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Ikarak is an incredibly exciting addition to our National Hunt ranks. Still only a youngster really, having just turned 5yo on New Year’s Day (he’s not truly 5yo until 3rd March 2023). Lightly raced, he’s open to any amount of improvement still. Not that he has to improve one iota to be a high-class staying hurdler/chaser.
Here's his profile video:
A dual chase winner, already rated 138, we believe, on GB ratings having won an Auteuil Chase over 4400m in early December. Auteuil is the Cheltenham of France and victories around there are very hard to come by. The step up to 2m6f really seemed to suit that day, having previously placed 2nd at Auteuil over 2m1f.
He’s a huge horse, almost 16.3 so it should be no surprise regarding the upping in distance suiting him. He plugged through the heavy ground in his latest victory, jumping and galloping his rivals into submission, to win cosily by 2.5 lengths. (Watch that race in the gallery.) He looks a high-class staying chaser, in the making.
Walk and Trot:
We’ve been able to secure him via the Auctav Sales platform for €50,000 and we think he represents incredible value and we can’t wait to see him on track.
He’s had a lovely freshen up since early December and we bring him over and target some really nice races in the Spring. Obviously, come the Autumn, he’ll be a second season novice, which is where, very often, those big staying chase handicaps tend to go the way of.
He remains a novice over hurdles so there’s a discipline we can explore and exploit too, at some point. He comes over with a profile similar to our Paul Nicholls horse Red Risk, a horse we’re sure you’ll be familiar with.
He vetted perfectly well and came very well recommended by Toby Jones, who bought Red Risk for us, from France.
He goes to Milton Harris who is one of the shrewdest trainers in the business. He’s already starting to map out the Spring campaign for this fellow. The races you’d like to start him off in, are small field Graded races at a festival, or somewhere smaller, under a double penalty. Milton’s not one for being feint hearted, so we’ll probably be looking at the something like the former.
Training Update (21st March): He had a small break after travelling over from France and now he is at daily exercise. Milton loves him, saying: “Lovely, big, strong horse. They don’t usually look like that, when they come out of France. How did we get him for that price?!” Hopefully not, famous last words. Milton has given him a piece of work and he went well. He plans to get him out in April. His race entries/declarations, will show on this page.