Friday Flash – 30th October

Two Fortuna runners this Saturday 31st October – one in NZ and one in Singapore

4yo Mare Rhapsody In Blue impressed when winning her 2nd career race in the R65 1200 at Taupo in September – however disappointed when stroking a Soft track at Hastings 17thOctober and up in Grade to the R74 1200. She gets another chance same grade, same trip at Awapuni on Saturday (Race 2 @12.38pm) – she has a nice draw but will need a Good or Dead track to show her best – Sam Wynne takes the mount. Can finish in the money if she shows her best – market has her at $10 Fixed Odds

8yo Hidden Promise is another who won two starts ago in stylish fashion in a Class 5 1800m event only to fail badly at his next start (1400m same grade). He gets back to a more suitable 1800m trip this Saturday, has a nice draw and a 3kg claim courtesy of Donna Logans apprentice F Yussof. A six time winner in Singapore, Trainer Mark Walker cannot fault the horse since his last start failure and gets his chance to atone here in a moderate field (Race 6 @ 7.30pm NZT). Watch market but can feature if back to best.

Te Akau Track work this week – Fortuna Runners –  Matamata

Tuesday 27th October

Melody Belle (T Harris) looked great galloping over an easy 1200 metres in 1.21, last 600 in 39.

Rhapsody In Blue (M Roustoby) galloped in company over 1000 metres in 1.03, last 600 in 36.5.

Thursday 29th October

Navalha (R Khan) worked at three quarter pace over 800 metres in 1.02, home in 46.


Other News

Melody Belle flew to Melbourne on Wednesday 28th and is now in the hands of Te Akau’s Ashley Handley and stabled at Flemington – she will attempt to win her 13th career Group One event when contesting the LKS Mackinnon Sakes (Group One – 2000m – A$2m) on Saturday 7th November – Kerrin McEvoy will ride.

Melody Belle at Flemington Thursday 29th October