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Alpha Centauri. The star of this flat season.

Alpha Centauri. The star of this flat season.

Few would dispute that the now retired Alpha Centauri was the star of this past flat season. Who could easily forget that 6 length win – tipped by me to members of VG Tips when she was priced at 4/1 in the betting market – in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. It was a phenomenal performance that saw her break the course record. The filly won three Group 1 races this past season prior to her last victory, which came in France when she easily beat colts in the Jacque Le Marois Stakes.

It’s a shame that an injury picked up in Matron Stakes at Leopardstown has resulted in the 3 year old daughter of Mastercraftsman being retired from racing. Like many who love to watch the best thoroughbred racehorses in action, I wanted to see her perform again next season. It wasn’t to be.

Racing UK visited the stables of her trainer Jessica Harrington and produced this charming and informative video that is well worth half an hour of your time. Jockey Colm O’Donoghue recalls what it has been like to ride such a classy filly.

The video was recorded before she picked up that injury, a chip in her right front fetlock.

Since the decision was made to retire her, Harrington has said: “She ran a fantastic race but I saw her do it a furlong and a half out when she was pulled to the outside. I thought ‘oops, something has happened there’ and when she didn’t keep going forwards I knew something had happened.

“It was incredible to have her, and no-one can take away what she’s done. For her to sustain the injury she did – and everyone could see when she did it – and still run on to finish second to another very, very good filly says it all.

“She’s taken me to places I’ve never been before, she gave me my first Classic winner and my first Royal Ascot winner, so I have a lot to thank her for.”

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