Alpine Star (Ire)

Season Over For Guineas Hopeful Discoveries

The Niarchos Family's Discoveries (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), a full-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), will not step out again in 2021 and will instead wait for the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas next year. Sunday's G1 Moyglare Stud S. heroine, also a half-sister to G1 Coronation S. winner Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}), does hold an entry in the Oct. 8 G1 bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket. Connections were also considering a trip to France on Arc weekend or a run in the Breeders'...

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Group 1 Winner Alpine Star Retired

Group 1 winner Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}--Alpha Lupi {Ire}, by Rahy) has been retired after an unplaced run in Sunday's G1 Prix Jacques le Marois according to the Niarchos Family's Racing Manager Alan Cooper. The Jessica Harrington trainee and Niarchos homebred is a half-sister to four-time Group 1 winner Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}). "She retires sound and hopefully she'll be a nice broodmare for us," said Cooper. A winner at Galway at second asking at two, the chestnut added the G2 Debutante S. next out and...

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Palace Pier Faces Generation Clash at Deauville

Having missed the G1 Sussex S. due to a minor setback, Palace Pier (GB) (Kingman {GB}) is back in the picture as he defends his title in Sunday's G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques le Marois at Deauville. More workmanlike than impressive when last seen in the G1 Queen Anne S. at Royal Ascot June 15, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's TDN Rising Star has a six-pound weight-for-age gift to present to Poetic Flare (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) and will need to be at his best to contain...

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The Curragh Honours Alpha Centauri

The Curragh announced that the Niarchos Family will sponsor the Aug. 22 G2 Debutante S. to acknowledge the racing career of Niarchos homebred Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), who was named Cartier champion 3-year-old filly and Irish Horse of the Year in 2018. During her racing career, she won six of 10 starts, including the G1 Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, G1 Coronation S., G1 Falmouth S. and G1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard. "The Niarchos family are synonymous with racing at the Curragh with their name associated with numerous high-quality...

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Alpine Star Enters Winter Quarters, Will Race On

Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea the Moon {Ger}), winner of the Coronation S. in June, will not race again this year and instead enjoy some time off. The Niarchos Family runner was runner-up in three consecutive Group 1s following her Ascot score-the July 5 Prix de Diane Longines, the Aug. 16 Prix Jacques le Marois and the Prix de l'Opera Longines on Arc Day, Oct. 4. "She ran another blinder in the Opera," said the Niarchos family's racing manager Alan Cooper of the Jessica Harrington trainee. "She's a tough, honest and...

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Alpine Star Possible for Irish Champion

Group 1 winner Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}), who won the G1 Coronation S. for the Niarchos Family and trainer Jessica Harrington in June, is under consideration for the Sept. 12 G1 Irish Champion S. at Leopardstown. A winner of the G2 Debutante S. at two, the chestnut kicked off her season in the Coronation, before runner-up performances in the G1 Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly and the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville, on July 5 and Aug. 16, respectively. "At the moment, Mrs. Harrington...

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Opera Possible Target for Alpine Star

The Niarchos Family's G1 Coronation S. heroine Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}) could step forward in the Oct. 4 G1 Prix de l'Opera. Last seen finished a good second in the G1 Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville on Sunday, the 3-year-old filly's plans are yet fluid, but she has exited that Deauville test well. "The Prix de l'Opera is a definite possibility for Alpine Star," said Alan Cooper, racing manager for owners, the Niarchos Family. "She got home ok and we'll need a few days to come...

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Sea the Moon's Alpine Star Emulates Alpha Centauri In the Coronation

Emulating the emphatic G1 Coronation S. victory of her half-sister Alpha Centauri (Ire) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}) two years ago, the Niarchos Family's Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea the Moon {Ger}) was also in a class of her own as Royal Ascot once again bowed to its greatest showman Frankie Dettori. Racing behind the strong tempo of the leading duo early, the 9-2 shot who was last seen winning the G2 Debutante S. at The Curragh in August forged up the rail in early straight and had command before the furlong pole. Powering...

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A.R.M. Holding to Sponsor Debutante

A.R.M. Holding, a Dubai-based investment house, is the new sponsor of the G2 Debutante S. at The Curragh, the racecourse announced on Monday. Slated for Aug. 22, the seven-furlong contest for 2-year-old fillies will carry a purse of €130,000. A.R.M. is chaired by His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The race has been won by some of the best juvenile fillies in Europe and the 2019 victress was the Jessica Harrington-trained Alpine Star (Ire) (Sea The Moon {Ger}), owned by Niarchos Racing. She is one of the leading...

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