Up-and-coming trainer Ivan Furtado has double prospects at Wolverhampton on Monday.
If you haven’t done so already, make a mental note of new trainer Ivan Furtado, who continues to impress in his rookie season and has double prospects at Wolverhampton this afternoon.
Formerly assistant trainer to Alan McCabe and Roger Charlton, Furtado – no relation to Nelly of “I’m Like A Bird fame, in case you were wondering – is proving an instant hit in the training ranks. Since taking out a licence at the beginning of the year, he has sent out an impressive ten winners from just 30 runners (30%) and two of his three runners on the all-weather have obliged – courtesy of the same horse, ZAEEM.
The six-year-old, formerly with Godolphin and then Dean Ivory, has proved a revelation since joining his current stable and was completing a hat-trick (all in the space of eight days) when scoring by two and a half lengths at Brighton at the end of June. He’s had a deserved break since and, while the handicapper has stepped in, raising him to a new mark of 82, it might not be enough to stop him completing a four-timer in the extended 1m handicap (3.45pm).
The market has proved a reliable guide where this progressive outfit is concerned with their record with favourites standing at 7-10 and the selection, who has been put in as xxx market leader is taken to improve that record further under Adam Kirby, who can make the most of a good draw in stall five.
UPDATE – Zaeem has been declared a non-runner and that could leave the way for course specialist MONSIEUR CHEVALIER. The eight-year-old has form figures at the track last of 111613 and has continued to run well since winning a handicap here in June off just 4lb lower. With his stable in good form, he rates fair each-way value at 12/1 with Betway.
Stablemate BREAD must have an even better chance in the closing 7f handicap, thiugh he’s unlikely to be much of a price. You can’t the bookmakers for their stingy stance as the three-year-old looked a far away ahead of the handicapper when winning eased down at the track last Thursday, and he looks thrown in under a 6lb penalty. That effort can be upgraded too as he had to do a fair bit of running to establish an early advantage from his outside draw and the way he was pulling clear in the final furlong suggests he will have no problem with today’s extra furlong.
He will exit from stall seven (of eight), which is again wider than ideal, and Ross Atkinson takes over from Silvestre De Sousa in a race restricted to apprentice riders, but they are the only real negatives.
Wolverhampton 3.45pm, Zaeem @ 7/2 William Hill – NON-RUNNER
Wolverhampton 5.15, Bread @ 5/4 William Hill