Alpha Centauri notches her fourth-straight Group 1 with victory in France

Alpha Centauri joined an illustrious roll call by completing a fourth successive Group 1 victory with an impressive success in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday.

The world-renowned colours of owners the Niarchos Family had previously been carried to victory eight times in the prestigious French feature.

They included the likes of flat royalty Miesque (1987, 1988) and Spinning World (1996, 1997) and Alpha Centauri’s authoritative two-and-a-half length defeat of Recoletos ensured she has now been elevated to those heights.

The Jessica Harrington-trained filly followed victories in the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes and the Falmouth Stakes with yesterday’s smooth triumph, encouraging her trainer to label her ‘a once in a lifetime filly’.

She said: ‘She’s given me a few sleepless nights, I have to admit that, but it’s not like training Moscow Flyer as there are no fences to worry about! She’s a once in a lifetime filly for me to train and it was a fantastic performance.’ 

In Ireland, Frankie Dettori immediately nominated Newmarket’s Dewhurst Stakes in October as a viable target for Advertise after steering Martyn Meade’s colt to a workmanlike success in the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. 

The well-backed 11-10 favourite, a first British winner of the race since 1997, supplemented last month’s July Stakes win at Newmarket by repelling the persistent challenge of So Perfect to score by half-a-length.

‘There was a bit of a scare when the others came to challenge but Advertise had plenty left at the line,’ reported Dettori.

‘He has a great temperament and really wanted to do it, but I would say he needs to go up in trip now and long-term the Dewhurst Stakes (seven furlongs) looks the race for him.’

 

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