Alpha proves No.1 in Irish 1000 Guineas

Alpha proves No.1 in Irish 1000 Guineas

FollowingSaturday’sshocksuccessof25/1shotRomanisedintheTattersallsIrish2000Guineas,therewasanotherturnupforthebooksinyesterday’sfillies’equivalentasJessicaHarrington’sAlphaCentauristormedhometolandtheTattersallsIrish1000GuineasunderagreatridefromColmO’Donoghue。

20/1withmanyfirmsonSundaymorning,thedaughterofMastercraftsmancameinforgoodmarketsupportleadinguptothe‘off’andeventuallystartedat12/1despitehavingshownlittlelastmonthonherseasonalreappearance。

QuickergroundandastronggallophowevermadeallthedifferenceastheNiarchosFamily-ownedthree-year-oldbouncedofftheCurraghturf,stormingthroughtocatchthelong-timeleaderCouldItBeLove(33/1)wellinsidethefinalfurlong(seevideobelow)。

Therunner-upkeptgoingbetterthananyonehadexpectedhavingsetastrongearlygalloptonearlystealtheprizeforAidanO’Brien,butherBallydoylestablecompanionandhotfavouriteHappily(5/4),thirdintheQipco1000Guineas,wasnevernearerthanherfinishingpositioninthirdyetagainunderRyanMooreandlooksasthoughshe’llbesuitedbyfurtherinduecourse?

AlphaCentauriwasprovidingHarrington,betterknownasatoplevelNationalHunttrainer,withherfirsteverClassicsuccessandwasrewardingthefaithshowninthefillybeatenjustaneckintheGroup3AlbanyStakesatRoyalAscotlastJune。

ShestruggledontestinggroundafterthateffortandSundaywasthefirsttimesincetheroyalmeetingthatHarrington’schargefinallyhadthequickgroundsherequirestoproduceherbestform。

ItsfantasticIvefinallygottheClassic,exclaimedthewinningtrainer。

Ivebeensecondandthirdandthehorseshavealwaysrunreallywell,butthisisdreamcometrueformetowinaClassic。

Itsalmostasgoodaswinninga[Cheltenham]GoldCup!

Towinaracelikethisisabsolutelyfantastic。

ImjustwaitingfortheAscotwinnernow。

Shehadworkedwellsince[herfirstrunoftheseasonat]Leopardstownandwewereveryhappyandquietlyconfidentcomingheretoday,addedO’Donoghue。

ButyouneverknowgoingintoaClassic。

Imjustdelightedeverythingworkedoutsowell。

AlphaCentauriisnowatoppriced7/1withBetfairfortheGroup1CoronationStakesatRoyalAscotonJune22。

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