Lucky strike for Fortuna

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

LA FORTUNA has been found a good op­por­tu­nity to open her ac­count at the third at­tempt at South­well.

The Char­lie Wal­lis-trained filly was an un­con­sid­ered 25-1 shot for her race­course de­but at Chelms­ford in Oc­to­ber and for much of the six­fur­long con­test it was not dif­fi­cult to see why.

A very slow start meant she was up against it from the off, af­ter which she ap­peared to have no idea what she was do­ing.

How­ever, she be­gan to get the gist of it in­side the fi­nal fur­long and she of­fered plenty of hope for the fu­ture in fin­ish­ing third.

She was un­der­stand­ably more prom­i­nent in the mar­ket on her sec­ond start at Ling­field and showed the ben­e­fit of that ini­tial ex­pe­ri­ence, mak­ing much of the run­ning be­fore even­tu­ally be­ing mowed down by hot favourite Beau­den Bar­rett.

La Fortuna com­fort­ably re­versed the form with Chelms­ford sec­ond Equinette, clear ev­i­dence of her progress, and a sim­i­lar level of im­prove­ment would make her hard to beat in the Bet­way Me­dian Auc­tion Maiden Stakes un­der Luke Mor­ris.

Mor­ris could well com­plete a dou­ble, with Cap­tain Rev­e­la­tion ex­pected to en­hance his fine record at the track in the sun­bets.co.uk Hand­i­cap.

In six pre­vi­ous vis­its to the Ne­wark cir­cuit, Tom Das­combe’s fouryear-old has never fin­ished out of the first two, hit­ting the bulls­eye on three oc­ca­sions.

He com­pleted his course hat-trick in good style here a fort­night ago and while he will need to defy a ca­reer-high mark to add to his tally, he looks in the mood to do so.

All-weather fare also comes from Kemp­ton, where Out­rage is the stand­out bet in the 32Red Hand­i­cap.

Daniel Kubler’s inmate was pro­duced with a well-timed run when win­ning a shade cosily at New­cas­tle on Fri­day and it is no sur­prise to see him turned out quickly un­der a penalty.

The first-time blink­ers seemed do bring out a lit­tle im­prove­ment in the four-year-old and pro­vided they have the same ef­fect, he has every chance of fol­low­ing up, es­pe­cially if they go hard in front.

Hint Of Mint has been hint­ing his turn is not far away and the Weather­bys Rac­ing Di­aries ``Con­fined’’ Hand­i­cap Hur­dle at Taun­ton looks a good fit.

The seven-year-old was rated in the 140s in the spring of last year, but has been given a chance by the hand­i­cap­per af­ter spend­ing over a year and a half on the side­lines.

The for­mer Nick Wil­liams run­ner made his come­back for Harry Fry and looked badly in need of the run on his As­cot re­turn.

A third placed fin­ish at Win­can­ton was a small step in the right di­rec­tion, be­fore he was caught on the line here a cou­ple of weeks ago.

He has pre­vi­ously won twice over this course and dis­tance and given he should now be ap­proach­ing peak fit­ness, he re­ally ought to be com­pet­i­tive from his cur­rent perch of 128.

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