Saturday 18 November 2017

Harrington happy with her Ascot lot

Dual trainer is pleased even though she drew a blank

Alpha Centauri delivered the best performance of all of Jessica Harrington’s horses at Royal Ascot. Photo: racingpost.com
Alpha Centauri delivered the best performance of all of Jessica Harrington’s horses at Royal Ascot. Photo: racingpost.com

Jessica Harrington had no complaints about how her horses ran at Royal Ascot last week despite leaving empty-handed.

The dual-purpose handler headed to Berkshire with with several leading chances.

However, the closest she came to victory was Alpha Centauri's second in the Albany Stakes behind surprise winner Different League, while Brother Bear finished fourth in the Coventry Stakes and Torcedor fifth in the Gold Cup.

"All the horses ran well. She (Alpha Centauri) ran well, Brother Bear ran well and Torcedor probably ran out of his skin so I can't complain," Harrington said.

"The winner was an unknown quantity. I offer no excuses and on the day she was just beaten by a better filly.

"She won't run again now until the Moyglare.

"There was lots to take from Brother Bear's run, he'll go on. He's in the Phoenix Stakes and we'll see what happens there and he's also in the National Stakes.

"I'd say Torcedor got the trip great as he was staying on at the end, but in hindsight I'd say the ground was probably just a bit quick for him.

"The other thing was we should have ridden him closer to Big Orange, we just dropped in behind as we weren't sure about the two and a half miles, but we'll run him again there next year and sit on his tail because I'd have a lot more confidence that he'll stay."

Frankie Dettori will not be back before the week of Newmarket's July Festival at the earliest, the jockey's manager Peter Burrellhas revealed.

The Italian sustained an arm injury in a paddock fall at Yarmouth on June 13 and while he was fit enough to ride in the French Oaks five days later, he missed the whole of Royal Ascot last week due to the problem.

Dettori will now miss the ride on Cracksman in Saturday's Irish Derby at the Curragh and will also be sidelined for the Coral-Eclipse meeting at Sandown the following weekend.

"I'm afraid he won't be back until July week-meeting at Newmarket at the earliest," said Burrell.

Dettori missed several winners at Royal Ascot, including Big Orange in the Gold Cup and Lady Aurelia in the King's Stand Stakes.

Laura Mongan has been dealt a big blow with the news St Leger winner Harbour Law will not run again this season.

The four-year-old provided one of the feel-good stories of 2016 when scoring at Doncaster under George Baker.

He was some way below that form first time out in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot, but bounced right back to his best when third in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday.

Mongan was eagerly looking forward to the rest of the campaign, but the Epsom handler said: "I'm afraid to say he picked up an injury in the Gold Cup and he won't be running again this season.

"We were so excited after the race as he ran so well. It's so frustrating but we'll get him back. He tried his heart out. Maybe the ground was a bit quick for him.

"It's a tendon injury, it's not too serious but it just needs time. A few little things weren't right at Ascot first time out but we had him 110 per cent for the Gold Cup."

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