Tuesday 17 September 2019

French trip on radar for Harrington 'Star'

Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Jessica Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile

Thomas Kelly

A trip to Paris is on the cards for Jessica Harrington's Alpine Star in the wake of her thrilling victory in the Debutante Stakes at the Curragh.

Having confirmed the promise of her Leopardstown debut by posting an impressive victory on her second start at the Galway Festival, Alpine Star graduated to Group Two level with a narrow verdict over Aidan O'Brien's Petite Mustique on Friday.

The half-sister to the brilliant Alpha Centauri is set to test the water in Group One company on her next outing - with the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp currently being preferred to the Fillies' Mile at Ascot.

Racing manager for owner-breeders the Niarchos Family Alan Cooper, said: "We were delighted with Alpine Star at the Curragh. She's a tough filly who Jessica has always liked a lot. The current plan is to run her in the Marcel Boussac. We think she'll appreciate stepping up to a mile - and that will probably be her next race, all going well."

Elsewhere, Emmet Mullins is targeting a trip to America with Fujimoto Flyer following last week's debut victory over hurdles at Killarney.

Winless in six starts on the Flat, the daughter of Japanese stallion Admire Moon appeared much improved by the switch to hurdles - coming home with 18 lengths in hand under the trainer's cousin, Danny Mullins.

A daring raid by the trainer on America last October yielded dividends when saddling Tornado Watch to finish second to Gordon Elliott's Jury Duty in the American Grand National at Far Hills - and Mullins has pencilled in a juvenile hurdle at the same meeting for Fujimoto Flyer.

"It was a great performance by the filly in Killarney, and she jumped really well - she's been a natural since day one, to be honest," said Mullins.

"She's a filly we've always thought a lot of, but it didn't really happen for her on the Flat for whatever reason. America would be on the agenda at this stage. Hopefully she'll have another run before then, so that will tell us where we're going."

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