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Alpine Star ran superbly in each of her four races in 2020 – all of them Group 1 assignments – and seems set to again be on one of the stars of 2021.
She emulated her brilliant half-sister, Alpha Centauri, when storming to victory on her return in the Group 1 Coronation Stakes under Frankie Dettori at Royal Ascot in June.
And the Sea The Moon filly, homebred by the Niarchos Family, followed that by finishing runner-up in the French Oaks (beaten a short neck by Fancy Blue), the Jacques le Marois (three-quarters of a length behind Palace Pier) and Prix de l’Opera (beaten a short neck by Tarnawa).
Those narrow defeats in France must have been a frustration to connections but her victory at Ascot, by four and a quarter lengths over American challenger Sharing, revived memories of Alpha Centauri’s sizzling display in 2018.
Trainer Jessica Harrington said: “She was just amazing today, she did it so easy. She is very laidback and nothing like Alpha Centauri, who was a great big, very imposing filly. This filly is not very big, she is not a great colour – a little bit of a mealy chestnut. If you saw her trotting around in the string, you wouldn’t pick her out, but she has the most wonderful attitude.
“Frankie was probably squeezing her along before she turned in but every time you give her a squeeze, she will come for you.”
Dettori was winning his first Coronation Stakes, meaning Newmarket’s July Cup is now the only British Group 1 race he has not won. He said: “Everything went to plan in the race. I had a decent draw. I hit a flat spot and I got the split on the fence and then the rest was history.”
As a two-year-old, Alpine Star ran three times and landed the Group 2 Debutante Stakes at The Curragh over 7f after losing her maiden tag at Galway. Her only defeat came when third on her debut at Leopardstown behind Love.
She is clearly at home over a mile or ten furlongs, and seems effective on any ground.