The season’s outstanding three-year-old filly Alpha Centauri
is set to have her next run in the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes
on the opening day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown on
Saturday, September 15.
Jessica Harrington, speaking alongside Aidan O’Brien, Ger
Lyons, Pat Smullen and Joseph O'Brien at the launch of Longines Irish Champions
Weekend in Dublin's city centre on Tuesday afternoon, said, “It looks like
Alpha is going to stay in training next season which is great but there is a
lot of water to pass under the bridge before then, starting with the Matron
Stakes at Leopardstown next month. The timing of the Matron is perfect for her.
She has been to England twice and then to France for her last three runs, so it
is great to go just 40 minutes down the road for her next race."
Alpha Centauri made it four consecutive Group 1 wins on
Sunday when she stormed to victory in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville.
Harrington added, “She was great on Sunday, really great. It
was amazing to watch. She did what was written on the label. She is always
doing what is written on the label now. I suppose that adds an extra bit of
pressure and I just hope I don't make a nonsense of it. She doesn't mind
whether she goes from the front or behind. She is so straightforward now."
Alpha Centauri was the standout name among the 43 entries
for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes, although Aidan O'Brien revealed
that he could challenge the star filly with Clemmie, Rhododendron, Hydrangea
and a few others in the mile event on what is the first day of Longines Irish