The Citizen (KZN)

Fortune favours Quintay

- Jack Milner

Ashley Fortune has only been a trainer for a short time but she has had amazing success over that period. As a result, there are many owners keen to have their runners in her yard.

Last month they acquired Quintay from owner Mario Ferreira and the Argentinia­n-bred gelding had a winning start for the stable in Race 7, a MR 79 Handicap over 1800m at Scottsvill­e.

Of course, when a horse wins so soon after moving, some of the credit has to go to the previous trainer, in this case Dennis Bosch, who sent the horse across in peak condition.

Fortune has opted to move the grey off the turf and on to the Polytrack at Greyville today in a MR 88 Handicap over 1400m.

Quintay will be dropping in distance but that was the distance he was running over while racing in Cape Town with some success.

His first run in Durban was on the Polytrack over 1200m and he finished well to end up a 1.05-length third behind Letaba so the surface should hold no demons for the four-year old

He is well drawn at No 5 and will be ridden by Stuart Randolph.

One always has to respect any runner Dean Kannemeyer puts out on the Polytrack and on this occasion he has Mount Anderson who has a great record over this course and distance. The Vercingeto­rix gelding has run four times for two wins and two places. Keagan de Melo takes the ride and they are well drawn at No 3.

However, they may struggle to give 4kg and a beating to Quintay,

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