Alex My Boy set for Melrose test

Last Updated: 14/08/14 3:06pm

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Mark Johnston: Trains Alex My Boy

Mark Johnston: Trains Alex My Boy

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Connections of improving three-year-old Alex My Boy believe he needs to win the Betfred Melrose Stakes at York on Saturday week to emerge as a lively contender for the Ladbrokes St Leger.

Mark Johnston's colt is a son of 2003 Arc winner Dalakhani out of Aidan O'Brien's dual Oaks heroine Alexandrova, yet despite that breeding was picked up for a relative bargain price of £75,000.

He only raced once at two and looked primed to come into his own this year and he has won three of his six races this summer.

"We just don't know about the St Leger yet," said Bruce Raymond, owner Jaber Abdullah's racing manager.

"If he proves good enough I'm sure his owner would like to run him.

"He needs to win the Melrose, I'd have thought, to have a lively chance.

"One thing I do know is that he's going to be a good stayer in the future, a typical Mark Johnston type - he'll improve as he gets older.

"He just needs to warm up in his races, in his one disappointment at Musselburgh he got behind early and was never really interested. Once you get him involved he's fine.

"Mark always felt that once he tackled a trip he'd be OK.

"He got him for a bargain really, £75,000 for a horse by Dalakhani out of an Oaks winner."

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