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FURAX. 30 January 2015. Martaline-Veleha. Owner-Ursa Major And Partners.

Furax is a recent recruit to the yard, having raced in France for the first 19 starts of his career, and he is already a winner over hurdles, and fences. His sire Maraline was a Group 2 winner at four years old, for his owner Khalid Abdullah, and is now the consistent producer of high class national hunt horses. His dam only raced eight times, all at Auteuil, winning twice over fences, and only finishing out of the places on one occasion.

Furax had the best start in life by being trained by France's top jumps trainer Guillaume Macaire for his first five runs, and being ridden by James Reveley on each occasion. He finished runner up on his second start at Nancy in April 2018, and won on his forth start at Aix-Les-Bains in June. His last run for the Macaire yard was his debut over fences in hot company at Auteuil, when finishing a creditable fourth beaten by 12 lengths.

Furax was given a break, and did not reappear until February 2019, and now after a change of yards, he was in the hands of P. Peltier. He started out by finishing second at Angers, on heavy ground in a four year old chase, and followed up a month later at Auteuil, where he finished runner up again, only going down by a short neck. He received a Racing Post Rating of 122, and ran his race again when finishing third at Auteuil in April, but his next two runs also at that track were not as good, as he finished last of the six runners on both occasions, although stepping up to Listed class on the second occasion.

After his summer break he returned at Auteuil in November, but he clearly had lost his way, finishing down the field twice, and pulling up on three occasions, through until February 2020.After once again taking a break throughout the summer, he came back at Craon in September, and benefited from the drop in class by finishing second. In November he got off the mark over fences, by winning a handicap chase at Le Pin au Haras. He could only manage sixth place a month later at Ligieres, but was quickly turned out again just six days later at Craon, and finished second for the fifth time in his career.

Furax joined us shortly after that and made his debut over Catterick's extended three miles and one furlong in February, over hurdles in heavy ground. He was in the rear, but made headway, only to get tired, with the probability that the trip stretches his stamina, from his opening mark of 127.

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