Fortuna NZ worth a look

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Recently I attended Royal Randwick as guest of the STC to watch our bloke Care To Think, run in the Liverpool City Cup. While there I had the pleasure of meeting John Galvin, Principal of the New Zealand based Syndication company Fortuna Ltd.

John was also a guest of the STC as one of his Syndicated horses the 3yo filly Melody Belle (Who i’m a big fan of) was racing in the Group One Surround Stakes – readers will recall Melody Belle demolishing a good field of 2yo’s in the Queensland Sires Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm last year. John certainly runs an interesting business, he has been syndicating since 2007 and has a current team of 34 horses under his management.

Fortuna also races horses in Singapore as well as NZ and Aus. Last year, he bought the proven Melbourne Stayer, Chance To Dance, at the Inglis Chairmans Sale and ran 2nd in the subsequently abandoned Sydney Cup and then ran 5th in the re running of the Cup two weeks later. Chance To Dance has since raced with distinction in NZ, winning at both Listed and Group 3 level. In a really interesting move that caught my attention, Fortuna has recently acquired the talented and proven Sydney Galloper Antonio Giuseppe  and they have a really interesting strategy for the horse – he will go to race in Singapore and contest the Singapore Triple Crown events later in 2018. He will be set for the Singapore Gold Cup (2000 metres – S$1.35m) run under Handicap Conditions on 11th November 2018 with the two lead up races, The Raffles Cup (1600m WFA – $1m Stakes) run 30th September  and The Queen Elizabeth II Cup (1800m – WFA – S$1m Stakes) run 21st October. These three races and are only eligible for Singapore based runners (no European “raiders” to contend with!!).
I have had a look at the Fortuna website and it is a great site – well worth a look. And I see that shares are still available in the Antonio Giuseppe syndicate – I am sorely tempted to get aboard and dip my toes into the Singapore racing scene at some stage too.