Friday Flash – 8th December 2023

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Shares filling quickly in our recent Ready To Run purchase

Secondary Market shares available in three Fortuna runners


Fortuna has five runners Friday and Saturday  – two at Riccarton Friday and four in Singapore Saturday
Friday – Riccarton

SAILING AWAY – a 3yo Gelding by Merchant Navy, makes his race day debut on the Riccarton Synthetic – Friday 8thDecember – Race 1 @ 2.47 with Lisa Allpress to ride from a good barrier. A slow maturer, his earlier trials were average but blinkers on last trial saw a better performance. Market is cautious @ $10/$3.30

ANGELS WINGS – resumes after a decent paddock spell after a winning performance Awapuni synthetic 27th July – she is in the R65 1200 – Race 8 @ 6. 59 with Warren Kennedy aboard from a good barrier. Has raced consistently throughout her 11 race career, trialed nicely for a 3rd placing 13th November – has a good level of ability, loves the synthetic and is a top 3 chance here @ $4.20/$1.80

Saturday – Singapore 

PRINCE LONHRO races in the Open Maiden 1200m Turf – Race 2 @ 12.30 Sing time (5.30pm NZT) and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice Yusoff, claiming 2kgs,  from the outside barrier. A strong trials and solid race day performer (from 2 starts) in NZ before heading to Singapore, he made his debut there 1100m Poly 25th Nov, was severely check at the start in a race that was run very quickly, but was strong to the line for 4th placing – a classy type, he will appreciate the Turf and can run into the money here, but will need some luck from the draw.

Here is what the STC tipsters have to say about this race

Last years dominant combination of Nunes and Fitzsimmons rejoin forces here for the first time in quite a while. Trialed nicely in moderate time showing a good turn of foot recently and finds a nice race here.
2nd Pick: STAR NORTH (3)
Should improve second up with blinkers on that he wore to a fifth placing trial recently. His maiden form earlier in the year is very strong and looks a key player.
3rd Pick: JULY (11)
Draws well down in the weights and is first up since August with three trials under the belt for our leading stable. Should get plenty of market support.
4th Pick: PRINCE LONHRO (1)
Severely checked after the start in a race where the leaders clocked a very quick 23.30 which is absolutely flying. He was off the bit the whole way and hit the line well. Will need luck from a wide draw.

GUN contests the Open Maiden 1200 Turf – Race 4 @ Race 4 @ 1.30 Sing time (6.30pm NZT) and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice S Jamil, claiming 2kgs, from a good  barrier draw. A solid 2nd placing on debut behind a talented galloper was followed by a disappointing result when tried on the Poly. Back on the Turf, lovely draw, carries 51.5kgs with the claim – is right in this and can win

Here is what the STC tipsters have to say about this race

1st Pick: GUN (5)
He will carry next to no weight after the claim for Jamil as he looked to resent the kick back on the Polytrack last start. His last start on the turf was strong behind a very good horse in Kungfu Hero.
2nd Pick: SURFING CLOUD (8)
On the quick backup after having no luck down the straight being held up for the better part of the last 300m. If he handles the backup and finds clear ground can go well.
3rd Pick: LIM’S SARAMATI (1)
Gets the blinkers added for the first time for the strong Meagher and Lerner combination who are striking at 23.1% from their last 39 runners. Should show plenty of improvement.
4th Pick: OCTOBER (6)
Comes out of the same race Gun competed in back in October finishing third. Caught the eye winning a trial in 60.27 and should be there in the finish.

ROCKY races in the Class 4 1600m Turf – Race 6 @ 2.30 Sing time (7.30pm NZT) and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice Jamil, claiming 2kgs,  from a good barrier. A three time winner in Singapore, he has raced mainly on the Poly but has run well this trip and surface when tried. Appreciates being ridden patiently and with the right run can feature here

KNIPPENBERG races in the Class 3 1200m Turf – Race 10 @ 4.30 Sing time (9.30pm NZT) and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice Yusoff, claiming 2kgs, from a good  barrier. Luck deserted him in a big way his last two starts, but his nine previous starts had brought him 3 wins and 3 seconds, with all three of his wins coming on the Turf (Long course) and the 1200m trip. Gets the long course here again, has a dream draw and carries just 53kgs. Does meet a very strong field here, but represents a good top 3 chance

Here is what the STC tipsters have to say about this race

1st Pick: CITY GOLD STAR (4)
Nunes has ridden a few of the fancies in their recent starts and throws his leg over this David Kok trained runner who was a winner two starts back beating Dream Alliance who finished second in the Gold Cup. Draw not the best but can present here.
2nd Pick: KNIPPENBERG (8)
His career best performances have all come at this distance on the Long Course. Gets the advantage of a nice barrier to position up early and can bounce back in a big way here.
3rd Pick: ASIF (2)
Racing in very nice form over his last five starts that have recorded two wins and two placings. After Seows claim he will carry 54.5kgs. Scratched at his most recent start where he was a key chance.
4th Pick: MT NISEKO (13)
Eligible for class four off a rating of 67 but being thrown in here up in class but down in weight could be a smart move from the trainer. Will need to dig deep to win but has some favors.


Matamata Trackwork

No timed Fortuna trackwork this week

Singapore Trackwork 

Saturday 2nd December

TRIDENT (AWAH)1000/600-39; RHETT BUTLER (IBRHIM)1000/600-39; 38; GUN (YUSOFF)1000/600-38; KINPPENBERG (ALSM)1000/600-38;  KING ARTHUR (YUSOFF)1000/600-38; ELLIOT NESS (YUSOFF)800/600-38.5; ROCKY (YUSOFF)1000/600-38; PRINCE LONHRO (YUSOFF)1000/600-37;

Tuesday 5th December

KNIPPENBERG (AWAH)800/600-40; GUN (YUSOFF)800/600-40;



Shares filling quickly in our 2023 Ready To Run purchase – the Contributor – Victory Parade Filly – $1240 for each 1% share – just 18% left!!!

The Two Year Old Filly by Contributor out of Victory Parade – Stable Name “Kylie”
Middle Distance/Staying type 

Lot 295– the Two Year Old Filly by the proven Stallion CONTRIBUTOR out of VICTORY PARADE (By Street Sense) has been acquired by the David Ellis/Fortuna Racing combination from the 2023 NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale – this after the Te Akau Selection Team of David Ellis, Mark Walker and Marcus Corban had conducted their normal thorough pre sale inspections

Mark Walker, when doing his usual pre sale Video clip inspections, had identified this Filly as a “genuine middle distance/staying type”

The Contributor –  Victory Parade Two Year Old Filly – “Kylie”

This Filly, who has been given the stable name “Kylie” is the beneficiary of  a strong  pedigree. Her Sire, Contributor was a top class racehorse in the UK and Australia, winning 8 times from 18 starts, at trips from 1400  to 2000m – he won four times at  Group level, including two Group One victories in Australia. He is the Sire of 121 runners, of which 84 are winners, including 8 Stakes winners.

“Kylie’s” Dam is Victory Parade, a daughter of  Street Sense. She won twice in Australia and is the dam of one foal to race, Smokeshow, who has won three trials and run 2nd in each of his two raceday starts – Click HERE to view  pedigree

Physical type
A powerful, athletic Filly of good size, standing at 16.1 hands high and tipping the scales at 500kgs, she is physically correct, has a lovely temperament, has a strong athletic walk and passed her pre sale Vet exam without issue – Click HERE to her parading  Pre Sale

Syndicator’s view (John Galvin)

“I had asked David Ellis and Mark Walker to select a staying type Two Year Old Filly out of this sale – one with a strong pedigree page but which also met our criteria for type. Their inspections threw up two or three that met the overall criteria, but this Filly was their preferred option and we were lucky enough to secure her below our budget. Contributor is fashioning a great record as a Sire of staying types and this Filly really does fit the bill. Standing over 16 hands high and weighing 500kgs, she is a great physical specimen.”

Trainer’s view (Mark Walker)

“Asked by John Galvin to find a nice staying type, this Filly really caught my eye when David Ellis and I conducted our  inspections – a  lovely moving Filly of good size, her breeze up gallop demonstrated a strong powerful action – she paraded very well at inspections and has the physical characteristics to develop into a lovely staying type as a Three Year Old and beyond”

Click HERE to see her Breeze Up Gallop

Selectors view (David Ellis)

“We thought this Filly by Contributor was a beautiful moving Filly with a lot of class – she presented as a good strong,  very sound type and we were thrilled to buy her for what I thought was great value for money”

Ongoing Preparation
“Kylie” is now spelling at Te Akau Stud in the Waikato ahead of prepared for racing at Matamata by Ten time Premiership winning Trainer, Mark Walker in conjunction with co-Trainer, Sam Bergerson of Te Akau Racing Stables – this preparation will commence around 12th December and will include jumpouts and trials in the late summer/autumn of 2024 – during this initial preparation Mark and Sam will be constantly assessing her and will make a decision whether she can make her race day debut as an Autumn 2yo or whether she can be put aside until her 3yo season, which commences 1 August 2024


  • Shares available right down to 1%.
  • 10% share $12,400– 5% share  $6,200 – 2.5% share $3,100 – 1% share $1,240

Share price includes all Initial Costs (Purchase price, GST, Promoters Fees, Insurance through to 31st January 2025, and Working Capital of over $8,000

  • Monthly ongoing costs from 1st January 2024 – from that date ongoing costs are – 10% share $440 per month – 5% share $220 per month – 2.5% share $110 per month – 1% share $44 per month.
  • Monthly ongoing costs can alternatively be paid up to 12 months in advance as an option for subscribers by Bank Payment or Credit Card

Shares can be ordered online at the link HERE – email  if you require info or assistance

Secondary Market shares available in three Fortuna runners

Due to a change in health and financial circumstances, a long standing Fortuna client has decided to offer the shares she has in three horses

They are as follows

Malborough Bay – the 4yo Gelding by Darci Brahma out of Spin ‘N Grin. This well bred gelding won on debut at Matamata as a late Autumn 2yo, was Stakes placed as a 3yo, raced well without luck at times during his 3yo year and then won again  as a 4yo in early August – is now coming to the end of a paddock spell and is returning to work this week. He has fashioned a race day record of 16 starts for 2 wins and 10 other top five finishes – a 5% share is available for $1500 and ongoing costs of $180 per month from 1 January

Ragamuffin – the 5yo Gelding by Belardo out of Short Tale – has had 16 starts for 2 wins as a three year old – had time away from the track as a Spring 4yo due to some leg surgery – resumed racing in the Autumn of 2023 filling minor placings at times – is now coming to the end of a paddock spell and is returning to work soon – a 5% share is available for $1500 and ongoing costs of $200 per month from 1 January

Mitre Peak – the 3yo Filly by More Than Ready out of Liten Princessa – she has trialed nicely and made her race day debut at New Plymouth 7th December, finishing unplaced – a 2.5% share is available for $100 and ongoing costs of $100 per month from 1 January

Date Change for our Owners Day – now 17th December

Please note we have had a change of date for our Owners Day – originally set for Sunday 10th Dec, some NZTR programming changes have seen the Rotorua meeting scheduled for the 6th Dec moved to the 10th – Mark and Sam have a big team going, so this means staffing for our Owners Day becomes impossible, hence the date change – see revised details below

Fortuna Owners Day 2023 is scheduled for Sunday  17th December 

Yes it’s that time of the year again – the occasion of our very popular Owners Day where we will review the successes of the past 12 months, mix and meet and we will be parading all of the Matamata based horses

Venue – The Gazebo (not Epsom Lounge) – Matamata Racecourse

Time – 1pm to 4pm

Refreshments provided

Note that it is important to register your attendance as we need that for catering – please email 

If you have registered for the 10th already, can you please reconfirm with Jessica that you can still make it on the 17th


Guest Selector – Gary Williams

Here is what Gary says this week

Hi John and Team
The weather up North seems on the improve unsure about Wellington though both venues have some interesting races.
At Wellington I spot a tasty treat in Race 9…..Hasstobeperfect [ $11 / $4 ]….looks ready to fire !
At Pukekohe I’ve a list of black bookers to follow from seein them in flesh of late !
Race 1….Uderzo [ $3 win] looks well placed.
Race 2…Mosinvador [ $9 / $3 ] Yes a maiden but meets weak field IMO.
Race 3…Wallen [ $2 ] Another maiden but a standout IMO
Race 4…Terra Mitica [ $5 /$2] ex UK horse looks well placed in this.
Race 5 ……Ka Ying Lucky [ $12 / $4 ] Eachway allday !
Race 7……Trust in You [ $5 /$2] looks the winner here with Pick of the Litter [ $4 place ] a great Top 4 chance as well. Both finish their races off strongly.
Race 8…..Flamebird [ $4 /$2 ] Much went wrong last time and should help Craig Grylls have a great day.
Race 9….Kaidu’s Pride [ $18 / $18 / $6] Has only seen the outside fence in past few races and with lightweight and better ride could provide a lot of Christmas cheer ! Has ability this horse….look out !
Good luck,