Friday Flash – 9th September 2022

Headline News;
Fortuna opened its 2022/23 NZ Season account with two winners on 3rd September RUBICON CROSSING at Wanganui and DANCARINA at Riccarton, recording 30 wins in total In NZ, Australia and Singapore for the 2022 Calendar Year, equalling our 2021 total for the full year.

Madame Moet wins for the 2nd time at Matamata 7th September

Te Akau Racing, once again, dominates at the annual NZ Horse of The Year Awards receiving 10 awards

Kevin Myers, who also trains for Fortuna, was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Racing

Another Award worth mentioning was Michael McNab, who as well as being crowned Champion Jockey, was also awarded the much sought Jockey Of The Year Award

Fortuna has two runners this weekend –  one in NZ and one in Singapore

New Zealand

KHAFEEF contests the R75 2000m event at Hastings – Race 1 at 11.50 pm and will be ridden by Ryan Elliot. This is his 2nd start back since resuming at Hawera over 1600m, but striking an unsuitable heavy track on the day. Usually competitive in this sort of event and on a path toward the NZ Cup in November – query on Heavy track, but if handling it will be finishing off strongly at generous odds


OLYMPIA contests the Class 5 1000 Poly event Saturday 10th and will be ridden by Stable Apprentice, Fadzli Yusoff claiming 2kgs. A nice 3rd last start after getting carted off the track on the turn and down the straight – loves this trip and almost always finishes in the money – Top 3 chance and can win

Fortuna Track work – Matamata

Tuesday  6th September

Mohawk Brave (C Grylls) worked over an easy 1000 metres, home in 42.3.

Fortuna Track work – Singapore

Saturday  3rd September

Kermajack (Jerlyn) – 600 39: Olympia (Jamil) – 1000/600 36.5; Entertainer (Yusoff) – 1000/600 39; Speedy Missile (Yusoff) – 1000/600 38.5; Trident (Jake Bayliss) – 800/600 37

Tuesday  7th September

Kermajack (Jerlyn) – 600 38.5; King Arthur (Yusoff) – 800/600 38.5;; Hadeer (Jake) – 800/600 41; Super Posh (Jake Bayliss) – 800/609 41;

Other News

Fortuna opened its 2022/23 NZ Season account with two winners on 3rd September – RUBICON CROSSING at Wanganui and DANCARINA at Riccarton, recording 30 wins in total of the 2022 Calendar Year, equaling our 2021 total for the full year. See the stories below

Fortuna Racing’s Two Year Old Filly RUBICON CROSSING wins on debut Wanganui Jockey Club 3rd September

Sent to the races without a public trial Two Year Old Filly RUBICON CROSSING (Rubick – Miss Foxwood) repaid the faith her connections had in her by producing a professional winning effort on debut in the very first Two Year Old event of the new season, The Dave Hoskin Carriers Maiden 2YO over 800 metres. Drawn nicely in Barrier 3, rider Lisa Allpress soon had her under way and in the lead. Turning for home clear of challengers “Cube”, as she is known around the stable, set sail for the winning post but the challengers were coming and she had to withstand a stern challenge by Illicit Dreams in the closing stages, but went to the line with a long head margin.

Click HERE to see the race replay

Te Akau Trainer Mark Walker was not on course, being at Riccarton to supervise his team of runners at that venue, but was  nevertheless glued to the screen to watch the Wanganui race. Post race he said, “That was a pretty good effort by this Filly, she has always shown us a lot at home and although she had not been to the trials, she had gone well against the older horses in her jump outs and I thought it was worth a throw at the stumps to send her to this race – she was well ridden by Lisa and big congrats to John Galvin and his Fortuna Racing Owners – they are great people to train for and have a very strong team of runners in the Stable for the upcoming season.”

RUBICON CROSSING – Wins on debut – Wanganui 3rd September 2022 – Lisa Allpress aboard

Fortuna Racing Principal John Galvin, watching from his Hamilton home was a happy man after the race, “That’s the earliest two-year-old ever, for Fortuna Racing and it’s nice to come out and win on debut,” he said. “She’s a filly that we thought we stole at the Magic Millions Sale in January, after identifying a couple of yearlings that we thought could be under the radar. She was a standout, physically. We set a budget and fortuitously she came in at budget, and since then hasn’t put a foot wrong. Full kudos to Mark Walker for setting her for this race – he was confident she could race well, despite not having had a trial and so it proved. She was well rated by Lisa, it was a bit heart-stopping in the last few strides, but she got the lollies in the end. Well done to her Syndicate Members, it is a big group with a lot of long time Fortuna stalwarts in it but also a nice sprinkling of new clients as well”

Rubicon Crossing was acquired by David Ellis and Fortuna Racing for A$120k at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January 2022, after being identified by Mark Walker as a Filly with a deep pedigree and a strong physical type. She is  owned by the Fortuna Rubicon Crossing Syndicate, an Ownership Group comprising 51 individuals, mostly from New Zealand but also from Australia and the USA

Fortuna Four Year Old Racemare DANCARINA makes it two career wins with a powerful performance at Riccarton 3rd September

In what was a very successful day for the Fortuna Racing Team in New Zealand, presenting three runners on the day for two wins and a third, the 4yo Racemare, DANCARINA (Sebring – Dance For Me), produced an exceptional result finishing from well back in the field at the junction to win the Rating 65 1000m event down the Riccarton chute. Ridden by Te Akau Stable and 2021/22 Champion Apprentice, Joe Kamarrudin, “Bianca” as she is known by at the stable had drawn barrier 8 of 9 runners in the event, Joe elected to go back from the draw and as the field arrived at the crossing 600 metres from home, she was still 10 or 12 lengths off the leaders. However, mounting an inexorable run down the middle of the track, she quickly gathered the field in and despite laying in over the closing stages, went to the line clear by a long neck in the time of 57.07 for the 1000 metre trip

Click HERE to see the race replay

DANCARINA was having just her 4th race day start, producing a 3rd on debut at Matamata in January 2022, then a strong win at Ruakaka in February and another 3rd at Ellerslie in March before being put aside for further maturity and development.

Te Akau Trainer, Mark Walker, was on course to oversee the mare’s preparation. “That was a great result, but to be honest, I was expecting her to perform well today, her work has been very good and she trialed well at Avondale – she is not the soundest mare in the world and does need careful management, but she has a lot of talent and is more than capable of earning some black type for her Ownership Group. Well done to John Galvin and his Fortuna Team, that was their 2nd win today and they have a lot of nice horses coming through in the next few weeks.”

DANCARINA – 2nd career win – Riccarton 3rd Sept 2022 – Joe Kamaruddin aboard


Fortuna’s John Galvin, watching from his Hamilton home was enjoying his day, having already seem his debut 2yo runner, RUBICON CROSSING, win at Wanganui two hours earlier, “That was breathtaking to watch, she seemed to be a long way off them over the 1000m trip, but I could sort of sense the way she was traveling that she was going to unleash and so it proved – it was a heady ride by Joe, who is riding in great form. Well done to Mark Walker for the way he has handled DANCARINA, she has had soundness issues, but he has managed her well. It was a last minute decision to send her to the South Island to race, but one thing I have learned after 2o uears of working with Mark Walker, is to always trust his judgement – he is very rarely wrong.”


 Dancarina returns to scale with “Smiling Joe” Kamaruddin aboard – Katija Cherie is leading her in

DANCARINA was acquired by David Ellis on behalf of Fortuna at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast January Sale for A$100,000 from the draft of Widden Stud. She is raced by the Fortuna Dancarina Syndicate, an ownership group comprising 60 individuals

Madame Moet wins for the 2nd time at Matamata 7th September – see story below

Fortuna Racemare MADAME MOET wins at Matamata 7th September – her 2nd career win

The 5yo Racemare, Madame Moet (Iffraaj – Champagne Katie, by Darci Brahma) scored in the $14,000 Brian Tims Rating 60 1600 metres on Life Members Race Day at the Matamata Racing Club 7th September. Winning her Maiden without a hitch over 1600 metres in January at the same venue, Madame Moet got back and was unable to quicken when resuming in the Rating 65 1300 metres on 24 August at Taupo, but bounced back in convincing fashion in her 2nd up run. Patiently ridden by Opie Bosson“Bubbles” as she is known around the stable, came from sixth before ranging into contention around the home turn and she quickened clear to trounce her rivals, going to the line clear by almost two lengths.

Click HERE to see the race result and replay

“She found the right race, did everything right, and it was a very good ride by Opie,” said trainer Mark Walker, bagging his 19th win in the first five weeks of the season, three of which have been for the Fortuna Racing Team

Madame Moet – 2nd Career Win Matamata 7th September 2022 – Opie Bosson aboard

Fortuna Director, John Galvin, was on course along with a big crew of the Ownership Group said “That was great to see her bounce back – she clearly took a lot of benefit from her resuming run at Taupo and she was just too good today – big kudos to Mark Walker, he had observed that the mare was not relaxing well enough in her racing, so he introduced some schooling over the jumps into her work, made a couple of gear changes and it has worked the oracle. Mark and I started working together in 2002 so it has been a 20 year working relationship with many, many winners both here and in Singapore – it has been fantastic to have Mark back in New Zealand – he is really flying in the new season”

John also made mention of former Te Akau Trainer, Jamie Richards“Jamie prepared Madame Moet for us up until the time he left and was her trainer when she had her first win on this track in January – Hong Kong racing kicks off its new season very soon and we wish Jamie all the best in his new venture”

When accepting the spoils, John also made mention of Joan Jolley, present on the day racehorse owner for 22 years and longstanding owner with Fortuna Racing. “Joan was also in Tell A Tale with us when he won the 2000 Guineas in 2008, when it was a one-million dollar race”. John also mentioned long standing Fortuna stalwart, Ian Upson, who with Madame Moet’s win has now clocked up 103 wins with Fortuna

Owned by Fortuna Madame Moet was purchased by David Ellis CNZM on behalf of Fortuna for $70,000 at the 2019 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Wentwood Grange. She is owned by the Fortuna Madame Moet Syndicate, an Ownership Group comprising 68 individuals

Madame Moet was strapped by Stephanie Hyde-Richards – her first for the stable.

Te Akau Racing, once again, dominates at the annual NZ Horse of The Year Awards receiving 10 awards – see story from NZTR website below

Outstanding mare Probabeel has joined an elite club with her second successive New Zealand          Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Award. The now retired daughter of Savabeel, who is preparing for life as a broodmare, gained more than half of the 57 votes cast to retain her title. Probabeel again was named Horse of the Year at a function in Hamilton on Sunday evening and since the award was introduced in 1971 is the 10th horse to be a multiple winner. Sunline took the title four times with Show Gate, Rough Habit, Xcellent, Seachange, Mufhasa, Mongolian Khan, Bonneval and Melody Belle the other dual winners.

Probabeel’s achievement headlined a stellar evening for the powerhouse Te Akau operation as she was also named Champion Middle-Distance performer and Imperatriz acknowledged as the Champion Three-Year-Old, Maven Belle the Champion Two-Year-Old and Belle En Rouge and Self Obsession were NZB Filly of the Year co-winners. While Te Akau’s equine stars were honoured, so too were key past and present staff members.

Former Head Trainer Jamie Richards, now plying his trade in Hong Kong, was the Trainer of the Year having won the 2021/22 premiership, Joe Kamaruddin claimed the Apprentices’ Premiership and Nicole Shailer, now in the employ of current Te Akau trainer Mark Walker, was the Stablehand of the Year.

“We finished up with 10 awards and it was really well run by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and everybody seemed to have a great night,” Te Akau chief David Ellis said. “I am incredibly proud of the whole Te Akau team, it was a very happy evening. We had a lot of our senior staff there and it was fantastic for them to see all of their hard work paying off. It’s not much fun working with horses at this time of the year when it’s cold and wet and they all do it because they love the horses. It was great for us all to get there together and celebrate.”

Kevin Myers, who also trains for Fortuna, was awarded the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Racing

Kevin deliberately keeps a low profile and it was just great for me personally to see him receive this prestigious Award

Click HERE to see a “must watch” video clip of this remarkable horseman

Another Award worth mentioning was Michael McNab, who as well as being crowned Champion Jockey, was also awarded the prestigious Jockey Of The Year Award

For me this was a special moment – Michael has had a well documented up and down career, but some important personal decisions made a couple of years ago has seen him climb to the top of the tree. Michael rode Melody Belle to win two of her Group One successes with two of the most exuberant winning post celebrations you could ever hope to see – he also rode Leaderboard to win the NZ St Leger for us earlier this year – he is a great bloke and he is special to all of us here at Fortuna Racing

Click HERE to see Michael receiving his Jockey of The Year Award

Guest Selector – Des Coppins
Des’ pick last week failed to fire – Here is what Des has to say this week:

Tardy out of the gates and slightly  over-racing aren’t excuses for the below expectation run by the “pick” El Attitude at Wanganui last week. Although he was the 4th quickest in the final sectionals there was little to enthuse over and while it’s always advisable never to drop our selections entirely next time  (we’ve had great follow ups in the past) I’d be taking  very light footsteps with this bloke for his pending engagements. For the record, while El Attitude, on the basis of its previous run at Woodville, was my value bet of the day at Wanganui  the corresponding value  bet at Riccarton on the same day  was Extrememiss who got the job done with real purpose for the 0900 line at 13 to one. Hopefully some of you prospered.

It’s great to see quality return to the track at Hastings on Saturday isn’t it  for not only the first group one of the season, the Tarzino, but for for the under-card as well? It’s just a pity the track is unlikely to recover from its existing heavy 10 and more rain may occur also on Saturday. I’ll be spending countless hours going over the Hastings form before my subsequent release to the public on Saturday morning with my top two on the 0900 line but in the meantime I’m being ambitious and aiming for a three-horse multi for the Fortuna team.

They are : Little Joe, race one, who looked effortless last time at Tauranga with a 4.5 lengths win with the third horse, Hit the Switch, a winner at Te Rapa on Sunday, some six lengths in arrears. His price at printing time is an attractive $3. Next on the multi is our good friend, Cork in race 4. The run was a lot better than the 12th place may indicate. She jumped away very awkwardly and settled well back. She was the quickest, can you believe, on the sectional time sheet over the last 600 and the third fastest over the 400 and 200. Her price is $3.60. Finally to the big one, the Tarzino and the best horse in Nz, Imperatriz should win for fun despite a few newcomers opposing the onslaught of some of the opposition she faced in the Foxbridge a fortnight ago. I’ll take the $1.50 on a multi any day of the week!

Add all these prices together and we end up with $23.80.  Worth a lazy tenner , don’t you think?

Good punting!

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A couple have been forced to “ late scratch” from Des’ fully booked of 80 like-minded people from all over NZ on our 8-day tour to the Melbourne Cup. Details are on the Sporting Tours website HERE but Des is happy to take a call on 021 448052 on behalf of the tour operators for anyone interested.