More landmark success for Jessica Harrington as Kildare trainer lands first Royal Ascot winner

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More landmark success for Jessica Harrington as Kildare trainer lands first Royal Ascot winner
9:35 Saturday 23rd of June 2018

Kildare's Jessica Harrington was the toast of Royal Ascot on Friday evening as she landed her first win at the famous English venue in the Fillies' Group 1 Coronation Stakes.

Having already won some of racing's biggest prizes across National Hunt and flat racing, Harrington tasted success in the race with a prize packet of almost £540,000 when Alpha Centauri broke the course record under jockey Colm O'Donoghue to achieve a six-length victory over second placed Threading and Veracious in third.

Speaking after the race, a delighted Harrington said; “She was absolutely amazing. I thought when Colm turned in ‘jeepers, he’s gone very soon’, but the further he went the further he was going away. I couldn’t believe it.

“She’s a very big filly and on soft ground, she physically can’t get her feet out of it. She just floats on that top of the ground.

“I have a lot of people behind me and a lot of very nice owners who give me nice horses.

“I’ve had Ascot winners, but I’ve never had a Royal Ascot winner and it’s absolutely fantastic.”

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