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After an incredible jumps season, Jessica Harrington looks to conquer flat racing's blue riband meeting

The two-year old filly is set to shine at Royal Ascot

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Call it intuition, call it a gut-feeling, whatever if it is, you just know.

And in Alpha Centauri, a two-year old daughter of Mastercraftsman, Jessica Harrington’s yard knows it has a special horse with the potential to give them a Royal Ascot winner.

It would be a phenomenal achievement, to win at flat racing’s blue riband meeting following a national hunt season that the yard win the Cheltenham, Punchestown and Leopardstown Gold Cups with Sizing John, as well as taking victory in the Irish Grand National thanks to our Our Duke.

During the week, we took a trip to the Harrington’s Commonstown yard on the outskirts of Moone, to ask Jessica and Kate, as well as Robert Nolan who broke the filly in, just what makes Alpha Centuari potentially such a special horse.

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We also discussed what it would mean to the yard to win at Royal Ascot as well as the differences between training national hunt and flat horses.

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