In training

Alternative Fact

Bay Gelding
DOB: 28 Feb 2015
Dalakhani x O Fourlunda (Halling)
Owner: The Alternative Lot

This smart colt is by the Arc and Prix Du Jockey Club winner Dalakhani, the sire of numerous Classic winners including Conduit and Reliable Man. Alternative Fact is out of the Halling mare O Fourlunda, a half-brother to the 2005 Cambridgeshire and multiple Gr.3 winner Blue Monday, who was also third in the Gr.1 Juddmonte International.

Alternative Fact ran three times in 2017. He showed distinct promise when finishing second at Newmarket on his debut, before sluicing up in a Salisbury maiden. We then took him to Deauville to contest a Listed race and he finished an excellent second behind Wooton, who has since gone on to win the Gr.3 Prix de Fontainebleau and finish a two-length fourth in the Gr.1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains. 

Alternative Fact went into winter quarters as one of our more interesting three-year-old prospects, and he remans a horse of great potential. His first run as a three-year-old came in the Gr.3 Prix de Guiche at Chantilly, and once again we encountered French horses of Classic calibre. Alternative Fact was a little fresh and keen in front, but stayed on in the straight to finish a respectable sixth, beaten less than seven lengths. The winner of the race, Intellogent, was subsequently fourth in the Gr.1 Prix du Jockey Club, whilst the runner-up Patascoy went on to be second in the same Classic. The form is good, so we hope that Alternative Fact can build on the run and maintain his progressive profile.

As a son of Dalakhani he promises to stay a mile and a half, but he is certainly not short of speed. He ran in the Gr.2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and settled a lot better than on his previous start. That effort was followed by a solid run in a Sandown handicap when a slow break hindered his progress. He has continued his consistent run of form, finishing second at Newmarket, fifth at Ascot and fourth at Newbury. He has been plying his trade in good company throughout, and hopefully his winning turn will come around again soon. 

Link to form and entries  (courtesy of the Racing Post; opens in a new window)

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  • 2nd May 2017