Breeders' Cup to be long-term target for Coronation heroine Alpha Centauri

Sun 24 Jun 2018

Listen to what Jessica Harrington had to say about future plans for Alpha Centauri on Luck On Sunday.

By staff

Jessica Harrington revealed on Racing UK on Sunday that she is weighing up several options for her record breaking filly Alpha Centauri.

The Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown and the Irish Champion Stakes are all in the melting pot after her demolition job in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

She is almost certain to sign off for the year at the Breeders’ Cup, while Harrington is also hopeful she may remain in training as a four-year-old.

According to Timeform, Alpha Centauri put up the best performance in the Coronation Stakes for a quarter of a century.

“The only thing I have said is that I will not run her on soft ground, that goes without saying,” Harrington told Racing UK’s Luck On Sunday weekly breakfast show.

“She’s in the Falmouth, whether that comes a bit quick for her I don’t know, she got back yesterday and seemed fine.

“She’s also in the Irish Champion Stakes, I suppose she’ll be put into the Matron and I know that the Niarchos Family sponsor the Jacques le Marois at Deauville and there was talk that she would go there and I said ‘yes, as long as the ground is good’.

 Harrington hopes Alpha Centauri will stay in training next year. Pic: Focusonracing
Harrington hopes Alpha Centauri will stay in training next year. Pic: Focusonracing

“The Breeders’ Cup Mile would definitely enter calculations. I know that’s their (owners) love and it would be lovely if everything goes all right if she stays in training next year.”

Harrington has no immediate plan of action for her gallant Gold Cup third Torcedor.

Having gone close at Ascot on Champions Day last year, he took another step forward in the feature event of the entire Royal meeting, only being run down in the final half a furlong, beaten a length by Stradivarius.

“He ran brilliantly. When you don’t get beat far of course it is a bit frustrating but he ran brilliantly,” she told At The Races.

“He’s improved again this year and is up there with the best stayers in Europe.

“He finished second to Order Of St George on Champions Day and in front of Stradivarius, so he’s been there knocking on the door, but he started from humble beginnings. He’s come a long way.

“I haven’t thought about where he’ll go next. He’s come out the race well – sound as a pound and in great order- but we haven’t made a plan yet.”

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