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Just Beautiful sitting pretty for Falmouth bid

Ivan Furtado has an eye on the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes for his unbeaten filly Just Beautiful.

The three-year-old has won all four of her racecourse appearances to date, culminating in a Listed success in the Maggie Dickson Stakes at Musselburgh on June 5.

Prior to that the daughter of Pride Of Dubai was successful in three all-weather contests in a flawless run that started with her racecourse debut in October.

Furtado is now considering a significant step up in class, with the Group One at Newmarket’s July Meeting currently pencilled in.

“We were really happy with her performance and at this stage she’s in for the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, the Group One,” he said.

“We’re not sure if we’re going to go there yet, it depends how tough the race is going to be, but it’s a possibility and if not she could go to Goodwood for the fillies’ race at the end of the month (the Oak Tree Stakes).”

“She’s come out of her race really well and I think she’s still progressing, so it’s very exciting times really.”

Just Beautiful’s performance at Musselburgh was her first run on turf and her trainer was bolstered by how well she seemed to cope with the surface when prevailing by a length and a half ahead of proven Listed performer Jouska.

“It was her first run on the turf and Musselburgh is a sharp enough track really, and she handled it very well,” he said.

“We’re stepping her up to a mile at Newmarket which I think won’t be a problem, she wasn’t stopping at the line when she won at Musselburgh and when she ran at Chelmsford before she needed another furlong to get on top, so I think a mile shouldn’t be an issue really.

“She handled the turf well and we’re quite excited about her, she’s doing everything that we ask of her.”

Furtado also provided an update on plans for Ascot Victoria Cup runner-up Eagleway, who was last seen finishing third at Newcastle last week.

The gelding finished three-quarters of a length behind Richard Fahey’s Hartswood and will now target either the Moet & Chandon International Stakes at Ascot or the Unibet Golden Mile Handicap in July, with a visit to York also a possible stepping stone.

“We were happy with the way he ran at Newcastle, he didn’t disgrace himself, it’s just the race didn’t run to suit him,” Furtado said.

“The race didn’t work out perfectly because of the pace, he needs a bit more pace, but he still ran well.

“He is in at Goodwood for the Goodwood Mile, we’re also targeting a race at York next week (the John Smith’s Racing Handicap Stakes), after that he’ll either go back to Ascot on the 24th or he’ll go to Goodwood.

“We’re pretty happy with him, he could do with a bit of juice in the ground but I’m not sure if he’s going to get it.

“He suits the big fields because they go a cavalry charge pace and he just gallops at very high cruising speed and he keeps galloping.”

Furtado harbouring high hopes for Eagleway

Ivan Furtado is looking forward to the rest of the season with Eagleway after the French import made a creditable British debut at Ascot earlier this month.

The five-year-old was outran his odds of 80-1 when only beaten half a length by River Nymph in the 27-runner Victoria Cup over seven furlongs.

Furtado, who bought the Sakhee’s Secret gelding out of a Deauville claimer in August, expects Eagleway to be just as effective at a mile.

The Newark trainer has given Eagleway an entry in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, but will be pleasantly surprised if he makes the cut.

“We were delighted with his run last time. Obviously, we’d like to get him in at Royal Ascot, but it’s a question mark if he’ll get in or not.” said Furtado.

“He’s a nice horse and if he doesn’t go to Ascot, we’ll have to find somewhere else. We think he is better with juice in the ground. He will stay a mile as well and he will be a nice, fun horse.

“For him to get in at Ascot, I think it will need to be soft ground for others not to declare. In normal circumstances we’d struggle to get in, unfortunately.”

Furtado explained how he came to buy Eagleway.

“We bought him out of a French claimer. We’ve done quite well with horses from French claimers. He had good form there,” he added.

“He has improved since he came to the yard as well. He’s a lovely horse and he was a cheap horse – he was only about £22,000.”