Alaskan Boy

Alaskan Boy (Fr)

2015 bay gelding by Muhtathir (GB) ex Laskaline (Fr) (Martaline (GB))

A strong, athletic and imposing type, this talented five-year-old has a really good level of form in the book and an exceptional pedigree that suggests he could make up into a very smart performer in the season ahead.

He has run four times in his career to date, starting off in the prestigious Prix Rush at Auteuil, which is always one of the top three year old races of the season. He finished an excellent fourth in a race that has worked out exceptionally well; the winner Pic D’Orhy won the Betfair Hurdle at Newbury this year, the runner-up Goliath Du Berlais is a Grade 1 winner and one of the top-rated horses in France, the fifth home has won five of his six starts since, including a Listed at Auteuil, and the sixth is rated 156 and is also an Auteuil Listed winner.

The owner moved all her horses from the trainer that spring and Alaskan Boy reappeared with a below-par fifth at Pau, after which he was moved into claiming company for his new trainer Pierre Raussin (9-141 last year, 8-96 in 2018), where he proved much too good.

He had one more run in France and was fancied in a €100,000 Listed handicap hurdle last March, but unfortunately picked up an injury that ruled him out for the remainder of the year.

He has been given plenty of time and a clean bill of health from the vet, and has looked a smart horse in the making in his work at home in recent weeks. He looks a picture and, still only a five year old, I am very hopeful that he can make up for lost time this term and he could be very useful indeed.

His dam was a three-time Listed winner and a Grade 3-winning chaser around Auteuil, while her half-brother won in Listed company and was placed on several occasions at Graded level (rated 158), so it is a top-class French pedigree.

We’ll bring him along steadily, as he will be at his best on soft ground this winter, but there is a lot to look forward to and I am excited about his prospects this season.