Alpha Centauri’s four Group 1 wins last season contributed handsomely to Jessica Harrington’s best Flat campaign in terms of winners and prize-money, and by her own admission it will be a hard act to repeat that level of success this year.
“2018 was a wonderful season for us and it will be very difficult to follow last year, but we have a nice combination of older horses and three-year-olds and a very nice team of two-year-olds to run,” says Harrington.
“Quite a few of our three-year-olds are lightly raced and open to plenty of improvement, and we think we might have a few black-type fillies, including Trethias and Servalan, both of whom showed promise last year.
“The horses are in good form. We had a couple of winners at Cork on Saturday and we’re happy with the way things are going and looking forward to keeping them healthy and well for the rest of the season.”
Where Moone, County Kildare
Total Irish prize-money in 2018 €1,502,519
Started training 1989
Horses in yard 80
Finest hour Winning the Irish 1,000 Guineas with Alpha Centauri, a first Classic winner, in 2018
Assistant Trainers Eamonn Leigh and Kate Harrington
Travelling head groom Niall Amond
Jockeys Shane Foley, Tom Madden
Office manager Emma Galway
Secretaries Ally Couchman, Izzy McKeever
WINNERS IN IRELAND
PROFIT/LOSS TO A €1 STAKE
Bit Of Banter
Big Bad Bob (sire) – Armoise (dam)
Owner: Blessingndisguise Partnership
Form figures: 1220-67
Racing Post Rating 90; Official rating 83
She needs very good ground – the quicker the better. She won a handicap over 1m4f last year and will again be running in handicaps, although we’d love to try to get some black type for her at some stage.
4g Big Bad Bob – Are You Mine
RPR 93 OR 93
He didn’t race until last year when he won over 1m2f on his debut at Roscommon. He can be free and ran too keenly on his reappearance at Cork. He’ll do better when he settles and will be suited by 1m2f-1m4f. He likes ease.
5g Choisir – Sanadaat
John B O’Hagan
RPR 94 OR 87
He didn’t run until last year when he won a median auction race at Gowran Park on his second start. He ran very well on his reappearance at Cork when losing out by a short head and went back there on Saturday for a handicap.It was a better race and I was pleased with his run. He should win races and we’ll be stepping him up to 1m2f.
4f Rip Van Winkle – Vanity
Mrs Bernardine Mulryan
RPR 82 OR 75
She’s very unlucky to still be a maiden and is a bigger, stronger filly this year. We’re very happy with her and she’ll be campaigned over 1m4f-1m6f.
5g Mastercraftsman – Numbers Game
John B O’Hagan
RPR 83 OR 65
He’s a bigger, stronger horse this year and is almost 17 hands. We switched him back to the Flat at Clonmel last Thursday when he won a 2m handicap in good style under top weight. He’ll continue to mix it between hurdling – he’s already a dual winner over hurdles – and Flat handicaps.
4f Elusive Pimpernel – Pershaan
RPR 91 OR 91
She ran well in a Listed race at Cork on her first start of the season and will probably go to Gowran Park for the Vintage Tipple Stakes on May 8. She goes on quick ground and also handles ease. Long- distance fillies’ races and possibly Premier handicaps will be the plan.
7g Lawman – Zuniga’s Date
Ms Fiona Carmichael
RPR 107 OR 96
He won a mile handicap at Cork on Saturday when the fast pace suited him. He’ll be kept busy in the hope that a big handicap or maybe a Listed race might come his way over 7f or a mile.
4f Style Vendome – Claveria
RPR 81 OR 76
She goes on any ground and has been unlucky not to have won a maiden. She needed the run last time and will go for another fillies’ maiden at around 1m.
6g Invincible Spirit – Liscune
RPR 86 OR 77
He ran a blinder on his first start for us when second in a handicap over 1m2f at Leopardstown three weeks ago. That trip seems to suit him well and we also plan to go hurdling with him.
4g Leroidesanimaux – Persian Memories
RPR 88 OR 87
He’s been quite lightly raced and won a 1m7f handicap at Leopardstown last summer. He’s a real galloper who likes top of the ground and will be suited by 2m.
4c Mastercraftsman – Il Palazzo
Mrs P K Cooper
RPR 100 OR 104
He progressed all through last season and won a Listed race over 1m2f at Naas on his reappearance. We were delighted with his run in a Group 3 over the same course and distance ten days ago and he’s probably a genuine Group 3 horse. He’s most effective with good ease in the ground and might go for the Mooresbridge Stakes if the ground is suitable. We’re looking at an autumn campaign for him and we might step him up to 1m4f.
4c Mastercraftsman – Catch The Moon
Mill House LLC
RPR 107 OR 107
He was unlucky not to win last season when he was placed at both Group 3 and Listed level. He’s suited by 1m2f and 1m4f but has been placed over further and will be campaigned in Group races – he might go for the Mooresbridge Stakes. It was testing when he won his maiden as a two-year-old but he handles all types of ground.
4g Camelot – Synergy
Mill House LLC
RPR 95 OR 100
We were very pleased with his recent win at Gowran Park and he’s a nice stayer who handles plenty of ease. Any ground other than firm should suit him and his next run will either be in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday or the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot three days later.
Bar Room Bore
g Big Bad Bob – Alayna
He finished very well when second in a maiden over 1m2f at Cork on his first start of the season when he ran quite green. He didn’t improve on that run at Clonmel last Thursday and his future will probably be in handicaps.
f Scat Daddy – Akris Queen
Mrs S Rowley-Williams
RPR 71 OR 76
She ran second when taking on colts over a mile at Naas on her final start last season and needed the run on her return at Cork. She goes to Tipperary for a 1m1f maiden on Thursday.
f Kodiac – Arty Crafty
William Crager & Paul Hondros
She’s grown a lot since last year and has done very well. She’s a half-sister to Pincheck, who won a Group 3 over a mile for us last season. She’ll be running in the next couple of weeks and should be suited by 1m to 1m2f.
c Kodiac – Sovana
Mill House LLC
RPR 82 OR 79
He ran well from 6f to 1m last year and started off well on Saturday when winning a 7f maiden at Cork in a three-way photo. He was ridden positively and it seemed to suit him. He’s not over big and will probably go the handicap route.
c New Approach – City On Sea
Mrs P K Cooper
He ran very well when fourth in a 1m2f maiden at Leopardstown early this month. He had been green and backward and should improve. He goes for a 1m4f maiden at Tipperary on Thursday and could develop into a useful stayer.
f Dragon Pulse – Veronica Falls
Qatar Racing Ltd
RPR 94 OR 91
She won a couple of times over 6f last year and ran well in a Group 3 over 7f at Leopardstown on her last start. She’s not ground dependent and will be competing over 7f and 1m in Listed and Group 3 races.
f Dark Angel – Speedy Sonata
The Long Wait Partnership
RPR 93 OR 94
She wintered very well. I’m not sure where she’ll start off but it will probably be in a conditions race. She won a 6f maiden at the Curragh last season and we’ll be looking at races over 7f or 1m. She likes some dig in the ground.
Claim The Lady
c Acclamation – Always The Lady
The Long Wait Partnership
RPR 77 OR 78
He’s done well since last season and judged on his recent third over a mile at Leopardstown, he seems to stay quite well. We think he’ll get 1m2f. We’ll try to win a maiden with him and take it from there.
f Acclamation – Irish Flower
Nore Racing Syndicate & Adolf Schneider
Her two runs were over 7f and she probably needs to drop down in trip as she has plenty of speed. She’ll come on from her first run of the season.
f Rajj – Royal Jelly
Mrs James Nicholson
RPR 82 OR 82
She’s a sister to I’m So Fancy who won a Group 3 and a couple of Listed races for us last year. She’s bigger and stronger than her sister and we’re delighted with her. We think she’ll improve on what she did last season and that 1m2f and possibly 1m4f will suit.
Since the start of 2017 Jessica Harrington is 10-15 (67% +£22.64) when one of her 3yos started favourite in a handicap. Tom Madden is 2-2 in that scenario.
c Kodiac – Oasis Sunset
He was big and backward last year and that’s why we didn’t run him. We were delighted with his 6f win at Naas. He should improve and we’ll concentrate on races over 6f and 7f. He’s a colt who appreciates cut in the ground.
c Kodiac – Fonda
The Long Wait Partnership
RPR 90 OR 92
He did very well over the winter and has got very strong. He won his maiden over 7f last season and ran third in a conditions race over the same trip at Cork on Saturday. He has plenty of speed and it might be that 6f could prove to be his best trip. He’ll probably go for a premier handicap over that distance and, hopefully, progress into Listed company.
f Australia – Mauralakana
She ran very well when third over 7f at Leopardstown late last season and started off over almost a half-mile longer at Dundalk last week. I was happy enough with her run although I’m not sure she really liked the surface. We’ll run her in another maiden over 1m2f on turf.
f Galileo – Moment In Time
I thought she ran really well on her debut at Naas recently. She should come on a lot from the run and will be running over 1m2f and 1m4f.
c Bated Breath – Art Of Dance
Magic Cap Stables
RPR 77 OR 75
Running him over 1m2f at Cork on his second start this season wasn’t a good idea and that was down to trainer error. We rode him prominently that day and dropped him to a mile back at Cork on Saturday. He was ridden more conservatively and, ridden that way, going back up to 1m2f should suit.
f Mastercraftsman – Butterfly Blue
Mrs D Nagle & Mrs J Magnier
She showed ability in 7f maidens last year, finishing sixth behind Magna Grecia at the Curragh before running Happen to a short head at Leopardstown. She’s done well and is coming along nicely. She should be able to win a maiden before moving up the ranks and she could be a black-type filly over middle distances.
c Helmet – Pizzarra
Mill House LLC
We’ve always thought a lot of him. He was a bit disappointing at Gowran Park last time when he didn’t come down the hill. It was the same story at Navan on his previous start and we’ll probably keep him to flatter tracks. He’s probably a miler.
Pulse Of Shanghai
g Dragon Pulse – Emsiyah
Tai Kai Chah & Mrs J M Ryan
RPR 78 OR 75
He’s bigger and stronger this year so he should improve. A handicapper who stays well, he’ll get 1m4f. He needs dig in the ground.
Pursuit Of Magic
f Kingman – Three Mysteries
She was a bit excitable last year but seems more settled now. She needed the run on her reappearance at Cork and should come on nicely from it.
f No Nay Never – Catch The Eye
RPR 98 OR 96
She’s a stronger and more settled filly than she was last year when she won a 6f Listed race at Naas. We’re very happy with her and she could go to Navan on Sunday for the Committed Stakes. If not we’ll wait for the Polonia Stakes at Cork next month, We’ll keep her to around 6f for now but she might get a bit further.
f Toronado – Rainbow’s Edge
Ronchalon Ireland Partnership
She ran second over 1m2f at Leopardstown early this month. She’s a funny filly as she shows very little at home but obviously has ability and should get 1m4f.
f Invincible Spirit – Evita
Stonethorn Stud Farms Ltd
RPR 94 OR 97
We like her. She showed a nice bit of ability last year and has been working well. She seems to be more settled than she was last season and might start off in the Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan on Sunday if the ground is good. She should be suited by 1m2f and she might get 1m4f.
We’ve run a few including In The Present (f Karakontie – Dreams Of Fire), who ran very well when third at Naas, and Liar Liar (c Dream Ahead – Rubileo) who showed plenty of promise in another Naas maiden. A couple who will be out soon are Papa Bear (c Kodiac – Roger Sez) and Ya Beauty (f Muhaarar – Long Face).
Our colts include Childers (Mastercraftsman – Excellent Mariner), Free Solo (Showcasing – Amuser), Jungle Cove (Mastercraftsman – Purple Glow), Recall The Show (Showcasing – Rappel) and Yulong Voice (Poets Voice – Daraiyna).
Among the fillies are Ha’penny Bridge (Tamayuz – Diminish), Cayenne Pepper (Australia – Muwakaba), Punita Arora (Sepoy – Wojha), Windracer (Showcasing – Fair Sailing) and But You Said (No Nay Never – San Macchia)
Horse to follow
Looks a top-notch stayer in the making. We certainly didn’t see the best of him as a three-year-old with quick ground to blame on numerous occasions and the manner of his recent Gowran Park success suggests he can progress into a graded performer over staying trips when there is some cut in the ground. Officially rated 100, but it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see him rated 110+ by the end of the campaign.