Jessica Harrington carried all before her throughout the last National Hunt season and this afternoon the dual code trainer bids for Royal Ascot success with Alpha Centauri.
The Niarchos family-owned filly has won each of her two starts this season: a Naas maiden in early May before taking a Listed race at the same track last time out.
Jockey Colm O’Donoghue said: “She’s been pretty good and stepped forward from her maiden win in good style; I’m looking forward to it. Jessie was very happy leading up to her in the Listed race, she’s a big, scopey filly and very powerful, I was trying to keep a lid on her as long as I could. I think she’ll stay further, she settled and travels nicely.”
Among her main rivals will be the Wesley Ward-trained pair of Fairyland and Princess Peggy, along with Aidan O’Brien’s Clemmie.