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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 at two as one of our more interesting three-year-old prospects. His comeback in the Gr.3 Prix de Guiche at Chantilly saw him encounter French horses of Classic calibre once more. 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. 

He then ran in the Gr.2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, settling a lot better than on his previous start, and followed that effort with a solid run in a Sandown handicap when a slow break hindered his progress. He continued his consistent run of form, finishing second in a competitive handicap at Newmarket, fifth at Ascot and fourth at Newbury, before a slightly below-par effort at York indicated he was done for the year.

His 2019 season got off toa  slow start, but a drop down in trip to a mile was prescribed as a result. His first start back over a mile resulted in a good third in a very competitive Sandown handicap. He followed that up with solid placed efforts at Newmarket and back at Sandown, but he is much more effective on softer ground so his winning turn will hopefully come later in the season. 

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

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