Ivan Furtado Stable Tour

    Doncaster trainer Ivan Furtado is looking forward to a profitable New Year after starting the All-Weather Championships Season 5 with an impressive strike rate. Here, Simon Mapletoft turns the spotlight on the former Brazilian rancher.
  • Friday 22 December 2017
  • Stable Tours

Ivan Furtado has good reason to celebrate right now. As well as reflecting upon his best season in three years with a license, the former Brazilian rancher boasts one of the most impressive strike rates in the All-Weather Championships table.

On the approach to Christmas, Furtado had sent out eight winners at a 24 per cent return, bettered by only a handful of top trainers including William Haggas, Hugo Palmer, Roger Varian and Charlie Appleby.

The 38-year-old former assistant to Roger Charlton, who grew up herding cattle on his family ranch close to the Argentinean border, is “living the dream” with 34 horses in full training at his picturesque Wiseton Hall base on the Nottinghamshire-South Yorkshire border.

“I never had plans to be a jockey but was always interested in training, even in those early days back home when I helped my granddad with his quarter horses,” he tells me.

“I first came over to this country with the main aim of improving my English but was lucky enough to get a job with Jim Old, one of the top National Hunt trainers back then. Jim was really old school and taught me such a lot about the game in five enjoyable years.”

Furtado’s two years with Charlton proved just as valuable, however. “I was involved with some great horses at Beckhampton, and rode Group One winner Al Kazeem in most of his work. We had other stars like Cityscape and Time Test so it was an exciting period.”

Furtado then worked for former Newark trainer Alan McCabe before beginning training in his own right in 2015, and hasn’t looked back. He trained 15 winners in his first year, striking with his first ever runner, and bettered that tally by two last year.

But the addition of a new barn and a new influx of horses have helped Furtado beat that total with ease. He approached Christmas with 23 winners to his name this year, including tough handicappers Normal Equilibrium, Sword Exceed and lucrative French import Malaspina.

Here, Furtado talks Simon Mapletoft through some of his leading All-Weather contenders.

Older Horses

Fredricka

Trainer Says:

This mare is consistent but isn’t easy to win with. She can be a tricky ride and needs everything to fall in her favour, but I can confirm she’s in great heart and will be seen at her best if she can come home off a strong pace. She likes Chelmsford and won a handicap there off 75 in November and remains fairly treated.

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Glorious Asset

Trainer Says:

He cost his owners just 800gns out of Ed Walker’s yard and has done well for us, winning a handicap at Southwell in March for the Giggle Factor Partnership, who are great supporters of mine. He’s had his issues, hence his lay-off, but will be back in the New Year. The mile at Southwell is perfect for him, though I wouldn’t have a problem taking him to Newcastle either.

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Malaspina (ITY)

Trainer Says:

I ran a horse called Intensical in a claimer in France in September, when he finished third behind this mare. She had already won a few races and looked good value at 12,000 euros so we claimed her. That proved to be a good bit of business because she won her first two starts for me, first at Newcastle and then at Southwell. She really impressed me last time because I was concerned the race had come too soon. She was a little agitated in the paddock, had a big weight and was dropping back to a trip short of her best but she still won well. As a five-year-old she’s still improving and it’s exciting to see how far we can go with her.

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Sir Ottoman (FR)

Trainer Says:

A likeable gelding, he had his first run for me in October, having won three times in France for his original trainer. He was probably badly handicapped but has been dropped 9lb, which will help him. I’m also keen to step him up in trip as I feel that 6f on the All-Weather is a bit sharp for him. His win at Cagnes-Sur-Mer came over 6.5f so I’m hoping he will travel better over seven. He works like a nice horse so I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t win us a few races.

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Ski Blast

Trainer Says:

He began his career with Roger (Charlton) so I knew him well when he came to me for peanuts. He’s a lovely big horse who has his niggles, which is why he doesn’t race a lot, but he has ability as he showed when he won a handicap at Doncaster in August, our local track. He’s had another break and will be back in February. The straight mile at Newcastle is ideal for him, as he doesn’t act on tight tracks, but I also think stepping up to 1m2f would be to his liking.

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Zaeem

Trainer Says:

I’ve got a real soft spot for this gelding, who was my first winner as a trainer. In fact, he won his first three races for me – not bad for a gelding who cost me 1,500gns! Sadly he lost an eye a few months ago but it doesn’t seem to have affected him and it was great to see him win again at Southwell at the beginning of December, even if it was only a seller. I’m hoping that’s boosted his confidence so we’ll keep him going in those type of races but he’ll always have a home with me, whatever happens.

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Three Year Olds

Belisa (IRE)

  • 4-y-o; chestnut filly
  • Breeding: Lope De Vega - Fleche Brisee (Dynaformer)
  • Trained by: Ivan Furtado
  • Last Race: Leicester, 2 Aug 2017 20:40
  • Result: Won/9, in touch on outer, led after 2f, headed 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led again over 1f out, stayed on well
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Trainer Says:

This filly is big and strong and a real galloper. She progressed really well in the spring, winning over the straight 1m at Newcastle and then following up in another handicap at Leicester in August. She’ll be back in January when I’ll be looking to step her up in trip, possibly to 1m2f. Her dam won over 1m7f so there’s plenty of stamina in her pedigree.

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Frank's Legacy

Trainer Says:

This three-year-old will be back on the All-Weather in the New Year. He won a 6f handicap at Wolverhampton in the summer, despite being green, and was a good second at Chelmsford behind a horse called Prince Jai who won again next time. He’s been slow to come to hand but will be competitive off 56 in handicaps over 7f or 1m.

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Huddersfilly Town

Trainer Says:

She’s been a slow learner but has started to improve from the bottom end of the handicap and has won two races already – both over 1m2f around Chelmsford. In between those wins she missed the break there and wasn’t suited by the slow pace of the race. She’s a thorough galloper who can continue to progress, particularly back on turf on fast ground next year.

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Sword Exceed (GER)

Trainer Says:

My owners bought this gelding from Godolphin. He’d shown ability in three starts for Charlie Appleby and won on his debut for me at Lingfield in March with Silvestre De Sousa on board. He won again at Lingfield over the same 6f in November off a 6lb higher mark and had no luck in running when I tried him over 7f at Wolverhampton. He missed the break that day from a bad draw but should continue to progress. He’s off 82 now but loves Lingfield and has a high cruising speed which is ideal for an All-Weather horse.

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Two Year Olds

Blacklooks (IRE)

  • 3-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Society Rock - Mosaique Beauty (Sadler's Wells)
  • Trained by: Ivan Furtado
  • Last Race: Wolverhampton, 22 Dec 2017 17:45
  • Result: Won/9, steadied start, held up in rear, headway on inside and plenty to do when hampered over 1f out, soon switched right, ran on well between horses to lead final 125 yards, soon clear
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Trainer Says:

I couldn’t believe my eyes when he crashed through the rail at Nottingham with the race at his mercy. Before that he’d won a 7f Leicester nursery, confirming that he is a horse with plenty of ability. There’s no doubt he’s a bit of a monkey but he’s a good ride at home and if we can get him to enjoy his racing he will be alright. He had an excuse at Newcastle last time because 6f was too short for him so we’ll put him back to 7f or a mile.

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Oneroa (IRE)

Trainer Says:

She has only had two starts in her life – one for me – but has the ability to win races. She didn’t run at all badly at Chelmsford in early December and should be competitive in small handicaps once she has qualified for her mark. By Dandy Man, she’s a very athletic little filly who will probably come into her own around tighter tracks like Wolverhampton and Lingfield.

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