Alpha Centauri to run in Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes


Jessica Harrington-trained filly will be one of the stars on the opening day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Alpha Centauri to run in Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes


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 Champions Weekend.

“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." 

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