Friday Flash 5th July 2024

 “Leaderboard” – Warrnambool Steeples Victory –  23rd June 2024 – Aaron Kuru aboard


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LEADERBOARD to contest the time honoured THACKERAY Steeples at Warrnambool Sunday 7th July – John to attend

Fortuna has three runners over the weekend, one in NZ and one each in Victoria and Singapore

Te Rapa – Saturday

RAGAMUFFIN contests the R75 1400m event – Race 7 @ 2.37pm with Courtney Barnes to ride from Barrier 2 – brave when running 2nd at Trentham under 59.5kgs last time, he is up in grade here and will only have to carry 55.5kgs – racing in great form and if he copes with the class rise, is a genuine each way contender – TAB says “Solid prospect with a similar effort to last time” – showing $5/$1.85

Warrnambool – Sunday

LEADERBOARD races in the time honoured Thackeray Steeplechase for A$100k at the iconic ‘Bool racecourse – Race 6 @ 3.20pm Aus time (5.20pm NZT) – Aaron Kuru has taken to the jumping game with great authority with a dominant last start win this track two weeks ago at his first attempt at the big fences two starts, two wins this track, drops 6kgs in weight, but meets a much stronger field – can make it three from three – TAB says “Looks a strong winning hope” – showing $3.10/$1.40  and favourite

Singapore – Sunday

RHETT BUTLER races in the Class 5 1200m Turf event – Race 1@ 12.30pm Sing time (4.30pm NZT) with Apprentice Darren Danis claiming 1kgs to ride from barrier 3. After some indifferent form in recent starts, he was much better last time this grade and trip for a 3rd placing – will get a soft run here from the draw and big improvement expected. TAB says “Has to find improvement”  – No odds posted yet

Matamata Trackwork – Fortuna runners

Tuesday 2nd July
Porcia Catonis 
(D Miller) worked over an easy 800 metres in 56.5, home in 40.1

Singapore Trackwork 

Saturday 29th June

RHETT BUTLER (JAMIL) 800/600-38; ROCKY (ASLAM)800/600-40;

Tuesday 2nd July



LEADERBOARD to contest the time honoured THACKERAY Steeples at Warrnambool Sunday 7th July – John to attend

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation in the Leaderboard camp with its up and coming star jumper returning to the famous Warrnambool racetrack where he has raced twice before, for a dominant win in a maiden hurdles event April 30th and two weeks ago in the BM120 Steeplechase where he was dominant again at his first attempt over the big fences. The former Wellington Cup winner has always shown an aptitude for jumping, having been schooled on a regular basis over the hurdles when based at Matamata and has taken to the discipline with real gusto since traveling to Victoria, where he is based at the Te Akau base at Cranbourne. Four starts over the jumps in Victoria have yielded two wins and two seconds.

John says “It is no real surprise that “Tiger” has taken to the jumping game. He has always showing a bit of affinity for it, is bred to stay all day and has a great jumping action – full credit to Mark Walker who has been with him at Cranbourne for the last four weeks – Mark has really got to know Leaderboard very well over the past couple of years, has planned his jumping program in Victoria to the minute and we are looking forward to this week’s race where he steps up in grade but also drops 6kg in weight. I will be there on the day and with school holidays on, will be accompanied by my two boys, James, 13 and Joshua, 9.”

Safely through this week’s assignment, Leaderboard has an ambitious ongoing program mapped out with the Grand National Hurdles at Sandown for A$350k on 4th August and then three weeks later the Grand National Steeples at Ballarat also for A$350k

Des Coppins – Guest Selector
Here is what Des has to say this week –

Greetings John and Fortuna followers and best of luck to Leaderboard owners as you eye up the Thackeray Steeples at Warrnambool on Sunday.
I’ll be watching!

Unfortunately last week we were left with just one runner from our original three with two potential leading lights scratched on the eve of the race day.
Our sole runner Super Get ( 18 to one) finished just two lengths from a winner and he’s one of those “ paste in the hat” type runners going forward.

Let’s move on to Saturday and my three to follow are all engaged at Te Rapa.

Librasi, race 7

I think she’s over the odds at $7.50
Visiting trainer Alan Sharrock has the mare spot on after a comfortable win on her home track in early June in the hands of promising 3kgs claimer, Triston Moodley.
His record with Sharrock is stunning with 7 wins from just 13 rides and a strike rate of 1.9!
Librarsi has two seconds to her name at Te Rapa including a group 3 placing in the Eulogy Stakes ( transferred from Awapuni) on  a soft 6 and on a heavy track as well also in stakes company.

Amazing Grace r9

Her last run was solid to the line when running 5th to Margaret Jean and company after a slow start.
She’s lightly tried and is third up going into this race and she won in the same state on her last preparation.
I’d he surprised if she doesn’t keep improving.

R10, Te Atatu Memphis

He ran in stronger company last time and  drops from r75 to r65 and jumps from 2100 to 2400m.
In that run the other day his work over the last 800m was his  best and barring the winner he  was the quickest over the last 200m.
While he’s only saluted once in 24 starts he has filled  runners up role 6 times and all  but one of those 6 were on heavy tracks.
He’s 5th up.
He ran 2nd 5th up last term and won at his very next start.
This is an ideal race for a return to form.
The track will be hovering around soft 7 or heavy 8 and while his best form is in the wet he hasn’t been out of it in the past on better tracks either.

Stop Press:
Highlights for our Melbourne Cup tour this year includes the Cup eve dinner with Michael Walker; a visit to the Te Akau Stables at Cranbourne, a catch up with our good old friend Garry Willets for a Sunday lunch as well a ton of fun with like minded people in the best reserved viewing at Flemington for 2,3 or all 4 race days.
Your choice!
It’s my 35th trip as co tour leader with our highly respected travel agents Sporting Tours.
Over 70 have booked already  with at least half being repeats.
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The deadline is Monday August 5.
Good punting!