WHAT an exciting two-year-old Jessica Harrington has in her care. Alpha Centauri impressed on her debut and followed up at Naas on Sunday when winning the Listed Coolmore Stud Irish EBF Fillies’ Sprint Stakes over six furlongs. She is a filly that one can see improving with time and the sky is the limit for her. What are the odds of Jessica welcoming in a Royal Ascot winner next month?

Owned and bred by the Niarchos Family, Alpha Centauri (named after the closest star system to the sun) is by the Danehill Dancer stallion Mastercraftsman, the best two-year-old in Europe in 2008 and a classic winner at three. He won both the Group 1 National and Phoenix Stakes as a juvenile and the following year added the Irish 2000 Guineas and the St James’s Palace Stakes. He found just Sea The Stars too good for him in a memorable renewal of the Juddmonte International.