Friday Flash – 31 May 2024

Headline News

Wellington Cup winner Leaderboard will contest the prestigious Australian Hurdles at Sandown on Sunday 2nd June – John and Jessica to attend

Imperatriz sells for A$6.6m to Yulong at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sake during the week, delivering an out standing result for our good friends at Te Akau and their Ownership Group in this Champion Mare

Fortuna has six runners next three days, three in NZ, two in Singapore and one in Victoria

Riccarton  Synthetic – Friday

SAILING AWAY contests the R65 1200m event – Race 1 at 11.22am with Warren Kennedy to ride from Barrier 1 – a strong Maiden winner at Riccarton 14th April over 1400m, he ran a good 3rd next start Riccarton R65 1600m in Saturday company – back in grade and down in trip here – looks to have a very strong hand in this race. TAB says “Will enjoy class drop and is a major player” Showing $4.20/$1.45 fixed odds

MITRE PEAK races in the Maiden Fillies and Mares 1200m event – Race 2 at 11.52am with Niranjan Parmar, claiming 1kg, to ride from Barrier 2 – strong finish for 4th after getting no favours in the run this course and trip 16th May – improving each start and is a good each way chance in this.TAB says “Sure to run well and looks a solid chance” Showing $4.60/$1.65 fixed odds

INCA BELLE contests the R75 1600m event – Race 8 at 3.19pm with Warren Kennedy to ride from Barrier 9 – good run for 3rd this course and trip 2nd May at her first go on the Synthetic – has taken a lot of improvement from her previous run and set to score here. TAB says “Suitably placed and anticipating another big run”

Singapore – Saturday

GUN races in the Class 5 1200m Turf event – Race 8 @ 4pm Singapore time (8pm NZT) with Carlos Henrique to ride from am inside barrier – failed this trip and surface last sart, striking a wet track – previous start ran an improvers run in Class 4 – has ability and can feature here at odds

PRINCE LONHRO also races in the Class 5 1200m Turf event – Race 8 @ 4pm Singapore time (8pm NZT) with Sarwi Jamil, claiming 3kgs, to ride from a mid field barrier – has struggled to find form so far in Singapore and will be at big odds on the tote

Sandown (Victoria) – Sunday

LEADERBOARD contest the Australian Hurdles over 3900m for A$125k – Race 5 @  2.40pm (4.40pm NZT) – Will Gordon will ride from Barrier 2 – a dominant 4 length winner over the Hurdles at Warrnambool 30th April – – has not put a foot wrong in training since and has had a trial over the big fences as well – meets a very even field here with good form lines from many runners, but is a classy jumper and has good tactical speed on the flat – genuine each way chance – Neds say “Continues to make headway – right in this” Showing $5.50/$2 fixed odds

Matamata Trackwork – Fortuna runners

Wednesday 29th May

Malborough Bay (T Melvin) worked over 1200 metres in 1.28.10, home in 42

Singapore Trackwork 

Saturday 25th May


Des Coppins – Guest Selector
Des’ selections for us last week were tripped up by the very heavy tracks at Pukekohe and Trentham, but notable that he tipped out 8 winners on the day (four at each venue) from his  full service plan – he is on fire this past week with his four best bets from the last four venues recording three wins and a second

Here is what Des has to say this week

Greetings John and Fortuna fans

Tricky track conditions at last Saturday’s venues caught us out with the the three Fortuna selections, but let’s not panic.
I’ve been kicked in the guts a few times in the last 50 years on the punt  but let’s   just turn the page and fingers crossed for better results on Saturday.

My three suggestions are:

Silver Javelin in race 3 at Pukekohe 
She’s ready to win.
She was brave in running third at Te Rapa behind our good mate, Acquarello and she wouldn’t have to improve much to get the job done.
She’s been well looked after and only once in her limited career has she been out of the money.
I loved her run behind the talented Pour the Wine here on January 1 on a soft 7 but she won by a margin this time last year at Matamata on a heavy 10 in a time just under 1.15 for 1200m and that’s almost the time her class was running last week on this track when the rain came.
In other words a heavy track won’t be an issue.

Duncan Creek race 4 at Wanganui 
He seldom runs a bad race and this is the easiest class he’s been up against for a good while.
He blundered badly in the deep ground when steadied near the straight entrance at Trentham last Saturday.
In his last 6 starts he’s been racing mainly in solid open sprints, listed races or strong r75 events and hasn’t really disappointed.
He’s asked to carry 60kgs but he’s won lumping 59kgs.
Good to have Joe Doyle back on board with his record with one win and 4 placings from 6 rides. The only time Joe was out of the money on Duncan Creek was in the group one Levin Classic last March when midfield.
He’s comfortable on all types of footing.

Justaskme in r7 Wanganui
What a solid run under handicap conditions last time when coming home the last 600m the quickest.
At w-f-a on Saturday I like him a lot.
He won the race last year effortlessly and I’m banking on him going back to back.
Good punting!