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Alpha Centauri makes Harrington's dream a reality at the Curragh

Jessica Harrington finally has a Classic after Colm O’Donoghue rode Alpha Centauri to 1,000 Guineas glory.

Image: Peter Mooney/INPHO

ALPHA CENTAURI REBOUNDED from her comprehensive defeat in April to win the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

A Royal Ascot runner-up last season, the 12-to-1 shot eventually clawed back leader Could It Be Love (33/1) to give Jessica Harrington her first Classic success.

The giant grey filly, ridden by Colm O’Donoghue, beat 5-to-4 favourite Happily – a stablemate of Could It Be Love – back into third place.

“I’ve finally got the Classic!” said an excited Harrington post-race. “I’ve been second and third and the horses have always run really well, but this is a dream come true – to win a Classic.

The 2017 Gold Cup-winning trainer added:

It’s almost as good as winning a Gold Cup at Cheltenham. It’s probably better! They’re on a par. To win a race like this is absolutely fantastic.

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