind a very talented galloper on debut, after blinkers were applied. Blinkers stay on and he is right in this – will probably start as a warm favourite and can win this

Here is what the Singapore Turf Club analysts have to say about this race;

1st Pick: ROCKY (3)
The blinkers really sharpened him up last start. He finished a brave second behind the impressive Pacific Star. Good form lines and should start favourite here.
2nd Pick: LUCKY CHARM (7)
This four-year-old gelding lines up for his first start by boom Japanese sire Maurice. A lot to like about his winning trial under Duric last week.
3rd Pick: FORTUNE WHEEL (1)
Took out a trial on the Polytrack in a nice time of 1:00.99 under B.Pinheiro. Exceed And Excel has a good record for runners to winner here at Kranji and look for any market support.
4th Pick: HURRICANE (6)
One of many first starters in this race and has shown ability in his two trials to date. Always respect a new runner from our leading stable. Could be the surprise runner.

Fortuna Track work – Matamata

No timed Fortuna trackwork this week

Fortuna Track work – Singapore

Saturday  20th August

Deception (Aiman) – 800/600 37;

Tuesday  23rd August

Rocky (Jake) – 800/600 41

Other News
Melody Belle has her first foal Saturday 20th August

The now retired 14 time Group One winning race mare and dual New Zealand Horse Of The Year is now a proud broodmare after producing a lovely Filly by Yulong Farm’s Super Sire Written Tycoon

We are absolutely thrilled with the first foal of Melody Belle,” said Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray. “You could not get a better first foal. A super job by the mare.”

Melody Belle will be mated again with Written Tycoon when she comes into season

Mark Walker scores six winners at Taupo Midweek meeting
Te Akau Trainer Mark Walker put a big stake in the ground at the pivotal early Spring Taupo meeting, sending a big team of runners, producing 6 winners and several minor placings. Mark had returned from an 11 year stint in Singapore where he captured four Premierships to take over from Jamie Richards as Te Akau Head Trainer in New Zealand. Commencing his revised role on 1 April, Mark produced 24 winners at a strike rate of 5.17 at the tail end of the 2021/22 season. In the new 2022/23 season the nine time Trainers Premiership winner (5 in NZ, 4 in Singapore) has now delivered 10 wins at a Strike Rate of 5.5 for the powerful Te Akau Racing Stable. Remarkably, he is not yet the leading Trainer for the new season, that honour resting with the evergreen master Trainer, Kevin Myers with 11 wins. Kevin of course always has a lot of winners at this time of the year due to his powerful jumping team.

Early days of course, but Mark would have to be considered a warm favourite to secure his 10th Training Premiership in the current season.

Fortuna Racing had 5 runners trained by Mark at Taupo, no winners but Malborough Bay (2nd), Navalha (3rd) and Mohawk Brave (4th) all put in performances that marked them as quick improvers

Guest Selector – Des Coppins
Des’ pick last week delivered for us in strong style – Opie gave us a few anxious moments trundling along at the tail of the field off a moderate pace but got the job done in the end – Here is what Des has to say this week:

“Last week poor old New Plymouth had to pull the pin yet again on their meeting which left our first leg of our multi staying home! The good news, however, left our second leg, Sonofabutcher flying the flag for us and didn’t “The Butcher”  make mince meat of his rivals in the last at Ruakaka? Hopefully the eventual solo bet and the $3.50 Final Field odds price was rewarding enough for you all.

This week I’m focussing only the big race at Te Rapa, the Waikato Stud Foxbridge Plate. I’m shooting for a quinella with the quality Te Akau runner, Imperatriz and the horse with the x-factor, Butler. Imperatriz is one that I reckon could win a group one in Australia or even a race like the $10m Golden Eagle in Sydney in October. She’s very special. She’s now won 8 of her 11 starts and she’s never been out of the money. She’s also unbeaten with two from two at the track. Opie Bosson is unbeaten on her as well.

While Te Rapa may we’ll be heavy it should be on the better side of a heavy 10 at the very worst. She handles any type of track but any improvement in the footing will be to her advantage.

Only once has Butler finished further back than second in 9 starts but he’s either been first or second in all his starts on left-handed tracks and is one from one at Te Rapa. He’s won four of his 5 starts at 1200m and he simply relishes wet ground. If Imperatriz is beaten, I reckon Butler could do it but in saying that I still believe, wet track and all, her group one background should be enough to repel his expected stern challenge. I’m banking on a $4 plus quinella.
Good punting! “

Des runs  his very popular phone tipping line (you can access this by calling 0900 45459 – note this incurs a charge of $2.99 per minute) – this service has been active for over 25 years and covers all NZ gallops from 8am each race day).