FORTIA. 16 April 2014 Nathaniel-Veenwouden. Owner-Samuel Sutton & Partners.
Fortia is by the King George, and Eclipse winner Nathaniel, out of the Desert Prince mare Veenwouden who's forte was stamina, recording a career best third in the Jockey Club Cup (Group 3) at Newmarket back in 2007, over two miles,she is also the Dam of Hurricane Hollow, who achieved a best hurdles Racing Post Rating of 140.
Fortia ran twice as a two year old for the Wiliam Haggas yard, both times over a mile, in October, and November 2016, failing to get competitive on both occasions.
For her three year old career she was trained by Dean Ivory, but she didn't run until August 2017, when finishing fifth of eight at Chelmsford, over the extended one mile and five furlongs.She made her handicap debut the following month at Yarmouth, over their extended one mile and three furlongs, off a mark of 59, and finished third in the soft ground.Her final race on the flat, to date, was a disappointing return to Chelmsford in October, when finishing down the field over two miles.
It would be a further 11 months, and wind surgery until her next appearance in August 2018. Now in the care of Emma Lavelle she made her hurdles debut at Bangor, but after a mistake at the first, she never got involved.It was a different story at Worcester in September when she went down by only a neck, and she backed that up in October at Newton Abbot with a solid third place,both races were on good ground.She raced a further four times for Emma Lavelle, all in handicaps, starting from a mark of 106, and all at around two and a half miles, but she disappointed on each occasion.
Fortia moved to Micky over the Summer of 2019, and has raced three times without getting involved. Her handicap mark has dropped to around 90, and since her last run in January, she has been given plenty of time to settle in properly.