Friday Flash 8th Jan 2021

Fortuna has five runners in Singapore this Saturday 9th January.

4yo Gelding, Entertainer (Race 2 – Open Maiden 1100 Poly) has had four Singapore starts to date and has shown promise without yet winning – drawn the ace barrier in this 1100m Maiden event on the Polytrack – has the gun rider, Ruan Maia aboard. Trialed nicely pre Christmas, now relaxing better in his races – can give this a shake

 4yo Gelding, Showbound (Race 2) is in the same event and is another who  has been running nice races without winning – had a winning trial recently after a freshen up – has a top rider in Benny Woodworth aboard but has a difficult draw. Can feature but will need luck from the draw

Here is what the Singapore Turf Club pundits say about this race;

1st Pick: BEN WADE (4)

A newcomer from the family of Tannhauser and has trialled nicely enough for this debut. In what is not a deep race, he should be able to figure here.

2nd Pick: ENTERTAINER (1)

Form has eased off a bit from early promise but can go well in this lesser contest.

3rd Pick: EIGHT BALL (10)

Very poor effort on debut when last of 12 in December. Has won a trial since and can show improved form.

4th Pick: SHOWBOUND (2)

The run back in September is good enough form to expect a bold show at odds.

Entertainer – 14th September – Singapore

8yo Gelding, Hidden Promise, (Race 8 Class 5 1200m Poly)  is a six win horse in Singapore, but not at this trip, although is capable of running a bold race in his current fresh state – the in form apprentice, Hakim, takes 3kgs off his back from a nice draw – can run a place

6yo Gelding, Red Rover, (Race 9 Class 3 1600m Poly) won three in a row late 2019, but struggled to find form in 2020 – faces a strong field here at distance he has not won over – hard to have here

5yo Gelding. Federation, (Race 10 Class 4 1200m Turf) is a talented galloper with four Singapore wins to his credit, but has battled a foot issue during 2020 – now fully over that and back to Class 4. Hakim to ride claiming 3kgs – has an OK draw and is a good each way chance in this but would not appreciate any rain

Fortuna trackwork this week – Matamata

Tuesday 5th January

Leaderboard (S Pillay) galloped over an easy 800 metres in 53.4, home in 38.9.

Burgundy Belle (J Kamaruddin) galloped over 1000 metres, running the final 600 in 39.4.

Thursday 7th January

Navalha (R Khan) worked at three quarter pace over 1000 metres in 1.14.7.

Melody Belle (T Harris) galloped over an easy 1000 metres in 1.08, home in 40.2. She was followed by Burgundy Belle (J Kamaruddin) who ran 1.05, last 600 in 39.

Madame Moet (J Kamaruddin) galloped over an easy 800 metres in 53, final 600 in 39.8


Melody Belle was super impressive at Ellerslie New Years Day in an exhibition gallop over 1000m with Opie Bosson aboard – she will now trial at Matamata 12th January ahead of resuming on race day at Trentham 30thJanuary where she will contest the Thorndon Mile (G1 -1600m – $200,000)